The Official Secrets Act (album)

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The Official Secrets Act
Studio album by M
Released 1980
Genre New wave
Length 40:02
Label MCA
Producer Robin Scott
M chronology
New York • London • Paris • Munich
(1979)
The Official Secrets Act
(1980)
Famous Last Words
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

The Official Secrets Act is M's second album, released in 1980 on MCA Records.. The track "Official Secrets" was released as a single and charted in the UK at No. 64 in November 1980. The follow-up single was "Keep It To Yourself". The track "Maniac" featured Phil Gould on drums and Mark King on bass. They would go on to form the successful Brit-funk band Level 42, who are still touring, in one form or another today.

The album title is a reference to the various UK Official Secrets Acts.

Track listing[edit]

LP: MCF 3085[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Transmission (The World Is at Your Fingertips)" – 4:30
  2. "Join the Party" – 3:39
  3. "Working for the Corporation" – 3:35
  4. "Your Country Needs You" – 3:20
  5. "M'aider" – 5:26

Side two[edit]

  1. "Relax" – 3:42
  2. "Maniac" – 3:22
  3. "Keep it to Yourself" – 3:34
  4. "Abracadabra" – 2:51
  5. "Official Secrets" – 6:03

1997 Westside CD Reissue: WESM 502[edit]

  1. "Transmission" – 4:30
  2. "Join the Party" – 3:39
  3. "Working for the Corporation" – 3:35
  4. "Your Country Needs You" – 3:20
  5. "Mayday" – 5:26
  6. "Relax" – 3:42
  7. "Maniac" – 3:22
  8. "Keep it to Yourself" – 3:34
  9. "Abracadabra" – 2:51 (1)
  10. "Official Secrets" – 6:03
  11. "Abracadabra (Sunset–Sunrise Mix) – 2:51
  12. "Danube" – 3:33 (1)
  13. "The Wedding Dance" – 3:37 (1)
  14. "Mambo La" – 2:29 (2)
  15. "Don't Believe What the Papers Say" – 1:12
  16. "The Bride of Fortune" – 4:20 (3)

All tracks written by Robin Scott except,
(1) "Abracadabra", "Danube" & "The Wedding Dance" written by Scott/Novik
(2) "Mambo La" written by Unknown
(3) "The Bride of Fortune" written by Scott/Westwood

References[edit]

  1. ^ LeRoy, Dan. The Official Secrets Act (album) at AllMusic. Retrieved January 30, 2012.