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    Virginia AstleyHope In A Darkened Heart

    Label:WEA – 242 039-1, WEA – WX78
    Vinyl, LP, Album
    Country:UK & Europe
    Style:Abstract, Minimal, Ambient, Synth-pop


    A1Some Small Hope
    VocalsDavid Sylvian
    A2A Father
    Arranged By [Original]Ted Astley
    A3So Like Dorian4:32
    A4I'm Sorry5:38
    B1Tree Top Club3:45
    Arranged By [Original]Ted Astley
    B3Love's A Lonely Place To Be3:25
    B4A Summer Long Since Passed4:37
    B5Darkness Has Reached Its End
    EngineerPhill Brown
    ProducerRichard J. Burgess*

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    ℗ 1986 WEA Records Ltd.
    © 1986 WEA Records Ltd.
    Made in Germany by WEA Musik GmbH.

    Barcode and Other Identifiers

    • Barcode (Text): 0 22924 20391 6
    • Barcode (Scanned): 022924203916
    • Label Code: LC 4281
    • Rights Society: GEMA /BIEM
    • Price Code (France): WE 381
    • Price Code (In circle): U
    • Matrix / Runout (Runout A-side, stamped, "DK"etched, variant 1): R/S Alsdorf 242039-1-A DK
    • Matrix / Runout (Runout B-side, stamped, variant 1): R/S Alsdorf 242039-1-B
    • Matrix / Runout (Runout A-side stamped, "NK 5" etched, variant 2): R/S Alsdorf 242039-1-A NK 5
    • Matrix / Runout (Runout B-side, stamped, "8" etched, variant 2): R/S Alsdorf 242039-1-B 8
    • Matrix / Runout (Runout A-side, variant 3 stamped, "NK 8" etched): R/S Alsdorf 242039-1-A NK 8
    • Matrix / Runout (Runout B-side, variant 3 stamped, "5" etched): R/S Alsdorf 242039-1-B 5

    Other Versions (5 of 16)View All

    Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
    Recently Edited
    Hope In A Darkened Heart (LP, Album)WEA159 112-1Europe1986
    Hope In A Darkened Heart (CD, Album)WEA242039-2Germany1986
    Hope In A Darkened Heart (LP, Album)WEA1591121Portugal1986
    Recently Edited
    Hope In A Darkened Heart (LP, Album)Geffen RecordsGHS 24184US1986
    New Submission
    Hope In A Darkened Heart (LP, Album, Promo)WEAP-13434Japan1986


    saucer-people's avatar
    Edited one year ago
    Hope In A Darkened Heart is available as a digital download from Virginia's Bandcamp Page:

    Hopefully now that Virginia has reissued a limited CD run of her first album, the same will happen with Hope In A Darkened Heart though I imagine there will be major label/artist permission/royalty issues but it could kick WEA/Geffen or even Hayabusa Landings into reissue mode given it's been a decade since the last reissue and second-hand prices are high, plus I imagine a vinyl reissue would be very sought after as well.
    LakeEerieRecords's avatar
    Life affirming sounds that stop me dead in my tracks and make my heart and mind listen and feel at the same time
    Vivalafica's avatar
    Stunning album, i was 17 when i first listened to this and i was blown away by her voice and the amazing atmosphere/arrangements of the songs.
    There was nothing like it back then and still today it's quite unique, melancholy never sounded so good...
    The whole album is beautiful but my personal favorites are "Some Small Hope" with Sylvian, "A Father", "So Like Dorian" and the instrumental "A Summer Long Since Passed", astonishing!
    tgbonn333's avatar
    One of the most beautiful records ever released. It´s so sad that nearly nobody knows it. This perfect voice coming with this fine Music is great. I love it!
    rockpunkernickel's avatar
    Edited 4 years ago
    Yes, this is Astley’s big label debut on Warner/Geffen, but this is no sellout. On the contrary, it’s as consistently intelligent, delicate and beautiful as anything she’s done, further enhanced by the distinctive and fitting contributions of Sakamoto and Sylvian.
    Vivalafica's avatar
    So many memories! Every time i play this record i recall vivid moments of my life back in the days when this was released, i originally bought it on cassette, then through the years i bought it on CD and vinyl (even the Japanese pressings)
    The dreamlike arrangements of Sakamoto are a perfect match for Astley's sweet vocals, all tracks are wonderful but "Some Small Hope", "So Like Dorian" and "A Summer Long Since Passed" have a special place in my heart...