M1chaelMcG

Heaven 17 - Penthouse And Pavement M1chaelMcG

February 21, 2021
referencing Penthouse And Pavement, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Whi, DEMREC372
The volume on this pressing is very low. no closed groove at the end of side 2 (for a very long time - for a very long time - for a very long time...). Why either of these is the case is beyond me.
Tuaam

Heaven 17 - Penthouse And Pavement Tuaam

November 27, 2020
referencing Penthouse And Pavement, LP, Album, V2208
I love how side 2 ends in a run out, where it repeats the same "For a very long time", up until auto-stop stops the turntable and results in it ending.

ggggreenisaac

Heaven 17 - Penthouse And Pavement ggggreenisaac

July 8, 2020
referencing Penthouse And Pavement, CD, Album, RE, CDV2208, 0777 7 87276 20
One to avoid right here - This CD has the exact same mastering as the two earlier editions (1983 sky blue CD with no barcode/1987 'DIDZ-10090') but the pre-emphasis flag is not set, meaning that even on dedicated CD players (i.e. not those on computers or DVD/Blu Ray players) it'll most likely play with that shrill treble sound. No info on exactly when this edition was released, but it would've been sometime after the 1987 release and before the 2006 remaster. Matrix: "787276 . 1 EMI SWINDON"
(This comment is for the CD release 0777 7 87276 20)
CRUSHTRASH

Heaven 17 - Penthouse And Pavement CRUSHTRASH

July 1, 2020
referencing Penthouse And Pavement, LP, Album, VL 2225
I have A Side Matrix VL 2225-A-2 Q (the Q is inverted, as is usual for Quality Pressings plant). Track A3 only plays the 3:30 album version, not the 7:29 extended mix. It appears they pressed 2 variants!
CRUSHTRASH

Heaven 17 - Penthouse And Pavement CRUSHTRASH

May 7, 2020
referencing Penthouse And Pavement, LP, Album, 2473 824

Interesting variations on the LP sleeve on this release (details added to the listing). I can see that listing 3 UK cities may have seemed unnecessary under the band's title, but does anyone know why they changed the wording to "That's breaking new ground..."?
anemiccinema

Heaven 17 - Penthouse And Pavement anemiccinema

March 6, 2020
referencing Penthouse And Pavement, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Whi, DEMREC372
Does this version have the locked groove at the end of side 2 track We"re going to live a very long time??
drarnott

Heaven 17 - Penthouse And Pavement drarnott

October 15, 2020
referencing Penthouse And Pavement, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Whi, DEMREC372

No - it fades out - so no endless groove on this pressing.
mcalnd

Heaven 17 - Penthouse And Pavement as reviewed by mcalnd

July 21, 2019
referencing Penthouse And Pavement, CD, Album, RE, RM, CDVR 2208, 0946 3 66802 2 4
A tough recommend this. A massive audio dropout in the left channel on the title track (around the line "Pistol, pavements, No TV") spoils the party here.
neighborhood_Threat

Heaven 17 - Penthouse And Pavement neighborhood_Threat

January 18, 2018
referencing Penthouse And Pavement, CD, Album, CDV2208, 610 024

Excellent sounding early CD Version of this album (I even think this is a pre-emphasized edition, at least according to the DR database). Much clearer and more defined than the remaster, so try to find this disc if you want this album on CD!
toshberman

Heaven 17 - Penthouse And Pavement as reviewed by toshberman

October 7, 2017
referencing Penthouse And Pavement, LP, Album, V2208

A bit of social-analysis seen through the noise and head of Sheffield's Heaven 17. One of the great (and smart) synth-funk- pop albums ever. One of the beauties of the album is that it's under-cooked with respect to production. In its own fashion, the 'sound' is minimal, and not fussy. Very straightforward and in one's face. Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware were members of The Human League who made two great albums (with them in it) that pioneered the electro-experimental-pop sound. Very urban in a JG Ballard landscape that one imagines Sheffield as in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They left Phil Oakley (lead singer/co-writer) of the League to form B.E.F. with the singer Glen Gregory, and in theory, Heaven 17 is an off-shoot of this company/production house/art collective. In many ways, a pop version of Public Image Ltd. "Penthouse and Pavement" is an album about Capitalism and everything wrong with it, yet, done with beautiful melodies and a steady dance beat.

