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Track listing
1. Little Respect, A
2. Ship of Fools
3. Phantom Bride
4. Chains of Love
5. Hallowed Ground
6. Sixty-Five Thousand
7. Heart of Stone
8. Yahoo!
9. Imagination
10. Witch in the Ditch
11. Weight of the World
12. When I Needed You - (melancholic mix)
13. River Deep, Mountain High - (private dance mix)

Playing time:51 min.
Contributing artists:Caron Wheeler, Jane Ayre, Naomi Osborne, The Kickhorns
Distributor:WEA (distr)
Recording type:Studio
Recording mode:Stereo

Album notes
Erasure: Andy Bell (vocals); Vince Clarke (various instruments). The Kickhorns: Roddy Lorimer, Tim Sanders, Simon Clark, Steve Sidwell (brass). Additional personnel: Caron Wheeler, Naomi Osborne, Jane Ayre (background vocals). Producers: Stephen Hague, Dave Jacob, Erasure. Erasure's third album, 1988's THE INNOCENTS, features the US breakthrough hits "A Little Respect," and "Chains of Love," and is a welcome departure for the duo. With this release, Vince Clarke and Andy Bell move away from the strictly-synthesized Hi-NRG dance-pop of their earlier albums, adding horns and gospel-tinged backing vocals for a more soulful, organic sound, while maintaining the disco vitality of earlier albums like WONDERLAND or THE CIRCUS. Bell's lyrics are more overt in their social commentary, as on "Phantom Bride" and "A Little Respect," and he pointedly leaves the original gender references intact in the CD-only cover of Tina Turner's classic "River Deep, Mountain High." However, the duo is still capable of camp silliness like "Sixty-Five Thousand" and "Yahoo!" giving the album a balanced sensibility. THE INNOCENTS ranks with 1989's WILD! and 1994's I SAY I SAY I SAY as one of Erasure's best albums.

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Having built up a strong fan base and back catalogue in just a couple of years, Erasure turned into a full-blown pop phenomenon thanks to The Innocents, winning the British equivalent of the Grammy for album of the year and spawning a big American hit single, "Chains of Love." Stephen Hague took over as producer from Flood, perhaps smoothing out some points for a more general mainstream appeal but otherwise letting the strengths of the songs speak for themselves. It begins with another single and stone-cold classic, "A Little Respect," with a charging beat/acoustic guitar/synth arrangement and a flat-out fantastic performance from Bell, especially on the ascending chorus. Guest performances help flesh out a number of songs quite well. Wheeler and others reappear on "Yahoo!," a gospel-touched (musically and lyrically) number, while noted session performers the Kick Horns add just that to the "please come back" punch of "Heart of Stone." On their own, though, the duo continues in the same general vein of earlier releases while the Erasure formula of dance/synth/soul was now clearly established through and through, thankfully the combination of slight variety and overall performance prevents the album from dragging. The Innocents' ballads are perhaps a touch prettier than the lyrics would make them out to be, but if the sheen of songs like "Hallowed Ground" cuts away from the sometimes blunt images of poverty and hopelessness Bell calls up, the music still has a solid power. The CD version adds a fine original, "When I Needed You," and a fun cover of the Phil Spector/Ike and Tina Turner classic "River Deep, Mountain High."

One of the only albums I know every word too. The best sing along album of all time. The new synth music is good but it will never be as good as erasure.

I remember the first time I listened to Ship of Fools and When I Needed You. I was in eighth grade and beginning the worst crush of my life on my gay best friend; Erasure's equally unattainable (to me) Andy Bell not only looked like him, but the melancholy song lyrics combined with Bell's beautiful voice made it the perfect music for unrequited love. That's all ancient history. In our thirties, my good friend and I are still very close and content in our respective love lives, and Andy Bell's voice is still as moving as it was then. Only now I find the album uplifting rather than depressing!

For those unfamiliar with Erasure, Vince Clarke, the instrumentalist, was one of the original members of Depeche Mode, which he later broke off from to start YAZ with Alison Moyet. Andy Bell, the singer, was one of the first openly gay performers, who also held religious affiliations. Whether that interests you or not, he's a phenomenal singer and the pop synth tone complements his high yearning voice well. And The Innocents is a terrific example of Erasure's work. Some of it is almost gospel--River Deep, Mountain High. It's a fun album and very danceable. If you like Human League, Depeche Mode, YAZ, or The Pet Shop Boys, then I think this might be an excellent fit.

There's probably not much need for me to add to the dawn Chorus at this point, but just in case anyone was still wondering: _The Innocents_ is a classic. I say this even though I never did manage to get into "Chains of Love," the song that brings a lot of people to this album -- well, that and "A Little Respect," which was used as a leitmotif in an early episode of NBC's "Scrubs" and rightfully celebrated/pilloried for being one of the most annoyingly catchy pop songs ever unleashed upon an unsuspecting world.

As any good synthpop geek knows, Clarke and Bell have bestowed upon us an impressive quantity of not-THAT-guilty pleasures over the years, but this is their high-water mark. Personal favorites in addition to ALR are "Ship of Fools," "Heart of Stone," "Witch in the Ditch," and "When I Needed You," though just about everything here has its merits. There's a warmth and a joy here that has rarely been replicated within this genre or any other.

