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Gold - The Best Of Spandau Ballet
Though they'd worn a variety of musical hats in the 1970s, the members of U.K. quintet Spandau Ballet had donned New Romantic garb by 1980, sparking a bidding war won by Chrysalis Records. Though successful from the outset in England, the band really took off when it added blue-eyed soul to its sound on such hits as “True,” which sat atop the British singles chart on this day in 1983. GOLD: THE BEST OF includes all the group's U.K. charting singles for Chrysalis (plus a couple for their next label, Epic), among them “Communication,” “Only When You Leave” and the title song. Tony Hadley's achingly romantic croon is irresistible here, but as the 17-track collection covers the evolution of Spandau Ballet, you get so much more – GOLD is the definitive look at the band's early- to mid-1980s heyday.