#9: Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome (1984)

Hi. Here at Pierce’s Press I take a look at bloated, self-indulgent, expansive double albums and gleefully trim it back to a single, dreck-free, no filler, concise, listenable record without having to reach for the skip button or needle re-positioning.

I think it may benefit some over-stuffed double albums from a little tightening up. It’s certainly the case for un-doubled #9: Frankie’s guilty pleasuredome receiving the Un-Doubled mistreatment.

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Pleasuredome Undoubled

Side One

  1.  The World is My Oyster (1:58)
  2.  Welcome to the Pleasuredome (13:40)

Side Two

  1.  Relax (3:57)
  2.  Two Tribes (3:28)
  3.  Ferry (Go) (1:49)
  4.  Born to Run (3:59)
  5.  The Power of Love (5:28)

Goodbye to songs varying in degrees of awfulness: the covers War (pretty tough call) and San Jose (will not be missed), and several late album originals best left on the cutting room floor. This leaves the essential hits and some nice Gerry Marsden moments. A guilty pleasure revisited.

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