On this day in music history: March 23, 1985 – “Dream Into Action”, the second album by Howard Jones is released. Produced by Rupert Hine, it is recorded at Farmyard Studios in Cotswolds, UK from Late 1984 – Early 1985. Differing from his successful debut “Human’s Lib”, in which the British synth-pop musician had been a virtual “one man band”, his follow up features more outside musicians including the TKO Horns (Dave Pleurs, Alan Whetton, Jim Patterson, Brian Maurice), background vocalists Afrodiziak (featuring Claudia Fontaine, Naomi Thompson, and a pre-Soul II Soul Caron Wheeler), and The Effervescents. The album is the worldwide commercial breakthrough for Jones, spinning off three singles in the US including “Things Can Only Get Better” (#5 Pop), “Life In One Day” (#19 Pop), and “Like To Get To Know You Well” (#49 Pop). The albums’ success is such that it spins off a six track EP titled “Action Replay” featuring five remixed versions of songs from “Dream” along with a re-recorded version of the album cut “No One Is To Blame” (produced by Phil Collins). “Blame” is released as a single a year later in March of 1986, becoming his biggest US hit (#4 Pop). The tracks “Specialty” & “Why Look For The Key” on the UK release are pulled from the US edition, and are replaced with “Like To Get To Know You Well” and “Bounce Right Back”. “Why Look” is issued as the B-side of “Things Can Only Get Better”, while “Specialty” makes its US debut on the “Action Replay” EP. In 2010, “Dream” is remastered and reissued as an expanded edition CD (Europe only), with all of the tracks from the UK and US versions of the album. The album is remastered and reissued again in November of 2018 by Cherry Red Records, as a two CD + DVD deluxe edition. The first disc contains the original twelve song album (UK edition), plus five additional bonus tracks. The second disc features twelve bonus tracks, including 12" remixes and non-LP B-sides. The DVD portion includes rare television performances, and all of the original music videos for the singles. It is also reissued in “Super Deluxe” box set, containing all of the aforementioned contents, and a vinyl picture disc of the full album. The vinyl edition is also issued separately, pressed on translucent green vinyl. “Dream Into Action” peaks at number two on the UK album chart, number ten on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
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