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Intelligence Dept.Sleeping City

Intelligence Dept. - Sleeping City album cover

Label:Anna Logue Records – ANNA 029-CD.2011, Mannequin – MNQ 011
Format:
CD, Compilation, Remastered
Country:Germany
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Genre:Electronic
Style:New Wave, Synth-pop

Tracklist

1Sleeping City6:22
2Too Late To Love5:59
3Loneliness6:06
4Anger Inside5:04
5Sister Europe
Written-ByThe Furs*
6:56
6Gravity5:39
7Intelligence Dept.6:03
8Chains6:16
9Where Are You4:56
10Nice Faces - Live5:22
11Black Widow - Live5:40
12Too Late To Love - Live5:42
13Sleeping City - Live6:01
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Notes

Remastered digipak-CD re-issue of the "Sleeping City" demo cassette from 1984 and "The Big Trouble" demo cassette from 1985 plus four tracks recorded live at Arena Nuovo, Ferrara, Italy, 09-07-1985.

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Sleeping City (LP, Compilation, Remastered)Anna Logue Records, MannequinANNA 029.2011, MNQ 011Germany2011

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    AnnaLogue
    “In this SLEEPING CITY – I will die, I will die, I will die” …

    “Sleeping City” is the highly anticipated and Anna’s second release in co-operation with the Mannequin label from Rome, Italy. INTELLIGENCE DEPT. were Davide Carlotti (synthesisers, sax, backing vocals), Susanna Zaghi (vocals, lyrics), Stefano Panzera (bass) and Gian Paolo Di Federico (synthesisers, drum machine programming) from Ferrara, Italy. They only ever officially released three, yet totally amazing tracks on the “A White Chance” LP compilation in 1984 (White Studio Recording, WS 001; White Studio was a recording studio in Ferrara). These tracks were “Sleeping City”, “Too Late To Love” and “Anger (Inside)” from their first 5-track demo cassette entitled “Sleeping City” (1984), which also included the track “Loneliness” already known from the “Danza Meccanica – Italian Synth Wave 1982-1987” LP/CD compilation, MNQ 005/ITN 012. Anna was obsessed by these tracks, especially “Too Late To Love”, and she just had to find the band (which by the help of Alessandro Adriani eventually happened, thanks, Ale!). In 1985 they recorded a second 4-track demo entitled “The Big Trouble” but not many people seem to have known about its existence. INTELLIGENCE DEPT.’s music is a unique blend of melancholic 80’s electropop with dark/new wave basses and (not annoying) saxophone action while being fronted by a powerful female vocalist, the lovely Susanna. INTELLIGENCE DEPT. surely had a great potential to become a bigger or more successful band, but those were the times, like many others they faded into obscurity… but were not forgotten, so here we offer them and you a second chance with the retrospective compilations of INTELLIGENCE DEPT.’s works: “Sleeping City”. The vinyl version features all four INTELLIGENCE DEPT. compositions from the “Sleeping City” cassette and all four tracks from the “The Big Trouble” cassette. The digipak-CD version comes with a different artwork and an additional five bonus tracks including the cover version of “Sister Europe” by The Psychedelic Furs, as well as four tracks recorded live at the Arena Nuovo in Ferrara in 1985: “Sleeping City” and “Too Late To Love”, as well as the two previously totally unknown tracks “Nice Faces” and “Black Widow”, thus a total of 13 amazing tracks.

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