Ballet True and Parade [remastered
albums+DVD] | Spandau
Ballet True [single]
wonderful that Spandau Ballet
is back on the music scene again
after reforming in 2009, and is now
releasing brand new tracks along
with favourites from the Eighties on
terrific remastered versions of the
bands chart-topping albums True
FOLLOWING A HUGELY SUCCESSFUL REFORMATION TOUR around Europe and the Southern
Hemisphere, Spandau Ballet is back where the hand belongs at the pinnacle of
the British music scene with that tasty recipe of jazz/soul/funky synthpop infusions.
After playing to over 120,000 UK fans at venues that include three nights at
London's 02 Arena and releasing a new album and live DVD, Spandau Ballet release
the remastered versions of their chart-topping albums True and Parade
on EMI Records with bonus tracks and a superb DVD.
released in March 1983 and featuring such top hits as Gold, True,
Communication and Lifeline, True was the band's first number
one album. Recorded at the legendary Compass Point Studios at Nassau in the
Bahamas, it was the band's groundbreaking album of blue-eyed soul that propelled
the boys to international stardom and topped the charts all round the globe.
The original version features as CD1 in this collection while CD2 comprises
of fantastic bonus material that includes ten different mixes of the singles
five of which are appearing on CD for the first time and four
previously unreleased live tracks recorded at Sadler's Wells on 1 May 1983.
True, the album, is a treasure trove of Spandau Ballet's finest work.
Kicking off with Pleasure; a superb opportunity for a talented vocalist.
Code Of Love has a lot to like about it and the ever-fabulous Gold
has a striking lead to the compulsive chorus. The lovely toe-tapping Lifeline
and the wonderful, poignant title song True go right to the heart. Spandau
Ballet has certainly built on Foundation as new treatments on the bonus
CD are enjoyable and unspoiled; creditable in their own right. Glow is
great and Heaven Is A Secret is a really sweet track.
The entire show from the evening at Sadler's Wells is presented on DVD
Over Britain for the first time. It's a wonderful disc with five
contemporary Top Of The Pops performances and a mini-documentary entitled
True The Making Of The Album.
The DVD enables you to feel the atmosphere and Spandau Ballet has tremendous
Communication with its audience of fans. There is a great initial build-up
to the band's appearance to the song Foundation. Spandau Ballet is a
good-looking band, exciting and a pleasure to watch; talented performers who
make it look so easy. Check out the gorgeous To Cut A Long Story Short.
Spandau Ballet has such energy and vivacity; the band plays the audience well,
tantalising and having great fun and this DVD is an absolute must for true
The second of the remastered album, Parade, was originally released in
July 1984 and reached number two in the UK album charts one of the biggest
hits of the year. CD1 features hits and fan favourites that include the delicious
Highly Strung, the lovely Round And Round and the great song Only
When You Leave. Of equal merit is I'll Fly For You and the enjoyable
With The Pride. One of our favourites is the superb Nature Of The
Beast. CD1 also contains five alternate mixes of singles and B-sides and
CD2 features a BBC In Concert show from Wembley Arena that was recorded
in December 1984. A terrific album.
If you missed Spandau Ballet on their spectacular sell-out UK tour late in 2009,
hopefully you caught up with them live at their first-ever festival performance
this Summer at the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday 13 June or at the Isle of
Man Bay Festival on Saturday 20 June. Watch out for further opportunities!
Back in the limelight, the boys are giving it all they've got; proving that
Spandau Ballet still has what it takes to succeed in the 21st Century.
The True and Parade remastered
albums plus bonus tracks and DVD will be released by EMI Records on 21 June,
2010. Spandau Ballet's first two albums Journeys To Glory and
Diamond are also available as remastered and expanded Special
Editions on EMI Records.
"...the boys are giving it all they've got; proving that Spandau Ballet still
has what it takes to succeed in the 21st Century" Maggie Woods, MotorBar
Original Album, 1983: 1 Pleasure | 2 Communication
| 3 Code Of Love | 4 Gold | 5 Lifeline | 6 Heaven Is
A Secret | 7 Foundation | 8 True.
Bonus Tracks and Mixes: 1 Lifeline (7" Short Dub)* | 2 Communication
(7" Edited Club Version)* | 3 Gold (12" Mix) | 4 Lifeline (12"
Mix) | 5 Communication (12" Version) | 6 Lifeline (12" Dub)* |
7 True (New Mix) | 8 Gold (Instrumental) | 9 Lifeline (Acapella)*
| 10 True (Instrumental)*. Live At Sadlers Wells: 11 Code Of
Love* | 12 The Freeze* | 13 Glow* | 14 Heaven Is A Secret*
[*Previously unreleased and appearing on CD for the first time].
