Quasimodo's Dream

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This article is about the album. For. For the song of the same name, see Quasimodo's Dream (song).
Quasimodo's Dream
The Reels - Quasimodo's Dream.jpg
Studio album by The Reels
Released May 1981
Recorded 1980–1981 at Albert Studios
Genre New Wave
Length 37:41
Label Mercury Records, Polygram Records
Producer Reel Production
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Quasimodo's Dream
Singles from Quasimodo's Dream
  1. "After the News"
    Released: July 1980
  2. "Shout and Deliver"
    Released: March 1981
  3. "Quasimodo's Dream"
    Released: May 1981
"Quasimodo's Dream" back cover

Quasimodo's Dream is the second album by Australian group The Reels, released in May 1981 by Polygram Records. It is considered to be the band's best work and contains the iconic title track, which was voted as number 10 on APRA's list of Top 30 Australian songs. Other singles from the album include "After the News" and "Shout and Deliver". The song "According to My Heart", a cover of the 1961 Jim Reeves song had been included on the album against the wishes of the band, as a result of this, there was a sticker on the inner sleeve that said "Due to Record Company Pressure This Album Contains The Hit Single According To My Heart".[1]

Quasimodo's Dream peaked in the top 30 of the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart.[2] In October 2010, it was listed in the top 40 in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums.[3]

In October 2011, the album was finally reissued on CD by Liberation Records in what was the 30th anniversary of its release. This had a different track listing and combined the three "Media Themes" instrumentals into one track.

Track listing[edit]

Side One
  1. "For All We Know" (David Lawrence Mason)
  2. "Quasimodo's Dream" (D. Mason)
  3. "According to My Heart" (G. Walker)
  4. "After the News" (D. Mason)
  5. "Colourful Clothes" (D. Mason/C. Hooper)
  6. "Shout and Deliver" (D. Mason)
Side Two
  1. "Dubbo Go Go" (D. Mason)
  2. "Smokey Dawson Show" (D. Mason)
  3. "Depression" (D. Mason)
  4. "Rupert Murdoch" (D. Mason/C. Newham)
  5. "Kitchen Man" (D. Mason/C. Newham)
  6. "Ohira Tour" (D. Mason/K. Ansell/C. Hooper)
  7. "Cancer" (D. Mason/C. Hooper)

CD Reissue[edit]

  1. "Quasimodo's Dream" – 4:10
  2. "Shout and Deliver" – 2:43
  3. "After the News" – 2:52
  4. "According to My Heart" – 3:14
  5. "Depression" – 3:04
  6. "Colourful Clothes" – 2:24
  7. "For All We Know" – 2:35
  8. "Media Themes - Smokey Dawson Show/Rupert Murdoch/Ohira Tour" – 3:45
  9. "Cancer" – 3:33
  10. "Dubbo Go Go" – 5:34
  11. "Kitchen Man" – 5:27


  1. ^ Studio Connections - Quasimodo's Dream
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  NOTE: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
  3. ^ O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9.