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Visage (Visage album)

Visage is the debut studio album by the British new wave band Visage. It was recorded at Genetic Sound Studios in Reading, Berkshire and released on 10 November 1980 by Polydor Records.

Visage
Studio album by
Released10 November 1980
Recorded1979–1980
StudioGenetic Studios, Reading, Berkshire, England
GenreSynthpop, new wave
Length38:27
LabelPolydor
ProducerMidge Ure, Visage
Visage chronology
Visage
(1980)
Visage EP
(1981)
Singles from Visage
  1. "Tar"
    Released: 7 September 1979
  2. "Fade to Grey"
    Released: 10 November 1980
  3. "Mind of a Toy"
    Released: 2 March 1981
  4. "Visage"
    Released: 29 June 1981

Contents

Visage was released on 10 November 1980. It reached No. 13 in the UK and was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry in March 1981. "Fade to Grey" was released as a single and became a hit, reaching No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart and Top 10 positions in Europe, including No. 1 in Germany and Switzerland. Further singles, "Mind of a Toy" and the title track "Visage" were also UK Top 30 hits.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic
Robert ChristgauB–
Smash Hits5/10

Aaron Krehbie of Digital Audio commented that "Moon over Moscow" and "Blocks on Blocks" are "perfect examples of Visage at its best". However, Krehbie also opined that the album was not "the group's best effort", preferring the group's next album, The Anvil.

In his retrospective review, Dan LeRoy of AllMusic wrote "this is the music that best represents the short-lived but always underrated new romantic movement", calling it "a consistently fine creation".

All tracks are written by Visage (Billy Currie, Rusty Egan, Dave Formula, John McGeoch, Steve Strange and Midge Ure), except where noted.

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Visage" 3:53
2."Blocks on Blocks" 4:00
3."The Dancer"Egan, Ure3:40
4."Tar"Barry Adamson, Currie, Egan, Formula, McGeoch, Strange, Ure3:32
5."Fade to Grey"Currie, Chris Payne, Ure4:02
Side B
No.TitleLength
6."Malpaso Man"4:14
7."Mind of a Toy"4:28
8."Moon Over Moscow"4:00
9."Visa-age"4:20
10."The Steps"3:14
CD reissue bonus track
No.TitleLength
11."Fade to Grey (Dance Mix)"6:41
Visage
Additional personnel
Technical
  • John Hudson – recording, engineering, mixing
  • Iain Gillies—sleeve artwork, a blue/grey tinted monochrome original painting, (based on a b/w photograph by Peter Ashworth)
  • Peter Ashworth – original sleeve photography (redrawn for publication)
Chart Peak
position
Certification
Australia (Kent Music Report) 17 -
Austria 11 -
France 2 Gold
Germany 1 Gold
New Zealand 14 -
Sweden 22 -
United Kingdom 13 Silver (60,000)
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  7. Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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Visage (Visage album)
Visage Visage album Language Watch Edit Visage is the debut studio album by the British new wave band Visage It was recorded at Genetic Sound Studios in Reading Berkshire and released on 10 November 1980 by Polydor Records VisageStudio album by VisageReleased10 November 1980Recorded1979 1980StudioGenetic Studios Reading Berkshire EnglandGenreSynthpop new waveLength38 27LabelPolydorProducerMidge Ure VisageVisage chronologyVisage 1980 Visage EP 1981 Singles from Visage Tar Released 7 September 1979 Fade to Grey Released 10 November 1980 Mind of a Toy Released 2 March 1981 Visage Released 29 June 1981 Contents 1 Release 2 Reception 3 Track listing 4 Personnel 5 Chart performance 6 References 7 External linksRelease EditVisage was released on 10 November 1980 It reached No 13 in the UK and was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry in March 1981 1 2 Fade to Grey was released as a single and became a hit reaching No 8 on the UK Singles Chart and Top 10 positions in Europe including No 1 in Germany and Switzerland Further singles Mind of a Toy and the title track Visage were also UK Top 30 hits Reception EditProfessional ratingsReview scoresSourceRatingAllMusic 3 Robert ChristgauB 4 Smash Hits5 10 5 Aaron Krehbie of Digital Audio commented that Moon over Moscow and Blocks on Blocks are perfect examples of Visage at its best However Krehbie also opined that the album was not the group s best effort preferring the group s next album The Anvil 6 In his retrospective review Dan LeRoy of AllMusic wrote this is the music that best represents the short lived but always underrated new romantic movement calling it a consistently fine creation 3 Track listing EditAll tracks are written by Visage Billy Currie Rusty Egan Dave Formula John McGeoch Steve Strange and Midge Ure except where noted Side ANo TitleWriter s Length1 Visage 3 532 Blocks on Blocks 4 003 The Dancer Egan Ure3 404 Tar Barry Adamson Currie Egan Formula McGeoch Strange Ure3 325 Fade to Grey Currie Chris Payne Ure4 02Side BNo TitleLength6 Malpaso Man 4 147 Mind of a Toy 4 288 Moon Over Moscow 4 009 Visa age 4 2010 The Steps 3 14CD reissue bonus trackNo TitleLength11 Fade to Grey Dance Mix 6 41Personnel EditVisageSteve Strange lead vocals Midge Ure guitar backing vocals synthesizers John McGeoch guitar backing vocals saxophone Dave Formula synthesizer Billy Currie electric violin synthesizer Rusty Egan drums backing vocals electronic percussionAdditional personnelBarry Adamson bass guitar 1 2 4 Chris Payne synthesizer 5 Cedric Sharpley drums electronic drums programming 5 Brigitte Arens voice 5 TechnicalJohn Hudson recording engineering mixing Iain Gillies sleeve artwork a blue grey tinted monochrome original painting based on a b w photograph by Peter Ashworth Peter Ashworth original sleeve photography redrawn for publication Chart performance EditChart Peak position CertificationAustralia Kent Music Report 7 17 Austria 8 11 France 9 2 Gold 10 Germany 11 1 Gold 12 New Zealand 13 14 Sweden 14 22 United Kingdom 1 13 Silver 60 000 2 References Edit a b Visage Artist Official Charts Official Charts Company Retrieved 20 December 2014 a b Certified Awards BPI Retrieved 20 December 2014 a b LeRoy Dan Visage Visage Songs Reviews Credits Awards AllMusic AllMusic Retrieved 20 December 2014 Christgau Robert Robert Christgau CG Visage robertchristgau com Retrieved 20 December 2014 Hillier Beverly 11 24 December 1980 Albums Smash Hits 33 Krehbiel Aaron September 1984 Visage Digital Audio 1 1 80 Retrieved 13 June 2017 Kent David 1993 Australian Chart Book 1970 1992 St Ives NSW Australian Chart Book ISBN 0 646 11917 6 Discographie Visage austriancharts at in German Retrieved 26 June 2009 Tous les Albums classes par Artiste infodisc fr in French Archived from the original on 5 June 2009 Retrieved 12 August 2009 Les Certifications Albums du SNEP Bilan par Artiste infodisc fr in French Archived from the original on 21 June 2010 Retrieved 25 September 2012 Suche nach visage officialcharts de in German Retrieved 25 September 2012 Gold Platin Datenbank musikindustrie de in German Archived from the original on 24 November 2015 Retrieved 31 May 2010 Discography Visage charts nz Retrieved 31 May 2010 Discography Visage swedishcharts com Retrieved 12 August 2009 External links EditVisage at Discogs list of releases Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Visage Visage album amp oldid 1051227204, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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