Thomas Leer ‎– The Scale Of Ten

Arista ‎– 207 208
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All instruments and sound programmed and performed on Fairlight CMI.

All songs published by Complete Music Ltd
Original sound recording made by Arista Records Ltd
Label side A:
© 1985 Arista Records Ltd
℗ 1985 Arista Records Ltd except A5 ℗ 1984 Arista Records Ltd

Label side B:
℗ 1985 Arista Records Inc.
© 1985 Arista Records Inc.

Ariola-Eurodisc GmbH, München.

Distributed by the Ariola Group of Companies.
Distributed in the UK by Polygram Operations Ltd.
Printed in West Germany by Mohndruck Graphische Betriebe GmbH, Gutersloh.
Imprime en Republique Federale de Allemagne
Manufactured by Sonopress Gutersloh. West Germany

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 4 007192 072088
  • Barcode (Scanned): 4007192072088
  • Rights Society: GEMA STEMRA BIEM
  • Label Code: LC 3484
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): 207 208-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): 207 208-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A): 020 207208 A1 timtom
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B): 020 207208 B-1 TY
  • Price Code (Germany): -620
  • Price Code (France): AE 280
  • Price Code (Great Britain): [blank]

Other Versions (5 of 5) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
LERSP 322 Thomas Leer The Scale Of Ten(LP, MiniAlbum, Promo) Arista LERSP 322 UK 1985 Sell This Version
03.207208.50 Thomas Leer The Scale Of Ten(LP, Album) Dacapo 03.207208.50 Portugal 1985 Sell This Version
30 ARS 39211 Thomas Leer The Scale Of Ten(Cass, Album) Arista 30 ARS 39211 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
ARS 39211 Thomas Leer The Scale Of Ten(LP, Album) Arista ARS 39211 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
82876 625962 Thomas Leer The Scale Of Ten(CD, Album, RE) BMG 82876 625962 UK & Europe 2004 Sell This Version


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August 10, 2015
First off, cant believe this album is 30 years old this summer. When this was first released i almost wore my copy out. Some other reviewers seem obsessed with the use of the fairlight CMI. "too much Fairlight" like saying status quo use too much guitar. As his other releases were quite lo-fi in terms of equipment (still wonderful releases) i suspect with him signing to arista, give him the great advantage of the latest gear, which at the time was the fairlight (which is after all a just a sampler, all be it a very expensive one). Even in his earlier work , the main thing to sound out was his quirky use of catchy melodies and those almost jazzy solos. with scale of ten leer perfected his sound with clever arrangements and glossy production to make this one of the stand out albums of 80's pop electronica. Just a shame arista never re-released all the tracks on the 12" that accompanied this album.

If you like electronic music then definitely give this album a listen and i suggest a few listening before it reveals its magic.


May 22, 2015
On the flipside of the review submitted below, I am a fan of glossy and pop synth music. While I have some appreciation for Leer's earlier experimental work, this is the album I love. The Fairlight is all over this album, and I'm first to admit it's almost too much Fairlight - but given his intentions and the popularity of the instrument at the time...
Anyway, this album does indeed have wonderful Synth pop moments. If you're look for synth gloss here it is. It's shiny, it's 80's, it's attempting a go at commercial success. I also appreciate his work with Act; though certainly less a commercial grab, the pop intent is there.
His prior 'industrial' leanings work well in the context of lines like "cold steel town" and 'International' is a great pop song about the heroin trade. Still subversive while retaining that gloss.


October 16, 2004
edited over 14 years ago
I understand why other fans of Leer's earlier work may not like this, and for the longest time I wasn't as impressed as I was with the Cherry Red/Oblique/Industrial releases, but I have to say I've come to love this. As mentioned, this is Leer with a Fairlight trying to make something as glossy and pop as possible. He wasn't alone, like Heaven 17, the Human League and others who followed ABC's path from underground new wave to the top of the charts, Leer really believed he could subvert from the inside. It didn't work, but this is a beautiful 80s pop record with extremely subtle charms.


May 15, 2002

I was a little disappointed by this LP. "Contradictions" was raw NewWave-City-Soul, and here he uses a CMI Fairlight to do 'real' songs which became a little sterile. nevertheless there are 3 or 4 good songs on it ("International", "Mistrust")