Reissue Press Release

Thomas Dolby – Press Release


Thomas Dolby Collector’s Editions
The Golden Age Of Wireless (CD + DVD)
The Flat Earth
LONDON, UK July 13th 2009 – Thomas Dolby, iconic synthesist/songwriter and tech entrepreneur, has remastered his first two albums ‘The Golden Age Of Wireless’ (1982) and ‘The Flat Earth’ (1984). The new Collectors Editions are released today on CD and as digital downloads, complete with special bonus tracks, personal sleeve notes, live recordings, original demos, and rare video footage from the period. The five-time GrammyTMnominee oversaw the Abbey Rd remastering sessions himself, and sorted through studio outtakes and cassette tapes to put together definitive versions of these groundbreaking LPs.The albums are widely regarded by critics as two of the definitive moments in the history of 1980s music. Thomas Dolby’s fresh sonic approach blended layers of electronic sound over a conventional guitar, piano, bass and drums backing. Dolby’s music heavily featured synths, samplers, sequencers and drum machines, but displayed none of the chilly alienation that many of his contemporaries were so adept at. His quirky uptempo singles lit up radio, MTV and the dance clubs; yet his deeper album cuts revealed him as a classic songwriter in the mould of some of his early influences such as Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell. The lyrics were warm and personal, and the melodies unforgettable, while many of his sonic soundscapes had an ethereal, almost cinematic quality.

Both ‘The Golden Age Of Wireless’ and ‘The Flat Earth’ achieved Gold status in the USA and yielded Top 20 singles around the world. ‘GAOW’ was released in several formats due to the success of the breakthrough songs ‘She Blinded Me With Science’ and ‘One Of Our Submarines’, which were not on the original LP but were added by Capitol Records following Dolby’s sudden emergence in 1982 as a star of the nascent MTV. Presented here in full, the re-released ‘GAOW’ combines all variations of the album, and is accompanied by a DVD of the full-length 1983 live concert performance ‘Live Wireless’, originally available only on laser disc.

In a recent edition of Wired magazine, JJ Abrams said: “Dolby’s ‘The Golden Age of Wireless’ remains one of the greatest albums ever recorded. And his follow-up records were a brilliant mix of heart, soul, and electronics. He’s a genius.”

His sophomore album ‘The Flat Earth’, regarded by some as Dolby’s masterpiece, originally featured only seven songs. The Collector’s Edition of ‘TFE’ is enhanced by five additional tracks, including the previously unreleased ‘Marseille’ and a pair of Dolby songs written for films. Owners of the Collectors Editions will have access to a special area of the web site to download free additional rare songs, lyrics and other goodies.

He is currently hard at work in his renewable energy-powered 1930s lifeboat studio on a brand new album of songs, his first new music since taking a 12-year sabbatical in Silicon Valley where his company Beatnik Inc created the ringtone technology currently embedded in approximately two-thirds of the world’s mobile phones. The Collectors Editions of these his first two albums will pave the way for a whole new chapter of Thomas Dolby’s remarkable musical journey.

The full track listing follows:

The Golden Age of Wireless (Collector’s Edition)
Flying North
Commercial Breakup
Europa And The Pirate Twins
Wreck of the Fairchild
Radio Silence
Cloudburst At Shingle Street
Bonus Tracks:
One of Our Submarines
She Blinded Me With Science
Urban Tribal
Therapy Growth
Sale of the Century
Pedestrian Walkway
New Toy
Jungle Line
Samson and Delilah

The Flat Earth (Collector’s Edition)
The Flat Earth
Screen Kiss
White City
Mulu The Rain Forest
I Scare Myself
Bonus Tracks:
Puppet Theatre
Field Work
Don’t Turn Away
The Devil Is An Englishman

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