Dream into Action

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Dream into Action
Studio album by Howard Jones
Released 23 March 1985
Recorded 1984-1985
Genre New wave, synthpop, pop rock
Length 55:45
Label WEA/Elektra
Producer Rupert Hine
Howard Jones chronology
The 12" Album
(1984)
Dream Into Action
(1985)
Action Replay
(1986)

Dream into Action is the second album by British pop musician Howard Jones. It was released in March 1985 and reached No.2 in the UK Album Charts. The album went gold and platinum in many countries including the US and UK.

The album contained the hit singles "Things Can Only Get Better" (UK #6, US #5), "Look Mama" (UK #10), "Life in One Day" (UK #14, US #19), and "Like to Get to Know You Well" (UK #4). The version of "No One Is to Blame" that is featured on this album is not the hit single version; this song was entirely re-recorded in a substantially re-arranged version by Phil Collins for single release. The re-recorded version of No one is to blame hit US#4 in 1986.

In 2010, the album was remastered and re-released along with Jones' debut album Human's Lib.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Howard Jones (Copyright Howard Jones Music Ltd./Warner Brothers Music Ltd).

Vinyl/Cassette (U.K. Version)[edit]

Side One
  1. "Things Can Only Get Better" - 4:02
  2. "Life In One Day" - 3:39
  3. "Dream Into Action" - 3:45
  4. "No One Is to Blame" - 3:28
  5. "Look Mama" - 3:53
  6. "Assault And Battery" - 4:51
Side Two
  1. "Automaton" - 4:04
  2. "Is There A Difference?" - 3:33
  3. "Elegy" - 4:20
  4. "Specialty" - 3:58
  5. "Why Look For The Key" - 3.23
  6. "Hunger For The Flesh" - 3:59

Vinyl/Cassette (U.S. Version)[edit]

Side One
  1. "Things Can Only Get Better" - 4:02
  2. "Life In One Day" - 3:39
  3. "No One Is to Blame" - 3:28
  4. "Dream Into Action" - 3:45
  5. "Like to Get to Know You Well" - 4:01
  6. "Assault and Battery" - 4:51
Side Two
  1. "Look Mama" - 3:53
  2. "Bounce Right Back" - 4:34
  3. "Elegy" - 4:20
  4. "Is There A Difference?" - 3:33
  5. "Automaton" - 4:04
  6. "Hunger For The Flesh" - 3:59

Compact Disc[edit]

  1. "Things Can Only Get Better" - 3:56
  2. "Life in One Day" - 3:39
  3. "Dream Into Action" - 3:47
  4. "No One Is to Blame" - 3:28
  5. "Look Mama" - 4:03
  6. "Assault And Battery" - 4:52
  7. "Automaton" - 4:06
  8. "Is There A Difference?" - 3:32
  9. "Elegy" - 4:23
  10. "Specialty" - 3:58
  11. "Why Look For The Key" - 3:22
  12. "Hunger For The Flesh" - 4:02
  13. "Bounce Right Back" - 4:33
  14. "Like to Get to Know You Well" - 3:58

Personnel[edit]

  • Howard Jones: Vocals, Drums, Percussion, Drum Programming, Electric & Synth Bass, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Piano
  • Martin Jones (Howard's brother): Bass
  • Afrodiziak (Claudia Fontaine, Caron Wheeler, Naomi Thompson) & The Effervescents (Tania Matos, Kirstie Fulthorpe, Laura Bishop, Elizabeth Holden): Backing Vocals
  • With The TKO Horns (Dave Pleurs, Alan Whetton, Jim Patterson, Brian Maurice)

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Rupert Hine for Gestalt
  • Recorded & Mixed at Farmyard Studios, England by Stephen W. Tayler
  • Recording Assistant: Andrew Scarth

Other Credits[edit]

  • Album Sleeve Photography: Simon Fowler
  • Graphic Design: Rob O'Connor - Stylorouge
  • Thanks to David Stopps, my manager, and to all those great people who help me and believe in what I do. And love to you, Jan.

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