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Spandau Ballet - Diamond [Special Edition] (2010)

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Spandau Ballet - Diamond [Special Edition] (2010)

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Disc 1 
01 Chant No.1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On)
02 Instinction
03 Paint Me Down
04 Coffee Club
05 She Loved Like Diamond
06 Pharoah
07 Innocence And Science
08 Missionary
09 Chant No.1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On) [Remix]
10 Instinction [Remix]
11 Paint Me Down [Remix]
12 Coffee Club [Remix]
13 She Loved Like Diamond [Remix]

Disc 2
01 Feel The Chant [7"]
02 Man With Guitar
03 Gently
04 Chant No 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On) [12" Version]
05 Feel The Chant [12"]
06 Paint Me Down [12"]
07 Re Paint
08 Instinction [12" Mix]
09 The Freeze [BBC In Concert, Bournemouth, 10.04.1982]
10 To Cut A Long Story Short [BBC In Concert, Bournemouth, 10.04.1982]
11 Glow [BBC In Concert, Bournemouth, 10.04.1982]
12 Paint Me Down [BBC In Concert, Bournemouth, 10.04.1982]
13 Instinction / Chant No.1 [BBC In Concert, Bournemouth, 10.04.1982]
Nathaniel Augustin Trombone David Baptiste Saxophone Richard James Burgess Producer Tony Hadley Synthesizer, Vocals John Keeble Drums, Vocals Gary Kemp Cheng, Guitar, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocals Martin Kemp Bass, Vocals Steve Norman Guitar, Percussion, Saxophone, Tabla, Vocals Canute Wellington Trumpet

 

With the new romantic movement they'd helped spearhead on the way out, futurist icons Spandau Ballet began thinking seriously about the future on their second album. The seeds of the group's transition to a slick, MOR soul outfit can be heard in hits like "Chant No. 1," the best song Spandau Ballet had come up with. More funk than rock, "Chant No. 1" got punctuation from the horn section of the British R&B act Beggar & Co., who were apparently a major inspiration for the track. Diamond features other tentative moves toward an authentically soulful sound; the tuneless single "Paint Me Down" is all chattering rhythm guitar and popping bass, while "She Loved Like Diamond" offers an inferior trial run at the approach that would produce the global mega-hit "True" (this version has an underdeveloped melody, which is OK, since still-improving vocalist Tony Hadley wasn't ready yet for a better one). The rest of the album sounds like the group had been listening too long to the second side of David Bowie's Heroes. "Pharoah" is off-kilter funk reminiscent of "The Secret Life of Arabia" -- a dubious choice for emulation -- and the gentle, oriental balladry of "Innocence and Science" segues into "Missionary," a percussion-filled mood piece light on actual substance. Although it's an improvement on their debut, Diamond showed Spandau Ballet was musically still far behind likeminded acts such as Duran Duran, Ultravox, and Visage -- a situation that would change somewhat with the band's next, most successful album, True. ---Dan LeRoy, AllMusic Review

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