The Virgin Years of The Human League Celebrated With New Vinyl Box Set

Between 1981 and 1990, The human league released four studio albums and an extended EP on Virgin Records. These albums and extended game have been collected in a special limited edition colored vinyl box set. In addition, The virgin years – slated for release on November 11 – will also contain the remix album love and danceoriginally released in 1982 and recently reissued on white vinyl for Record Store Day.

The Human League “Mark Two”, as they were described, rose from the ashes of the band’s first incarnation and became one of the most influential and commercially successful bands of the early 1980s. The virgin years the box opens with To dare, which is quite simply one of the greatest albums ever made. It propelled the band to superstardom across the globe and, despite being over 40 years old, still sounds as exciting and powerful as ever.

In the spring of 1983, the band released the six-track EP “Fascination”, which combined the singles “(Keep Feeling) Fascination” in its extended forms, “Mirror Man” as well as the classic B-sides “You Remind Me Of Gold ” and “Hard Times” as well as a new track “I Love You Too Much”.

The band re-recorded this last track for the Hysteria album, released in May 1984. The LP contained three hit singles “The Lebanon”, “Life On Your Own”, and “Louise”. Although it did not sell in the millions like its predecessor, the album showed that the band was progressing artistically.

Two years later, the group experimented even further by mainly recording the album Accident with the production team of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. The bet paid off and he brought The Human League back to the top of the American charts with the song “Human”.

After a break in 1988 for a multi-platinum best-selling album, the band returned with Romantic? which was yet another step forward with their sound, the hit single “Heart Like A Wheel” saw the band reunite with To dare producer Martin Rushent. However, after a dozen years with the label, this was to be their last album for Virgin. The band continues to record, hit hits and tour the world to this day…but that’s a story for another box set.

Pre-order The virgin years.

The Human League: The virgin years track list:

DARE: BLUE VINYL
“Things Dreams Are Made Of”
“Open Your Heart”
“The Sound of the Crowd”
“Darkness”
“Do or Die”
“Get Carter”
“I am the law”
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“The Action of Love (I Believe in Love)”
“You do not want me”

FASCINATION: GREEN VINYL
“(Keep Feeling) Fascination”
“The Mirror Man”
“Hard Times”
“I love you too much”
“You Remind Me of Gold”
“(Keep the Feeling) Fascination (Improvisation)”

HYSTERIA: YELLOW VINYL
“I will be back”
“I love you too much”
“Ring me again and again and again and again and again and again (six times)”
“Louisa”
“Lebanon”
“Betrayed”
“The sign”
“So Hurt”
“Life to Yourself”
“Don’t You Know I Want You”

CRASH: RED VINYL
“Silver”
“Swang”
“Human”
“Jam”
“Are you ever coming back?”
“I need your love”
“To party”
“Love on the Run”
“The Real Thing”
“Love is all that matters”

ROMANTIC: CLEAR VINYL
“Embrace the Future”
” A door ? »
“Heart Like a Wheel”
“Men are dreamers”
“Mr. Moon and Mr. Sun”
“Soundtrack to the Generation”
“Bounce”
“The Stars Go Out”
“Let’s Get Together”
“Do It Right This Time”

Jack L. Goldstein