Spandau Ballet

True

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It's kind of funny that a band originally known for dance music would score their biggest hit (and a deathless adult contemporary radio classic) with a slow-as-molasses ballad, but there's little argument that "True" is Gary Kemp's pinnacle as a songwriter. The piano chords are so deliberately spaced and glacially paced that it's difficult to think of them as forming a melody, leaving the tick-tock two-stroke guitar riff as the song's primary musical motif. Tony Hadley's tendency towards vocal histrionics is kept in check here, except for the elongated fade-out where his familiar keening is finally let loose; for the first three or four minutes, however, he delivers the most nuanced and emotional performance of his career. Similarly, Steve Norman's saxophone is finally, for almost the only time in the band's entire career, put to good use on his melodic and well-placed solo. "True" is complete chart fodder, of course, but it's really, really good chart fodder.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
True 1983 Capitol / EMI Records / Chrysalis Records 6:29
Billboard Top Hits: 1983 1983
Various Artists
Rhino 5:43
The Singles Collection 1985 Alliance 5:36
The Twelve Inch Mixes 1986 Disky 6:10
Slow Dancin' [1990] 1990
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 5:27
Breakaway 1992
Various Artists
Teledisc 6:26
Pop & Wave, Vol. 4 1993
Various Artists
6:00
Start: The Best of British Rock 1994
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment 5:31
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
Sounds of the Eighties: 1983 1994
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:40
Moments in Love, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Capitol 5:37
Billboard Top Hits: 1980-1984 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 5:43
Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's, Vol. 11 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 5:35
Greatest Hits [Capitol] 1995 Capitol 5:37
MTV Class of 1983 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 5:44
1983: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
A Time To Remember 5:32
Eighties Complete, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:44
One and Only Love Album 1998
Various Artists
Polydor / Polygram 5:33
Moody 80's 1998
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 5:36
Back to Back Hits 1998 EMI-Capitol Special Markets / A M W Music 5:36
Kuschelrock, Vol. 4 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:19
Wedding Singer, Vol. 2 [Original Soundtrack] 1998
Original Soundtrack
Maverick / Warner Bros. 5:34
Classic Gold [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 5:31
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
New Wave 80s, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 5:36
Radio Days: '80s Easy Listening 1999
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 5:36
80's New Wave, Vol. 3: New Wave Love Songs 1999
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / Polymedia 5:34
Now: 1983 [2 CD] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 5:28
Sounds of the Eighties 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:44
MTV the First 1000 Years: New Wave 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 5:37
Sounds of the Eighties: 80's Blockbusters  [1999] 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:44
Best of Pop & Wave: The 12" Mixes 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 6:01
Cold Feet [Global] 1999
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 5:30
Soft Love, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 5:37
Monster '80s 2000
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 5:34
Modern Rock Collection 2000
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:42
Love at Planet Earth 2000
Various Artists
Planet Earth Recordings 5:29
Totally 80s [EMI] 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:31
Heart Beats: Love Plus One - 80's Love Songs 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 5:38
The Eighties Collection 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:52
Rock 'N Roll Memories 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 5:36
Number One 80's 2000
Various Artists
PolyGram 5:27
Charlie's Angels 2000
Original Soundtrack
Columbia 5:32
Radio's #1 Hits: The Very Best of the '80s 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 5:36
Gold: The Best of Spandau Ballet 2001 Chrysalis Records / Capitol 5:40
20 Classic Songs of Love 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:31
Capital Gold Legends 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:39
Drivin' Music Hits 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:28
Rock Memories, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 5:36
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 5:32
The Brat Pack Years 2001
Various Artists
Mars Entertainment / Mars 6:29
Hit Me With Your 80's Box 2002
Various Artists
Hip-O 5:34
The Love Album: Classics 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:39
