• The Human League - Dare
    (Virgin Records  1981  V2192)
    Matrix No's: A2/B2 - UK Pressing

    Gatefold Sleeve in Very Good condition
    - sleeve has become stuck together inside and has some tearing
    Inner Sleeve in Nr MINT condition

    Vinyl in Nr MINT condition
    (there are some surface marks visible on the vinyl when held up to the light but they don't affect the sound quality)

    The Human League are an English electronic new wave band formed in Sheffield in 1977. After signing to Virgin Records in 1979, the band released two albums and a string of singles before attaining widespread commercial success with their third album Dare in 1981. The album contained four hit singles, including "Love Action", "Open Your Heart", and the UK/US number one hit "Don't You Want Me". The band received the Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough Act in 1982. Further hits followed throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, including "Being Boiled", "Mirror Man", "Fascination", "The Lebanon", "Human" (a US No. 1) and "Tell Me When".

    The band began as an avant-garde all-male synthesizer-based group. The only constant band member since 1977 has been vocalist and songwriter Philip Oakey. Keyboard players Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh both left the band in 1980 to form Heaven 17. Under Oakey's leadership, the Human League then evolved into a commercially successful synthpop band with a new line-up including female vocalists Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley. Since the mid-1990s, the band has essentially been a trio of Oakey, Catherall and Sulley with various sidemen.

    Since 1978, the Human League have released nine studio albums, four EPs, 30 singles and several compilation albums. They have had five albums and eight singles in the UK Top 10 and have sold more than 20 million records.

    Dare (released as Dare! in the U.S.) is the third studio album from British synthpop band The Human League. The album was recorded between March and September 1981 and first released in the UK on 20 October 1981, then subsequently in the U.S. in mid-1982.

    The style of the album is the result of the rapid evolution of The Human League from experimental avant-garde electronic group into a commercial pop group under Philip Oakey's creative direction following the departure of fellow founding members Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh. Dare became critically acclaimed and has proved to be a genre-defining album, whose influence can be felt in many areas of pop music today. The album and its four singles were hugely successful commercially, with the album reaching #1 in the UK and being certified Triple Platinum by the BPI.

    Track listing

    Side 1[26]  
    No. Title Writing Length  
    1. "The Things That Dreams Are Made Of"   Oakey, Wright 4:14
    2. "Open Your Heart"   Callis, Oakey 3:53
    3. "The Sound of the Crowd"   Burden, Oakey 3:56
    4. "Darkness"   Callis, Wright 3:56
    5. "Do or Die"   Burden, Oakey 5:25
    Side 2  
    No. Title Writing Length  
    6. "Get Carter"   Budd 1:02
    7. "I Am the Law"   Oakey, Wright 4:09
    8. "Seconds"   Callis, Oakey, Wright 4:58
    9. "Love Action (I Believe in Love)"   Burden, Oakey 4:58
    10. "Don't You Want Me"   Callis, Oakey, Wright 3:56

    Personnel and credits

    • Ian Burden: Synthesizer
    • Jo Callis: Synthesizer
    • Joanne Catherall: Vocals
    • Philip Oakey: Vocals & Synthesizer
    • Susanne Sulley: Vocals
    • Philip Adrian Wright: Synthesizer & Slides
    • Martin Rushent: Programming
    • Dave Allen: Programming, assistant engineer
    • Recorded at: Genetic Sound Studios, Reading, Berkshire, UK
    • Cover Design: by Philip Oakey, Philip Adrian Wright, Ken Ansell

    Studio equipment used

    The following studio equipment was used in the recording of the album:

    • Casio M10
    • Casio VL-1
    • Korg 770
    • Korg Delta
    • Linn LM-1
    • Roland Jupiter-4
    • Roland MC-8
    • Roland System 700
    • Yamaha CS-15

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    • Product Code: V2192
    • Availability: In Stock
    • £7.49

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