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Various - Tears Of Technology (2lp)
Various - Tears Of Technology (2lp)
Ace | LP | 35

Compiled by Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs, "The Tears Of Technology" celebrates this brief period when scruffy synth duos from the provinces broke through and took over British pop. Like mellotrons before them, synths could project a strange and deep emotion, listen to OMD's 'Sealand', or the Human League's 'WXJL Tonight', and it was clear that something in the wiring had an inherent melancholy. The influence of Kraftwerk - who had made a landmark appearance on Tomorrow's World in 1975 - is all over this collection. Big names rub shoulders with obscurities by Turquoise Days, Electronic Circus and Illustration, all highly prized recordings among 'cold wave' and 'minimal synth' afficionados. There are pioneers like John Foxx and Thomas Leer, alongside unexpected synth sadness from Simple Minds and the Teardrop Explodes. "The Tears Of Technology" celebrates an era of electronic melancholia, synthesized intimacies and insights - even Tomorrow's World didn't see that coming.The double LP is available on 180g vinyl and contains a bonus track 'the Turquoise Swimming Pools' 'The Winds'.track listingSIDE ONE1.JEAN WALKS IN FRESH FIELDS / China Crisis2.GREY SKIES / Turquoise Days3.REAL TO REAL / Simple Minds4.TIDAL FLOW / Illustration5.AN EVENING IN THE RAY / Care6.THE WINDS - The Turquoise Swimming Pools SIDE TWO1.YOUTH / Soft Cell2.EUROPE AFTER THE RAIN / John Foxx3.PERSONAL LOSS / Patrik Fitzgerald4.LIGHTS OF APRIL / Eyeless In Gaza5.SEALAND / Orchestral Manoeuvres In The DarkSIDE THREE1.PRIVATE PLANE / Thomas Leer2.DIRECT LINES / Electronic Circus3.UNLESS / The Pale Fountains4.OCTOBER (LOVE SONG) / Chris & Cosey5.A MAP OF YOU / New MusikSIDE FOUR1.WXJL TONIGHT / The Human League2.CHRISTIANA / Paul Haig3.TINY CHILDREN / The Teardrop Explodes4.BEHIND THE SHADES / Oppenheimer Analysis5.FEATHER BED / Trevor Bastow


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