The Comsat Angels ‎– Independence Day (1984)

The Comsat Angels released their fourth album “Land” in 1983, “Land” was the first of two albums for the Jive label and was viewed as a major departure from the Comsats’ first three albums.

Andy Kellman from Allmusic review wrote “They had the critical approval, but they were intent to win public approval. Bringing in Mike Howlett (producer of Berlin, OMD, and Flock of Seagulls), the band threw caution to the wind and let him do what he pleased with the band’s already commercial-leaning material. They didn’t just sacrifice much of their trademark tension, atmosphere, and paranoia. Mik Glaisher’s inventive drums are painfully missing in action for much of the proceedings; studio wizardry cuts up his playing for incidental use. Andy Peake’s keyboards are transformed from mood mechanism to central character, which means Stephen Fellows’ guitar gets lost in the shuffle. As far as synth-pop records are considered, Land is fine — it still carries its own mood.”

The song “Independence Day,” originally from their debut album, Waiting for a Miracle, was rerecorded for Land. “Will You Stay Tonight” and “Independence Day” received a reasonable amount of airplay and charted in the UK at #81 and #71 respectively.

Independence Day (Extended Version)               3:51

Intelligence (Extended Version)                         5:57

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The Comsat Angels ‎– Will You Stay Tonight? (1983)

The Comsat Angels were a post-punk band from Sheffield and Doncaster, England, active from 1978 to 1995.Their music has been described as “abstract pop songs with spare instrumentation, many of which were bleak and filled with some form of heartache.”They have been credited as being an influence to later post-punk revival bands such as Blacklist, Bell Hollow, Editors and Interpol.The Comsat Angels toured heavily in the UK and in western Europe, especially in the Netherlands.  They also toured the United States twice.

The band recorded their fourth album “Land”‘ in 1983,  Land was the first of two albums for the Jive label and was viewed as a major departure from the Comsats’ first three albums. Frontman Steve Fellows looked back in a 2006 interview: “We made more commercial albums in the mid-’80s because the record company wanted us to do so. We were happy to find a new label after the commercially not-so-successful first albums.”

Produced by Mike Howlett (Flock Of Seagulls, Berlin, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark).

Will You Stay Tonight?                    4:21

A World Away (Dub Mix)                 4:57

Shining Hour                                  4:29

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