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The Cars - Heartbeat City (1984) [MFSL, 2016]

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The Cars - Heartbeat City (1984) [MFSL, 2016]

The Cars - Heartbeat City (1984) [MFSL, 2016]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 275 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 112 MB | Covers (20 MB) included
Genre: Pop Rock, Synthpop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (UDSACD 2163)

MTV had become a major marketing tool by 1984, and the Cars were one of the first bands to use the new video medium to their advantage. The band's fifth album, Heartbeat City (Elektra), spawned several imaginative and memorable videos, which translated into massive chart and commercial success, making it one of the biggest releases of the year. Produced by hitmaker John "Mutt" Lange (AC/DC, Def Leppard), the album included two Top Ten singles - the ballad "Drive" and the charismatic "You Might Think" - plus an additional two that landed in the Top 20: the summer anthem "Magic" and the eccentric "Hello Again"…

Simple Minds - Sparkle In The Rain (1983) [2015, 4CD + DVD Super Deluxe Box Set]

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Simple Minds - Sparkle In The Rain (1983) [2015, 4CD + DVD Super Deluxe Box Set]

Simple Minds - Sparkle In The Rain (1983)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
4CD | Universal Music, 3793491 | ~ 1488 or 510 Mb | Scans(png) -> 558 Mb
DVD9: NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Dolby AC3, 6 ch, 448 Kbps
DTS, 6 ch, 1509 Kbps / LinearPCM, 2 ch, 1536 Kbps -> 6.63 Gb
Rock / New Wave / Pop Rock / Synth-Pop

This new 4CD / 1DVD Super Deluxe Box Set version comprises a host of bonus material including; B-sides and extended mixes; BBC sessions; a previously unreleased Glasgow Barrowlands concert; promo videos; Top Of The Pops and Oxford Road Show footage; a booklet containing sleeve notes and interviews plus track by track annotation and a reproduction concert programme…

Erasure - Tomorrow's World (2011) [2CD Special Edition]

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Erasure - Tomorrow's World (2011) [2CD Special Edition]

Erasure - Tomorrow's World (2011) [2CD Special Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 503 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 166 MB | Covers - 127 MB
Genre: Synthpop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mute (LCDSTUMM335)

Erasure's previous effort returned the synth pop duo to form, so on their 2011 release, and 14th overall, they take the logical step of handing over a bit of their legacy to an outside producer. Electropop enthusiast Frankmusik (Lady Gaga, Pet Shop Boys) is the wise choice made here, and the results are generally quite good, sometimes excellent. Many tracks benefit from the attractive combination of lead singer Andy Bell's increased lyric-writing skills and the hired producer's presentation of the 2011 house music "thwak," as both "I Lose Myself" and "Be with You" are fine acknowledgments of Gaga and Benny Benassi's dancefloor domination…

Erasure - Wonderland (1986) [2CD Special Edition 2011]

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Erasure - Wonderland (1986) [2CD Special Edition 2011]

Erasure - Wonderland (1986) [2CD Special Edition 2011]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 864 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 286 MB | Covers - 70 MB
Genre: Synthpop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mute (LCDSTUMM25)

The duo's full debut was a sparkling collection of synth-pop tunes that made up in enthusiasm and immediate catchiness what it lacked in overall variety or any sense of artistic progression from Clarke's past. Though the production, one of Flood's earliest high-profile efforts, is detailed and often lush, anyone who had followed Clarke's career wouldn't be surprised by anything on Wonderland. Bell's vocals merely tie the connections to the past further, his at-times too-shrill-for-comfort falsetto inevitably echoing Yaz's Alison Moyet as well as one-time Assembly vocalist Feargal Sharkey. Allowing for all these inevitable reminders, though, still means Wonderland is well worth a listen. The key reason is the smash U.K. single "Oh l'Amour," which rapidly became a staple for American modern rock stations as well…

Simple Minds - Once Upon A Time (1985) [2015, 5CD + DVD Super Deluxe Box Set]

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Simple Minds - Once Upon A Time (1985) [2015, 5CD + DVD Super Deluxe Box Set]

Simple Minds - Once Upon A Time (1985)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Virgin/Universal Music, 4722072 | ~ 1997 or 640 Mb | Scans(png) -> 533 Mb
DVD9: NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Dolby AC3, 6 ch, 448 Kbps
DTS 6 ch, 1509 Kbps / LinearPCM, 2 ch, 4608 Kbps -> 7.22 Gb
Rock / New Wave / Pop Rock / Synth-Pop

