Living in the 80’s Double 180G LP Bundle
Original Release Date: 1985 and 1986
Original Label: Columbia and Mute
- HUGE SAVINGS: 55% Discount from Original SRP of $65!
- This is Big Audio Dynamite and Erasure Wonderland Double 180G LP Bundle!
- 100% Analog Mastering From Real Analog Tapes!
- This Big Audio Dynamite Mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound
- Erasure Wonderland Mastered by Kevin Gray at CoHEARent Audio
- Ultra Quiet 180-Gram Vinyl Pressed At RTI
- Beautifully Restored "Old-Style" Album Art Printed By Stoughton
Visionary debut album from Big Audio Dynamite, led by The Clash's Mick Jones!
Hit Singles Include "Medicine Show," "E=MC²" and "The Bottom Line"
30th Anniversary Edition!
Synth-Pop Classic Featuring Smash Hits "Oh L'Amour," "Who Needs Love Like That," "My Heart ... So Blue"
In 1985 Joe Strummer failed at stripping The Clash down and taking it back in time with Cut the Crap while former band mate Mick Jones leaped forward with the visionary, genre-crossing Big Audio Dynamite. BAD’s debut This is Big Audio Dynamite is a multi-layered and sample-driven whirlwind of musical influences, including house and hip-hop, rap and reggae, electro-pop and more, with movie dialog and sound effects thrown in just for fun! While the music has to be called out as experimental for its day, Jones’ gift for rhythm, melody and catchy hooks makes it an eminently listenable and utterly cool affair that on each listen will have you humming and singing to yourself for days. The influence this album and band would have on rock and rap in the following decade can’t be understated. It’s impossible to listen to 80s and 90s classics like The Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique or Beck’s Odelay without hearing echoes of the beats and samples from This Is Big Audio Dynamite all the way back in 1985.
What if Depeche Mode just wanted to dance? Wonderland is the classic 1986 debut of Erasure, formed by songwriter/synth player Vince Clarke and singer Andy Bell. Produced by Flood, Wonderland is accessible and catchy synth pop, but also sharp, emotionally charged and redolent of heartache. Erasure delivered massive hits in the UK and the US with radio and club staples like “Oh L’Amour” and “Who Needs Love Like That.” Vince Clarke was a groundbreaking synth-pop pioneer before Wonderland. Prior to forming Erasure, Clarke wrote nearly all of songs on Depeche Mode’s iconic first album, Speak and Spell, before moving on to form Yazoo with Alison Moyet (Yaz in the US). Remarkably Clarke found Andy Bell by placing a newspaper ad. The flamboyant Bell was among pop’s first openly gay stars, and his high-pitched voice has a soulful power that’s an arresting complement to Clarke’s inspired melodies.
For This is Big Audio Dynamite our friends at Sony scoured the US and UK vaults and secured the best analog tape currently available, a beautiful 1/4” 15-ips “cutting copy” from 1985. This tape was used for the expanded Sony Legacy 2010 CD reissue, and as it's either the only remaining or the best usable analog tape it would be tempting to call it the "masteOriginal analog tape used in remastering Big Audio Dynamiter tape," as it would be advantageous to IR to market it as "from the master tapes." However, as an avid record collector I always want to know exactly what the source is for every LP I buy and am continually frustrated that so many brands are so coy about this (or outright misleading). The tape box pictured here has a box checked "copy" and I'm telling it like it is. Most important, these tapes sound great, and we're delviering the definitive version of this great LP! Ryan K. Smith's cut for Intervention has much greater bass punch, a much more expansive soundstage and greater inner detail that reveals all the nuances in this utterly unique and densely-layered production. The dynamics are greatly improved as well adding immensely to the fun and drama of the movie samples and sound effects. Wonderland is sourced from a beautifully preserved 30-ips tapes that say both "Master" and "production copy." You be the judge! What is certain is that these are the best and perhaps the only existing analog tapes for this classic release! When mastering this LP we compared what we were hearing from the tapes to original US and UK LPs. Mastering notes included with the tapes show that the original LP was bass-limited from 40Hz down. Of course we restored the wonderfully full bass response that's present on the tapes, and mastered wide open with no compression applied. The result is an alive and pulsing beat with foundation like you've never heard- the best Wonderland has ever sounded!
The (Re)Discover Series
You know those songs that come up on the radio when you’re driving and you crank up the volume to 11 and sing your lungs out? That’s the spirit of what Intervention’s (Re)Discover Series is all about! Taking these FM classics and presenting them in "like you’ve never heard it before" sound quality so you can get that same blast of energy and excitement on your hi-fi at home. The hallmark of this series will be 100% analog mastering from real analog tapes. Combining superior master sources with the truly full-range mastering chain at Cohearent Audio and RTI’s dead quiet vinyl pressing means that you’ll hear these FM staples with power, majesty and musical detail like it’s the first time. (Re)Discover these sonic treasures with us!