The Human League ‎– Hysteria

Virgin ‎– V 2315
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 I'm Coming Back
A2 I Love You Too Much
Drum Programming – Martin Rushent
A3 Rock Me Again And Again And Again And Again And Again And Again (Six Times)
A4 Louise
A5 The Lebanon
B1 Betrayed
B2 The Sign
Drum Programming – Jim Russell, Martin Rushent
B3 So Hurt
Drum Programming – Martin Rushent
B4 Life On Your Own
B5 Don't You Know I Want You
Drum Programming – Martin Rushent

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Comes in a gatefold sleeve.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VNC 5048 The Human League Hysteria(LP, Album) Virgin VNC 5048 South Africa 1984 Sell This Version
V2315 The Human League Hysteria(LP, Album) Virgin V2315 Israel 1984 Sell This Version
De-Luxe 206 307/97498, 206 307 The Human League Hysteria(LP, Album, RP, Gat) Virgin, Virgin De-Luxe 206 307/97498, 206 307 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
32VD-1085 The Human League Hysteria(CD, Album) Virgin EMI 32VD-1085 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
V 2315 The Human League Hysteria(LP, Album) Virgin V 2315 Iceland 1984 Sell This Version



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September 22, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
To say it was a forced affair, would be an understatement - two years in the making, with a couple of non-album singles along the way (much superior "Mirror Man" and to a lesser extent catchy but funny "Fascination"), a clash with the producers, the record label's interference and "Hysteria" sadly couldn't live up to its promise.

"Louise" and "Life On Your Own" are the only examples that got out of this mess with true electro-pop radiance, definitely matching the best of "Dare" and their choice as singles may seem obvious (at worst), keeping up with their 1981 mega-success. The remaining material shows only sparks of promise towards artistic maturity but in the end sadly chokes on arrangements that sound too dated even for 1984's standards. And it's not due to the group's decision to add guitars or funkier sounds to their synth music. Actually, it's the synths themselves. The rhythms may be more upbeat but don't live up the songs, and the synthetic horn arrangements are so horrible to start with they ruin every song they appear in - the opening "I'm Coming Back", the utterly clumsy replica of "Rock Me Again" and the poor closing number "Don't You Know I Want You", all desperately trying to sound like "songs" but there is too much audible wasted space to consider them truly finished (not to mention interesting).

Among the potentially better songs, "Betrayed" is definitely a winner (despite also being ruined by a synth-horn arrangement), sounding edgier, as an interesting, politically charged song, plus the groovier trio of songs - "The Sign", "I Love You Too Much" and "So Hurt" - the latter even slightly (but only slightly!) echoing some of the mk-I League's flare - if only that line-up survived the turmoil (think in terms of "Travelogue").

And of course there is "The Lebanon", the most electrified song on the album that stands out on its own as the most conceptual - even as a single, with its interesting instrumental b-side called "Thirteen" (which is at times pleasantly reminiscent of Simple Minds).