The Best of Thomas Dolby: Retrospectacle

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
After what had seemed like a promising start with "She Blinded Me With Science" in 1983, Thomas Dolby only charted with two other singles in the U.S. though he had nine chart singles in his native U.K., 1981-1992. This 16-track compilation, embracing both his Capitol/EMI and Warner Bros. recordings, demonstrates that Dolby deserved better. His synthesizer-based songs are consistently catchy and clever, and especially notable are early songs like "Urges" and "Leipzig" that have not previously appeared on a U.S. album. "One of Our Submarines," Dolby's cover of Dan Hicks' "I Scare Myself," and "Hyperactive!" all hold up well. Some of the later non-hit material from the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
After what had seemed like a promising start with "She Blinded Me With Science" in 1983, Thomas Dolby only charted with two other singles in the U.S. though he had nine chart singles in his native U.K., 1981-1992. This 16-track compilation, embracing both his Capitol/EMI and Warner Bros. recordings, demonstrates that Dolby deserved better. His synthesizer-based songs are consistently catchy and clever, and especially notable are early songs like "Urges" and "Leipzig" that have not previously appeared on a U.S. album. "One of Our Submarines," Dolby's cover of Dan Hicks' "I Scare Myself," and "Hyperactive!" all hold up well. Some of the later non-hit material from the albums Aliens Ate My Buick and Astronauts & Heretics is less impressive; a better choice could have been made from those records. But for the most part, this is an efficient collection that justifies its name.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/1995
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724382764229
  • Catalog Number: 276427
  • Sales rank: 30,704

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Europa and the Pirate Twins (3:19)
  2. 2 Urges (3:39)
  3. 3 Leipzig (3:53)
  4. 4 Windpower (4:22)
  5. 5 Airwaves (3:35)
  6. 6 She Blinded Me with Science (3:41)
  7. 7 One of Our Submarines (5:09)
  8. 8 Screen Kiss (5:26)
  9. 9 Hyperactive! (4:12)
  10. 10 I Scare Myself (5:40)
  11. 11 The Flat Earth (6:35)
  12. 12 Pulp Culture (5:35)
  13. 13 Budapest by Blimp (8:39)
  14. 14 Cruel (3:08)
  15. 15 Close But No Cigar (4:25)
  16. 16 I Love You Goodbye (5:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thomas Dolby Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, electronic percussion
Michael Doucet Background Vocals, Cajun Fiddle
Wayne Toups Accordion, Background Vocals, Cajun Accordion
Robert John Background Vocals
Kevin Armstrong Guitar, Trumpet, Background Vocals
Andy Partridge Harmonica, Drums
Adele Bertei Background Vocals
Eddi Reader Vocals
Cliff Brigden Percussion
Les Chappell Background Vocals
Jill Colucci Background Vocals
Laura Creamer Percussion, Vocals
Lesley Fairbairn Background Vocals
Justin Hildreth Drums
Simon House Violin
Terry Jackson Bass
Mike Kapitan Synthesizer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange Background Vocals
Simon Lloyd Bass, Flute, Brass
Arno Lucas Conga
David Owens Drums
Matthew Seligman Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar, Moog Bass
Miriam Stockley Background Vocals
Rose Stone Background Vocals
Al Tharp Banjo, Background Vocals
Peter Thoms Trombone
Larry Treadwell Guitar
Eddie Van Halen Guitar
Bruce Woolley Background Vocals
Teresita Alsander Background Vocals
Mark Heyward-Chaplin Bass Guitar
Suzanne Malline Background Vocals
Cynthia Moliere Background Vocals
Wayne Tops Background Vocals
Rose Banks Stone Background Vocals
Tim Kerr Violin
Technical Credits
Thomas Dolby Composer, Producer, drum programming, Wavestation
Andy Partridge Producer
Chris Blair Remastering
Bill Bottrell Producer
Cliff Brigden Composer, drum programming
Tim Friese-Greene Producer
Dan Lacksman Engineer
Matthew Salt Contributor
Giles Smith Liner Notes
Jo Kerr Composer
John Marsh Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent collection!

    This is a great collection of songs from Thomas Dolby. During his reign in the early 1980's he created some of the most innovative, catchy and atmospheric music imaginable. This is a collection of 16 songs that mix pop and rock with Dolby¿s voice to create an interesting and quirky catalogue of work. He's best known for his 1983 smash hit "She Blinded Me with Science" which made it to the top 10 in the U.S. Some other clever and memorable songs include "Urges", "Leipzig", "Airwaves", "One of Our Submarines", "Hyperactive!", "Pulp Culture" and "Budapest By Blimp". This is a good collection that will add an eclectic and quirky touch to your music collection. It shows that Thomas Dolby was an overlooked artist light years ahead of his time. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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