The Farm ‎– Spartacus

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The Farm's breakthrough album, which captured the prevailing indie trend with bands of the time, moving from the guitar pop of previous releases towards danceable rhythms and acid house-influenced grooves.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MILK CD1 The Farm Spartacus(CD, Album) Produce Records (2) MILK CD1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
MILK LP1 The Farm Spartacus / Spartacus - Terry Farley Remix EP(LP, Album + 12", EP, Ltd) Produce Records (2) MILK LP1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
9 26600-2 The Farm Spartacus(CD, Album) Sire 9 26600-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
ZD 74943 The Farm Spartacus(CD, Album) Jive ZD 74943 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
INT 845.160 The Farm Spartacus(CD, Album) Intercord INT 845.160 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
POSCD 6846 The Farm Spartacus(CD, Album) Possum POSCD 6846 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
9031-74109-2 The Farm Spartacus(CD, Album) Carrere 9031-74109-2 France 1991 Sell This Version
VICP-5070 The Farm Spartacus(CD, Album) Produce Records (2), Victor VICP-5070 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
CDSNIR 25141 The Farm Spartacus(CD, Album) Produce Records (2) CDSNIR 25141 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
CD 26600 The Farm Spartacus(CD, Album) Sire CD 26600 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
W2 26600 The Farm Spartacus(CD, Album, Club) Sire, Reprise Records W2 26600 US 1991 Sell This Version
9 26600-2 The Farm Spartacus(CD, Album, Club) Sire 9 26600-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
INT 445.160 The Farm Spartacus(Cass, Album) Intercord INT 445.160 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
MILK MC1 The Farm Spartacus(Cass, Album) Produce Records (2) MILK MC1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
OCS 1283 The Farm Spartacus(Cass, Album) Boy Records (4), Open Records OCS 1283 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
9 26600-4, 4-26600 The Farm Spartacus(Cass, Album, AR,) Sire, Sire 9 26600-4, 4-26600 US 1991 Sell This Version
9 26600-4, 4-26600 The Farm Spartacus(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Sire, Sire 9 26600-4, 4-26600 US 1991 Sell This Version
92 66004, 9 26600-4 The Farm Spartacus(Cass, Album, Dol) Sire, Reprise Records 92 66004, 9 26600-4 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
9 26600-4, 4-26600 The Farm Spartacus(Cass, Album, SR,) Sire, Sire 9 26600-4, 4-26600 US 1991 Sell This Version
INT 145.160 The Farm Spartacus(LP, Album) Intercord INT 145.160 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
MILK LP1 The Farm Spartacus(LP, Album) Produce Records (2) MILK LP1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
MILK-LP-1 The Farm Spartacus(LP, Album) Boy Records (4) MILK-LP-1 Spain 1991 Sell This Version
SNIR 25141 The Farm Spartacus(LP, Album) Produce Records (2) SNIR 25141 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
MILK LP1 The Farm Spartacus(LP, Album) Produce Records (2) MILK LP1 Portugal 1991 Sell This Version
ZL 74943, ZT 44458 The Farm Spartacus(LP, Album + 12", EP) Jive, Jive ZL 74943, ZT 44458 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
ZL74943, ZT44458 The Farm Spartacus(LP, Album + 12", EP) Jive, Jive ZL74943, ZT44458 UK & Europe 1991 Sell This Version
INT 145.160 The Farm Spartacus(LP, Album + 12", EP, Ltd) Intercord INT 145.160 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
1-471850, 188.260 The Farm Spartacus(LP, Album) Produce Records (2), Columbia 1-471850, 188.260 Brazil 1992 Sell This Version
ESM CD 580, GAS 0000580ESM, GAS0000580ESM The Farm Spartacus(CD, Album, RE) Essential, Castle Communications, Essential ESM CD 580, GAS 0000580ESM, GAS0000580ESM UK 1997 Sell This Version
MEDCD 743 The Farm Spartacus...Plus(2xCD, Album, Comp) Edsel Records MEDCD 743 UK 2004 Sell This Version
4-26600 The Farm Spartacus(Cass, Album, Promo) Sire 4-26600 US Unknown Sell This Version
EP-102 The Farm Spartacus(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Elcomp EP-102 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
1390 The Farm Spartacus(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Takt Music 1390 Poland Unknown Sell This Version

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Nutti

Nutti

September 1, 2018
referencing Spartacus, CD, Album, MILK CD1
Surprisingly good even after 27 years. Timeless album. Music not to be taken too seriously but it's got heart put into it. It's lovely. The grooves are nice and I can totally understand why it was a hit. It really put together the cultural environment of that day. It combined brit rock and groove music in a way that wasn't done before. I remember to this day how I went to a local record shop just to get this. It was placed on the window, I spotted it right there as I walked in. I did not even know how it would look like and was quite surprised by the cover. This has something similar in it as Snap's World Power, Technotronic, Deee-Lite albums and some of the rap music like MC Hammer. I always associated it like that. 4/5
pyenapple

pyenapple

March 21, 2015
referencing Spartacus...Plus, 2xCD, Album, Comp, MEDCD 743

Sadly, this one lacks the best remix of the bunch, the Terry Farley remix of "Very Emotional", with its slinky, nocturnally velvet groove. I'm not sure why they left it off, but it was a mistake to do so.
jtdevious

jtdevious

August 3, 2010
referencing Spartacus...Plus, 2xCD, Album, Comp, MEDCD 743
Excellent indie/dance crossover material from Liverpool's answer to the Happy Mondays. Some fantastic indie tracks, such as their classics 'Groovy Train', 'All Together Now', 'Family of Man' and 'Stepping Stone'. Expect deep dancey basslines, guitar-led rhythms, occasional piano riffs and the constant jeering vocal attitude of Hooton and Grimes. This album features all The Farm's classic indie hits plus the B-Side remixes from Boys Own legends Terry Farley and Rocky and Diesel. The Farms fresh produce was often sold at The Hacienda to thriving teens who were asked ‘..what happened to the attitude…you used to have at school?’.
y-1

y-1

June 13, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
referencing Spartacus, CD, Album, INT 845.160

Not as bad! This UK chart topping album by The Farm, a band that came from nowhere before this release and went there after it again, has been put down on many occasions. Sure, The Farm were copyists rather than inventors, and as instrumentalists (as well as Peter Hooton as the vocalist) they were mediocre. The latter can be witnessed when listening to the self-produced original version of Family Of Man which is not on this album but on the B side of the Stepping Stone 12" and sounds somewhat embarassingly naive. But - The Farm did write some decent tunes, and the expert production of Madness' Graham McPherson guaranteed a certain quality control of their output.
The singles taken from Spartacus are its commonly acknowledged highlights: Groovy Train still rocks many a dancefloor, whereas All Together Now has survived the commercial radio variety erosion. The album's third single, Don't Let Me Down, is one of its weaker tracks. But then it also features further cool indie tunes as Hearts And Minds and Sweet Inspiration, whereas Higher And Higher and Very Emotional (preferably in their original versions) are good club tracks. Special mention to the harakiri guitar solo in the new version of Family Of Man.