Heaven 17
Penthouse and Pavement

  1 x LP   standard   33⅓rpm   

( 1981 ) 2019 reissue on standard LP = The debut studio album by the English synthpop band Heaven 17. Original members of Sheffield’s Human League , Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh left after the first two albums and formed Heaven 17 in 1980 . Named aft

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Release date: 29-03-2019 (originally released in 1981)

2019 reissue on standard LP= Original members of Sheffield’s Human League , Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh left after the first two albums and formed Heaven 17 in 1980 . Named after a fictional band in Anthony Burgess’s “A Clockwork Orange”, they recruited Glenn Gregory on vocals (who had been the original choice for lead singer of the Human League). Signed to Virgin Records , debut single “(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove attracted a lot of attention in March 1981 , and a BBC Radio 1 ban. Debut album “Penthouse And was released in September 1981 and was certified Gold the following year. This album also features the singles “Play To Win” and the title track, along with key track “The Height Of The Fighting” Fighting”. The inner sleeve include all the lyrics and credits , and the record is pressed on 180 gram white vinyl .

Tracks:
A1 (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang 4:17
A2 Penthouse & Pavement 6:20
A3 Play To Win 3:30
A4 Soul Warfare 4:57

B1 Geisha Boys & Temple Girls 4:30
B2 Let's All Make A Bomb 4:02
B3 The Height Of The Fighting 3:00
B4 Song With No Name 3:33
B5 We're Going To Live For A Very Long Time 3:2


B1 Only You
B2 Goodbye 70's (Written-By –Alison Moyet)
B3 Tuesday
B4 Winter Kills
B5 Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I)(Written-By –Alison Moyet)

Vince Clarke can claim involvement in two stunning debuts in only two years: Depeche Mode's Speak and Spell and Yaz's Upstairs at Eric's. While Speak and Spell is, by far, the more consistent record, Upstairs at Eric's is wholly more satisfying, beating the Depeche record on substance and ambition, and is light years ahead in emotion. "Don't Go" and "Situation" are absolutely killer with Clarke's bubbling synth and singer Alison Moyet's bluesy and powerful delivery. They're both rightful dance floor staples, and have since undergone numerous remixes, both official and bootleg. "Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I)" is just as good a thumper, adding a wonderful mumbled bridge that shows how much Clarke enjoyed messing with pop music. The softer "Only You" would have sounded silly and robotic if it had appeared on Speak and Spell, but Moyet's vocals makes it bittersweet and engaging. The clumsier experimental tracks make most people head for the hits collection, but to do so would be to miss the album's great twist. The loony tape loop of "I Before E Except After C," the skeletal "Winter Kills," and a disruptive phone call in the middle of the naïve "Bad Connection" offer up more complex and intimate moments. Like its curious cover, Upstairs at Eric's presents a fractured, well-lit, and paranoid urban landscape.


Tracks:
A1 Don't Go
A2 Too Pieces
A3 Bad Connection
A4 I Before E Except After C (Voice [Extra Chit-chat] – Eric's Mum)
A5 Midnight (Written-By –Alison Moyet)
A6 In My Room


B1 Only You
B2 Goodbye 70's (Written-By –Alison Moyet)
B3 Tuesday
B4 Winter Kills
B5 Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I)(Written-By –Alison Moyet)

Discs: 1
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): standard
Speed(33,45): 33
Label: Mute
Originally released: 1982
This release: 2019
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