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Title - 'From the Tea-Rooms Of Mars ...' (Cherry Red)
Artist - Landscape

To say this album is of its time is an understatement but some of the tracks are brilliant even now, most notably 'European Man,' 'Computer Person,' 'Norman Bates' and the classic 'Einstein A Go-Go.' I always thought Landscape got a hard time and are written off as a one-hit wonder. They were signed to RCA who didn't seem to know how to handle them properly.

Other highlights here include the title track which is divided into three sections, all with a different Latin mood! Landscape were jazz-fusionists before the synth bug bit deeply and the ability here to shift mood on the title track shows this off to fine effect. They were never fashionable but did some great work, this album being a highpoint for me. I was 15 in 1981 and can remember the impact the new synth-based music had. It seems commonplace now, but Landscape were like nothing else.

Richard Burgess was also involved in the first Visage album and was one of the first people in the UK to own a Fairlight. He also produced the first two Spandau Ballet albums. The four extra tracks - ‘Eastern Girls’, ‘So Good So Pure So Kind’, ‘It's Not My Name’ and ‘You Know How To Hurt Me’ - come from their commercially-unsuccessful latter period. The sequel to Tea Rooms is Manhatten Boogie-Woogie which bombed sadly, despite having some great songs.

1. EUROPEAN MAN; 2. SHAKE THE WEST AWAKE; 3. COMPUTER PERSON; 4. ALPINE TRAGEDY / SISTERS; 5. FACE OF THE 80'S; 6. NEW RELIGION; 7. EINSTEIN A GO-G0; 8. NORMAN BATES; 9. THE DOLL'S HOUSE 10. FROM THE TEA-ROOMS OF MARS...TO THE HELL HOLES OF URANUS - i BEGUINE, ii MAMBO, iii TANGO + BONUS TRACKS: 11. EASTERN GIRLS; 12. IT'S NOT MY NAME; 13. SO GOOD SO PURE SO KIND and 14. YOU KNOW HOW TO HURT ME.

And as with all other Cherry Red booklets it includes all the original artwork, sleeve notes and a complete discography of the band incorporating some of the band's original sleeves.

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