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Welcome to the Pleasuredome
Welcome To The Pleasuredome.jpg
Illustration by Lo Cole[1]
Studio album by
Released29 October 1984 (1984-10-29)
RecordedJuly 1983–1984
Studio
Genre
Length64:00
LabelZTT
ProducerTrevor Horn
Frankie Goes to Hollywood chronology
Welcome to the Pleasuredome
(1984)
Bang!
(1985)
Alternative cover
The original CD cover, which was taken from one of the gramophone record's dust jackets. Cover photography by Peter Ashworth[2]
The original CD cover, which was taken from one of the gramophone record's dust jackets.
Cover photography by Peter Ashworth[2]
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[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[4]
Mojo3/5 stars[5]
Record Collector4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[7]
Smash Hits7/10[8]
Uncut4/5 stars[9]
The Village VoiceC[10]

Welcome to the Pleasuredome is the debut studio album by English synth-pop band Frankie Goes to Hollywood, first released on 29 October 1984 by ZTT Records.[11] 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.[11] It actually sold around a quarter of a million copies in its first week.[12] The album was also a top-10 seller internationally in countries such as Switzerland, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand.

While commercially successful, the album also drew criticism for containing new versions of all of the songs from the group's (already much-remixed) 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 ion (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 listing[]

Original LP[]

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."The World Is My Oyster (Including Well, Snatch of Fury)"Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Andy Richards1:57
2."Welcome to the Pleasuredome" 13:40
Side 2: "G – Say Frankie Say"
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
3."Relax (Come Fighting)" 3:56
4."War (...and Hide)"Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield6:12
5."Two Tribes (For the Victims of Ravishment)" 3:23
6."(Tag)" (unlisted track) 0:35
Side 3: "T – Stay Frankie Stay"
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."Ferry (Go)"Gerry Marsden1:49
8."Born to Run"Bruce Springsteen3:56
9."San Jose (The Way)"Burt Bacharach, Hal David3:09
10."Wish (The Lads Were Here)" 2:48
11."The Ballad of 32" 4:47
Side 4: "H – Play Frankie Play"
No.TitleLength
12."Krisco Kisses"2:57
13."Black Night White Light"4:05
14."The Only Star in Heaven"4:16
15."The Power of Love"5:28
16."...Bang"1:08
Total length:64:00

Reissues[]

Original CD version[]

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/Snatch of Fury" – 1:57
  2. "Welcome to the Pleasuredome" – 13:38
  3. "Relax (Come Fighting)" – 3:56
  4. "War (...and Hide)" – 6:12
  5. "Two Tribes (For the Victims of Ravishment) – 9:07 (Version is actually "Annihilation")
  6. "The Last Voice" – 1:14
  7. "Born to Run" – 4:06
  8. "Happy Hi!" – 4:12
  9. "Wish (The Lads Were Here)" – 2:48
  10. "The Ballad of 32" – 4:47
  11. "Krisco Kisses" – 2:57
  12. "Black Night White Light" – 4:05
  13. "The Only Star in Heaven" – 4:16
  14. "The Power of Love" – 5:28
  15. "Bang" – 1:08

25th Anniversary deluxe ion[]

In 2010, a deluxe ion 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" – 4:49
  3. "The Power of Love" (12-inch version) – 9:30
  4. "Disneyland" – 3:07
  5. "Two Tribes (Between Rulers and Ruling)" – 4:10
  6. "War (Between Hiding and Hidden)" – 4:00
  7. "Welcome to the Pleasuredome (Cut Rough)" – 5:40
  8. "One February Friday" – 5:00
  9. "The Ballad of 32" (mix 2) – 11:03
  10. "Who Then Devised the Torment?" – 0:16
  11. "Relax" (Greek Disco mix) – 6:18
  12. "Watusi Love Juicy" – 4:03
  13. "The Last Voice" – 1:14

2016 vinyl reissue[]

The album was reissued by Union Square Music under the Salvo label on limited ion 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.

Personnel[]

Additional personnel

Production

Technical

Charts[]

Certifications[]

Certifications for Welcome to the Pleasuredome
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[41] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[42] Platinum 100,000^
Germany (BVMI)[43] Platinum 500,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[44] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[45] Platinum 15,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[46] Gold 25,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[47] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[48] Gold 500,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[]

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  6. ^ Staunton, Terry (May 2010). "Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome". Record Collector. No. 375. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  7. ^ Fricke, David (17 January 1985). "Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Welcome to the Pleasuredome". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
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  9. ^ "Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Welcome to the Pleasuredome". Uncut. No. 156. May 2010. p. 86.
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