The Luxury Gap

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The Luxury Gap
Studio album by Heaven 17
Released 8 April 1983 (1983-04-08)
Recorded Townhouse Studios, AIR Studios
Genre Synthpop
Length 37:39 (original)
60:49 (reissue)
Label Virgin Records
Producer British Electric Foundation, Greg Walsh
Heaven 17 chronology
Penthouse and Pavement
(1981)
The Luxury Gap
(1983)
How Men Are
(1984)
Singles from The Luxury Gap
  1. "Let Me Go"
    Released: 30 October 1982 (1982-10-30)
  2. "Temptation (UK/Europe only)"
    Released: 8 April 1983 (1983-04-08)
  3. "We Live So Fast (US only)"
    Released: 8 April 1983 (1983-04-08)
  4. "Come Live With Me"
    Released: 24 June 1983 (1983-06-24)
  5. "Crushed by the Wheels of Industry"
    Released: 29 September 1983 (1983-09-29)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Luxury Gap is the second album by the English synthpop band Heaven 17. Recorded under the working title "Ashes and Diamonds" [2] and released in 1983, it is the band's biggest selling album, peaking at number 4 in the UK Albums Chart and was certified platinum (300,000 copies sold) by the BPI in 1984.

In contrast to their debut album, Penthouse and Pavement, the singles charted strongly, particularly "Temptation" which reached number 2 in the UK Singles Chart and was the 32nd biggest selling single of 1983.[citation needed] Other hits included "Come Live With Me" (UK number 5) and "Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry" (UK number 17).

The band performed the album in its entirety on 14 October 2011 at London’s Roundhouse, the first night featured Heaven 17 (Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory) performing the album in "3-D sound" developed by Ware himself. The show is a sequel of sorts to the Penthouse and Pavement concerts the band played in 2010.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Glenn Gregory, Ian Craig Marsh, Martyn Ware.

  1. "Crushed by the Wheels of Industry" – 5:54
  2. "Who'll Stop the Rain" – 3:04
  3. "Let Me Go" – 4:23
  4. "Key to the World" – 3:42
  5. "Temptation" – 3:34
  6. "Come Live With Me" – 4:18
  7. "Lady Ice and Mr Hex" – 3:46
  8. "We Live So Fast" – 3:49
  9. "The Best Kept Secret" – 5:09

The US Arista issue of this album omitted "Who'll Stop the Rain" and "Let Me Go", both of which had appeared on a US-only release titled Heaven 17 (featuring most tracks from Penthouse and Pavement) in 1982. They were replaced with re-recorded versions of "Let's All Make a Bomb" and "Song With No Name" (from Penthouse and Pavement, and released as B-sides in the UK).

Bonus tracks on 2006 remastered edition

  • "Let Me Go (Extended Mix)" – 6:22
  • "Who'll Stop the Rain (Dub)" – 6:15
  • "Crushed By the Wheels of Industry (Parts 1 and 2)" – 6:59
  • "Come Live With Me (12" version)" – 4:34

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
Total
weeks
Dutch Albums Chart[3] 20 9
French Albums Chart[4] 18 51
German Albums Chart[5] 7 ?
New Zealand Albums Chart[6] 11 10
Swedish Albums Chart[7] 17 5
UK Albums Chart[8] 4 36
U.S. Billboard Hot 200[9] 72 13

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Smash Hits magazine February 3 - 19 1983 page 12". 
  3. ^ Steffen Hung (25 February 2012). "Dutch charts portal". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  4. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  5. ^ "Charts-Surfer". Charts-surfer.de. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung (17 February 2012). "Swedish Charts Portal". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  8. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  9. ^ "AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-29.