For years, I didnt buy this album, thinking all the good songs from here were on the Pop album. But there are many songs at least as good as the ones that got all the airplay in the US such as Phantom Bride, Hallowed Ground, Imagination, Weight of the World, Yahoo, just to name a few. The only track I didnt care for is River Deep Mtn High. Many people will also single out 65,000, but I looked at it as more of an intermission. So your left with 11 strong tracks, which is better than 99.9% of the albums out there.


i honestly can't believe it's been nearly twenty years since 'the innocents' landed vince clark and andy bell in the american psyche. it was something of a mixed blessing for us fans who'd been with the band since the beginning. part of me loved having erasure to myself. everyone at my school was listening to metallica, rush, george michael, et al. all that changed when 'chains of love' burst on the scene. dispite an atrocious video, 'chains of love' was the perfect single to introduced erasure to hoardes of people who suddenly declared erasure 'my favorite new band.'

but i digress. 'the innocents' truly is one of erasure's best albums (i personally consider 'i say, i say, i say' their best moment), and it's easy to understand why it was so popular. the album was solid, in fact, that it almost plays as a greatest hits album. a lot of bands spend entire careers to get the same number of hits erasure had on one album. the erasure formula is fairly simple. vince clark pens the music, andy bell the lyrics. vince, the godfather of electronic pop music, was always light years ahead of his peers, both in constructing flawless melodies, as well as harnessing a rapidly evolving and improving technology.

after two relatively successful UK albums, 'the innocents' see the dynamic duo firing on all cylinders. the album opens with the impossibly catchy 'a little respect,' a song that, judging from the video, has as much to do with andy bell's flamboyent sexuality as it does vince clark's association with the band he started, depeche mode. 'phantom bride,' one of the finer songs, is another solid dance hit (and a perfect concert opener for the park city, ut show back in 1988--man, i am old). 'chains of love,' 'yahoo,' 'heart of stone,' and the weepy 'when i needed you' showed just how potent and prolific erasure had become in churning out top-quality pop songs. it seemed as though they barely had to try. i mean, really, is there a more perfect dance song than 'chains of love?'

sadly, erasure's popularity drastically fell after 'the innocents.' for those who didn't stick around after the duo hit their peak, you've missed a very impressive career (detractors be damned). sure, erasure weren't going to solve world peace, or make you think about anything extraordinarily deep, but i suspect they never wanted to. erasure was and is a dance bad. if their goal was and is to make unabashedly peppy dance music, they succeeded mightily and nowhere is that more apparent than in 'the innocents.'

whenever i listen to this album i'm immediately transported to a happier, care-free time when i didn't have a driver's license, bills, serious worries, college, etc--and that might might be the greatest compliment of all. thanks, guys.



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Following the disbandment of the short-lived synth pop group Yazoo, former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke formed Erasure in 1985 with singer Andy Bell. Like Yaz and Depeche Mode, Erasure were a synth-based group, but they had stronger dance inclinations, as well as a sharper, more accessible sense of pop songcraft, than either of Clarke's previous bands. Furthermore, Erasure had the flamboyantly eccentric Andy Bell — one of the first openly gay performers in pop music — as their focal point. Bell's keening, high voice and exaggerated sense of theatrically became the band's defining image. In their native Britain, Erasure were successful from their inception. After a few years, the duo achieved commercial success in America with 1988's "Chains of Love," but they remained, in essence, a cult band on both sides of the Atlantic, cultivating a dedicated fan base over the course of their career.

Before forming Erasure, Clarke was one of the founding members of the groundbreaking synth pop outfit Depeche Mode. He left after recording only one album with the group, choosing to form Yaz with Alison Moyet instead. After Yaz released two albums, Moyet left to pursue a solo career. Clarke participated in a short-lived alliance with vocalist Feargal Sharkey and producer Eric Radcliffe called the Assembly in 1984. Following a single with vocalist Paul Quinn, he decided to form Erasure. Clarke placed an advertisement for vocalists within a British music newspaper and received over 40 demo tapes, from which Bell was selected as his partner.

Released in 1986, Erasure's first album, Wonderland, received poor reviews and weak sales upon its release. The duo quickly followed the album with "Sometimes," a preview from their forthcoming second album. "Sometimes" reached number two on the U.K. charts, beginning a string of successful singles that would run into the '90s. The Circus, the group's second album, was released in the spring of 1987 and peaked at number six on the U.K. charts. The Innocents, Erasure's third album, became their first number one album in Britain upon its release in 1988. The album featured the group's first American hit, "Chains of Love," which reached number 12 in the U.S.; its follow-up, "A Little Respect," peaked at number 14 in America. At the end of 1988, Erasure released the Crackers International EP, which reached number two in Britain.

Erasure's fourth album, Wild!, appeared in 1989, and like its predecessor, it reached number one in the U.K., as did its successor, 1991's Chorus. Erasure released the Abba-esque EP, a tribute to the Swedish pop group ABBA, in 1992; it became their first number one single in the U.K. Later that year, Erasure released a compilation of their British singles, Pop! The First 20 Hits. Two years later, the duo released its fifth album, I Say I Say I Say, which featured the hit single "Always," their first American hit since 1988. Erasure's eponymous sixth album was released in the fall of 1995. It was followed in the spring of 1997 by Cowboy. Loveboat surfaced three years later. The all covers Other People's Songs appeared in 2003, the same year as the oddly chosen compilation Hits!. Before the release of 2005's "return to form" album Nightbird, Bell revealed he was HIV positive and had been since June of 1998. The 2006 album Union Street found the duo unplugging and re-recording old album tracks and B-sides with acoustic instruments. A tour with a full band supported the album and was documented on the 2007 live release On the Road to Nashville.



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