This edition is very vinyl aesthetic. Side one is the Pavement side (probably Situationist minded), and two is Penthouse side. As the album format goes, this is very much thought out work of pop music making. The first song on the Pavement side is "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang," a song that by all means should be the rallying cry in every demonstration against the corporate and political world. Written in the Reagan/Maggie era, this song still holds up in today's environment. It's impossible not to shake your hips or move your hands up and down when this record is being played. The "Pavement" side is very groove orientated, compared to the pop leanings of the Penthouse, which has five incredible songs in a row. Starting off with "Geisha Boys and Temple Girls" (a play of gender in that song) that lead to "Let's All Make a Bomb" which is probably the catchiest song about bomb-making ever in the pop music world. "The Height of the Fighting" is a glam electro song, that also serves as an anthem, made perfectly for the local Football match or a political rally. The entire side two is extremely focused on this type of music, where one feels 'action' is taking place instead of talking. The album ends with "We're Going To Live For A Very Long Time" which never ends if you have a turntable that doesn't turn itself off. The song continues in the runout until one picks up the record needle. Fantastic end to a perfect album of its time and place (the early 1980s).

The one persistent style or influence that goes through Heaven 17 and early Human League is glam rock. The Human League covered Mick Ronson's "After Dark" and Gary Glitter's "Rock n' Roll Part 2" and "Penthouse and Pavement" is very much soul meets glam. Heaven 17 continued to make good records, including their work with B.E.F. (British Electronic Foundation), but never came close to the brilliance and great songwriting of "Penthouse and Pavement." Also note that the album is engineered and co-produced by Peter Walsh, who worked on the later Scott Walker masterpieces. And advice to the buyer, do get the British edition of this album on vinyl, just for the fantastic endless groove of "We're Going To Live For A Long Time." -Tosh Berman
Misannthorpe

Heaven 17 - Penthouse And Pavement Misannthorpe

June 21, 2020
referencing Penthouse And Pavement, LP, Album, V2208
Perhaps it's just me being a cynical old bastard but I can't escape the very definite feeling that "every demonstration against the corporate and political world" is in reality, organised by the corporate/political (one and the same, no?) world. This album has a very similar feeling to Scritti Politti's "Songs to remember" for me, although by comparison, the production on this is positively polished! "Songs to remember" sounds like an out and out classic, to my ears, these days and this is also well on the way to attaining such rarified status.
kara.f.leisure

Heaven 17 - Penthouse And Pavement kara.f.leisure

November 19, 2016
referencing Penthouse And Pavement, LP, Album, V2208
"Were Going To Live For A Very Long Time" finishes the album off with a nice lock groove, if it hasn't been noted before.
xj23

Heaven 17 - Penthouse And Pavement xj23

August 7, 2017
referencing Penthouse And Pavement, LP, Album, V2208
One of the cd reissues does a nice job of repeating for a few minutes.
marcorocca

Heaven 17 - Penthouse And Pavement marcorocca

February 5, 2016
referencing Penthouse And Pavement, CD, Album, CDV2208
cd does not exist on the market before 1982 (Billy Joel october 1982) how can this CD have been made in 1981?
atrabillious

Heaven 17 - Penthouse And Pavement atrabillious

March 27, 2018
referencing Penthouse And Pavement, CD, Album, CDV2208
you know there was music before CD? I had it on 'cassette'. (look ut up)
gadget242

Heaven 17 - Penthouse And Pavement as reviewed by gadget242

January 23, 2003
referencing Penthouse And Pavement, LP, Album, V2208
"We're Going To Live For A Very Long Time" re-uses the rhythm track to "Marianne" by the Human League. Was this a sly dig at their ex-colleagues? Who knows.