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Modern EnglishThe Best Of Modern English: Life In The Gladhouse 1980-1984

Label:4AD – GAD 2K21 CD, 4AD – GAD2K21CD
Format:
CD, Remastered, Compilation
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:New Wave, Synth-pop, Experimental

Tracklist

116 Days4:37
2Gathering Dust4:21
3I Melt With You (7" Mix)3:49
4Mesh And Lace4:18
5Black Houses5:42
6After The Snow3:50
7Rainbows End3:06
8Smiles And Laughter3:10
9Ricochet Days5:13
10Dawn Chorus4:42
11Carry Me Down5:25
12Machines5:54
13Heart6:57
14Swans On Glass4:35
15Blue Waves3:58
16Life In The Gladhouse5:04
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Credits

Notes

Remastered at Loud Mastering.

Tracks taken from:
1 and 5: "Mesh & Lace"
2: "Gathering Dust"
3: "I Melt With You"
6, 10 and 11: "After The Snow"
7, 9, 13 and 15: "Ricochet Days"
8: "Smiles And Laughter"
14: "Swans On Glass"

12: unreleased single mix of a track from "Ricochet Days"
16: unreleased alternate remix of a track from "Life In The Gladhouse"

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 652637002126
  • Matrix / Runout: 40024AM-02 GAD2K21CD 012601-39

Other Versions (5)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Life In The Gladhouse: 1980-1984 (CD, Album, Compilation, Promo, Remastered)4ADRCP-5034Taiwan2001
New Submission
The Best Of Modern English: Life In The Gladhouse 1980-1984 (CD, Remastered, Compilation)4AD, 4ADGAD 2K21 CD, GAD2K21CDUK2001
New Submission
The Best Of Modern English: Life In The Gladhouse 1980-1984 (CD, Remastered, Compilation)Sum Records (2), 4AD6921-2, GAD2K21CDBrazil2003
New Submission
The Best Of Modern English: Life In The Gladhouse 1980-1984 (CD, Compilation, Remastered, Repress)4AD, 4ADGAD 2K21 CD, GAD2K21CDUSUnknown
The Best Of Modern English: Life In The Gladhouse 1980-1984 (CD, Compilation, Remastered, Repress, Arvato)4AD, 4ADGAD 2K21 CD, GAD2K21CDUKUnknown

Reviews

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funprox
Edited 14 years ago
Modern English are one of my favourite bands of the early 80's, because they combine melodic songs with gloomy atmospheres. I find both the claustrophobic postpunk sound of their early work and the synth-driven wave style of the After The Snow / Ricochet Days-period enjoyable, but I lost track of their post-4AD work.

This compilation is a fairly good introduction, which shows that Modern English have more to offer than the 'college hit' I Melt With You. There is also a good article about their history in the booklet. My favourite piece on this cd is the furious Swans On Glass.
What I find unforgivable is the absence of Someone's Calling, my favourite Modern English-song. Though it was a single, it has been omitted here in favour of various album tracks. For historical purposes it would also have been nice if their first single Drowning Man was included, which is not available on cd as far as I know.