Frankie were one of the biggest-selling pop groups of the 1980s, as well as the most controversial. Their debut single, 'Relax', went to No. 1 in ten countries around Europe and its follow-up, 'Two Tribes', was the definitive cinematic soundtrack to the Cold War. They also had a sensitive side ('The Power Of Love'), a rocky side ('Born To Run') and a playful side ('Do You Think I'm Sexy?')…
"With a discography that includes a classic debut album (1984's Welcome to the Pleasuredome), a misguided sophomore effort (1986's Liverpool), and very few B-sides but plenty (like tons) of remixes, compiling Frankie Goes to Hollywood in a one-disc set is easy if you don't over-think it. Knocking the new wave circus act's career with ease, Frankie Said certainly avoids just that. The rarities it offers are on the edge of even a rabid fan's interest ("Born to Run" "live" on the Tube is just the studio version but louder, and that Anne Dudley mix of "Two Tribes" is nothing but the piano intro, now isolated), plus all the hits…" – allmusicguide.com
"All tracks have been baked and digitally transferred from the original Ampex master tapes, except for ‘Relax’ (International) and ‘The World is My Oyster’ (at its full length) (from masters previously created for ZTT Japan’s Return to the Pleasuredome box set…" (ztt.com)
Rage Hard: A Sonic Collection is a greatest hits album by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, released in 2004 by ZTT Records, exclusively to SA-CD. The album takes its name from a song title from the band's Liverpool album. The track listing is a mixture of singles and album tracks. The band's seven singles are accounted for here, in their album versions. Also featured are the four cover versions the band committed to album. This SACD pressing reproduced by legendary original Frankie Goes To Hollywood producer Trevor Horn.
Digitally remastered and expanded 25th Anniversary two CD edition of this classic album from the controversial Liverpudlians including 13 bonus tracks. One of the biggest British LPs of the '80s, Welcome To The Pleasuredome features Frankie's four biggest hits: 'Relax', 'Two Tribes', 'The Power Of Love' and the title track. For this 25th anniversary, the Salvo label has taken great pride in giving this classic album the definitive reissue treatment that it has long deserved. The 13 bonus tracks include non-album cuts plus different mixes of the album's big hits. If you already own this album, time to upgrade to this ultimate edition. If you haven't heard it, then there's no better place to start!
On the back of an enormous publicity campaign, Frankie Goes to Hollywood dominated British music in 1984. Frankie's dance-pop borrowed heavily from the then-current Hi-NRG movement, adding a slick pop sensibility and production. What really distinguished the group was not their music, but their marketing campaign. With a series of slogans, T-shirts, and homoerotic videos, the band caused enormous controversy in England and managed to create some sensations in the United States.