DAF* ‎– 1st Step To Heaven

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Dean Records ‎– 207 435, Dean Records ‎– 207 435-620
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Recorded 85 / 86 Hartmann Digital Studio
℗ 1986 Ariola Eurodisc GmbH

Distribution in Europe by RCA/Ariola-Ariola/RCA Distribué en Europe par RCA/Ariola-Ariola/RCA Vertrieb in Europa durch Ariola RCA-RCA Ariola
Printed in Western Germany by TOPAC, Gesellschaft für Tonträger-Verpackung mbH, Gütersloh. Imprimé en République Fédérale d'Allemagne.

Printed inner sleeve. Title: DAF - LP Production Master

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 4 007192 074358
  • Rights Society: gema stemra biem
  • Label Code: LC 8797
  • Price Code: -620
  • Other (Inner sleeve): 207 435-8
  • Matrix / Runout (Label A): S 207 435 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label B): S 207 435 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A): DM 207435 A-1/8-86
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B): DM 207435 B-1/8-86

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
257 435 DAF* 1st Step To Heaven(CD, Album) Dean Records 257 435 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
74321 62832 2 DAF* 1st Step To Heaven(CD, Album, RE) Ariola 74321 62832 2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
YX-7419-AX DAF* 1st Step To Heaven(LP, Album, Promo) Dean Records YX-7419-AX Japan 1986 Sell This Version
VG 60047, S-207435 DAF* 1st Step To Heaven(LP, Album) Virgin Greece, Dean Records VG 60047, S-207435 Greece 1986 Sell This Version
407-435 DAF* 1st Step To Heaven(Cass, Album) Ariola, Dean Records 407-435 Canada 1986 Sell This Version

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Crijevo

Crijevo

March 15, 2018
It's not about loving the first, big four (or five, if you prefer "Produkt der DAF") albums - at best, this album makes it for one true oddity in the duo's catalogue. By abbreviating their earlier "Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft" name to a simplified "DAF", Robert und Gabi seem to have distanced themselves from the avant-garde pulse they so beautifully explored (and exhausted) up to "Für Immer" - and to an extent also on both camps' solo efforts respectively - Görl's "Nightful of Tension" via Mute, and Gabi's "Mistress" via Virgin, of which the latter audibly helped directing this, 1986 comeback album of theirs...

With "1st Step To Heaven" traces of early work are not entirely erased as DAF pushes into the daring territory of italo-disco/eurodance with varying results. Its trashy aspect (mainly in the lyrics dept) may appeal to some but such deliveries most definitely undermine whats otherwise appealing musically. Generally, a medley-driven record, on which "Absolute Body Control" and especially "Brothers" - remain the strongest pair of tracks. Deliciously exotic along the way, you can tell the ingredients are perfect; somewhere between Bobby O-era Pet Shop Boys, Six Sed Red, Propaganda and to an extent New Order and 52nd Street... one of the songs even relies on a Prince template, exploiting the riff quite similar to a certain "1999"... - the entire album fares best on the dancefloor of course, but the overall impression, however, is that of a tedious exercise getting nowhere in particular.

Anyone familiar with DAF will surely enjoy it, if for sheer curiosity.
TENSE2000

TENSE2000

October 13, 2017
When can we look forward to the reasessment and re-release of this under rated lp? Which hipster dj and/or hipster label needs to give this their seal of approval before people act as though they always liked this full length? I love loving this album and seeing ''purists'' turn their nose up. Seriously funky ass dance album without a dull moment.
djsid86

djsid86

April 12, 2017
A great LP from DAF if you like their EBM roots merged with Synthpop. Not a bad song from the lot. Voulez Vous Part II has some great sounds especially the nice drums during the mixout at the end. Brothers is probably their best track from a dance POV. Lots of innovative sounds and chords coming from this LP.
d.teil

d.teil

April 2, 2014
edited over 4 years ago

was for me back in 1986 a really strong album. now after almost 3 decades i hear this album again. OPIUM sounds like Cabaret Voltaire (in a good sense) : a strong electric tune which might survived the time excellent. BROTHERS was THE tune in the Discos i went. VOULEZ VOUS is totally funky at all. And so the album goes on in a quite different mix. remarkable und underrated.
nattvaktaren

nattvaktaren

November 26, 2003
Everybody knows and loves the classic three albums. This is the hidden gem, very different from the hard sounds of 1980-82. Daf reformed in '85, released a couple of singles and then this; gay as fuck and very funky. Stand-out tracks are Brothers and Voulez Vous pts 1 & 2.