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A Very British Synthesizer Group: The Anthology

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The Human League 11/18/2016

Review

Even in its standard two-disc/30-track edition, A Very British Synthesizer Group is the Human League compilation with the widest scope. It starts with the group's earliest, late-'70s output as the boundary-pushing trio of Philip Oakey, Martyn Ware, and Ian Craig Marsh -- the latter two of whom bailed in 1980 to start B.E.F. and Heaven 17 -- and chronologically summarizes the longer-lasting Oakey/Joanne Catherall/Susan Sulley version through the early 2010s. The selection favors the singles, such as the post-punk classic "Being Boiled," the global hits "Don't You Want Me" and "Human," and later works from the group's occasionally fine '90s and 2000s releases. The anthology isn't truly straightforward. It bounces from extended mixes to edits, while "The Sound of the Crowd" is present in instrumental form, and the William Orbit remix of "Heart Like a Wheel" appears instead of the original version. That said, it is a representative introduction to the work of a top-tier synth pop group. ~ Andy Kellman
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Being Boiled [Fast Version] The Human League 3:49
  3. 2 The Dignity of Labour, Pt. 3 The Human League 3:50
  4. 3 Empire State Human The Human League 3:10
  5. 4 Only After Dark The Human League 3:42
  6. 5 Nightclubbing The Human League 2:54
  7. 6 Boys and Girls The Human League 3:10
  8. 7 The Sound of the Crowd [Instrumental] The Human League 4:8
  9. 8 Hard Times The Human League 4:51
  10. 9 Love Action (I Believe in Love) The Human League 3:48
  11. 10 Open Your Heart The Human League 3:53
  12. 11 Don't You Want Me The Human League 3:55
  13. 12 Mirror Man The Human League 3:47
  14. 13 You Remind Me of Gold The Human League 3:34
  15. 14 (Keep Feeling) Fascination [Extended Version] The Human League 4:55
  16. 15 The Lebanon [7'' Version] The Human League 3:40
  17. 16 Louise [DJ Edit] The Human League 4:3
  18. 1 Life on Your Own The Human League 4:7
  19. 2 Human [Extended Version] The Human League 5:2
  20. 3 I Need Your Loving [DJ Edit] The Human League 2:50
  21. 4 Love Is All That Matters [DJ Edit] The Human League 2:56
  22. 5 Heart Like a Wheel [William Orbit Remix] The Human League 4:47
  23. 6 Soundtrack to a Generation [Edit] The Human League 3:58
  24. 7 Tell Me When The Human League 4:5
  25. 8 One Man in My Heart The Human League 4:1
  26. 9 Filling Up With Heaven The Human League 4:16
  27. 10 Stay With Me Tonight The Human League 3:57
  28. 11 All I Ever Wanted [Radio Edit] The Human League 3:26
  29. 12 Night People The Human League 2:59
  30. 13 Never Let Me Go The Human League 4:53
  31. 14 Sky [Radio Edit] The Human League 3:8
  32. 1 The Path of Least Resistance [Early Version] The Human League 3:20
  33. 2 No Time [Early Version of "the Word Before Last"] The Human League 3:49
  34. 3 Being Boiled [State of the Art Mix] The Human League 4:10
  35. 4 Stylopops You Broke My Heart [Early Version of "Marianne"] The Human League 3:41
  36. 5 I Am the Law [Early Version] The Human League 4:13
  37. 6 Darkness [Early Version] The Human League 4:13
  38. 7 Louise [Early Version] The Human League 4:51
  39. 8 The Real Thing [Early Version] The Human League 3:57
  40. 9 Love on the Run [Early Version] The Human League 3:46
  41. 10 A Doorway [Early Version] The Human League 4:23
  42. 11 FM [Early Version of "Soundtrack to a Generation"] The Human League 4:20
  43. 12 Happening Woman [Early Version of "Filling Up With Heaven"] The Human League 3:20
  44. 13 Give It Back [Early Version of "Houseful of Nothing"] The Human League 4:35
  45. 14 New Start [Early Version of "All I Ever Wanted"] The Human League 4:2
  46. 15 SH5 [Early Version of "Liar"] The Human League 5:37
  47. 16 Biller 10 [Early Version of "Single Minded"] The Human League 3:48
  48. 17 Jupiter 4c [Early Version of "Sky"] The Human League 5:53

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