Album of the Day
True (Special Edition)
Spandau Ballet was originally part of England's New Romantic movement, but it wasn't until the group donned slick suits and reinvented themselves as blue-eyed soul crooners that they really hit their stride. Cut in the Bahamas, the quintet's third album added R&B and jazz influences to their trusty synth-pop and proved a commercial breakthrough. TRUE reached No.1 on the U.K. album chart on this day in 1983, powered by distinctive songs like “Communication,” “Gold” and the classic title track (which topped the U.K. singles chart and went Top 10 in America as well). The set's sleek production and tasteful arrangements practically drip with style, but there's passion here, too: when frontman Tony Hadley croons “this is the sound of my soul,” you believe him. The Special Edition of this '80s touchstone adds 14 bonus tracks, including instrumental, 12” and live versions of TRUE songs.