The Best of Thomas Dolby: Retrospectacle

The Best of Thomas Dolby: Retrospectacle

by Thomas Dolby
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The Best of Thomas Dolby: Retrospectacle

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/04/1995
Label: Parlophone (Wea)
UPC: 0724382764229
catalogNumber: 276427
Rank: 1273

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thomas Dolby   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
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
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
Bill Bottrell   Producer
Cliff Brigden   Composer,drum programming
Tim Friese-Greene   Producer
Dan Lacksman   Engineer
Matthew Salt   Contributor
Giles Smith   Liner Notes
John Marsh   Contributor

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!