Thomas Dolby | The Sole Inhabitant CD

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The Sole Inhabitant CD

by Thomas Dolby

Warm, soaring electronica, with bold textures and thoughtful lyrics, from an authentic original who has influenced a whole generation of musicians.
Genre: Electronic: Pop Crossover
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Leipzig is Calling
5:14 $0.99
2. One of Our Submarines
5:39 $0.99
3. I Live In A Suitcase
6:24 $0.99
4. Flying North
6:02 $0.99
5. The Flat Earth
6:46 $0.99
6. Budapest By Blimp
7:57 $0.99
7. Windpower
4:25 $0.99
8. Europa and the Pirate Twins
4:20 $0.99
9. Hyperactive
5:22 $0.99
10. She Blinded Me With Science
4:53 $0.99
11. Airhead
4:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
Just when you think the 21st century might finally have caught up with Thomas Dolby, he takes another giant musical and technological leap. The artist who pioneered the marriage of technology and art, who first gave synthesizers soul, puts a camera in his brain and takes us on a visual trip inside his head, his heart, and his music; showing us at one and the same time where it came from and where it's going.

This live concert CD was recorded in May 2006 at the Martyrs in Chicago, IL. The sold out audience that night saw one of the best performances from Dolby's 'Sole Inhabitant' tour, which has thrilled crowds across the USA throughout the year.

The 'Sole Inhabitant' tour dates received high praise from critics. The Chicago Tribune wrote, “The audience seemed mesmerized by Dolby’s compositional and musical dexterity…Far from coming off as strictly a nostalgia act, the evening unfolded as a celebration of his past accomplishments and a harbinger for his future as a revitalized performer.” The Orange County Register added, “Most people’s knowledge of Dolby begins and ends with ‘She Blinded Me With Science,’ a sly slice of synth-funk from a superior album (The Golden Age of Wireless) whose variety and depth went far beyond its artificial surface. Indeed, for those who sought him out — certainly for scores of electronica acts who routinely cite him as an influence — Dolby was one-of-a-kind, a do-it-yourself electro wizard whose work conjured warmth and soul from machines whose output in other hands was pure digital chill.” The Washington Post summed it up: “When he whooshed into ‘Europa and the Pirate Twins,’ Dolby sounded startlingly relevant, no easy trick for a talented artist whose entire career is usually unfairly surmised in a single, shouted phrase.”

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Jeff Joplin

A logical continuation of Dolby's musical evolution...
TMDR's Sole Inhabitant project is a brilliant reinvention of the never-ending evolution of Dolby's music & influence. Dynamic & powerful performances abound in both the CD & DVD, which closely examines his MO on both composing & performing. An illuminating & (often informally) entertaining offering from a TRUE original! For ALL fans of music, not just TMDR's!


an old friend returns
I was very impressed at the sound quality of this live material. Except for 'airhead', all selections were strong, and even that was a feat, given it was done solo, and recorded live. TD has returned to show us he still can surprise and entrance. I only hope there's more studio material coming in the future! Welcome back MR Dolby, we've been waiting....


The kid has still got it
As a Dolby fan, I waited many years to treat my ears to this icons next release. So I open my mail box, go into the house and pop in this much awaited piece of plastic. First of all, this self produced disk is a sonic marvel. As stated in recent reviews of TD, emotion and dynamics are a staple with this man. The reduced tempo of Flying North turned an old favorite into a full-out classic piece. What next I must think from this beloved performer?

Brian La Fountain

Thomas Dolby. Just that name alone causes fantastic feelings. I remember being unable to move when I first heard him. It was like a revelation. I was completely transfixed. His is a strange and provocative, moody sound that remains unparalleled. This collection of songs that span his entire career truly focus on the more complex aspects of his composing genius. If you want to slip away into a beautiful dreamscape of lush sounds and silky melodies, THE SOLE INHABITANT will make you feel all alone in Thomas Dolby's beautiful world.


A rare blend of computing and craftsmanship
There are some groups and musicians who I loved to listen to back in the dim and murky past. You know how it goes - you discover a recent compilation of hits or they go on tour after a break of three hundred years or so and when you hear them again you ask yourself how on earth you could have been so stupid to have wasted time on it. Not so our Mr D. No frills, no fanfare, just himself and his computers/instruments and an honest explanation in his own inimitable style as to why his music can still stop me in my tracks and force me to listen. Its all still good stuff!


fantastic cd
i was at these shows and it was great than if you like mr dolby you will love this album

Simon C from Australia

Excellent one man show
'Forty' was good but this is even better. The song selection is excellent, the playing accomplished and the arrangements inspired. I especially liked the techno treatment given to 'Europa', which I guess can be regarded as TD's signature tune. Wonderful to see some of the more Eurocentric tracks like 'Leipzig' and 'Budapest' included here. All true fans of Mr Dolby's superior brand of eccentric, intelligent early 80s pop will want this CD.


This was a wonderful elaboration on what was already great!
Thank you Thomas! If you find time to create and mix some new music, I'll be the first to try it. I fell in love with your music a long time ago - the lyrics are intelligent, wild, and unexpected and the use of sound is brilliant. Thank God you have been able to share this creativity with the world! It's the stuff that dreams and magic are made of....YeeHa!


A superb update of some old friends
From the intro to 'Leipzig', you know this is going to be a geat experience, with Thomas giving a superb update of his old songs, whilst still retaining their essential originality. His vocals are spot on, and he uses his technological skill to deliver a live concert of wonderful quality. I have been into Mr Dolby's music from the very early days, and can't wait to see whats next. One request though. Please come to England and play these songs


A must for any Dolby fan
What a fantastic concert. I was lucky enough to see Thomas Dolby in London and this is from the same tour. Even if you didn't see him live, this is essential for any fan of Thomas Dolby. The songs all have great new arrangements. Wonderful!
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