Spandau Ballet

Gold

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Though it was a big hit and remains one of Spandau Ballet's most beloved singles, "Gold" is the weakest of the hits from their U.S. breakthrough album, True. Where the "slow dance at the junior prom" vibe of the title track and the gauzy pop-soul of "Lifeline" sound utterly natural and convincing, there's something just vaguely off about "Gold," as if Gary Kemp were consciously trying to create a Big Single. It's as if he were shooting for late-period Roxy Music, but the slightly tacky Latin steals and Tony Hadley's overly emotive singing overshoot the land of stylish detachment and land straight in Tom Jones-style bare-chested housewife pop. "Gold" is entertaining in its own kitschy way, but it's not Spandau Ballet at the top of their game.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Singles Collection 1985 Alliance 3:54
The Twelve Inch Mixes 1986 Disky 7:22
Best of 1980-1990, Vol. 3 1991
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:48
Pop & Wave, Vol. 1 1993
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:11
Rock of the 80's, Vol. 7 1994
Various Artists
Priority Records
1983: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
A Time To Remember 3:52
The Number Ones: Eighties Rock 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:53
Lost and Found: 1979-1987 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:52
40 Hits: 1980-1984 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 3:51
Double Shot: New Wave 1999
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:54
The Collection 1999 EMI Music Distribution 4:05
Greatest Hits of the 80's [1999 Disky] 1999
Various Artists
Disky 3:52
Millennium Box Set 1999
Various Artists
Disky 3:51
The Very Best Superstars 1999
Various Artists
Disky 3:50
Totally Awesome '80s: 1983-1985 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:51
Hits at Planet Earth 2000
Various Artists
Planet Earth Recordings 3:51
Fetenkult Wave to 80s 2000
Various Artists
BMG International 4:48
Music of the Twentieth Century: 1980-1999 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:50
Gold: The Best of Spandau Ballet 2001 Chrysalis Records / Capitol 3:55
Big Hits 1980-2000: Pop 2001
Various Artists
Big Hits 3:51
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 3:52
Don't Stop the 80's 2001
Various Artists
WEA International 4:48
More Maximum '80s [Boxset] 2001
Various Artists
Disky 7:15
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Box Set 2002
Original Soundtrack
Sony Music Distribution 3:47
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Vol. 2: Wave 103 2002
Original Soundtrack
Sony Music Distribution 3:47
Platinum 80s 2002
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:55
Reformation 2003 EMI-Capitol Entertainment Prop. / Capitol / EMI 7:16
The Original 80's Album 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:51
New Romantics Are Back 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:53
Almost There! CD3: A Collection Of The Greatest Original No. 2 Hits 2003
Various Artists
Disky 3:50
Almost There! A Collection of the Greatest Original Number 2 Hits [Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Disky 3:52
Sing-A-Long Summer 2005
Various Artists
WEA / Warner Special Marketing 3:49
Housework Songs 2005
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 3:50
The Wedding Collection: Classical/Party/Love 2006
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertai / United Multimedia 0:00
Singles, Rarities & Remixes 2006 EMI Music Distribution 4:53
101 80's Hits [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 3:51
Now That's What I Call the 80s [3 CD] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:53
The Original Electro-Pop Box Set 2007
Various Artists
EMI 3:52
Playlist: 80's Pop 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 3:55
No Image 2008
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:50
Pure Temptations 2008
Various Artists
Eminence Records 3:48
Heat Party Anthems 2008
Various Artists
EMI 3:51
Once More 2009 Mercury 4:17
An 80's Summer 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:53
101 Barbecue Songs 2010
Various Artists
EMI 3:50
Happy Songs [Virgin 2010] 2010
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:50
Anthems: Electronic '80s, Vol. 2 2010
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:53
To the Best Mum in the World...Ever! 2010
Various Artists
EMI 3:50
Essential 2011 EMI Gold 3:54
Top of the Pops: New Romantic 2013
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:51
The Story: The Very Best of Spandau Ballet 2014 Rhino 3:54
12" Dance: 80s Pop 2016
Various Artists
Rhino
Amazing 80s 2017
Various Artists
UMOD / Universal 3:50
100 Greatest Breakfast Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 3:53
No Image
Various Artists
Rhino
80 Hits of the '80s
Various Artists
Rhino
80s Classics: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music / WSM 3:56
Anni '80: The Hits, Vol. 1
Various Artists
EMI / Mixed Repertoire 4:49
Best of British [Universal]
Various Artists
EMI / Universal Distribution / Universal Music TV 3:51
Born and Raised in the 80s
Various Artists
Rhino 3:53
Car-aoke: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:53
Classic Pop: 12 Inch
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 7:15
No Image
Various Artists
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 4:49
Fine Time Winter Love Songs
Various Artists
WEA
No Image Parlophone
No Image Parlophone
No Image Parlophone
Housework Hits
Various Artists
EMI
Massive Hits! Eighties
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold 3:52
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 3:56
Original Hits: 80s Pop
Various Artists
EMI 3:53
Party All Night [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 3:53
No Image
Original Soundtrack
Rhino
No Image Parlophone / Warner Music 4:50
The Best of School Disco.com: 10th Anniversary
Various Artists
EMI 3:50