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The Dream Academy - The Dream Academy [Warner Brothers 9 25265-1] (1985)

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The Dream Academy

Released: 1985
Label: Warner Brothers
Catalog: 9 25265-1
Genre: Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01-Life In A Northern Town
02-The Edge Of Forever
03-(Johnny) New Light
04-In Places On The Run
05-This World
06-Bound To Be
07-Moving On
08-The Love Parade
09-The Party
10-One Dream
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The Dream Academy is the eponymous debut studio album by the Dream Academy, released in November 1985. It was mainly produced by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Nick Laird-Clowes. The most notable track from the album is ''Life in a Northern Town'', which was written as a tribute to Nick Drake. It also proved to be their only major chart success, reaching number 7 in the US and number 15 in the UK.

The follow-up single, also from the album, ''The Love Parade'' was not received as well as their debut single, reaching number 36 on the US Billboard Chart and only number 68 on the UK chart, but still received solid radio airplay.

Also of note is the song, ''The Edge of Forever'', which plays in a prominent scene during the John Hughes film, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, resulting in many fans of 1980s films becoming more familiar with the Dream Academy's music.

The album went to number 20 on the Billboard 200 Album chart in the US. [wikipedia.org]


The Dream Academy - Remembrance Days [Reprise 1-25625] (1987)

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Remembrance Days

Released: 1987
Label: Reprise
Catalog: 1-25625
Pressing: Specialty Records Corporation
Genre: Rock, Pop, Synth-Pop
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T R A C K L I S T:
01 Indian Summer
02 The Lesson Of Love
03 Humdrum
04 Power To Believe
05 Hampstead Girl
06 Here
07 In The Hands Of Love
08 Ballad In 4/4
09 Doubleminded
10 Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime
11 In Exile (For Rodrigo Rojas)
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Tom Demalon [allmusic.com]

Attempting to follow up the enormous success of their debut proved to be a difficult task for the British trio Dream Academy. Hugh Padgham (Genesis, the Police) came on board to produce the band with frontman Nick Laird-Clowes, resulting in a more glossy sheen to much of the material. ''Indian Summer'' kicks things off, and while echoing the wistfulness and even incorporating a chant-like chorus similar to their massive hit ''Life in a Northern Town,'' it fails to impress in a similar manner. ''Here'' is a lovely, understated ballad that concludes with a flourish and Kate St. John playing oboe, and ''Ballad in 4/4'' is a Beatlesque tale of infidelity featuring Laird-Clowes adding harmonica. Remembrance Days, however, failed to make a splash commercially and received more exposure through the use of ''Power to Believe'' during a key scene of the hit movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles than through airplay. Not a bad record, just a pale imitation of the first.

The Dream Academy's Biography

The Dream Academy were an English band consisting of singer/guitarist Nick Laird-Clowes, multi-instrumentalist (chiefly oboe, Cor Anglais player) Kate St John, and keyboardist Gilbert Gabriel. The band is most noted for their 1985 hit single ''Life in a Northern Town.'' [wikipedia.org]
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