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Welcome to the Pleasuredome is the debut studio album by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, first released by ZTT and Island Records on 29 October 1984.[12] Originally issued as a vinyl double album, it was assured of a UK chart entry at number one due to reported advance sales of over one million.[12] The album was also a top ten seller internationally in countries such as Switzerland, Sweden, and New Zealand.

Welcome to the Pleasuredome
Welcome To The Pleasuredome.jpg
Illustration by Lo Cole[2]
Studio album by
Released29 October 1984 (1984-10-29) (vinyl, cassette)
30 September 1985 (1985-09-30) (CD)[1]
RecordedJuly 1983–1984
StudioManor Studios, Oxford and Sarm Studios, London
Genre
Length64:00
Label
ProducerTrevor Horn
Frankie Goes to Hollywood chronology
Welcome to the Pleasuredome
(1984)
Bang! (Japan-only LP)
(1985)
Alternative cover
The original CD cover, which was taken from one of the gramophone record's dust jackets. Cover photography by Peter Ashworth[3]
The original CD cover, which was taken from one of the gramophone record's dust jackets.
Cover photography by Peter Ashworth[3]
Singles from Welcome to the Pleasuredome
  1. "Relax"
    Released: 24 October 1983
  2. "Two Tribes"
    Released: 28 May 1984
  3. "The Power of Love"
    Released: 19 November 1984
  4. "Welcome to the Pleasuredome"
    Released: 18 March 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[5]
Mojo3/5 stars[6]
Record Collector4/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[8]
Smash Hits7/10[9]
Uncut4/5 stars[10]
The Village VoiceC[11]

While commercially successful, the album also drew criticism for containing new versions of all of the songs from the group's (already much-remixed) hit singles from the same year ("Relax" and "Two Tribes", plus B-side "War"), as well as a surfeit of cover versions in lieu of much new original material. It was later revealed that Trevor Horn's production dominated the record so thoroughly that the band's own instrumental performances were often replaced by session musicians or Horn himself. Frankie's second album, Liverpool, actively featured the full band.

However, the album's evergreen ballad "The Power of Love" subsequently provided the group with their third consecutive UK number one single.

To celebrate the album's 30th anniversary, in October 2014, ZTT through Union Square Music released a limited edition (2,000 copies only) box set entitled Inside the Pleasuredome, available exclusively from the website pledgemusic.com. The box set contains rarities on 10" vinyl, as well as a book, a DVD, a cassette (featuring 13 mixes of "Relax" and its B-side "One September Monday") as well as a new 2014 remastered version of Welcome to the Pleasuredome on 180g vinyl.

Track listingEdit

Original LPEdit

All songs written and composed by Peter Gill, Holly Johnson, Brian Nash and Mark O'Toole except where noted.[13][14]

Side 1: "F – Pray Frankie Pray"
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Well..."Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Andy Richards0:55
2."The World Is My Oyster" 1:02
3."Snatch of Fury (Stay)"Gerry Marsden0:36
4."Welcome to the Pleasuredome" 12:58
Side 2: "G – Say Frankie Say"
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Relax (Come Fighting)" 3:56
6."War (...and Hide)"Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield6:12
7."Two Tribes (For the Victims of Ravishment)" 3:23
8."(Tag)" (unlisted track) 0:35
Side 3: "T – Stay Frankie Stay"
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
9."Ferry (Go)"Gerry Marsden1:49
10."Born to Run"Bruce Springsteen3:56
11."San Jose (The Way)"Burt Bacharach, Hal David3:09
12."Wish (The Lads Were Here)" 2:48
13."The Ballad of 32" 4:47
Side 4: "H – Play Frankie Play"
No.TitleLength
14."Krisco Kisses"2:57
15."Black Night White Light"4:05
16."The Only Star in Heaven"4:16
17."The Power of Love"5:28
18."...Bang"1:08
Total length:64:00
  • The entire first side was indexed as one track on vinyl, much like the 12" singles from this album.
  • "(Tag)" was an unlisted orchestral extract from "Two Tribes" and featured an impersonation of HRH Prince Charles (by Chris Barrie) ruminating about orgasms.
  • "War (and Hide Yourself)" features a long introduction with a percussion track and an impersonation of Ronald Reagan (also by Chris Barrie) in a long soliloquy about war and love.
  • "Ferry (Go)" was a short version of "Ferry Cross the Mersey", the Gerry and the Pacemakers track that backed Frankie's first 12-inch single, "Relax". A very brief extract of the vocals from this featured on side one as "Snatch of Fury (Stay)"
  • The LP was also issued as a double picture disc in transparent PVC sleeve, cat no: NEAT 1. Some, though not all copies of this release suffer from deterioration of the clear vinyl in the form of "Browning" which gives the records a bronze hue over time. However, the sound quality is not affected. The album was also released on cassette, cat no: ZCIQ1. Stocks of the cassette shells were subsequently used for the 1985 release of the cassette single "Welcome to the Pleasuredome" (CTIS 107) with a sticker carrying the correct information covering over the pre printed album shells.

