Nöel* ‎– Is There More To Life Than Dancing?

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Dancing Is Dangerous 9:45
Is There More To Life Than Dancing? 8:09
The Night They Invented Love 9:16
Au Revoir 3:10
I Want A Man 4:56

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
200 772, 200 772-320 Nöel* Is There More To Life Than Dancing?(LP, Album, P/Mixed) Virgin, Virgin 200 772, 200 772-320 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
VCN 1001 Noel (2) Is There More To Life Than Dancing?(LP) Virgin VCN 1001 Nigeria 1979 Sell This Version
V 2126 Nöel* Is There More To Life Than Dancing?(LP, Album) Virgin V 2126 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
200 772, 200 772-320 Nöel* Is There More To Life Than Dancing?(LP, Album) Virgin, Virgin 200 772, 200 772-320 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
L-36 968 Nöel* Is There More To Life Than Dancing?(LP, Album, P/Mixed) Virgin L-36 968 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
2933 781 Nöel* Is There More To Life Than Dancing?(LP, Album, P/Mixed) Virgin 2933 781 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
V2126 Nöel* Is There More To Life Than Dancing?(LP, Pic) Virgin V2126 UK 1979 Sell This Version

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anfunny2003

anfunny2003

February 17, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Is There More To Life Than Dancing?, LP, Album, P/Mixed, 200 772, 200 772-320
Now this is just sublime. Crank the dance-o-meter up to, yes, 11 and let's all D-I-S-C-O! Los Angeles based model-turned-singer Noël was unfortunate enough to escape any kind of stardom with her late seventies clutch of singles, or this, her debut mini-album, 'Is There More To Life Than Dancing?', despite it all being crafted by the hands of those crazy Maël brothers, better known to you and I as Sparks. Issued by Virgin Records, it has everything you'd expect from a Sparks produced set, and none of Noël's tracks would sound entirely out of place on their own Giorgio Moroder-produced 'No. 1 Song In Heaven' album, also from 1979. Check out the near-ten minute health warning set to music that is 'Dancing Is Dangerous', which was also issued as a single in the same year. Another highlight from the long player is the sax-erific 'The Night They Invented Love', which hints at future New Wave adventures beyond the discotheque. Here in the UK, the album was only issued as a segued, picture disc LP, at the cost of any kind of decent sound quality, and there's no digital remastering or CD re-issue to speak of, so we're stuck with it for now. Sometimes, however, it's worth putting up with inferior sound for the sheer pleasure of the music. In February 2011, Harmless Records included the title track on their 'Disco Discharge - Cruising The Beats' 2CD, providing Noël with her compact disc debut, albeit just the one track. There was another full-length release from Noël, a second album back in 1982 entitled, 'Peer Pressure', credited to Noël And The Red Wedge but devoid of any credited Maël involvement. Hopefully, you'll want to visit that in the not too distant future, too... Trivia! It has long been rumoured that Noël was actually Russell Maël in drag, using tape varispeed to transform his voice... is that an Adam's apple we spy in the photos on the LP sleeve?
OneCharmingBastard

OneCharmingBastard

December 12, 2008
referencing Is There More To Life Than Dancing?, LP, VCN 1001
Quite possibly a life-changing moment for a disco biscuit like myself was the discovery of this one-off Sparks-produced (and written and sung by) moment of late period '79 synth heaven - it not only holds up incredibly well, but could quite possibly be the Lost Classic that JanetMead spoke of (rather than an overlooked gem) - apparently Girogio is shaping the production platform at this point, after the successful reinvention of the Maels on "No 1 In Heaven".

Solid (non-falsetto vocal from Ron Mael, and the aforementioned Noel acquits herself nicely....

got to get that beat, indeed.
JanetMead

JanetMead

October 27, 2006
edited over 11 years ago
referencing Is There More To Life Than Dancing?, LP, VCN 1001

Neil Tennant once commented to the effect that the best pop music is so long-lasting due, paradoxically, to its disposability, whereas self-important rock music tends to date very quickly. That seems a pretty broad statement, but I will say that I've loved this irresistible bit of fluff for over 20 years. I don't know if I'd call this a lost classic, but I do think it's a forgotten gem. This EP, produced by the Mael Brothers of Sparks around the time that Giorgio Moroder was working with them, shows his definite influence while remaining true to their aesthetic. OK, that sounds too intellectual: this is a fantastic combination of European disco and early synth-pop and it's well worth checking out. It has a giddy, unironic foolishness that defies any label other than "fun," and it has always deserved a wider audience: anyone for whom the question "Is there more to life than dancing?" is rhetorical.