BeautifulMutant | St. Petersburg, FL United States | 10/09/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I bought what many consider to be The Flock's ultimate rotten egg back in 1986 on LP and cassette. I wound up loving it (except for "Love On Your Knees"). I hunted down the three different colored UK 12"s for "Who's That Girl?" and "Heartbeat Like A Drum" as well as the US DJ 12" of "Heartbeat Like A Drum". One of the best reasons to enjoy this period in the AFOS history lived on the flip side of the "Heartbeat" 12"s... a song called "Cosmos (Effect Of The Sun)". Ditching the poppy theme and efforts of the Dream Come True album , "Cosmos" was really two entirely unique songs meshed together. The first part "Cosmos", was a brooding, space-age, sci-fi instrumental which sounded like nothing AFOS had tried before. Once "Effect Of The Sun" kicks in you're treated to a stomping AFOS dance number which really captures the feel of their fist album of material, while wrapping it in a more modern blanket. It could have easily been a single.
Unfortunately, it is missing from this CD reissue.
This is the "but..." in my header. What should have been the ultimate opportunity to reissue the album, why not throw us a bone and add some remixes? "Heartbeat" has a very cool "Full Length Version" which continues the same as the album version, but about 3 minutes longer. "Who's That Girl" had an Extended Remix, a 7" Remix and an Instrumental (which is really cool)... There was even a "Hit's Medley" included on the "Who's That Girl" double UK 7" which mixes I Ran, Space Age Love Song, Wishing, Nightmares and The More You Live into a medley. Why not include THAT!
The CD is just under 40 minutes long. That's an extra 30+ unused minutes. The sound is fine. Nice to hear it at the right speed and with zero pops. The packaging rates a 5 of 10. The CD cover was obviously scanned from a cassette or LP. There are no liner notes at all and no additional artwork. It would have been really ace to have some background information from Mike Score regarding this period of his and the bands career.
I made a CDR about a year ago of this album complete with "new" artwork which included stills from the "Who's That Girl" video and scans of the singles in the US and UK. I also was able to add most of the bonus stuff I've mentioned and it fit and sounded great! Bottom line is, it's nice to finally have this on CD... thank you Almacantar. But, note to self, try adding some extra stuff!"
The Worst of A Flock Of Seagulls...
Institution Green | Fenton, MO USA | 01/27/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I remember being a high school senior back in 1985, and listening to AFOS first two albums nearly nonstop. Then "Story of A Young Heart" came out, and although I didn't (initially) regard it as highly as the previous two discs, I gradually warmed to it and gave it a spot in my musical pantheon alongside A Flock's previous albums.
So obviously, I purchased "Dream Come True" when it was released and...was stunned by just how bad it was. I mean, how could their talent have deteriorated so rapidly between albums 3 and 4? A lot of this, I think, had to do with the departure of guitarist Paul Reynolds - a very underrated player, in my opinion. At any rate, "Dream Come True" pretty much marked the end of AFOS. (Mike Score still performs - with an ever-changing lineup of musicians - as A Flock Of Seagulls, and I continue to hear rumors about a tour featuring some original members, but nothing concrete.)
Ultimately, I'm left with a question about the re-release of "Dream Come True": Why release this abomination while "Story Of A Young Heart" remains unavailable?"
J. Alred | Midwest United States | 12/25/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"While other girls in high school were paperwalling their wall with Duran Duran, I was using A Flock of Seagulls. They were my favorite band. Love the first album, love the second album and love the third album.
This CD is their 4th album. At the time I couldn't wait for the album to be released. I rushed to the store and bought it and excitedly listened to it. After that I sold the album to never check out any of their new music. It was a real disappointment. You still couldn't pay me to listen to it. The only song I like is "Whole lot of loving" and may be the only reason I will ever consider buying the CD -- used. I wouldn't pay full price for it.
A friend said she saw some interview with them about how much the better the music is without Paul Reynolds playing the guitar. If that is true, then the band is definitely wrong. I am sorry, I cannot recommend this album to anyone."
Worst from the flock
Trace J. Tumbleson | Trimont, MN USA | 03/24/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I do not like this CD much. Any other CD they have done EVER is better than this one. I am happy it is seeing the light of day but if you want to get into the flock try anything else. My favorite is "story of the young heart'"
Dream Come True is a Nightmare
Wolfman Flapjack | Coolidge, AZ | 01/21/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The only thing the elevated Flock Of Seagulls above the rest of the euro-80's-new wave pack was the under-rated, but brilliant, guitar work of Paul Reynolds. He left the band before this album and they didn't even bother to replace him, they just added more cheesy keyboards. The result sounds like 4th rate Thompson Twins and completely fails to capture the sound or energy of the the first 3 albums."