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A Flock of Seagulls - Ascension AND Aurora Borealis


A Flock of Seagulls - Ascension AND Aurora Borealis

Postby elevatorman » Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:52 pm

A Flock of Seagulls just released their latest, Ascension. It's a greatest hits compilation recorded with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. I'll be honest. I'm loving it. The orchestra really adds a nice touch to the songs. Some obviously work better than others.

In addition, they released Aurora Borealis which is another rerecorded greatest hits. It contains the same track listing as Ascension. What should be noted is the band reunited with all 4 original members to record both releases.

They're available everywhere to stream, download and buy.

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Re: A Flock of Seagulls - Ascension AND Aurora Borealis

Postby moni » Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:52 am

The box is way too expensive at £45 i will give it a miss.
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Re: A Flock of Seagulls - Ascension AND Aurora Borealis

Postby postpunkmonk » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:26 am

If the box is out of budget, the "Ascension" is a separate CD and "Aurorea Borealis" can be bought separately as a download. I would buy the "Ascension" disc - it could be interesting, and I'm not the biggest AFOS fan.
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Re: A Flock of Seagulls - Ascension AND Aurora Borealis

Postby WLR » Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:04 am

The vocals on the "Acension" album are very poor in my opinion, which is a shame as it could have been a great album.

I thought the Midge Ure Classical album was fantastic, breathed new life into Ultravox and Midge Ure songs.
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Re: A Flock of Seagulls - Ascension AND Aurora Borealis

Postby negative1 » Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:45 am

WLR wrote:The vocals on the "Acension" album are very poor in my opinion, which is a shame as it could have been a great album.

I thought the Midge Ure Classical album was fantastic, breathed new life into Ultravox and Midge Ure songs.


i thought the opposite. i like the new vocals and versions for a flock of seagulls.

i thought the orchestral midge ure and ultravox pretty much killed off those songs and groups.

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Re: A Flock of Seagulls - Ascension AND Aurora Borealis

Postby negative1 » Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:03 pm

ok, listening through these:
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this is a very strange deluxe version.

as mentioned before, the mix of orchestral and new wave music is not new.

there's quite a lot of collaborations of these.

however, in this boxset, you get even more:
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1 the new album - ascension, which is the reworked tracks with orchestral parts
added to them
[available separately]

2 instrumental versions - these are are actually the same songs, but with some
orchestral parts (unfortunately)

3 orcapella versions - these are purely orchestral versions

4 reworked album - these are the tracks without the orchestral parts
[available separately]

5 space age love song single - featuring 2 mixes that weren't on the digital release
[available separately]
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i am not a classical musical fan at all..... i don't think i own any releases like that.

however, i do like the sounds of strings and orchestras when added to pop and dance music
(like ABC, etc).

so, being a huge fan of flock of seagulls, i think all these are great.

however, theres some overlap of the tracks, and the fact that dna, and ascension
are already instrumentals, so those are covered a couple of times.

i don't think i'll listen to the pure orchestral version much, it's a nice novelty.

the space age love song single is great, and you can get it separately, it's one of my
all time favorite songs from them, and a few of the remixes are really cool.

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what all this music has done for me, is allow me to mix and match versions, and even
create some of my own remixes.

the unfortunate thing, is the 'instrumental' versions still have the orchestra in them,
i would have preferred the pure instruments only.

anyways, its a very cool and unique boxset, but i would only recommend it for
hardcore flock of seagulls fans only.

for anyone else, it's overkill.

rating, 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Re: A Flock of Seagulls - Ascension AND Aurora Borealis

Postby Sean » Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:46 pm

Thanks for the review Negative1. I have been debating getting the box set or getting the Ascension cd and the SALS cd single only. Think I am going to lean toward the latter even though I love AFOS.
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