Thomas Dolby ‎– The Golden Age Of Wireless

EMI ‎– 1A 064-07607, Venice In Peril Records ‎– 1A 064-07607
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Flying North
Backing Vocals – Lesley FairbairnDrum Programming – TMDR*Guitar – Dave BirchPercussion [Backwards] – Justin Hildreth
A2 Commercial Breakup
Lyrics By – Thomas DolbyMusic By – Thomas Dolby, Tim Kerr (2)
A3 Weightless
Backing Vocals – James Allen, Judy Evans, Lene Lovich, Les Chappell, Lesley FairbairnVocals [Monks] – Bruce Woolley, Dave Birch, TMDR*
A4 Europa And The Pirate Twins
Backing Vocals – Les ChappellHarmonica – Andy PartridgePercussion [Electronic] – TMDR*
A5 Windpower
Brass [Leadline], Flute – Simon LloydDrum Programming – TMDR*Vocals [Shipping Forecast] – John Marsh
B1 The Wreck Of The Fairchild
Backing Vocals – Bruce WoolleyKalimba – TMDR*Other [Chilean Translations, Distress, Grace] – Guido Orlando
B2 Airwaves
Backing Vocals – Bruce Woolley
B3 Radio Silence
Backing Vocals – Akiko YanoMixed By – TMDR*Mixed By, Synthesizer – Daniel Miller
B4 Cloudburst At Shingle Street
Backing Vocals – James Allen, Judy Evans, Lesley FairbairnVocals [Operatics] – Lene Lovich, Les Chappell



This is the first European version of the LP as released in early 1982 in the UK.

This full-length version of The Wreck Of The Fairchild found here is unique to this pressing, which continues the radio frequency tones directly into Airwaves without a break. The version found on the B-side of the Airwaves 7" single fades early making it about 5 seconds shorter.

Later pressings differ from this one in a variety of ways, but most notably:
First US issue (but second issue overall; on Harvest):
Drops The Wreck Of The Fairchild, but adds Urges and Leipzig which were taken from an early single. Replaces the full-length Airwaves found here with a 7" version, and includes a different version of Radio Silence.

A later US version then dropped Urges and Leipzig and instead added She Blinded Me With Science and One Of Our Submarines. Still later pressings switch off between the long and short versions of She Blinded... and Airwaves, and the rock (long) vs. synth (short) versions of Radio Silence.

Printed inner sleeve
Cover is printed in Holland

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VIP1001, OC 062-07 607 Thomas Dolby The Golden Age Of Wireless(LP, Album) Venice In Peril Records, Venice In Peril Records VIP1001, OC 062-07 607 UK 1982 Sell This Version
4XT-12271, 4XT 12271 Thomas Dolby The Golden Age Of Wireless(Cass, Album, Whi) Capitol Records, Capitol Records 4XT-12271, 4XT 12271 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
C054 1077821 Thomas Dolby The Golden Age Of Wireless(LP, Album) Venice In Peril Records C054 1077821 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
50999 2 67915 2 4, 2679 152 Thomas Dolby The Golden Age Of Wireless(CD, Album, RE, RM + DVD-V, NTSC) EMI, EMI 50999 2 67915 2 4, 2679 152 UK & Europe 2009 Sell This Version
ST-512271 Thomas Dolby The Golden Age Of Wireless(LP, Album, Club) Capitol Records ST-512271 US 1984 Sell This Version