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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Landscape - Landscape (1979)

Update 12/23/2009: Dean Baird was kind enough (in the comments below) to point out that Cherry Pop Records has reissued this debut album in the UK as a two-fer with Landscape's third LP, 1982's Manhattan Boogie Woogie. As this album is now in-print, I'm removing my share. Go buy it!

Back in 1981 there was a great video on MTV for a song by Landscape called "Norman Bates." They almost never showed it, but it was an excellent adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. I watched MTV when I was eleven all the time and I only saw it three or four times. I could never find the album it was from, From the Tea-Rooms of Mars... To the Hell-Holes of Uranus. In 1992, Mau Mau/Demon Records Ltd. in the UK finally released this LP on CD. As a bonus, they included their entire first LP, the self-titled Landscape. I found out about it and bought it back in 1995 or 1996.

That twofer CD is out-of-print now, but From the Tea-Rooms of Mars... To the Hell-Holes of Uranus was re-released on CD back in 2002 with a few singles-only bonus tracks, but without the Landscape LP.

Landscape came together in 1975. The band was always first to try something new musically, including early use of the Fairlight, one of the first computer-based samplers. The band was highly influenced by Kraftwerk, but their roots were in jazz. This first LP shows this much better than their second. There is an improvisational nature to the music, but the sound blends orchestral jazz with a New Wave electronic sound. With their second LP, drummer and band leader Richard James Burgess started singing. This brought the band a bit away from their jazz roots and more firmly into the New Romantic sound of the early 80s. They released one more LP and then disbanded in 1984. The Landscape LP is an instrumental gem.

I couldn't resist the urge to include the incredible music video for Landscape's "Norman Bates" here, even though it doesn't appear on their debut LP. Check it out:

I had to boost the level of the LP by 1.27dB to maximize the volume. I used WavGain to group normalize the .wav files before encoding to .mp3, preserving the track-to-track level differences.

Landscape - Landscape (1979)
1. Japan (3:09)
2. Lost in the Small Ads (4:01)
3. The Mechanical Bride (3:20)
4. Neddy Sindrum (3:35)
5. Kaptin Whorlix (3:42)
6. Sonja Henie (3:24)
7. Many's the Time (3:22)
8. Highly Suspicious (3:32)
9. Gotham City (3:33)
10. Wandsworth Plain (2:58)


Unknown said...

This was a pleasant surprise!
Thanks for the music.

Anonymous said...

big thanks

Anonymous said...

Can you post "From the Tea-Rooms of Mars... To the Hell-Holes of Uranus", PLEASE !!!!

Kevin Sartori said...

I'm sorry, I have a policy to only post music that is currently out-of-print. As From the Tea-Rooms of Mars... To the Hell-Holes of Uranus has been reissued in the UK, I really can't post it...

Anonymous said...

sadly download doesn't unpack correctly

Kevin Sartori said...

The RAR file will unpack correctly if you use the correct software. Please refer to my note in the right-hand column:

"Please Read This First!"

Anonymous said...

Excellent! Thanks for that. I didn't even know this album existed. Very surprised to hear that all the tracks are instrumental.

A Dashing Blade said...

Prolly most famous in the UK for being on Tomorrow's World (BBC1 science prog). Caught them live circa 78/9 at a quarter full Chancellor Hall in Chelmsford where they seriously rocked. TY for posting.

Richard said...

This is great, thank you! :D
I lost my vinyl copy of this album several years ago and haven't heard it since.

You don't happen to have Manhattan Boogie Woogie do you? I can't find it anywhere.

Kevin Sartori said...

Sorry, Richard, I don't have that one.

Anonymous said...

I saw them at whiteladies road before they released their first album.I had an EP called U2XME1X2MUCH which had an interesting mix.Quite raw compared to the polish that was to follow. A lovely instrumental called I think,"the camera never lies" or something similar. I have lost my copy, and I think its out of print.Do you have it?

Kevin Sartori said...

Unfortunately, no, I don't have that one. But I wish I did!

Dean Baird said...

Landscape and Manhattan Boogie Woogie have been joined and released on CD. Check Amazon.

Kevin Sartori said...

Thanks for the update, Dean! The share has been removed!

Morbus said...

Yeah, thanks Dean! -_-

Anonymous said...

I would love to get hold of a live recording of Landscape - anyone ever come across one?