DVD: Over Britain
Live at Sadlers Wells, London, 1983: 1 Foundation | 2 Communication
| 3 Pleasure | 4 Gold | 5 Lifeline | 6 True | 7
Paint Me Down | 8 Instinction | 9 Chant No 1 (I Don't
Need This Pressure On) | 10 To Cut A Long Story Short. BBC Performances:
11 Lifeline (BBC Top Of The Pops 7 October 82) | 12 Lifeline (BBC
top Of The Pops 25 December 82) | 13 True (BBC Top Of The Pops 21 April
83) | 14 True (BBC Top Of The Pops 29 December 83) | 15 Communication
(BBC Top Of The Pops 24 February 83) | 16 Code Of Love (Old Grey Whistle
Test 29 April 83) | 17 Foundation (Old Grey Whistle Test 29 April 83)
| 18 Gold (Old Grey Whistle Test 29 April 83. Mini Documentary:
19 True The Making Of The Album.
1 Only When You Leave | 2 Highly Strung | 3 I'll Fly For You
| 4 Nature Of The Beast | 5 Revenge For Love | 6 Always In
The Back Of My Mind | 7 With The Pride | 8 Round And Round.
Bonus Tracks: 9 Only When You Leave (12" Version) | 10 I'll
Fly For You (Glide Mix) | 11 Highly Strung (Extended Version) | 12
Round And Round (Long Version) | 13 Highly Re-Strung.
BBC In Concert, Wembley Arena, 1984: 1 Highly Strung | 2 Communication
| 3 Only When You Leave | 4 Foundation | 5 Instinction
| 6 With The Pride | 7 Round And Round | 8 I'll Fly For You
| 9 Nature Of The Beast | 10 Gold | 11 True | 12 Revenge
For Love | 13 Always In The Back Of My Mind | 14 Paint Me Down
| 15 Chant No 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On).
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with all ages for the beautiful,
timeless music they produce, Spandau
Ballet celebrated an unbelievable
birthday on 30 April (2008) of their
landmark Number One single, True...
IT'S VERY DIFFICULT NOT TO LIKE SPANDAU BALLET. It's true.
The remarkable thing is that, on 30 April, 1983, one of the UK's most
enduring, globally-loved songs True went
to Number One in the UK charts and stayed there for four weeks before subsequently
reaching the same position in another 20 countries. True wears incredibly
well and it certainly does not sound like a 25-year-old song.
Spandau Ballet was on tour in the UK when True, the title track from
their third album, was released. Before that, two singles from the album,
Lifeline and Communication, had reached the Top 10 but it was
the beautiful, lushly-produced, intensely-romantic ballad with the unforgettable
melody that topped the charts and all hell broke lose True,
the single and the album, soared to the top of the charts and catapulted the
band into worldwide superstardom.
The already sold-out tour understandably began to get out of hand and security
needed to be brought in to control the thousands of hysterical girls who descended
on the final dates.
In a party to end all parties, Spandau Ballet's success with True was
celebrated with a boat trip down the Thames following the band's knockout
performance at the Royal Festival Hall.
According to BMI, True has notched up almost four million radio performances
in North America alone, and it continues to be a favourite on mainstream UK
radio play lists and radio stations worldwide.
The unforgettable and melodic True has been covered and adapted many
times by other artistes from all over the world, who saw its possibilities
as a hit for themselves. It has also been adopted by the R&B community and
adapted and sampled with great success many times by such artistes as PM Dawn,
Teddy Riley, Nelly and most recently Lloyd. The track has also
featured in countless feature films, including blockbusters Charlie's Angels,
The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates as well as many television
True is the latest soundtrack to the Marks & Spencer Food advert and
as well as being the chosen special song to thousands of couples it is also
a favourite request at wedding discos in Britain.
EMI's digital EP release of True includes the original single, a new
mix by Gary Kemp and original co-producer Tony Swain, the remastered album
version plus a spine-tingling live recording of True and another Spandau
classic hit Gold from the last show of that infamous
1983 tour at Sadler's Wells.
Watch out this summer for a comprehensive Spandau Ballet Sight & Sound
CD/DVD which will include all the hits and their accompanying promo videos
in one great package. Back in May, Gary Kemp talked of the writing of True
and performing the song acoustically for the first time since he presented
it to the band in 1982, in an episode devoted to him in the Sky Arts series
(Channel 267) called Songbook.
To celebrate this 'silver' anniversary,
EMI Records released Spandau Ballet's True as an EP digital release
on 5 May (2008).
years from the date Spandau Ballet was first formed.
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