Nouvelle Discoteque 2002
Various Artists
Virgin 4:59
Twogether Love 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:36
Eighties Complete, Vol. 1-3 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:44
Essential Eighties [EMI Box] 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:44
Reformation 2003 EMI-Capitol Entertainment Prop. / Capitol / EMI 6:42
Pure 80's Love: The #1 Hits 2003
Various Artists
UTV / Universal 5:33
True Ballads 2003 Universal International 5:32
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Columbia
Ultimate 80s [Madacy] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 5:41
Everyone's a Winner: 60 Original No. 1's 2004
Various Artists
Empire Triples 5:33
Absolutely the Best of the 80's, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 5:37
Everyone's A Winner: 20 Original No. 1's [CD3] 2004
Various Artists
Disky 5:33
Another Lost Decade: The '80s Romance 2005
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:40
New Wave 80's [Madacy] 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 5:37
Love Songs: Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 5:31
The Wedding Collection: Classical/Party/Love 2006
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertai / United Multimedia 0:00
The Original 80s Number 1s Album 2006
Various Artists
EMI 5:37
80s Movie Hits 2006
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 0:00
Now That's What I Call No. 1's 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:01
Singles, Rarities & Remixes 2006 EMI Music Distribution 6:20
101 80's Hits [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 5:34
Gold: '80s British 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 5:34
Pure: Love 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:31
Pure: 80s [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:58
Playlist: Love 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 5:37
Top 80's 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:39
This Is 1983 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 5:38
Pure Hits [Emd] [3 Discs] 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 5:35
100% 80's 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:30
Top of the Pops: Love 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:27
Original Hits: Love 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:27
They Sold a Million [EMI] 2009
Various Artists
Virgin 5:27
Once More 2009 Mercury 5:45
True Love Songs [EMI] 2009
Various Artists
Virgin 0:00
The Best Movie Album in the World... Ever! 2 2009
Various Artists
EMI 5:35
Ashes to Ashes, Series 3 2010
Original Soundtrack
Sony CMG / Sony Music Entertainment 5:33
Always a Woman 2010
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music TV 5:44
Songs About Love 2010
Various Artists
5:45
No Image 2011 EMI / Soundcolours 6:41
Mix 80's, 90's y Más 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 5:32
'80s: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
The Story: The Very Best of Spandau Ballet 2014 Rhino 5:40
'80s Love: The Collection 2015
Various Artists
Rhino 5:44
Love Songs: The Collection 2015
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 5:44
The Best Ever Time to Relax 2015
Various Artists
Rhino
80s Fundamentals 2015
Various Artists
Rhino 5:44
100 Greatest Chilled Pop
Various Artists
Rhino 5:44
100 Greatest Heartbreak
Various Artists
Rhino 5:44
100 Greatest Love Songs
Various Artists
Rhino
100 Greatest Number Ones
Various Artists
Rhino 5:44
80 Hits of the '80s
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image
Various Artists
Capitol 5:40
80's Super Hits [Capitol]
Various Artists
Capitol 5:40
Blockbuster Movie Hits [Capitol]
Various Artists
Capitol 5:40
Chart Hits [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 5:44
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 5:40
Happy Mother's Day
Various Artists
Rhino 5:44
Hits of the 80s [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 5:44
I am in Love
Various Artists
Polystar / Universal 5:43
Just Can't Get Enough: Love Songs of the '80s
Various Artists
Rhino 5:40
Kiss Me
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 6:42
Love [Charity]
Various Artists
Charity CDs 5:42
Love to Love
Various Artists
Capitol 5:40
Massive Hits!: Number 1s
Various Artists
EMI 5:44
Mega 50: Die 80er Jahre
Various Artists
Electrola 5:40
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 5:40
Mother's Day
Various Artists
Rhino 5:44
Mum
Various Artists
Mum
Rhino 5:44
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 5:29
Original Hits: 80s Pop
Various Artists
EMI 5:25
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Power Ballads: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino
Rockwiz: Uncovered
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music 5:37
Romantic Moods [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 5:44
Romantic Songs [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 5:44
No Image
Original Soundtrack
Rhino
No Image Parlophone / Warner Music 6:33
Top of the Pops: 80's Number Ones
Various Artists
EMI Gold 5:40