Welcome To The Pleasuredome

Razor & Tie Label
Release date
18 Nov 2008
Running length
18 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Welcome to the Pleasuredome 13:40 42,984
1 The World Is My Oyster (including Well, Snatch of Fury) 1:57 1,783
1 The World is My Oyster 1:58 26,977
3 Relax 3:56 282,819
4 War 4:14 37,949
5 Two Tribes 3:56 121,602
6 (TAG) 0:35 8,903
7 Fury 1:49 9,855
8 Born to Run 3:59 38,555
9 San Jose 3:10 10,241
10 Wish the Lads Were Here 2:48 5,681
11 The Ballad of 32 4:49 8,653
12 Krisco Kisses 2:58 13,083
13 Black Night White Light 4:08 13,844
14 The Only Star in Heaven 4:16 11,280
15 The Power of Love 5:29 179,278
16 Bang 1:10 34,057

About this album

Welcome to the Pleasuredome was the debut album by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, first released in the UK in October 1984 by ZTT/Island Records. 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.

Whilst commercially successful, the album also drew criticism for containing new versions of the group’s (already much-remixed) hit 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.

However, the album’s evergreen ballad “The Power of Love” would subsequently provide the group with their third consecutive UK number one single.

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  • eyesaresmiles

    As a fourteen year old, this was unlike any other album I owned, like entering a whole new world. Listening to it was an adventure; it wasn't just one song after another like 'normal' albums. It was full of weird sounds and noises, and for the duration you stepped into another world. Now, the two big singles apart, and with the odd interludes having long lost their magic, we are left with a bunch of decidedly mediocre songs and competent but uninspiring covers, and very little to suggest what it was that could have so enchanted me. The magic has worn off, unfortunately.

    8 Mar 10:56am Reply
  • UnRagazzoAdam

    Frankie na Popvictims: http://popvictims.pl/2014/01/06/foto-nr-90/

    6 Jan 9:26am Reply
  • prominence_la

    Original material completely owns the covers.

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • pogopatterson

    All those remixes in retrospect just showed the incredible creativity/productivity of Trevor Horn.

    23 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ravenpryde

    this album was a slowburn for me in terms of appreciating how good it is. first time listening to it, i only dug about 2-3 songs, the second time about 5-6 songs, the third time about 8-9 songs, eventually by the fifth time...i pretty much loved the entire album.

    7 Jan 2012 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    I decided to try it because you can't go wrong with Trevor Horn's production wizardry (srsly guy is one of my all-time fave producers), and then I realised this is basically an entire album of DAT BASS. There's just so much bass action in it!

    2 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Zoltanrah

    great album, imo.

    20 Jul 2011 Reply
  • DemonTauruS2

    I disagree - born To Run was blah, but the stuff after was experimental and original and odd. There were a couple of good ballads in there, too. This is a widely underrated album. when it came out as a double, it was the best, and not many people had it in the NY area that I knew of. A personal pleasure, not something id normally let people in on...

    21 Dec 2010 Reply
  • jedimulder24

    Some of the track titles on the above listing are diabolical! I have the original CD, & the album titles are as follows - The World Is My Oyster/Snatch Of Fury [Stay], Welcome To The Pleasuredome, Relax [Come Fighting], War [and Hide], Two Tribes [For The Victims Of Ravishment], The Last Voice, Born To Run, Happy Hi, Wish [The Lads Were Here], The Ballad Of 32, Krisco Kisses, Black Night White Light, The Only Star In Heaven, The Power Of Love, Bang - in THAT order!!

    2 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Mike TV

    The CD is missing Ferry and The Power of Love. War is also not as good as on the LP, it just drones on about bring out your dead, while the LP is actually a song. I recorded the LP and put it on my ipod. Saw them in Oakland with Belouis Some in '85.

    8 Jul 2009 Reply
  • bsimpson1972

    What an amazing masterpiece of 80's-pop! Right from the start, they'll let you know, that you're in for some ride! ;)

    7 Jun 2009 Reply
  • seulhomme

    pretentious as hell, gorgeous, lovely, gritty, ethereal....mmmmm....pretentious only because it was their first album presented as a double LP gatefold package. they took a Hell of a chance by doing that...yet, they lived up to their hype, kinda like Desperate Housewives.....

    18 Mar 2009 Reply

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