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Erasure|Wonderland (Special Edition) [Remastered] (2011 Expanded Edition)

Wonderland (Special Edition) [Remastered] (2011 Expanded Edition)

Erasure

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The duo's full debut was a sparkling collection of synth-pop tunes that made up in enthusiasm and immediate catchiness what it lacked in overall variety or any sense of artistic progression from Clarke's past. Though the production, one of Flood's earliest high-profile efforts, is detailed and often lush, anyone who had followed Clarke's career wouldn't be surprised by anything on Wonderland. Bell's vocals merely tie the connections to the past further, his at-times too-shrill-for-comfort falsetto inevitably echoing Yaz's Alison Moyet as well as one-time Assembly vocalist Feargal Sharkey. Allowing for all these inevitable reminders, though, still means Wonderland is well worth a listen. The key reason is the smash U.K. single "Oh l'Amour," which rapidly became a staple for American modern rock stations as well. A lovely a cappella opening and instantly catchy hook, not to mention sprightly performances from Clarke and Bell both (the latter wisely undersings rather than pushing the flamboyance, letting loose more on the chorus), ensured its classic status. The two other singles, "Who Needs Love Like That" and "Heavenly Action," aren't quite as strong but work in the general formula quite well regardless. Other album cuts are a touch more scattered in quality; nothing is awful, but there are some definite highlights. The slightly slower "Cry So Easy" has a great chorus, giving Bell a chance to show his chops, while "March on Down the Line" moves with a fine positive energy, an anthem without calling attention to itself as such. "Say What" is an interesting mostly instrumental, aside from a gang shout or two of the title, letting Clarke's compositional abilities come to the fore on their own.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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1
Who Needs Love Like That (2011 Remaster)
00:03:19

Andy Bell, Writer - Vince Clarke, Writer - A. Clay, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Erasure, MainArtist - Flood, Producer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer - P. Legg, Personal Assistant, Assistant - N. Hine, Personal Assistant, Assistant

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

2
Reunion (2011 Remaster)
00:03:25

Andy Bell, Writer - Vince Clarke, Writer - A. Clay, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Erasure, MainArtist - Flood, Producer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer - P. Legg, Personal Assistant, Assistant - N. Hine, Personal Assistant, Assistant

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

3
Cry so Easy (2011 Remaster)
00:03:36

Andy Bell, Writer - A. Clay, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Erasure, MainArtist - Flood, Producer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer - P. Legg, Personal Assistant, Assistant - N. Hine, Personal Assistant, Assistant

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

4
Push Me Shove Me (2011 Remaster)
00:05:11

Vince Clarke, Writer - A. Clay, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Erasure, MainArtist - Flood, Producer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer - P. Legg, Personal Assistant, Assistant - N. Hine, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Joseph Watt, Remixer, Remix

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

5
Heavenly Action (2011 Remaster)
00:03:31

Andy Bell, Writer - Vince Clarke, Writer - A. Clay, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Erasure, MainArtist - Flood, Producer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer - P. Legg, Personal Assistant, Assistant - N. Hine, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Dave Foster, Bass

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

6
Say What (2011 Remaster)
00:03:56

Andy Bell, Writer - Vince Clarke, Writer - A. Clay, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Erasure, MainArtist - Flood, Producer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer - P. Legg, Personal Assistant, Assistant - N. Hine, Personal Assistant, Assistant

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

7
Love Is a Loser (2011 Remaster)
00:03:02

Andy Bell, Writer - Vince Clarke, Writer - A. Clay, Assistant - Erasure, MainArtist - Flood, Producer - P. Legg, Assistant - N. Hine, Assistant

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

8
Senseless (2011 Remaster)
00:03:27

Andy Bell, Writer - Vince Clarke, Writer - A. Clay, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Erasure, MainArtist - Flood, Producer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer - P. Legg, Personal Assistant, Assistant - N. Hine, Personal Assistant, Assistant

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

9
My Heart...So Blue (2011 Remaster)
00:04:31

A. Clay, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Erasure, MainArtist - Flood, Producer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer - P. Legg, Personal Assistant, Assistant - N. Hine, Personal Assistant, Assistant

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

10
Oh L'Amour (2011 Remaster)
00:03:04

Andy Bell, Composer, Writer - Vince Clarke, Composer, Writer - A. Clay, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Erasure, MainArtist - Flood, Producer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer - P. Legg, Personal Assistant, Assistant - N. Hine, Personal Assistant, Assistant

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

11
Pistol (2011 Remaster)
00:03:30

A. Clay, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Erasure, MainArtist - Flood, Producer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer - P. Legg, Personal Assistant, Assistant - N. Hine, Personal Assistant, Assistant

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

12
Say What ((Remix) [2011 Remaster])
00:07:22

Andy Bell, Writer - Vince Clarke, Writer - A. Clay, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Erasure, MainArtist - Flood, Producer, Remix - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer, Remixer - P. Legg, Personal Assistant, Assistant - N. Hine, Personal Assistant, Assistant