ReissuesEdit

Original CD versionEdit

The original CD version had an altered track list, offering several tracks in different versions (most notably "Two Tribes"), and omitting the cover version of "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" and replacing it with the track "Happy Hi!".

  1. "The World Is My Oyster" – 1:57 (incorporates "Well...")
  2. "Welcome to the Pleasuredome" – 13:38 (incorporates "Snatch of Fury (Stay)")
  3. "Relax (Come Fighting)" – 3:56
  4. "War (...and Hide)" – 6:12
  5. "Two Tribes (For the Victims of Ravishment) including The Last Voice" – 10:22 ("Two Tribes" version is actually "Annihilation")
  6. "Born to Run" – 4:13
  7. "Happy Hi!" – 4:12
  8. "Wish (The Lads Were Here) including The Ballad of 32" – 7:35
  9. "Krisco Kisses" – 2:57
  10. "Black Night White Light" – 4:05
  11. "The Only Star in Heaven" – 4:16
  12. "The Power of Love" – 5:28
  13. "Bang" – 1:08
  • Several CD reissues omit the vocals on "Snatch of Fury (Stay)".
  • A digitally remastered version was issued in 2000 including the bonus B-side tracks "One September Monday" (4:50) and "One February Friday" (4:58).

25th Anniversary deluxe editionEdit

In 2010, a deluxe edition of Welcome to the Pleasuredome was released, featuring a second disc containing rare and previously unreleased material. The first CD contains the LP version of the original album. The contents of the second CD are as follows:[15]

  1. "Relax (Greatest Bits)" – 16:59
  2. "One September Monday" – 04:49
  3. "The Power of Love" (12 inch version) – 09:30
  4. "Disneyland" – 03:07
  5. "Two Tribes (Between Rulers And Ruling)" – 04:10
  6. "War (Between Hiding And Hidden)" – 04:00
  7. "Welcome To The Pleasuredome (Cut Rough)" – 05:40
  8. "One February Friday" – 05:00
  9. "The Ballad of 32" (mix 2) – 11:03
  10. "Who Then Devised the Torment?" – 00:16
  11. "Relax" (Greek Disco mix) – 06:18
  12. "Watusi Love Juicy" – 04:03
  13. "The Last Voice" – 01:14

2016 vinyl reissueEdit

The album was reissued by Union Square Music under the Salvo label on limited edition white vinyl and was exclusively available from larger branches of Sainsbury's. The original gatefold format has been retained, as has (it appears) the original artwork, quotes and track listing.

PersonnelEdit

Additional personnel

Production

  • Produced by Trevor Horn
  • Engineers – Stuart Bruce, Steve Lipson
  • Mastering – Ian Cooper

Technical

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[43] Platinum 100,000^
Germany (BVMI)[44] Platinum 500,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[45] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[46] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[47] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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  47. ^ "American album certifications – Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome". Recording Industry Association of America. 4 March 1985. Retrieved 4 July 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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