Visage

Fade to Grey: The Best Of

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This 2013 anthology of the British synth pop group Visage is essentially an expanded edition of 1983's Fade to Grey: The Singles Collection. In 1993, it was rebranded under its current title Fade to Grey: The Best of Visage with the addition of two more tracks ("Love Glove" and "Fade to Grey [Bassheads 7" edit]"), both of which have been jettisoned from the 2013 version, along with the fantastic new romantic album cover and a handful of other tracks. So what makes the updated set noteworthy? Well, there are a couple of BBC versions of "The Anvil" and "Can You Hear Me?" and dance mixes of the sleek "Mind of a Toy," the guitar-heavy "We Move," and their early post-disco single "Frequency 7." Other newcomers to the 2013 version include "Malpaso Man," "Moon Over Moscow," "Wild Life," and "Beat Boy." The title cut "Fade to Grey" of course remains, as does their vocoder-assisted electro-pop version of Zager and Evans' dystopian classic "In the Year 2525." There are 15 tracks in all with enough rarities to at least pique the interest of existing fans and attract some new ones.

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