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Even in its standard two-disc/30-track edition, A Very British Synthesizer Group is the Human League compilation with the widest scope. It starts with the group's earliest, late-'70s output as a boundary pushing trio of Philip Oakey, Martyn Ware, and Ian Craig Marsh — the latter two of whom bailed in 1980 to start B.E.F. and Heaven 17 — and chronologically summarizes the longer-lasting Oakey/Joanne Catherall/Susan Sulley version through the early 2010s. The selection favors the singles, such as the post-punk classic "Being Boiled," the global hits "Don't You Want Me" and "Human," and later works from the group's occasionally fine '90s and 2000s releases. The anthology isn't truly straightforward. It bounces from extended mixes to edits, while "The Sound of the Crowd" is present in instrumental form, and the William Orbit remix of "Heart Like a Wheel" appears instead of the original version. That said, it is a representative introduction to the work of a top-tier synth-pop group. [The three-CD/one-DVD edition includes a disc worth of previously unreleased early versions and a career-spanning collection of televised appearances that range from 1979 through 1995.]

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This is a fantastic representation of the extent to which the Human League pioneered electronic music. Wonderfully done


Formed: 1977 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Synth pop's first international superstars, the Human League were among the earliest and most innovative bands to break into the pop mainstream on a wave of synthesizers and electronic rhythms, their marriage of infectious melodies and state-of-the-art technology proving enormously influential on countless acts following in their wake. The group was formed in Sheffield, England in 1977 by synth players Martyn Ware and Ian Marsh, who'd previously teamed as the duo Dead Daughters. Following a brief...
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  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock
  • Released: Nov 18, 2016

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