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NEW RELEASES

TREVOR HORN

REIMAGINES THE EIGHTIES FEAT. THE SARM ORCHESTRA

THE ILLUSTRIOUS PRODUCER, BUGGLE, AND ZTT RECORDS FOUNDER TURNS BACK THE CLOCK, AND HE’S NOT JUST BLOWING HIS OWN HORN…

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★★★★

There’s currently no shortage of folk touting orchestral versions of popular tunes. Sophie Ellis-Bextor, for instance, is finishing The Song Diaries, a long-promised set of rearranged hits, while Hanson’s String Theory, featuring songs old and new arranged by – seriously – Beck’s dad, has just reached stores. We’ve also suffered compilations, including Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics, and this latest collection of decadent reinterpretations – its content drawing on hits from Classic Pop’s favourite decade – comes hot on the heels of the similarly embroidered 80s Symphonic.

There’s something different about this one, though: it’s overseen by legendary producer Trevor Horn. Having helped shape the era’s sound with work for acts like Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Art Of Noise and ABC, Horn naturally has more right than most to reinterpret such classics. Rarely known for restraint, here he brings more than 50 string, brass and woodwind players to bear on a selection of smashes, a handful of them very much associated with him, others less so. For the most part, though, what he and arranger Julian Hinton offer sounds like a commission to score a lost James Bond film, putting even Duran Duran’s A View To A Kill in the shade. As Roger Moore advised in Live And Let Die, “There’s no sense going out half-cocked”.

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Issue 48 is on sale now! In our latest issue we look ahead to the most hotly-anticipated album of 2019 – it’s the return of Madonna. We also analyse her six personas that changed the face of pop and wax lyrical about her classic album Like A Prayer. We’ve got outrageous must-read interviews with Paul Heaton plus Echo and the Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch and Ultravox fans will love our chat with the legendary Midge Ure. Our panel of experts look back over the year to count down their pick of the finest albums, reissues, compilations and books of 2018 and elsewhere we catch up with The Fizz to hear about their rollercoaster year as well as tracing the make-or-break record that saved The Jam’s career. We review new releases by Trevor Horn, Joe Jackson and Fun Lovin' Criminals while in our packed reissues section we look at Simple Minds, Depeche Mode, Brian Eno and much more. We also check out gigs by Heaven 17, Rick Astley and Blancmange.