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Howard Jones - Human's Lib (Elektra 60346-1) (1984)

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Artist:

Howard Jones

Title:

Human's Lib

Released: 1984
Label: Elektra
Catalog: 60346-1
Genre: Pop
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Conditioning
02 What Is Love
03 Pearl In The Shell
04 Hide And Seek
05 Hunt The Self
06 New Song
07 Don't Always Look At The Rain
08 Equality
09 Natural
10 Human's Lib
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by Mike DeGagne [allmusic.com]

Human's Lib is fueled by the nonstop synth-pop hooks and brightly textured melodies that went on to be a trademark of Howard Jones. His brand of spirited keyboard-and-lyric exuberance lent itself to a large part of the mid-'80s, especially in Britain. The tracks on Human's Lib are energetic and colorful, coming to life the best on "New Song," a number 27 hit for Jones in the U.S., and on the finely structured "What Is Love?," which gave him the number 33 spot on the singles chart four months later. While both of these songs rested at the bottom end of Billboard's Top 40, they went to number three and number two, respectively, in the U.K., with the album going all the way to number one, proving that his techno-pop stylings were better-alan_parsonsreciated on his side of the Atlantic. Outside of the singles, the album still holds well, with efforts like "Hide and Seek," "Conditioning," and "Pearl in the Shell" following through with a buoyant but orderly techno-pop keenness mustered through his clean use of the synthesizer. Although 1985's Dream Into Action is tighter both musically and lyrically, Human's Lib acts as a well-grounded starting point for Jones' future success.


Howard Jones - Dream Into Action (Elektra 60390-1) (1985)

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Artist:

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Title:

Dream Into Action

Released: 1985
Label: Elektra
Catalog: 60390-1
Genre: Pop
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Things Can Only Get Better
02 Life In One Day
03 No One Is To Blame
04 Dream Into Action
05 Like To Get To Know You Well
06 Assault And Battery
07 Look Mama
08 Bounce Right Back
09 Elegy
10 Is There A Difference?
11 Automaton
12 Hunger For The Flesh
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Iotis Erlewine [allmusic.com]

This album shows the synthesizer pop idol at the height of his creativity -- Dream Into Action is definitely the most interesting of Jones' albums. It contains some of his best songs -- ''Things Can Only Get Better,'' ''Life in One Day,'' and ''No One Is to Blame.'' The CD includes two bonus tracks, ''Bounce Right Back'' and ''Like to Get to Know You Well,'' both of which are worthwhile additions.

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Note: The bonus tracks on the CD are actually ''Specialty'' and ''Why Look For The Key'' - neither of which is one this LP transfer.


Howard Jones - Action Replay [Elektra 9 60466-1-Y] (1986)

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Title:

Action Replay

Released: 1986
Label: Elektra
Catalog: 9 60466-1-Y
Genre: Pop Rock
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T R A C K L I S T:
01 No One Is To Blame
02 Look Mama (Extended Mix)
03 Hide & Seek (Long Version)
04 Always Asking Questions
05 Bounce Right Back (Cause & Effect Mix)
06 Specialty
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Action Replay is a special six-song EP by British pop musician Howard Jones. It was released only in the United States to support the single version of Jones' hit ''No One Is To Blame''. Other songs on this release include tracks previously only available in the UK, and a handful of extended remixes. [wikipedia.org]


Howard Jones - One To One [Elektra 9-60499] (13 October 1986)

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Title:

One To One

Released: 13 October 1986
Label: Elektra
Catalog: 9-60499
Genre: New Wave, Synth-pop
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T R A C K L I S T:
01 You Know I Love You...Don't You?
02 The Balance Of Love (Give And Take)
03 All I Want
04 Where Are We Going?
05 Don't Want To Fight Anymore
06 Step Into These Shoes
07 Will You Still Be There?
08 Good Luck, Bad Luck
09 Give Me Strength
10 Little Bit Of Snow
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One to One is the third album by British pop singer Howard Jones, released in October 1986. The CD release also contains the single version of ''No One Is to Blame'' (a song featured on his previous album) with Phil Collins on drums and backing vocals. The album contained the hits ''You Know I Love You...Don't You?'' (US top twenty) and ''All I Want'' (top 40 in many European countries). The album reached number 10 in the UK and was certified Gold for shipments in excess of 100,000 copies. [wikipedia.org]


