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The B-52'sThe B-52's

Genre:Rock
Style:New Wave
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Tracklist

Planet Claire4:35
52 Girls3:34
Dance This Mess Around4:36
Rock Lobster6:49
Lava4:54
There's A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon)4:54
Hero Worship4:07
6060-8422:48
Downtown2:57

Credits (11)

Notes

Also released in Germany as "Play Loud".
Sometimes also incorrectly referenced as "High Fidelity" due to the joke logo printed on the front cover.

The B-52's is an eponymous New Wave album by Athens, Georgia-based rock band The B-52's. The kitschy lyrics and mood, and the hook-laden harmonies helped establish a fanbase for the band, who would go on to release several chart-topping singles. The album cover was designed by Tony Wright (credited as Sue Ab Surd).

The B-52's peaked at number 59 on the Billboard 200 and "Rock Lobster" peaked at number 56 on the Hot 100. In 2003 the TV network VH1 named The B-52's the 99th greatest album of all time. Shortly before his death, John Lennon said he enjoyed the album. In his 1995 book The Alternative Music Almanac, Alan Cross placed the album in the #9 spot on the list of '10 Classic Alternative Albums'. In 2003 the album was ranked number 152 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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    Cover of The B-52's, 1979-07-20, VinylThe B-52's
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    Island Records – ILPS 9580*, Island Records – ILPS 9580UK1979UK1979
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    Warner Bros. Records – QBS 3355Canada1979Canada1979
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    Warner Bros. Records – M5 3355US1979US1979
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    Island Records – 9123 048France1979France1979
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    Warner Bros. Records – BSK 3355US1979US1979
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    Island Records – 200776Netherlands1979Netherlands1979
    Cover of The B-52's, 1979, VinylThe B-52's
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    Island Records – ILPS 19580Italy1979Italy1979
    Cover of The B-52's, 1979-07-20, VinylThe B-52's
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    Island Records – ILPS 9580UK1979UK1979
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    Island Records – 30 081 4Germany1979Germany1979
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    Island Records – ILS-81263Japan1979Japan1979
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    Cover of The B-52's, 1979, CassetteThe B-52's
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    Warner Bros. Records – M5 3355Canada1979Canada1979
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    Cover of The B-52's, 1979, VinylThe B-52's
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    Warner Bros. Records – BSK 3355US1979US1979
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    Warner Bros. Records – BSK 3355New Zealand1979New Zealand1979
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    Cover of The B-52's, 1979, VinylThe B-52's
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    Island Records – 5200 776Portugal1979Portugal1979
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    Island Records – ML 4360South Africa1979South Africa1979
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    Island Records – 14C 062-63015Greece1979Greece1979
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    Warner Bros. Records – BSK 3355Australia1979Australia1979
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    Island Records – 200 776, Island Records – 200 776-320Germany1979Germany1979
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    Warner Bros. Records – BSK 3355US1979US1979
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    Cover of The B-52's, 1979, VinylThe B-52's
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    Island Records – 7250 030France1979France1979
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    Island Records – 200 776, Island Records – 200776Scandinavia1979Scandinavia1979
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    Cover of The B-52's, 1979-07-12, VinylThe B-52's
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    Warner Bros. Records – W-3929Venezuela1979Venezuela1979
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    Cover of The B-52's, 1979, VinylThe B-52's
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    Warner Bros. Records Inc. – BSK 3355US1979US1979
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    Cover of Play Loud, 1979, CassettePlay Loud
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    Island Records – 400 776, Island Records – 400 776-352Germany1979Germany1979
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    Cover of The B-52's, 1979, CassetteThe B-52's
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    Island Records – D 400776Spain1979Spain1979
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    Cover of The B-52's, 1979, VinylThe B-52's
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    Warner Bros. Records – BSK 3355Philippines1979Philippines1979
    Cover of The B-52's, 1979-07-12, VinylThe B-52's
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    Island Records – 200 776, Island Records – 200 776-320Germany1979Germany1979
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    Reviews

