Journeys to Glory

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Journeys to Glory
Spandau Ballet - Journeys To Glory Coverart.png
Studio album by
Released27 February 1981
Recorded1980–81
StudioTrident Studios
GenreSynthpop, new wave
Length33:00
LabelChrysalis
ProducerRichard James Burgess
Spandau Ballet chronology
Journeys to Glory
(1981)
Diamond
(1982)
Singles from Diamond
  1. "To Cut a Long Story Short"
    Released: 1981
  2. "The Freeze"
    Released: 1981
  3. "Muscle Bound"
    Released: 1981

Journeys to Glory is the debut studio album by Spandau Ballet. It was released on 27 February 1981 by Chrysalis Records, just ten days after its recording at Trident Studios. The first editions of the vinyl version had an embossed cover. Early CD releases featured the original white cover. The album was re-released in a remastered and expanded 2 CD Special Edition on 8 March 2010.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic1.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide1.5/5 stars[2]
The Village VoiceC[3]

When it was released the album was considered "fresh, bold, and even somewhat avant-garde".[4] Many fans feel that the sparse, drum-led, funk-undertones are more original than the group's later soul-influenced recordings. One reviewer describes the recordings as "completely unforgettable" and Hadley's semi-operatic vocals as "really strong" and demonstrating a "willingness to experiment".[4] Another reviewer suggests that the slow final track "Toys" was "one of the 1980s' most tragically under-rated tracks".[4]

Journeys to Glory, the Radio Show[edit]

In November 2009, BBC Radio 2 broadcast Journeys to Glory: The Spandau Ballet Story, a retrospective of the band presented by Jonathan Ross.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

All songs are written by Gary Kemp.

  1. "To Cut a Long Story Short" - 3:20
  2. "Reformation" - 4:54
  3. "Mandolin" - 4:07
  4. "Muscle Bound" - 5:06
  5. "Age of Blows" - 4:09
  6. "The Freeze" - 4:35
  7. "Confused" - 4:38
  8. "Toys" - 5:48

2010 special edition[edit]

Disc 1

  1. "To Cut a Long Story Short"
  2. "Reformation"
  3. "Mandolin"
  4. "Muscle Bound"
  5. "Age of Blows"
  6. "The Freeze"
  7. "Confused"
  8. "Toys"
  9. "The Freeze" (7" Version)
  10. "Muscle Bound" (7" Version)
  11. "Glow" (7" Version)

Disc 2

  1. "To Cut a Long Story Short" (12" Version)
  2. "The Freeze" (Special Mix)
  3. "Glow" (12" Version)
  4. "The Freeze" (12" Version)
  5. "The Freeze" (BBC Session)
  6. "Mandolin" (BBC Session)
  7. "Muscle Bound" (BBC Session)
  8. "Glow" (BBC Session)

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

Singles[edit]

Three singles were taken from the album.

Year Song UK Singles Chart[6] Australia
Singles Chart
France
Singles Chart[7]
Certifications
(sales thresholds)
1980 "To Cut a Long Story Short" 5 15 1
1981 "The Freeze" 17 - - -
"Muscle Bound" 10 - - -

References[edit]

  1. ^ LeRoy, Dan. "Journeys to Glory – Spandau Ballet". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  2. ^ Evans, Paul (2004). "Spandau Ballet". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 764. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (8 June 1981). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Customer Reviews: Journeys to Glory". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Journeys to Glory: The Spandau Ballet Story". BBC Radio 2. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  6. ^ Chart Stats – Spandau Ballet Chart Stats (www.chartstats.com), Retrieved 28 September 2009
  7. ^ "The World's Music Charts (Song artist 741 – Spandau Ballet)". Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  8. ^ "BPI (Certified Awards)". Archived from the original on 6 February 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013 – You have to put "Spandau Ballet" in the "Keywords" field.. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)