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Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Liverpool (1986) - Lp

















Release: 1986
Genre:  Synth-pop, New Wave
Format:  LP
Label:  Island Records
Catalog#  207896
Prijs:  €10,00


Liverpool is Frankie Goes to Hollywood's second and last studio album, released in October 1986. It would be the band's final album of all-new material, and lead singer Holly Johnson would leave the band following the corresponding world tour, followed by a flurry of lawsuits from ZTT.
The album's production was handled by Trevor Horn's engineer Stephen Lipson, who urged the band to play their own instruments on this album (Horn having replaced many of the band's performances and arrangements with his session musicians or his own performances on Welcome to the Pleasuredome.)
Liverpool therefore features a heavier rock sound than its predecessor.

Their second album offering met with some success, although it is not as well remembered. And yet, on many accounts, Liverpool can be considered as an improvement over its predecessor.
For one thing, the album is shorter, more conventional. While Welcome to the Pleasuredome had some strong material, the length weakened the whole in many places. Here, the band focused on eight tracks and the result is somewhat more convincing.

"Warriors of the Wasteland," "Rage Hard," and "Watching the Wildlife" were all minor hits back in 1986, and the other tracks are, for the most part, of the same quality, with perhaps "For Heaven's Sake" standing out as a favorite. Again, Trevor Horn was involved in the production (the band was signed to his famous Zang Tuum Tumb label, so it's no big surprise) -- thus the production is impeccable, as one would expect from a Horn-produced album.
Worth a listen if you like the band or have an interest for '80s music.


Side A
A1.  Warriors Of The Wasteland - 4:53 
A2.  Rage Hard - 5:01 
A3.  Kill The Pain - 6:38 
A4.  Maximum Joy - 5:54 

Side B
B1.  Watching The Wildlife - 4:05 
B2.  Lunar Bay - 5:45 
B3.  For Heaven’s Sake - 4:37 
B4.  Is Anybody Out There? - 7:36

Vinyl:  Goed
Cover:  Goed
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