Broadcast (Cutting Crew album)

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Broadcast
Standard vinyl edition
Studio album by Cutting Crew
Released July 30, 1986
Recorded February - July 1986
Genre Rock, pop rock, soft rock, new wave
Length 48:33 (Remastered & Expanded: 73:35)
Label Virgin
Producer Michael Barbiero, Steve Thompson, John Jansen & Terry Brown
Cutting Crew chronology
Broadcast
(1986)
The Scattering[1]
(1989)
U.S. edition
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Broadcast is the debut album the English pop/rock band Cutting Crew, released in 1986. It reached #16 on the US charts and #41 on the UK charts. The album was released in Europe with different packaging 8 months before it was released in America. For the American version, 4 tracks were remixed ("Any Colour", "One for the Mockingbird", "I've Been in Love Before" and "(I Just) Died in Your Arms"), all of which were the singles from the album. The current American CD in print is the European version but with the American packaging. It was the first album to be released in the United States by Virgin Records' new American imprint, Virgin Records America.

Broadcast was re-released by Cherry Red Records on May 24, 2010, with bonus tracks including for the 1st time ever on CD "For The Longest Time", the b-side of "(I Just) Died In Your Arms".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Any Colour" (Nick Van Eede; Kevin Scott MacMichael) – 4:57
  2. "One for the Mockingbird" (Van Eede) – 4:23
  3. "I've Been in Love Before" (Van Eede) – 5:29
  4. "Life in a Dangerous Time" (Van Eede) – 4:34
  5. "Fear of Falling" (Van Eede; MacMichael) – 4:50
  6. "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" (Van Eede) – 4:41
  7. "Don't Look Back" (Van Eede; MacMichael) – 4:12
  8. "Sahara" (Steve Boorer; Van Eede) – 4:49
  9. "It Shouldn't Take Too Long" (Van Eede; MacMichael; Colin Farley; Martin Beedle; Mac Norman) – 4:05
  10. "The Broadcast" (Van Eede; Chris Townsend) – 6:33

Track listing - Remastered & Expanded Version[edit]

  1. Any Colour (USA Mix) - 4:58
  2. One For The Mockingbird (USA Mix) - 4:27
  3. I've Been In Love Before - 5:32
  4. Life In A Dangerous Time - 4:36
  5. Fear Of Falling - 4:55
  6. (I Just) Died In Your Arms (USA Mix) - 4:46
  7. Don't Look Back - 4:11
  8. Sahara - 4:52
  9. It Shouldn't Take Too Long - 4:05
  10. The Broadcast - 6:39
  11. (I Just) Died In Your Arms (12" Mix) - 6:46
  12. I've Been In Love Before (Live in London) - 5:16
  13. The Broadcast/Any Colour (Live in the USA) - 8:03
  14. For The Longest Time (Orig. 'Died In Your Arms' 7 B-Side) - 4:29

Extended 12" Mixes[edit]

In addition to the 12" mix of "(I just) died in your arms", the following extended 12" versions were originally released:

  • One For The Mocking-Bird (Extended Remix) 6:24
  • I've Been In Love Before (Extended) 6:10
  • Any Colour (Remix) 7:10

The former can be found on the "One for the Mocking Bird" Maxi CD, while the latter was only available on 12" vinyl.

Critical reception[edit]

In a retrospective review, Michael Sutton of Allmusic gave the album four stars. He said the album "never deserved the hacking [it] received from critics," and said that "the slick guitar rock on Broadcast may not have wowed the rock & roll intelligentsia, but it's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, an underrated collection of simple, heartfelt love songs and up-tempo pop that reside between the stylistic boundaries of new wave and mainstream rock." He concludes the review by saying the album "is not a creative breakthrough", but is "simply an LP absent of any filler."

Personnel[edit]

Cutting Crew[edit]

  • Nick Van Eede: lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
  • Kevin Scott MacMichael: backing vocals, lead guitar, emulator
  • Colin Farley: bass, piano, backing vocals
  • Martin Beadle: drums, percussion, backing vocals

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Gary Barnacle: sax
  • David LeBoult, Peter Vitesse: keyboards
  • Jimmy Maelen: keyboards & additional percussion
  • Pete Birch: backing vocals

Production[edit]

Singles[edit]

  1. "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" #1
  2. "One for the Mockingbird" #38
  3. "I've Been in Love Before" #9, #2 Adult Contemporary.[3]
  4. "Any Colour"

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[4] Gold 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[5] Gold 25,000[5]
United Kingdom (BPI)[6] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Scattering - AllMusic page". 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 69. 
  4. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Cutting Crew – Broadcast". Music Canada. 
  5. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  6. ^ "British album certifications – Cutting Crew – Broadcast". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Broadcast in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Cutting Crew – Broadcast". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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