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Communards

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Despite the inability of the music to live up to the high standards of Jimmy Somerville's ridiculously skilled falsetto voice, the Communards' first album achieved platinum status in several countries. Somerville's spirited duet with Sarah Jane Morris on a cover of Thelma Houston's "Don't Leave Me This Way" helped push the record into the Top Ten on the U.K. charts, and a decent blend of other dancefloor fillers with Richard Coles-centric piano ballads lends variety for the ears that can't take a full album's worth of dance music. Both "Breadline Britain" and "Reprise" continue Somerville's activist ideals; the latter has to be one of the sharpest dissections of Margaret Thatcher. Compared to the following Red, much of the duo's self-titled debut sounds flat, lacking punch -- all the more surprising from a Mike Thorne (Wire, Marc Almond) production. [The remastered version adds a lengthy mix of "Don't Leave Me This Way."]
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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1
Don't Leave Me This Way (with Sarah Jane Morris)
00:04:31

Kenneth Gamble, Writer - Cary Gilbert, Writer - The Communards, MainArtist - LEON HUFF, Writer - Carl Beatty, Engineer - Fernando Kral, Assistant Engineer - Mike Thorne, Producer, Production - Communards, Performance - Sarah Jane Morris, Vocals, FeaturedArtist

1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

2
La Dolarosa
00:02:44

Coles, Composer - The Communards, MainArtist - Mike Thorne, Production - Somerville, Composer

1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

3
Disenchanted
00:04:12

Coles, Composer - The Communards, MainArtist - Mike Thorne, Production - Somerville, Composer

1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

4
Reprise
00:05:24

Coles, Composer - The Communards, MainArtist - Mike Thorne, Production - Somerville, Composer

1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

5
So Cold the Night
00:04:39

The Communards, MainArtist - Mike Thorne, Production - Jimmy Somerville, Composer - Richard Coles, Composer

1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

6
You Are My World
00:04:27

Coles, Composer - The Communards, MainArtist - Mike Thorne, Production - Somerville, Composer

1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

7
Lover Man
00:03:52

The Communards, MainArtist - Davis, Composer - Ramirez, Composer - Sherman, Composer - Mike Thorne, Production

1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

8
Don't Slip Away
00:02:59

Coles, Composer - The Communards, MainArtist - Mike Thorne, Production - Somerville, Composer

1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

9
Heavens Above
00:03:58

Coles, Composer - The Communards, MainArtist - Mike Thorne, Production - Somerville, Composer

1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

10
Forbidden Love
00:05:02

Coles, Composer - The Communards, MainArtist - Mike Thorne, Production - Somerville, Composer

1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

11
Breadline Britain
00:02:31

Coles, Composer - The Communards, MainArtist - Mike Thorne, Production - Somerville, Composer

1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

12
Don't Leave Me This Way 12" Mega Mixes
00:22:49

Kenneth Gamble, Writer - Cary Gilbert, Writer - The Communards, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - LEON HUFF, Writer - Mike Thorne, Production - Sarah Jane Morris, Lead Vocals

1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554 1986 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

Album Description

Despite the inability of the music to live up to the high standards of Jimmy Somerville's ridiculously skilled falsetto voice, the Communards' first album achieved platinum status in several countries. Somerville's spirited duet with Sarah Jane Morris on a cover of Thelma Houston's "Don't Leave Me This Way" helped push the record into the Top Ten on the U.K. charts, and a decent blend of other dancefloor fillers with Richard Coles-centric piano ballads lends variety for the ears that can't take a full album's worth of dance music. Both "Breadline Britain" and "Reprise" continue Somerville's activist ideals; the latter has to be one of the sharpest dissections of Margaret Thatcher. Compared to the following Red, much of the duo's self-titled debut sounds flat, lacking punch -- all the more surprising from a Mike Thorne (Wire, Marc Almond) production. [The remastered version adds a lengthy mix of "Don't Leave Me This Way."]
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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