Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasuredome [Island / ZZT Records 7 90232-1-H] (29 October 1984)

Dynamic Range Released: 29 October 1984
Country: US
Label: Island / ZZT Records
Catalog: 7 90232-1-H
Genre: Rock; Synth-Pop

Pressing: Specialty Records Corporation

Item# SR-IS7902321H
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=VG+

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Well...
02 The World Is My Oyster
03 Snatch Of Fury (Stay)
04 Welcome To The Pleasure Dome
05 Relax (Come Fighting)
06 War (...And Hide)
07 Two Tribes (For The Victims Of Ravishment)
08 (Tag)
09 Ferry (Go)
10 Born To Run
11 San Jose (The Way)
12 Wish (The Lads Were Here) Including The Ballad Of 32
13 Krisco Kisses
14 Black Night White Light
15 The Only Star In Heaven
16 The Power Of Love
17 Bang...

Welcome To The Pleasuredome
Frankie Goes To Hollywood

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Album Review

Welcome to the Pleasuredome is the debut studio album by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, first released by ZTT and Island Records on 29 October 1984. Originally issued as a vinyl double album, it was assured of a UK chart entry at number one due to reported advance sales of over one million. The album was also a top ten seller internationally in countries such as Switzerland, Sweden, and New Zealand.

While commercially successful, the album also drew criticism for containing new versions of all of the songs from the group's (already much-remixed) hit singles from the same year (''Relax'' and ''Two Tribes'', plus B-side ''War''), as well as a surfeit of cover versions in lieu of much new original material. It was later revealed that Trevor Horn's production dominated the record so thoroughly that the band's own instrumental performances were often replaced by session musicians or Horn himself. Frankie's second album, Liverpool, actively featured the full band.

However, the album's evergreen ballad ''The Power of Love'' subsequently provided the group with their third consecutive UK number one single. []