The History: Pop Muzik -- The 25th Anniversary

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Multi-instrumentalist and studio wizard Robin Scott is M, and if all you know of his work is the synth pop, new wave hit "Pop Muzik," History: Pop Muzik -- The 25th Anniversary will be quite the surprise. There's guitar, worldbeat, moments much more serene than "Pop Muzik" hinted at, and believe it or not, swear words! The five tracks from M's debut, New York-London-Paris-Munich, give you your fill of "Pop Muzik"'s robotic boogie-woogie, but after that Scott became less fun and more paranoid with something to say. His observations are often too simple big business = scary, intolerance = bad, but it's all from the overly stylish '80s -- which somehow makes it more ...
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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Multi-instrumentalist and studio wizard Robin Scott is M, and if all you know of his work is the synth pop, new wave hit "Pop Muzik," History: Pop Muzik -- The 25th Anniversary will be quite the surprise. There's guitar, worldbeat, moments much more serene than "Pop Muzik" hinted at, and believe it or not, swear words! The five tracks from M's debut, New York-London-Paris-Munich, give you your fill of "Pop Muzik"'s robotic boogie-woogie, but after that Scott became less fun and more paranoid with something to say. His observations are often too simple big business = scary, intolerance = bad, but it's all from the overly stylish '80s -- which somehow makes it more forgivable -- and the musical backing is always interesting, elaborate, and well structured. As sour and cold as Scott's mid-period became, the collection does a good job of picking the highlights. Pulling the great "Join the Party" off Official Secrets Act and selecting a totally different batch of songs from Famous Last Words makes this a better selection for Scott aficionados than 1996's Pop Muzik: The Very Best of M, but it sacrifices some of the great pop from the debut. Toward the end of the disc you get a taste of Scott's quirky and breezy work with the female Zulu tribe Shikisha, including the excellent "Spiritualman," which the 1996 collection passed on. Liner notes from Scott himself are nice to have but the lack of track-by-track info makes it hard to figure out what comes from what album. CDs can only hold so much, and enigmatic artists make compiling difficult. History: Pop Muzik had to sacrifice some of the gloss but two excellent compilations with very different track lists show there's enough substance to Scott to warrant buying this well-chosen overview along with M's poptacular debut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2004
  • Label: Metro Music
  • UPC: 698458112828
  • Catalog Number: 128

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pop Muzik (4:54)
  2. 2 Moderne Man (3:32)
  3. 3 M Factor (2:30)
  4. 4 Satisfy Your Lust (3:11)
  5. 5 Moonlight and Muzak (4:13)
  6. 6 Keep It to Yourself (3:31)
  7. 7 Maniac (3:19)
  8. 8 Relax (3:41)
  9. 9 Join the Party (3:35)
  10. 10 Transmission - Stephen Morris (4:25)
  11. 11 Official Secrets (5:47)
  12. 12 Double Talk (3:24)
  13. 13 Neutron (4:25)
  14. 14 Dance on the Ruins (4:06)
  15. 15 Smash the Mirror (3:55)
  16. 16 Eureka (3:16)
  17. 17 Black Connection (4:52)
  18. 18 Love Inferno (3:39)
  19. 19 Love Inferno (3:00)
  20. 20 Spiritualman (4:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
M Primary Artist
Wally Badarou Synthesizer, Keyboards
Barry Adamson Bass
Thomas Dolby Synthesizer, Keyboards
Mark King Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums
Colin Towns Synthesizer, Keyboards
Paddy Keenan uillean pipes
Andy Anderson Drums
Gary Barnacle Flute, Saxophone
Andrew Gill Guitar
Phil Gould Percussion, Drums
Justin Hildreth Drums
Tony Levin Bass
Nick Plytas Synthesizer, Keyboards
Julian Scott Bass, Drums
Robin Scott Guitar, Vocals, fairlight
David Vorhaus Synthesizer, Keyboards
Doreen Webster Group Member
Sergio Castillo Drums
Betty-Boo Hlela Group Member
Shikisha Vocals
Ben Scott Overtone
John Richard Lewis Synthesizer, Keyboards
Berenice Vocals
Tabu Frantal Guitar
Leda Kirkendoll Vocals
Julia Muntu Mathunjwa Group Member
Brigit Novik Vocals
Technical Credits
Thomas Dolby Programming
David Aston Engineer
Denis Blackham Engineer, Remastering
Simon Hayworth Remastering
Simon Humphries Engineer
Tim Hunt Engineer
Nick Launay Engineer
Nick Plytas Composer
Simon Rogers Arranger, Composer
Robin Scott Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Sleeve Notes
David Vorhaus Programming
Bill Whelan Arranger
Philip Begley Engineer
Rafe McKenna Engineer
David Richards Engineer
Dominique Blanc-Francard Engineer
Nigel Bates Engineer
Michael Fallon Engineer
Peter Fallon Engineer
Shikisha Composer
John Richard Lewis Programming
Kevin Killan Engineer
Peter Varkala Engineer
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