The Future (3) And The Human League ‎– The Golden Hour Of The Future

Black Melody ‎– MELCD4, Black Melody ‎– ENTER 603305845997
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A collection of early cassette demos

Subtitle on CD, front cover, spine: Recordings By The Future And The Human League
No subtitle on back sleeve

This first version has a printed barcode that was altered on future versions. Some copies came with a replacement barcode sticker stuck to the back of the jewel case covering it up.

Tracks 1 to 12, 14, 16 to 20: Copyright Control
Track 13: Jobete Music
Track 15: Famous Music
Track 19: EMI Unitedpartnership Ltd

All attempts have been made to contact uncredited contributors prior to release.

This compilation
℗2002 Black Melody Ltd. ©2002 Black Melody Ltd.

Sound quality may vary over the course of the album. This is due to the nature of the original masters and not a production fault.

Made in the EU.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text above barcode / back cover): 603305845997
  • Barcode (Scanned / back cover): 6033058459975
  • Barcode (Text / sticker on case covering barcode): 6 66017 04682 2
  • Barcode (Scanned / sticker on case covering barcode): 666017046822
  • Matrix / Runout: MELCD4 SP 23462 A
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 1L07
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 1L0B

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MELCD5, ENTER 0666017190822 The Future (3) And The Human League The Future (3) And The Human League - The Golden Hour Of The Future(CD, RE, RM) Black Melody, Black Melody MELCD5, ENTER 0666017190822 UK 2008 Sell This Version
MELCD5, ENTER 0666017190822 The Future (3) And The Human League The Future (3) And The Human League - The Golden Hour Of The Future(CD, RE, RM, RP) Black Melody, Black Melody MELCD5, ENTER 0666017190822 UK 2009 Sell This Version
MELCD4, ENTER 666017046822 The Future (3) And The Human League The Future (3) And The Human League - The Golden Hour Of The Future(CD, Comp, Mono) Black Melody, Black Melody MELCD4, ENTER 666017046822 UK 2002 Sell This Version


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March 17, 2016

Oh, and while I'm back here again, how about a 2xLP vinyl pressing?

You know it makes sense.


January 26, 2015
edited over 3 years ago

Although 4JG & Dance Like A Star get all the plaudits, my personal favourite is the hypnotic Year Of The Jet Packs.

As a child of the early 80's, the bubbling melody combined with the harsh "percussion" (which, to be honest, is more akin to playing a Commodore 64 game cassette through your dad's hi-fi) really hits home with me.

In fact, the entire song sounds like some twisted c64 game music, once you get past the rather bizarre clicky finger intro.

When you consider the influence of Punk that spread through UK youth in the late 70's, for a few Sheffield lads in their early 20's to give the middle finger to all things rock 'n roll and experiment on synths is quite something.

The legacy they left is felt to this day.


January 31, 2003
edited about 1 month ago

It really doesn't matter whether you are technically improved these days to make music that will satisfy a selective ear. In case of the Human League, their early incarnations give a certain proof that all this glitch-crap of today lays fingers deep on their experimental beginnings. This is the perfect and by all means a very rare and ultimate experience to face the Human League when they WERE the Human League - also more to refer to Ian C Marsh and Martyn Ware in their collaboration with later-Clock DVA's Adi Newton as The Future. isn't it strange how all of a sudden all these master tapes appeared from a dusty corner of 1976-77 period when Punk just hit the UK and when all these characters popped out and started twitching with three-chord cliches to become another Sex Pistols. Unlike the rest of the UK where more-less everyone carried on the Sex Pistols fame, The Human League and their fellow-Sheffieldeans had a much more diverse background which generated itself through Kraftwerk and Disco influences amongst other things... The Human League just like their peers respected the Punk ethic for most of its preachings but in the end failed just like the rest because they transformed their electronic experiment into commodity and instead of updating electronic-pop with finesses, they crushed on it along the way. 'The Golden Hour of the Future' is a powerful testimony of the group' awareness of the times they grew up with all this massive grey environment where culturally THEY established the new background. Due to rarities, it seems that every 'phase one' counts with positiveness - endless enthusiasm and believing what they did back then that it would change the world. And it did. Nevermind the side effects afterwards.