March 20, 2021

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The Buggles - Adventures In Modern Recording (1981) - €10,00

Adventures in Modern Recording is the second and final studio album by English new wave group the Buggles, released on 11 November 1981 by Carrere Records
Although the Buggles began as a duo of Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes, the album ended up as mostly Horn's solo effort, as Downes left to join Asia on the day recording was originally scheduled to begin. 
It contains nine tracks, including a version of a track from the Buggles' collaborative album with Yes, Drama (1980); it was originally named "Into the Lens", but the Buggles rendition is titled "I Am a Camera". A stylistically and sonically varied progressive electronic album, Adventures in Modern Recording depicts Horn perfecting his skill as producer and was described by journalists as a document for how he would produce his later works. 
It was one of the earliest albums to use the Fairlight CMI, one of the first digital sampling synthesizers

It wasn't surprising that the Buggles' second release, Adventures in Modern Recording, didn't meet the expectations that 1980's internationally successful The Age of Plastic set. Both Horn and Downes had been working on several outside projects, including Yes' 1980 release Drama, which severely limited their time, and for the most part, Adventures was a Trevor Horn solo project; Geoff Downes only appears on three tracks. 
However, many of the criticisms leveled against this outing were unfounded and there is still much to like; several songs, such as the infectious title track, equal The Age of Plastic. Both "Adventures in Modern Recording" and "Inner City," with its lush arrangement and engrossing melody, show off Horn's remarkable production savvy. Horn and Downes collaborations like the sultry "Vermillion Sands" and "I Am a Camera" -- a melancholy, stripped-down version of "Into the Lens," which appeared on Drama -- are top-notch. Meanwhile, "Lenny" is a shot of adrenaline that could have fit nicely on Drama as well; actually, a good portion of that album is as much a Buggles recording as anything you'll find here, so to consider Adventures the second Buggles release would be unfair. Instead, Adventures and Drama should be seen as a collective statement. Buggles fans should look for the Japanese import of Adventures in Modern Recording (Flavour TFCK-87577), which has been remastered and includes unreleased tracks like the bubbly "Fade Away" and the unusual "Blue Nylon," and a 12" mix of "I Am a Camera." Both of the Buggles albums still sound fresh, especially compared to the '90s unimaginative pop. 

Side one
1.  Adventures in Modern Recording  (3:46)
2.  Beatnik  (3:38)
3.  Vermillion Sands  (6:48)
4.  I Am a Camera  (4:56)

Side two
1.  On TV  (2:48)
2.  Inner City  (3:22)
3.  Lenny  (3:12)
4.  Rainbow Warrior  (5:22)
5.  Adventures in Modern Recording (reprise)  (0:51)

Release:  1981
Format:  LP
Genre: Synth-pop
Label:  Carrere Records
Catalog#  67828

Vinyl:  VG
Cover:  VG

Prijs: €10,00

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