Howard Jones - Cross That Line [Elektra 9 60794-1] (1989)

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Title:

Cross That Line

Released: 1989
Label: Elektra
Catalog: 9 60794-1
Genre: Pop, Rock
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T R A C K L I S T:
01 The Prisoner
02 Everlasting Love
03 Powerhouse
04 Last Supper
05 Cross That Line
06 Out Of Thin Air
07 Guardians Of The Breath
08 Fresh Air Waltz
09 Wanders To You
10 Those Who Move Clouds
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Cross That Line is the fourth album by British pop musician Howard Jones, released in March 1989. It featured two hit singles ''The Prisoner'' (#30 US) and ''Everlasting Love'' (#12 US), though neither of these singles or the album itself were successful in Jones's native UK.

The album was produced by Jones with Ian Stanley, Chris Hughes, and Ross Cullum - all of whom had worked with Tears For Fears earlier in the 1980s.

The music video for ''The Prisoner'' was notably innovative at the time, mixing multiple photo and video editing tricks at a time when computer-based graphics effects were not widely in use. [wikipedia.org]

Howard Jones' Biography

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine [allmusic.com]

Howard Jones was one of the defining figures of mid-'80s synth pop. Jones' music merged the technology-intensive sound of new wave with the cheery optimism of hippies and late-'60s pop. Jones racked up a string of hits in the mid- and late '80s before he retreated into being a cult figure in the '90s.

A native of Southampton, England, Jones learned how to play piano at the age of seven. By the time he was a teenager, his family had relocated to Canada, which is where he joined his first band, a progressive rock group called Warrior. Eventually, Jones moved back to England, where he played in a number of different groups. In the mid-'70s, he enrolled in the Royal Northern College of Music. After he dropped out, he played with a variety of local Southampton jazz and funk bands. Eventually, Jones began performing as a solo artist with synthesizers and drum machines. For these one-man concerts, Jones had a mime named Jed Hoile perform. After a few years of solo performing, Jones attracted the attention of John Peel, who offered the keyboardist a BBC session. Soon, Jones was opening for new wave synth pop acts across England. By 1983, he had signed with WEA in England and Europe; in America, he signed to Elektra.

Howard Jones released his first single, "New Song," in England in the fall of 1983 and it became a big hit, peaking at number three. His second single, "What Is Love," was released a few months later and it reached number two. Humans Lib, Jones' debut album, was released in the spring of 1984 and quickly rose to number one in England. Thanks to repeated exposure on MTV, the album became a moderate hit in the U.S. Later in 1984, "New Song" and "What Is Love" became American Top 40 hits, while "Pearl in the Shell" became his third British Top Ten single.

In 1985, Jones phased Hoile out of his live show, formed a touring band, and released his second album, Dream into Action. The record became his most successful, reaching number ten and going platinum in the U.S., spawning the hit singles "Things Can Only Get Better," "Like to Get to Know You Well," "Life in One Day," and "Look Mama." In the spring of 1986, he released Action Replay, an EP of remixes that featured a new version of "No One Is to Blame" from Dream into Action. "No One Is to Blame" became Jones' biggest U.S. hit, peaking at number four. The relatively weaker chart placement of number 16 in the U.K. was indicative of his future in England -- his next single, "You Know I Love You...Don't You?," taken from his third album One to One, became his last British Top 40 hit.

Jones released his fourth album, Cross That Line, in the spring of 1989. The first single from the album, "Everlasting Love," became a number one adult contemporary hit in America, reaching number 13 pop. However, the album stalled at number 65. Jones returned three years later with In the Running, a set that saw him abandoning synthesizers for piano. The album didn't make the charts. Following the release of The Best of Howard Jones in 1993, Elektra dropped him. Instead of seeking a new record contract with another major label, Jones hit the road in 1994, performing acoustic shows. At the 1994 shows, he sold Working in the Backroom -- an album he recorded at his home studio and released on his own label, Dtox Records -- at his concerts. For the next two years, Jones continually toured America and Europe. In 1996, he released Live Acoustic America on PLM Records; People followed two years later. Three live albums -- 2000's Perform '00, 2001's Perform '01, and 2002's The Peaceful Tour -- were released before 2005's Revolution of the Heart offered fans some new material.
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