    • Tiikerikissa's avatar
      Tiikerikissa
      Very positively surprised after listening this for a long time (never heard on vinyl). Great soundstage: wide & concentrated; instruments clearly separated and lively. Voices occasionally restricted. Bass tunes not the most colorful, but the amount is just right. Overall, a great version: a delight to listen to & easy to love. Recommended.
      • atrainradio's avatar
        atrainradio
        Compared to my friend's first UK pressing, this cassette has great frequency response, only hampered by the pre-Dolby cassette tape formulation. Cassettes in general have a very specific sound that serious vinyl heads may find off-putting, but cassettes were never meant to be audiophile quality. Though in the late 80s, when the XDR tapes came out, many of them sound just as good, if not better, than their LP counterparts.
        • metzger.richard's avatar
          My copy, with the STERLING SUBA matrix, has regular tan WB labels.
          • shymanseeks's avatar
            shymanseeks
            the pressing is flat and noiseless. the mix/production is well balanced. artwork is fine. Looks good, sounds good - a well done reissue!
            • LMgroove's avatar
              LMgroove
              It's not "Back to the 80s". This album came out in 1979. Geezus
              • Agent64's avatar
                Agent64
                Have this exact copy but with an even dark blue label and the "new" Island logo with a full round background to the palm tree.
                • pkicker's avatar
                  pkicker
                  Edited 8 months ago
                  Interesting discussion in Hoffmann forums on this particular PMDC pressing.

                  https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/the-b-52s-on-cd.718608/page-3

                  In the past two weeks, I have spent substantial time listening to the three early CD versions I own of The B-52's self-titled debut. I feel I have now gained sufficient perspective to offer a few thoughts. Most importantly, these discs do sound noticeably different.

                  I will start by saying the early American Warner release (3355-2), which I have possessed the longest, is my least favorite of all. A certain lack of focus pervades the disc, which at times even enters the realm of distortion. Cindy Wilson's cracking (in a bad way) vocals at the beginning of Hero Worship are emblematic of what has gone wrong on this set. It's not as bad as it could have been, but I now clearly understand why I never listened to this disc all that much through the years, even though I love the album and this was the only copy of it on my shelf. I have heard it stated this release was gleaned from the best tape sources, but if that is the case, the mastering engineer certainly didn't make the most of a prized opportunity.

                  The IMCD-1 Island Masters disc (842 444-2) falls on the other end of the scale. This is a nice sounding disc with expansive dynamic range to boot. The level of instrumental and vocal detail is commendable, and everything is clear and well balanced. I have heard this disc was sourced from lesser tapes, but if true, the mastering engineer must have been some kind of genius. An earlier critique in this thread concerned a lack of bass, but I did not notice this on my system, and in any event, it might all come down to individual preference. I will profess I have always preferred to dial up the treble a bit. I was also not bothered by any volume variation among tracks as was mentioned earlier in this thread.

                  The earlier Play Loud Island Masters disc (250776/CID 9580) also has its merits, foremost being it seems to more closely approximate how I recall hearing the album on vinyl, which I did listen to a lot. Though the vocals are less detailed than on the IMCD-1 disc, they do sound "right". Instrumental detail is likewise decreased, but lower frequencies do seem to be relatively enhanced in a good way. This disc is more compressed than the other two, and this does have a noticeable effect on careful scrutiny. Nevertheless, the overall DR remains a high 12, and compression was obviously applied with a purpose, not simply to make things louder.

                  In the end, I will finally be rid of the Warner disc and keep the other two. Nevertheless, I will chiefly listen to the IMCD-1 disc. Though the vocals on it are a bit more detailed than expected, the instrumental elements are presented beautifully, and with great balance. Of the three, it possesses the most dynamic range, and this clearly shows.

                  :thumbsdow The B-52's, The B-52's, Warner Bros, 3355-2

                  :thumbsup: The B-52's, Play Loud, Island Masters, 250 776, CID 9580

                  :thumbsup: The B-52's, The B-52's, Island Masters, IMCD-1, 842 444-2 (Matrix: Made in France by PMDC, 842 444-2 00 L7)​
                  Sep 3, 2020
                  • gdurkn's avatar
                    gdurkn
                    Edited 9 months ago
                    Sounds great . Great pressing. Very quiet, nice soundstage separation, etc.
                    VPI/ Soundsmith
                    • Mickyw1's avatar
                      Mickyw1
                      Just bought this recently as I lost my original copy years ago....Great re-issue, sounds superb, great vinyl, flat and no noise. Highly recommend this pressing!
                      • heroinsaves69's avatar
                        heroinsaves69
                        Sounds pretty darn good, flat, quiet, I don't know why these MOV pressings don't get more love...maybe they don't have the marketing power of some of the more "audiophile" companies... Have the clash box set, bringing it all back home, highway 61 revisited, and blonde on blonde, and they're all superb pressings, flat, quiet, and they sound great... I have multiple original pressings of the Dylan albums and at this point my MOVs are the go-to players... And with all the recent MoFi revelations (and their house "smiley face EQ" sound) these are all still reasonably priced, and to my ears preferable sound wise.

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