Digital Roundup: 4/15/2015
New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:
Alas, there’s just the one addition to the digital catalog this week, but it’s a really great one that’s more than deserving of the solo spotlight.
The Dream Academy, The Morning Lasted All Day: A Retrospective – If you know anything about The Dream Academy at all, then you likely know that the title of this 24-track anthology of singles, album tracks, and rarities comes courtesy of their biggest hit of their career, the lovely pastoral single entitled “Life in a Northern Town.” But if that’s all you know, then you may be surprised to find that the group warrants an anthology at all. They do, though: they released three albums and a handful of singles during the course of their relatively brief career, but the music is truly outstanding. Of the inclusions, perhaps the most notable – and please read the following fact closely, because you’d be surprised how many people aren’t aware of it – is their second top-40 single, “The Love Parade.”
That’s right: The Dream Academy had two hits. So stop calling them one-hit wonders, you freaking philistines!
Seriously, though, this is a fantastic compilation by a group that’s far too underrated. Heck, we would’ve been happy just getting another chance to hear their cover of The Smiths’ “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want,” from the soundtrack to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but to get that, “Life in a Northern Town,” and 22 others? Oh, yeah, it’s a must-own, to say the least.