Originally released in October 1985, and coming hot on the heels of the global smash single ‘(Don’t You) Forget About Me’ , ‘Once Upon A Time’ was to prove the album that propelled Simple Minds to stratospheric heights of artistic and commercial success. Containing the classic hit singles ‘Alive And Kicking’, ‘All The Things She Said’, ‘Sanctify Yourself’, and ‘Ghostdancing’ the original era-defining Number 1 album now comes as part of this incredible 5CD / 1DVD box set…

Erasure - The Innocents (1988) [2CD 21st Anniversary Edition 2009]

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Erasure - The Innocents (1988) [2CD 21st Anniversary Edition 2009]

Erasure - The Innocents (1988) [2CD 21st Anniversary Edition 2009]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 821 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 278 MB | Covers - 226 MB
Genre: Synthpop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mute (LCDSTUMM55)

Having built up a strong fan base and back catalogue in just a couple of years, Erasure turned into a full-blown pop phenomenon thanks to The Innocents, winning the British equivalent of the Grammy for album of the year and spawning a big American hit single, "Chains of Love." Stephen Hague took over as producer from Flood, perhaps smoothing out some points for a more general mainstream appeal but otherwise letting the strengths of the songs speak for themselves. It begins with another single and stone-cold classic, "A Little Respect," with a charging beat/acoustic guitar/synth arrangement and a flat-out fantastic performance from Bell, especially on the ascending chorus. Guest performances help flesh out a number of songs quite well…

Simple Minds - Street Fighting Years (1989) [2020, 4CD Super Deluxe Box Set]

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Simple Minds - Street Fighting Years (1989) [2020, 4CD Super Deluxe Box Set]

Simple Minds - Street Fighting Years (1989)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Universal Music, 7701564 | ~ 1748 or 760 Mb | Artwork(png) -> 491 Mb
Electronic / Pop / Pop Rock / New Wave / Synth-Pop

Their first proper new release since the commercial breakthrough of Once Upon a Time (a live album intervened) and Simple Minds makes a decidedly, noncommercial follow-up. Street Fighting Years is a moody, dark affair. The music is yearning and most of the songs are politically charged lyrically…

Erasure - World Be Gone (2017) [2CD Limited Edition]

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Erasure - World Be Gone (2017) [2CD Limited Edition]

Erasure - World Be Gone (2017) [2CD Limited Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 578 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 201 MB | Covers - 78 MB
Genre: Synthpop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mute (GCDSTUMM405)

Erasure's self-produced 17th studio album, World Be Gone finds the duo honing in on a reflective synth pop befitting the wind-down portion of the dance. Affected by the political upheaval of the period leading up to its release in the spring of 2017, it features a few calls to action amid selections that are more generally about the need for love. The rousing opener, "Love You to the Sky," is a straight-up love song (and classic earworm) that begins with Krupa-like drums, establishing a thumping drumbeat that makes it the closest thing to a club track on the record. More sociopolitical in nature are "Lousy Sum of Nothing," a plea for political engagement and caring, and "Oh What a World"…

Midge Ure - Soundtrack 1978 - 2019 (2019)

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Midge Ure - Soundtrack 1978 - 2019 (2019)

Midge Ure - Soundtrack 1978 - 2019 (2019)
DVD-9: NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Dolby AC3, 2 ch
Synth-Pop, Pop Rock, New Wave | ~ 7.61 Gb

Best known for his work with Ultravox and as a co-founder writer/founder of Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’, Midge Ure has also had a rich and illustrious career prior to Ultravox with the Rich Kids, Visage and throughout his career as a solo artist…

Sandra: 13CD Collection (1985-2009)

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Sandra: 13CD Collection (1985-2009)

Sandra: 13CD Collection (1985-2009)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
13CD | Label: Various | ~ 3794 or 1291 Mb | Scans(png) -> 2809 Mb
Pop / Electronica

Sandra Ann Lauer, commonly known under her stage name Sandra, is a German pop singer who enjoyed a mainstream popularity in the 1980s and early 1990s with a string of European hit singles, produced by her then-husband and musical partner, Michael Cretu, most notably "(I'll Never Be) Maria Magdalena" (1985), "In the Heat of the Night" (1985), "Everlasting Love" (1987), "Secret Land" (1988), "Hiroshima" (1990) and "Don't Be Aggressive" (1992). Her albums Into a Secret Land (1988) and Close to Seven (1992) have won Sandra high critical acclaim…

Erasure - Other People's Songs (2003)

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Erasure - Other People's Songs (2003)

Erasure - Other People's Songs (2003)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 285 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 100 MB | Covers - 180 MB
Genre: Synthpop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mute Records (CDStumm215)

