Synth' Pop Albums

Synth' Pop Albums

Synth' Pop Albums

Synth' pop music first became prominent in the 1980's, utilising the synthesizer as the dominent musical instrument. It was prefigured in the late 1960's and early 1970's by the use of synthesizers in progressive rock bands such as Kraftwerk as well as established "super groups" The Who. It arose as a distinctive genre in both Japan and the U.K. as part of the new wave movement of the late 1970's to the mid 1980's.
 

Early synth' pop pioneers included the Japanese group Yellow Magic Orchestra and British bands Ultravox and The Human League, largely using monophonic synthesizers to produce music with an austere sound.

After the breakthrough of Tubeway Army and Gary Numan in the British singles chart, larger numbers of artists began to enjoy success with a synthesizer based sound.

By the latter part of the decade 1980's duo's such as Erasure, The Communards and The Pet Shop Boys adopted a sound that was highly successful in the U.S. dance charts.

Synth' Pop Albums

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Gary Numan - The Pleasure Principle

Gary Numan (1979)

Debut UK chart #1 album, released under his own name, features the synth' pop worldwide hit "Cars".

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Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell

Depeche Mode - (1981)

Well presented original pressing of the band's debut album, features the singles "Dreaming of Me", "New Life" and "Just Can't Get Enough".

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Spandau Ballet - Parade

Spandau Ballet - (1984)

The band's fourth studio album, features two top 10 hits "Only When You Leave" and "I'll Fly for You".

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Jean Michel Jarre - Equinoxe

Jean Michel Jarre - (1978)

Second major label album - Immaculate !

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Ultravox - Vienna

Ultravox - (1980)

Midge Ure's first album with the band, with the title track heralding their commercial breakthrough worldwide.

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The Communards - Red

The Communards - (1987)

Well presented UK top 10 album, features the hits "Never Can Say Goodbye" and "Tomorrow".

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Blancmange - Happy Families

Blancmange - (1982)

Well presented example of the duo's debut album, includes the UK top-10 single "Living On The Ceiling".

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Ozric Tentacles - Live Underslunky

Ozric Tentacles - (1992)

Elusive instrumental Psychedelic/Electronic-Rock double live album - Stunning example!

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Ananda Shankar - Ananda Shankar

Ananda Shankar - (1970)

Self-titled debut album, (stereo format), fusing Eastern and Western musical styles, features the much sampled "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Light My Fire".

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Simple Minds - Sparkle In The Rain

Simple Minds - (1983)

The UK chart, number one selling album, features the singles "Waterfront", "Speed Your Love to Me" and "Up on the Catwalk".

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Pet Shop Boys - Disco

Pet Shop Boys - (1986)

Collection of extended dance mixes from their first album "Please" and their respective B-sides.

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Toni Basil - Word of Mouth

Toni Basil - (1981)

The 1980's singer-dance performer's debut album, features the worldwide #1 smash hit "Mickey" - Stunning!

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Bon Jovi - 7800º Fahrenheit

Bon Jovi - (1985)

Immaculate example of the band's second album, features the singles "In and Out of Love" amd "Only Lonely".

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Bon Jovi - New Jersey

Bon Jovi - (1988)

Worldwide smash hit album, contains 5 x U.S. top-10 singles including two number ones, features "Born to Be My Baby" and "Bad Medicine".

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Space - Magic Fly

Space - (1977)

Well presented example of French disco/synth'pop cult classic album, with guest vocals by acclaimed soul singer Madeline Bell.

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Yes - 90125

Yes - (1983)

The newly re-formed rock band produce their eleventh studio album, features the hit "Owner of a Lonely Heart".

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Simple Minds - New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)

Simple Minds - (1982)

Original pressing of the Scottish rock band's breakthrough album, features "Promised You a Miracle", "Glittering Prize" and "Someone Somewhere in Summertime".

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Split Enz - True Colours

Split Enz - (1980)

The New Zealand band's lazer-etched fifth studio album, features the singles "Shark Attack" and "I Got You".

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The Human League - Dare

The Human League - (1981)

Stunning EX+/EX+ example of the British synthpop band's third studio album, includes original inner and gatefold cover.

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Jean Jaques Perrey - Moog Indigo

Jean-Jaques Perrey - (1972)

Well presented 1972 UK Vanguard Records pressing, includes "The Elephant Never Forgets", used as the theme song for El Chavo del Ocho.

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Kim Wilde - Kim Wilde

Kim Wilde - (1981)

Stunning EX+/EX+ UK RAK (SRAK 544 stereo), eponymous debut album by British singer Kim Wilde, features "Kids in America".

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