99 Remembrance Days by The Dream Academy 1987
Some bands never top their debut lp and some use their debut as a springboard to better things. The Dream Academy is in the second group. Much as I loved the debut , it is the second lp Remembrance Days where I think they hit their peak. It just felt a more confident , cohesive collection. Even the cover of the Korgi's Everybody's Gotta Learn fits seamlessly and although not radically different to the original, somehow doesn't feel like a cover.
Lindsey Buckingham had a hand in the production and the ghost of 80s Fleetwood Mac can be felt in the smoothness of the sound
Opening single Indian Summer sets the tome and tries to repeat the chanting trick of Life in a Northern Town. I love the seagulls and the piano at the start the way the song builds and builds
There are some great pop tunes but it is the more reflective songs that work best.
I've posted 2 tracks the first has some wonderful harmonies over a Beatley tune and the second returns to the subject of Love parade from the first lp , the singers long term affair with a married woman.
Hampstead Girl - The Dream Academy
Ballad in 4/4 - the Dream Academy
You can get the lp here for silly money