Listen (A Flock of Seagulls album)

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Listen
Studio album by A Flock of Seagulls
Released May 1983
Recorded 1982-1983
Genre New wave, space rock
Length 42:02
Label Zomba Records
Producer Mike Howlett, Bill Nelson
A Flock of Seagulls chronology
A Flock of Seagulls
(1982)
Listen
(1983)
The Story of a Young Heart
(1984)
Singles from Listen
  1. "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)"
    Released: 16 November 1982
  2. "Nightmares"
    Released: 1 April 1983
  3. "Transfer Affection"
    Released: 2 June 1983
  4. "(It's Not Me) Talking"
    Released: 12 August 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]

Listen was the second album release by the UK new wave band A Flock of Seagulls, released in 1983. It teamed the musical group with record producer Mike Howlett again, except on the single release "(It's Not Me) Talking" which was produced by Bill Nelson. The record included the UK Top 10 hit "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)". The person's face on its sleeve cover is that of the band's drummer, Ali Score.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by A Flock of Seagulls.

  1. "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" – 5:31
  2. "Nightmares" – 4:37
  3. "Transfer Affection" – 5:21
  4. "What Am I Supposed To Do" – 4:13
  5. "Electrics" – 3:33
  6. "The Traveller" – 3:26
  7. "2-30" – 0:59
  8. "Over the Border" – 5:04
  9. "The Fall" – 4:30
  10. "(It's Not Me) Talking" – 5:00

Note: This is the track listing for the original LP release. The cassette version and the 1992 CD version (on the Beehive label) have these tracks in a slightly different order, with the additional tracks "Rosenmontag", "Quicksand", and "The Last Flight of Yuri Gagarin" interspersed (although the track listing for the CD edition, printed on the inserts and the disc itself, incorrectly follows the LP track listing above rather than reflecting the disc's actual contents). The 2004 CD version has the ten tracks in the order listed above, followed by the three additional tracks "Committed", "Quicksand", and a live rendition of their hit "I Ran (So Far Away)". "(It's Not Me) Talking" was released in 1981, three years before Listen was released on Bill Nelson's Cocteau label. The version of the song used on Listen appears to be a re-recorded version; as a consequence, the Cocteau version has yet to see a CD release.[3]

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Mike Howlett & Bill Nelson
  • Recorded & Engineered By Dave Hutchins

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
Canada Albums Chart[4] 12
German Albums Chart[5] 14
New Zealand Albums Chart[6] 5
Swedish Albums Chart[7] 44
UK Albums Chart[8] 16
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History: The Video Generation, 1981-1990 MA Janosik - 2006 - Greenwood Press
  4. ^ "Bienvenue au site Web BIBLIOTHÈQUE ET ARCHIVES CANADA | Welcome to the LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA website". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  5. ^ "Charts-Surfer". Charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  8. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  9. ^ "AllMusic". AllMusic. 2012-01-02. Retrieved 2012-01-07.