An excellent round-up of the 15 hit singles that, between late 1980 and fall 1984, saw Spandau Ballet transcend every prediction ever levelled at their music, and establish themselves among the most versatile British bands of their era. From the utterly convincing white boy Funk of the early "To Cut A Long Story Short", "The Freeze", "Musclebound" and "Chant No 1", through the bodyswerve to ballad-ville that ushered in the age of "True" and "Gold", and onto the near-anthemic guitar pop of "Only When You Leave" and "Highly Strung", The Singles Collection suffers only from its failure to tell the tale in strict chronological fashion.
Thirty years after their first recordings and almost twenty after they disbanded, british prime new romantics came back with a new CD (containing re-recording of some of their most popular tunes plus a couple of new songs) and a tour in 2009. Recorded live at the famous O2 Arena in London, this DVD caught the band in an inspired night: it's hard to believe they were away for so long, since their perfomance was so hot, tight and, at the same time, so relaxed it seemed they were never apart. They surely didn't lose any of their musicanship. And none of their elegance either, for the matter.
Spandau Ballet were nearing the end of their time as a commercial force when this 74-minute concert documentary was filmed in Birmingham on December 16 and 17 in 1986. However, they were still packing the seats in front of a large, enthusiastic crowd on this well-shot movie, directed by one of the most prominent figures in music documentary-making (Geoff Wonfor, most famous for directing The Beatles Anthology series). It's a straightforward record of a flashy mid-'80s hit pop band in concert, with plenty of shadowy, shifting colored lighting and much slick posing by the fashionably dressed on-stage players. The 13-song set contains a number of their biggest hit singles, including "True," "Gold," "Through the Barricades," "Fight for Ourselves," "Chant No. 1," "To Cut a Long Story Short," and "Lifeline."
The debut, 'Journeys To Glory', reached No 5 in March of '81, and now appears remastered on CD1 of the reissue alongside the original 7'' versions of singles, 'The Freeze' (UK #17), 'Musclebound' (UK #10) and it's b-side 'Glow'. Whilst CD2 brings together the original 12'' mix of their first single, 'To Cut A Long Story Short (UK # 5), further 12'' remixes of 'The Freeze' and 'The Glow' and a previously unreleased BBC Session from March 1981.
Released in March of 1982, 'Diamond' now remastered, comes complete on CD1 with bonus remixes of their singles 'Chant No. 1' (UK #3), 'Instinction' (UK #10), 'Paint Me Down' (UK #30) and 'She Loved Like Diamond' (UK #49) – all of which are appearing for the first time in CD format. Whilst CD2 collects together the b-sides from these singles, extra 12'' remixes and a previously unreleased live BBC show from April 1982.