When the Human League embarked on its journey in 1979, synth-pop was but a blip on the radar screen.
When the Human League embarked on its journey in 1979, synth-pop was but a blip on the radar screen. The outfit's first two albums (Reproduction and Travelogue, also being reissued along with this set; all digitally remastered) served as primitive—now very datedsounding—primers to a musical genre that would soon be heard around the world. By the time the League arrived at its third album, the glorious and very essential Dare, synth engineers Martyn Ware and Ian Craig Marsh left to form Heaven 17. Remaining members Philip Oakey (vocals) and Philip Adrian Wright (synths) recruited new members, including singers Joanne Catherall and Susanne Sulley, and ex-Rezillo member Jo Callis. Peaking at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 in 1982, Dare is home to such U.K. dance-pop hits as "Open Your Heart," "Love Action (I Believe in Love)," and, of course, "Don't You Want Me," which topped the Hot 100. Also included on this reissue is the act's remix project, Love and Dancing, originally credited to the League Unlimited Orchestra (a wicked nod to Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra).—MP