Thomas DolbyThe Flat Earth

Label:Parlophone Odeon Series – PCS 2400341
Vinyl, LP, Album
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:New Wave, Synth-pop


Lyrics By, Music ByT. Dolby*
Music ByK. Armstrong*, M. Seligman*
A2The Flat Earth
A3Screen Kiss
B1White City
B2Mulu The Rain Forest
Backing VocalsBruce Woolley
B3I Scare Myself
TrombonePeter Thoms
Written-ByD. Hicks*
Mixed ByAlan Douglas (2)
Percussion [Tins, Thundersheet]Matthew Salt
Sampler [Drum Samples]Justin Hildreth
TrombonePeter Thoms

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Issued on Parlophone Odeon Series labels; die-cut printed inner sleeve with lyrics; some copies have a sticker on the cover stating:
'Includes The Single

Engineered in Brussels and mixed in London.

Side A total time is 17.08.
Side B total time is 20.44.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 099924 003414
  • Other (Printers code): GO 8402 GL
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, side A. Var. 1): PCS 2400341 A-2U-1*3-
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, side B, stamped. Var. 1): PCS 2400341 B-1U-1-1- 3C P̶C̶S̶ ̶1̶0̶7̶8̶2̶0̶1̶ ̶B̶-̶1̶U̶-̶1̶-̶1̶-̶ ̶
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, side A. Var. 2): PCS 2400341 A-1U-1-1- P̶C̶S̶ ̶1̶0̶7̶8̶2̶0̶1̶ ̶A̶-̶1̶U̶-̶1̶-̶1̶-̶ ̶
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, side B. Var. 2): PCS 2400341 B-1U-1-1- 22 P̶C̶S̶ ̶1̶0̶7̶8̶2̶0̶1̶ ̶B̶-̶1̶U̶-̶1̶-̶1̶-̶ ̶
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A. Variant 3): PCS 2400341 A-2U-1-1 -G
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B. Variant 3): PCS 2400741 B-1U-1-1- P̶C̶S̶ ̶1̶0̶7̶8̶2̶0̶1̶ ̶B̶-̶1̶U̶-̶1̶-̶1̶-̶ ̶

Other Versions (5 of 72)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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The Flat Earth (2×LP, Single Sided, White Label)Parlophone Odeon SeriesPCS 1078201UK1983
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The Flat Earth (LP, Album, Jacksonville Pressing)Capitol RecordsST-12309US1984
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The Flat Earth (Cassette, Album, Winchester, Dolby HX Pro)Capitol Records4XT-12309US1984
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The Flat Earth (LP, Album)Pathé Marconi EMI2400341France1984
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The Flat Earth (LP, Album)Parlophone Odeon Series, Parlophone Odeon Series1A 064-2400341, 064 2400341Europe1984



  • colin_mallett's avatar
    Dolbys first two albums are definitely the best this being one futuristic farelight sounds and good tunes. Just found a second copy in my collection still in the shrink wrap from the 80s
    • tonyknezovic's avatar
      So strange this has not seen any reissue these days!
      Beautiful album,all tracks are something special,some kind of melancholic mood..powerfull and easy chill if I can say so.
      A true beauty.
      • myramyramyra's avatar
        Just bought this the other day , first time I've heard it . Absolutely brilliant. So far ahead of it's time.
        • anthonymaw's avatar
          Not sure about the others pressings, but the Australian EMI pressing indicates it uses the "Maxicut" mastering process to produce incredibly high dynamic range particularly in the bass frequencies, without causing the needle to jump out of the groove. The Australia EMI pressing definitely has some good low end punch to it.
          • Expansive09's avatar
            Edited 3 years ago
            A crossroad where intellect meets mechanical pop aesthetics! Far reaching into nether techno pop most musicians in the 1980's wish they could have tread. Dolby is refined, articulate and mind bendingly creative hooks, English wit, sophisticated rhythmic passage (I swear he must have been listening to Afro pop when recording this one!) and all that this is a brilliant recording. I love all that 80s tech the 808s and Fairlights its still better than 90% of garbage that passes for music thus far into the 21st century circa 2018. T
            • KohTaKyiv's avatar
              'Dissidents' has a quote from Laozi in Russian taken from Tarkovsky's 'Stalker':

              - A man is born gentle and weak; at his death he is hard and stiff. All things, including the grass and trees, are soft and pliable in life; dry and brittle in death.
              • blackpooltangerine's avatar
                I have a copy of the Dutch Vinyl LP 1A0642400341A with the usual inlay sleeve & lyrics however it has a different picture sleeve. The front cover is headed 'ad-vice en de risico's van het vak ' then a large picture of 4 persons climbing mountains and the The Flat Earth Thomas Dolby,the back cover is of 7 men in ski outfits and covered in snow. Does anyone have any information on this.



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