The Anvil (album)

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The Anvil
Studio album by Visage
Released March 1982
Recorded 1981 at Mayfair Studios in Primrose Hill, London
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 40:33
Label Polydor
Producer Midge Ure, Visage
Visage studio album chronology
Visage
(1980)
The Anvil
(1982)
Beat Boy
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

The Anvil is the second studio album by British new wave band Visage, released in March 1982. The album reached No. 6 in the UK[2] and was certified "Silver" by the British Phonographic Industry in April 1982.[3]

History[edit]

This album sparked a brief controversy at the time of its release for being named after New York's famous gay club.

The only musician of the first album line-up that did not participate in this album's recording was John McGeoch. McGeoch commented in an interview: "One time I was in Spain [touring with Siouxsie and the Banshees] at the same time as Visage were recording the second album in London. Rusty wanted me to put a guitar solo on something or other but I only had one day off and there was no way that I could fly home on my one day off. Rusty is not a man to be put off by such things and he was actually trying to put together a satellite linkup from Madrid to London for this one guitar part. Not surprisingly it didn't come off but I was sorry not to have been as involved on The Anvil as I had been on the first album".[4]

The Anvil was also the last Visage project to feature Ultravox frontman Midge Ure who left the band after its release.

The original vinyl release of The Anvil came in an embossed/textured sleeve (considered as deluxe packaging for the time), and a limited number of copies (3000) came with a free poster of Steve Strange posing with a number of models at the Hôtel George-V in Paris (the poster is an extended shot of the 12" single cover of "The Damned Don't Cry").

The album saw a re-release on the CD format in 1997 with bonus tracks, though they are tracks from the 1980/1 Visage era and not that of The Anvil.

The Anvil was re-released on CD again by Cherry Red Records on 17 March 2008, containing more bonus tracks and detailed liner notes.

Track listing[edit]

Original release (Polydor): POLD 5050[edit]

Side A

  1. "The Damned Don't Cry" – 4:43
  2. "Anvil (Night Club School)" – 4:39
  3. "Move Up" – 4:25
  4. "Night Train" – 4:29

Side B

  1. "The Horseman" – 4:41
  2. "Look What They've Done" – 4:49
  3. "Again We Love" – 4:44
  4. "Wild Life" – 4:24
  5. "Whispers" – 5:39
  • "Anvil (Night Club School)" is known as "The Anvil" elsewhere, including various compilation albums and singles.

One Way Records release: OW 34518[edit]

  1. "The Damned Don't Cry" – 4:43
  2. "Anvil (Night Club School)" – 4:39
  3. "Move Up" – 4:25
  4. "Night Train" – 4:29
  5. "The Horseman" – 4:41
  6. "Look What They've Done" – 4:49
  7. "Again We Love" – 4:44
  8. "Wild Life" – 4:24
  9. "Whispers" – 5:39

Bonus tracks:

  1. "We Move (Dance Mix)" – 6:28
  2. "Frequency 7 (Dance Mix)" – 5:02

Cherry Red Records release: CR POP 6[edit]

  1. "The Damned Don't Cry" – 4:43
  2. "Anvil (Night Club School)" – 4:39
  3. "Move Up" – 4:25
  4. "Night Train" – 4:29
  5. "The Horseman" – 4:41
  6. "Look What They've Done" – 4:49
  7. "Again We Love" – 4:44
  8. "Wild Life" – 4:24
  9. "Whispers" – 5:39

Bonus tracks:

  1. "We Move (Dance Mix)" – 6:28
  2. "Frequency 7 (Dance Mix)" – 5:02
  3. "The Damned Don't Cry (Dance Mix)" – 5:45
  4. "Motivation" – 3:51
  5. "I'm Still Searching" – 3:41
  6. "Mind of a Toy (Dance Mix)" – 5:14

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

Singles[edit]

  1. "The Damned Don't Cry" – 3:55 (March 1982) UK #11[2]
  2. "Night Train" – 4:02 (June 1982) UK #12[2]
  3. "The Anvil" (7" promo single – 1982) / "Der Amboss" (12" promo single – German lanuguage version of "The Anvil" – 1982)
  4. "Whispers" (released in Japan only – 1982)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dan LeRoy (1982-03-08). "The Anvil - Visage | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  2. ^ a b c "ChartArchive - Visage". Archive.is. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ [2][dead link]

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