Dream into Action

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Dream into Action
HowardJonesDreamIntoAction.jpg
Studio album by
Released11 March 1985
Recorded1984–1985
StudioFarmyard Studios, Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, England
Genre
Length55:45
LabelWEA/Elektra
ProducerRupert Hine
Howard Jones chronology
The 12" Album
(1984)
Dream into Action
(1985)
Action Replay
(1986)

Dream into Action is the second studio album by the British pop musician Howard Jones. It was released in March 1985 and reached No.2 in the UK Album Charts. The album also reached the top ten in the US. The album achieved a gold certification in the UK and platinum status in the US and Canada.

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) though this last song was not included on the original UK vinyl or cassette editions. The version of "No One Is to Blame" that is featured on the initial release of 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" reached #16 in the UK and #4 in the US in 1986 and was included on a later second European pressing of the album.

In 2010, the album was remastered and re-released along with Jones' debut album Human's Lib. A world tour accompanied the album's original release with Jones playing Wembley Arena and the Birmingham O2 Academy in the UK, and arena-size venues in the US, Europe and Japan.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Smash Hits7/10[2]
The Village VoiceD[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Howard Jones.

UK 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 (initial issue), 4:13 (later reissues, single version)
  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

CD bonus tracks

  1. "Bounce Right Back" (B-side of "Like to Get to Know You Well") – 4:33
  2. "Like to Get to Know You Well" – 3:58

US 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

Personnel[edit]

  • Howard Jones - vocals, electric piano, synthesizers, drums, percussion, drum programming, electric bass, synth bass
  • Martin Jones (Howard's brother) - bass guitar
  • 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)
  • Helen Liebman - cello on "Elegy"

Production

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

Other credits

  • 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.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[17] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Iotis. "Dream into Action – Howard Jones". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  2. ^ Heath, Chris (14 March 1985). "Album Reviews". Smash Hits. EMAP Metro. 7 (6): 21.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (27 August 1985). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  4. ^ Kent, David. Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, New South Wales, Australia: Australian Chart Books. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ "RPM 100 Albums". RPM. Vol. 42 no. 20. 27 July 1985. p. 11. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Howard Jones – Dream into Action" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Howard Jones – Dream into Action" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts.
  8. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Howard Jones – Dream into Action". Hung Medien.
  9. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Howard Jones – Dream into Action". Hung Medien.
  10. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Howard Jones – Dream into Action". Hung Medien.
  11. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Howard Jones – Dream into Action". Hung Medien.
  12. ^ "Howard Jones | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
  13. ^ "Howard Jones Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "RPM's 100 Albums of 1985". RPM. Vol. 43 no. 16. 28 December 1985. p. 14. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Top 100 Albums". Music Week. 18 January 1986. p. 11.
  16. ^ "Top Pop Albums". Billboard ("1985: The Year in Music and Video" supplement). 28 December 1985. p. T-19.
  17. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Howard Jones – Dream into Action". Music Canada.
  18. ^ "British album certifications – Howard Jones – Dream into Action". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Dream into Action in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  19. ^ "American album certifications – Howard Jones – Dream into Action". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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