Category: Spandau Ballet

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Spandau Ballet photographed by Lynn Goldsmith, 1981.

On this day in music history: March 4, 1983 – “True”, the third studio album by Spandau Ballet is released. Produced by Steve Jolley and Tony Swain, it is recorded at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, The Bahamas from October – November 1982. Breaking away from the  New Wave/New Romantic sound of their first two albums, the British pop band adapts a more “Blue Eyed Soul” sound with jazz and R&B influences throughout. The shift in musical styles gain the band a huge worldwide following, becoming their breakthrough album in the US. It spins off off four singles including “Gold” (#2 UK, #29 US Pop, #76 R&B, #1 AC), and the title track (#1 UK Pop, #4 US Pop), which is featured in the John Hughes comedy “Sixteen Candles” in 1984, and is sampled numerous times including on PM Dawn’s “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” (#1 US Pop) in 1991. The album is remastered and reissued in 2003 for its twentieth anniversary, as a standard CD and hybrid SACD. It is reissued again in 2010 as a 2 CD + 1 DVD set with remixes, B-sides, and a live concert. Out of print on vinyl since the late 80’s, it is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP by Music On Vinyl in 2015, on standard black and gold vinyl, the latter being limited to only 1,000 individually numbered copies. “True” hits number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number nineteen on the Billboard Top 200, and certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Spandau Ballet video shoot for “Musclebound”

at the Kirkstone Pass, Lake District, Cumbria in March 1981.

(Photos by Brian Cooke)

Spandau Ballet photographed by Lynn Goldsmith, 1981.

Spandau Ballet video shoot for “Instinction” (1982) 

On this day in music history: March 4, 1983 – “True”, the third studio album by Spandau Ballet is released. Produced by Steve Jolley and Tony Swain, it is recorded at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, The Bahamas from October – November 1982. Breaking away from the  New Wave/New Romantic sound of their first two albums, the British pop band adapts a more “Blue Eyed Soul” sound with jazz and R&B influences throughout. The shift in musical styles gain the band a huge worldwide following, becoming their breakthrough album in the US. It spins off off four singles including “Gold” (#2 UK, #29 US Pop, #76 R&B, #1 AC), and the title track (#1 UK Pop, #4 US Pop), which is featured in the John Hughes comedy “Sixteen Candles” in 1984, and is sampled numerous times including on PM Dawn’s “Set Adrift On Memory Bliss” (#1 US Pop) in 1991. The album is remastered and reissued in 2003 for its twentieth anniversary, as a standard CD and hybrid SACD. It is reissued again in 2010 as a 2 CD + 1 DVD set with remixes, B-sides, and a live concert. Out of print on vinyl since the late 80’s, it is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP by Music On Vinyl in 2015, on standard black and gold vinyl, the latter being limited to only 1,000 individually numbered copies. “True” hits number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number nineteen on the Billboard Top 200, and certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Spandau Ballet photographed by Michael Putland in London, May 1983.