The Dream Academy – “The Dream Academy”

The Sleeve:
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The Liner/Sleeve Notes:

Personal Review:
 So, originally when I was given this LP, I was under the impression I had no idea who this band was, or any of their work. Upon listening, I knew that I had heard the first track before.

 The album opens with “Life in a Northern Town” and the song opens with some faint keyboard playing before the vocals start, they’re soft, but good. I’m actually quite a big fan of this song, but it’s the only song of theirs that I know. Then there is that little chorus with the “ah hey ma ma ma” and the amazing drumming and vocals, and everything just fits together so perfectly. After that comes the song “The Edge of Forever” and it’s a pretty good track, starts off a bit slow, but then it picks up and it’s a pretty good track, everything on this LP is surprisingly good. We go onto the song “(Johnny) New Light” and all of these songs seem to have really good musicianship and the vocals and the way the lyrics are conveyed are just so amazing. I’m actually really liking this LP. “In Places on the Run” comes next, and it’s a bit more quiet, and softer, but it’s alright. The song could be a little more fast paced, but this is alright. The A-Side ends with the song “The World” which opens with sounds of traffic before the guitar playing and other instruments begin. Every now and again the song picks up a bit, and it’s a pretty good track, I’m quite enjoying it. Yup, this album has been pretty good so far.

 The B-Side opens with the track “Bound to Be” and it’s a pretty good song, really pop sounding. It’s a good song, a decent way to open the B-Side. The album continues on with the song “Moving On” which is a good song, but it seems to be a bit reminiscent of this – and that is not a good thing. Then comes the song “The Love Parade” and it seems to be a decent track, not overly fast or anything, it’s good. The beat is pretty good, and the vocals are nicely done. “The Party” comes next, and it opens with a nice bit of guitar playing, and then we go into the vocals and it’s a pretty good track, the musicianship is really done nicely. The album closes with the song “One Dream” and it starts off a bit slow, but it’s alright, not a bad track at all, it’s done really nicely. All in all, a pretty good album.

Interesting Facts:

Track Listing:
A1 – Life in a Northern Town
A2 – The Edge of Forever
A3 – (Johnny) New Light
A4 – In Places on the Run
A5 – This World

B1 – Bound to Be
B2 – Moving On
B3 – The Love Parade
B4 – The Party
B5 – One Dream

Warner Bros. Records

Catalog Number:
92 52651

Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Backing Vocals – Derek Adams, June Lawrence, Colette Walker, Sandrae Lawrence, Caron Wheeler, Sam Brown & Ingrid Schroeder
Cello – Jo Walton, Lucia Skidmore & Adam Peters
Percussion – Luis Jardim, Benedict Huffnung & Bosco De Oliveira
Timpani – Benedict Huffnung
Tenor Saxophone – Gary Barnacle
Bass – Guy Pratt, Pino Palladino & Mickey Féat
Drums – Dave Mattacks, Jake Le Masurier & Tony Beard
Guitar – David Gilmour & Peter Buck
Acoustic Guitar – David Gilmour
Organ – Greg Dechert
Double Bass – Chucho Merchan
Trumpet – David Defries
Design – Peter Saville Associates
Engineer – Andrew Jackson, Gary Langan & John Hudson
Vibraphone – Benedict Huffnung
Mixed by John Hudson
Keyboards & Vocals – Gilbert Gabriel
Lead Vocals, Lyrics, Guitar and Harmonica – Nick Laird-Clowes
Oboe, Clor Anglais, Accordion, Piano, Tenor Saxophone & Vocals – Kate St. John
Photography – Richard Haughton
Producer – David Gilmour, Nick Laird-Clowes, George Nicholson & Gary Langan

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