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

13
March On Down The Line ((Remix) [2011 Remaster])
00:06:07

Andy Bell, Writer - Vince Clarke, Writer - A. Clay, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Erasure, MainArtist - Flood, Producer, Remix - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer, Remixer - P. Legg, Personal Assistant, Assistant - N. Hine, Personal Assistant, Assistant

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

14
Senseless ((Remix) [2011 Remaster])
00:05:07

Andy Bell, Writer - Vince Clarke, Writer - A. Clay, Personal Assistant, Assistant - Erasure, MainArtist - Flood, Producer - Mark "Flood" Ellis, Producer - P. Legg, Personal Assistant, Assistant - N. Hine, Personal Assistant, Assistant

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

DISC 2

1
Who Needs Love Like That ((Mexican Mix) [2011 Remaster])
00:06:11

Andy Bell, Writer - Vince Clarke, Writer - Erasure, MainArtist - Joseph Watt, Remixer, Remix

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

2
Push Me Shove Me ((Extended as Far as Possible Mix) [2011 Remaster])
00:04:09

Erasure, Performance, MainArtist

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

3
Don't Say No ((Ruby Red Mix) [2011 Remaster])
00:06:10

Erasure, MainArtist - Nick Titchener, Remixer - Peter Colin, Remixer

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

4
Heavenly Action ((12'' Mix) [2011 Remaster])
00:06:11

Andy Bell, Writer - Vince Clarke, Writer - Erasure, MainArtist

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

5
March On Down the Line (2011 Remaster)
00:03:47

Andy Bell, Writer - Vince Clarke, Writer - Erasure, MainArtist

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

6
Oh L'Amour ((PWL Funky Sisters Say "Ooh La La") [2011 Remaster])
00:07:17

Andy Bell, Composer, Writer - Vince Clarke, Composer, Writer - Erasure, MainArtist - The Funky Sisters, Remixer, Remix

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

7
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! ((Remix) [2011 Remaster])
00:04:59

Bjöern Ulvaeus, Composer - Benny Andersson, Composer - PAUL KENDALL, Remixer, Remix - Erasure, MainArtist

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company

8
Cry So Easy (BBC Radio One Session - Bruno Brookes 15 November 1985)
00:03:43

Andy Bell, Writer - Erasure, MainArtist

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2011 BBC. Licensed courtesy of BBC Worldwide.

9
Who Needs Love Like That (BBC Radio One Session - Bruno Brookes 15 November 1985)
00:03:34

Andy Bell, Writer - Vince Clarke, Writer - Erasure, MainArtist

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2011 BBC. Licensed courtesy of BBC Worldwide.

10
Senseless (BBC Radio One Session - 5 December 1985)
00:03:32

Andy Bell, Writer - Vince Clarke, Writer - Erasure, MainArtist

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2011 BBC. Licensed courtesy of BBC Worldwide.

11
Heavenly Action (BBC Radio One Session - 5 December 1985)
00:03:39

Andy Bell, Writer - Vince Clarke, Writer - Erasure, MainArtist

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2011 BBC. Licensed courtesy of BBC Worldwide.

12
Say What (BBC Radio One Session - 5 December 1985)
00:03:26

Andy Bell, Writer - Vince Clarke, Writer - Erasure, MainArtist

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2011 BBC. Licensed courtesy of BBC Worldwide.

13
Push Me Shove Me (BBC Radio One Session - 5 December 1985)
00:02:51

Vince Clarke, Writer - Erasure, MainArtist

© 2011 Mute Records Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2011 BBC. Licensed courtesy of BBC Worldwide.

Album Description

The duo's full debut was a sparkling collection of synth-pop tunes that made up in enthusiasm and immediate catchiness what it lacked in overall variety or any sense of artistic progression from Clarke's past. Though the production, one of Flood's earliest high-profile efforts, is detailed and often lush, anyone who had followed Clarke's career wouldn't be surprised by anything on Wonderland. Bell's vocals merely tie the connections to the past further, his at-times too-shrill-for-comfort falsetto inevitably echoing Yaz's Alison Moyet as well as one-time Assembly vocalist Feargal Sharkey. Allowing for all these inevitable reminders, though, still means Wonderland is well worth a listen. The key reason is the smash U.K. single "Oh l'Amour," which rapidly became a staple for American modern rock stations as well. A lovely a cappella opening and instantly catchy hook, not to mention sprightly performances from Clarke and Bell both (the latter wisely undersings rather than pushing the flamboyance, letting loose more on the chorus), ensured its classic status. The two other singles, "Who Needs Love Like That" and "Heavenly Action," aren't quite as strong but work in the general formula quite well regardless. Other album cuts are a touch more scattered in quality; nothing is awful, but there are some definite highlights. The slightly slower "Cry So Easy" has a great chorus, giving Bell a chance to show his chops, while "March on Down the Line" moves with a fine positive energy, an anthem without calling attention to itself as such. "Say What" is an interesting mostly instrumental, aside from a gang shout or two of the title, letting Clarke's compositional abilities come to the fore on their own.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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