Erasure Wonderland Album

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Erasure will be reissuing their first two albums – Wonderland and The Circus – in special expanded 3-disc editions, each featuring two CDs and an all-regions NTSC DVD. The release date is set for July 4th on EMI. Erasure - Wonderland. Other album cuts are a touch more scattered in quality; nothing is awful, but there are some definite highlights. The slightly slower 'Cry So Easy' has a great chorus, giving Bell a.

Erasure • Wonderland

Mute/Intervention Records IR-009
180-gram LP
1986/2016

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by Roy Gregory March 9, 2017

Erasure wonderland album

ntervention Records is rapidly gaining a reputation for doing things not just differently but better than the rest. But even by its eclectic, music-first philosophical standards, Intervention's latest choice for reissue may well have the audiophile community scratching its collective, progressively thinning hairline.

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Erasure Wonderland Album

On the face of it, an album of unashamedly electro pop spawned from the 1980s gay-club scene might not seem like a surefire winner, but Erasure wasn’t just another lonely computer nerd sitting in his closet. Even amongst that select group of musicians who seem to be awash with an embarrassment of hooks and earworms that you just can’t get out of your mind, Vince Clark ranks as something of a phenomenon. Creative force behind Depeche Mode’s seminal 1981 debut Speak And Spell and the insanely catchy 'Just Can’t Get Enough' (the band were never the same once he left), he quickly moved on to form Yazoo (Yaz in the US) with Alison Moyet, churning out two albums and pop classics 'Don’t Go' and 'Only You' in equally short order.

With Moyet going solo, Clark again moved on, with a couple of side projects before repeating the synth-pop/stellar-vocal recipe, forming Erasure in 1985 with Andy Bell as a result of a Melody Maker ad. In an uncharacteristically tardy start, it took the pair almost a year to release their first UK chart hit -- but that merely distracts from the fact that the band had already broken big on the Euro club scene, 'Who Needs Love Like That' a club classic to this day. When the debut album, Wonderland, arrived, it was packed with effortlessly catchy pop tunes, but in amongst the insistent dance beats of 'Who Needs…', 'Cry So Easy', 'Senseless' and the stunning 'Oh, L’Amour' there was also the haunting, sparse beauty of 'My Heart . . . So Blue,' a match for anything produced by Clark’s remarkable collaboration with Moyet.

Erasure Wonderland Album Covers

The developmental arc, from Depeche Mode to Erasure, mirrored Clark’s increasing comfort with his own sexuality, putting him in the vanguard of an emerging gay synth-pop scene and amidst the likes of The Communards and Pet Shop Boys. It also brought a new confidence to his compositions and arrangements, a new sense of purpose and poignancy to his lyrics, a progression that arguably peaked with Wonderland. Pick up any of the albums Vince Clark was involved in through the early '80s and they’re packed with pop-perfect melodies and hooks, but his first outing with Erasure is still the pick of the bunch.

Throw in Intervention’s customary cut and press (courtesy of Kevin Gray and RTI) that take the sound of the original flexi-disc LPs, adds the sort of bandwidth, bottom-end weight, energy and attack, clarity of line and vocal purity that make you think you are listening to a Yello album, and you’ve got one musically potent record.

If you ever wondered how modern dance music managed to emerge from the Teutonic rigor of Kraftwerk, here’s your answer -- or you could just fancy a slab of genuinely uplifting beats to get those endorphins flowing. Rhythmically challenged dad-dancers and po-faced audiophiles everywhere should rejoice: when Intervention Records gives Vince Clark the treatment, even the walking dead kick up their heels.

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Wonderland - 25th Anniversary Special Edition (2xCD & 1xDVD)

Singer, Andy Bell, and former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke formed Erasure and released their debut album, 'Wonderland', a collection of synth pop tunes in 1986. It includes the hit single 'Oh L'Amour'. On Monday 4th July 2011 EMI Records released a special edition package to celebrate the original album's 25th anniversary. The package features 2 CDs and a DVD contained within a double thickness jewel case. The contents include a re-mastered Wonderland on the first CD, a second CD of B-Sides, Remixes & Rarities and a DVD (NTSC All Regions).

Maximum one unit per customer please.

CD One - Original album

  1. Who needs love like that
  2. Reunion
  3. Cry so easy
  4. Push me shove me
  5. Heavenly action
  6. Say what
  7. Love is a loser
  8. Senseless
  9. My heart..so blue
  10. Oh l'amour
  11. Pistol
  12. Say what (remix)
  13. March on down the line (remix)
  14. Senseless (remix)

CD Two

  • B-sides & mixes
    1. Who Needs Love Like That (Mexican Mix)
    2. Push Me Shove Me (Extended As Far As Possible Mix)
    3. Don't Say No (Ruby Red Mix)
    4. Heavenly Action (12' Mix)
    5. March On Down The Line
    6. Oh L'Amour (PWL Funky Sisters Say 'Ooh La La')
    7. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (Remix)
  • BBC Radio One Sessions (previously unreleased)
    1. Cry So Easy (Bruno Brookes, 15/11/85)
    2. Who Needs Love Like That (Bruno Brookes, 15/11/85)
    3. Senseless (5/12/85)
    4. Heavenly Action (5/12/85)
    5. Say What? (5/12/85)
    6. Push Me Shove Me (5/12/85)

DVD

  • Promo Videos
    1. Who Needs Love Like That
    2. Heavenly Action
    3. Oh L'Amour
  • Live at Karlsson, Stockholm 8/8/86 (previously unreleased)
    1. Pistol
    2. Senseless
    3. Heavenly Action
    4. Reunion
    5. Sometimes
    6. Who Needs Love Like That
    7. Cry So Easy
    8. My HeartcSo Blue
    9. March On Down The Line
    10. Say What
    11. Sexuality
    12. Oh L'Amour
    13. Push Me Shove Me
    14. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

Release Date: 04 July 2011
Barcode: 5099908201720
Cat No: LCDSTUMM25

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