While there's nothing wrong with doing an album of covers, putting such a project together has its risks. For Erasure, the experiment yields mixed results. More often than not, they connect with the material in unexpected ways, and certainly with greater success than one might expect from other electronic groups. This is due largely to the fact that these guys have been around long enough to develop a sensitivity to music as being more than a beat and a hook. Their sense of humor leads them to revise "Video Killed the Radio Star" in a way that's not only highly amusing - it actually suits the message of the song. Plus, Andy Bell remains a very convincing singer, particularly on the softer material, where his choir-boy timbre glistens and shimmers…

Erasure - Cowboy (1997) [Special Edition]

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Erasure - Cowboy (1997) [Special Edition]

Erasure - Cowboy (1997) [Special Edition]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 363 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 120 MB | Covers - 73 MB
Genre: Synthpop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Maverick (9 46631-2)

The calmer inner meditations of Erasure behind them, the duo found themselves on Madonna's label in America and released the notably more upbeat Cowboy in 1997. The zeitgeist that the duo perfectly encapsulated in the late '80s had long been left behind, resulting in an album that sounds like it wants to keep the party going when all the guests had long gone home. While Erasure itself could drag here and there, it was still an honestly intriguing combination of new and old for the band, something the pleasant (but little more than that) Cowboy can't claim. At base, the problem is that while the basic Erasure knack of hummable hooks and fine singing remains unchanged, something seems missing - what made songs like "A Little Respect," "Stop!," and "Chorus" more than enjoyably catchy pop isn't there…

Erasure - Erasure (1995)

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Erasure - Erasure (1995)

Erasure - Erasure (1995)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 472 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 171 MB | Covers - 93 MB
Genre: Synthpop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mute (CDSTUMM145)

Having continued course on I Say I Say I Say without adding much to its overall reputation, Erasure took a surprising turn on its self-titled album. With statements at the time indicating Clarke claimed inspiration from the complexity and reach of prog-rock keyboard experiments, the duo entered a less pop-friendly turn for this extensive record. Clarke definitely aims for a more spacy atmosphere throughout Erasure, assisted by sometime Orb compatriot Thomas Fehlmann. While the catchy hooks with which Clarke made his name remain, the arrangements show more grandiose reflections and less full-on dancefloor fun, more Jarre than Moroder. Songs are often much longer than the quick, punchy numbers the duo became known for, sometimes getting a bit lost along the way as a result…

Erasure - The Circus (1987) [2CD Special Edition 2011]

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Erasure - The Circus (1987) [2CD Special Edition 2011]

Erasure - The Circus (1987) [2CD Special Edition 2011]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 820 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 278 MB | Covers - 94 MB
Genre: Synthpop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mute (CDXSTUMM35)

Having gotten familiar with each other and the public on Wonderland, Clarke and Bell aim their sights higher with its follow-up, a more distinct all-around album. Flood once again mans the production boards, helping bring out Clarke's greater number of individual touches and approaches to great effect. It can be the queasy synth whoosh on "Don't Dance," the chunky pseudo-guitar blasts on lead track and single "It Doesn't Have to Be," or the funhouse keyboards on the title song, a cautionary environmental tale, all testaments to Clarke's ever-strengthening pushback of synth-pop's presumed sound and cliches. Bell in turn is finding more to do with his voice, his breathy crooning more seductive and affecting, while his high-volume calls to musical arms generally avoid hyper-ear-piercing levels in favor of general appeal…

Erasure - The Violet Flame (2014) [3CD Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set]

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Erasure - The Violet Flame (2014) [3CD Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set]

Erasure - The Violet Flame (2014) [3CD Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 1,01 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 327 MB | Covers - 166 MB
Genre: Synthpop, House | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Mute (BXCDSTUMM375)

The Violet Flame is the 16th studio album by Erasure. 3CD Deluxe Box includes a live disc and one of remixes. The three CDs present in an 8-page card package with a 16-page booklet.
Following a holiday album (2013's Snow Globe) with this "return to form" album means veteran duo Erasure are now on the cliched career revival path for aging pop stars, but maybe it's just by chance. Make that "likely," as The Violet Flame gets right down to dancey, inspired business on its opening "Dead of Night," a track that pumps with the beat of any given single off the duo's great 1989 album Wild!. Classic lyrics from Andy Bell speak to the morality play that club night can be ("Too many times you're forgiven/Now you cry like you're the victim") then the chorus is like a pair of bright red cha-cha heels (a joyful stuttering of "D-d-d-dead of night") that won't be ignored…