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The Best of The Human League is the title of a compilation album first issued in 1997 and again in early 2005 with the same tracklisting but with revised artwork.

This was the second Human League compilation to feature selected album tracks as well as hit singles, coming just one year after Soundtrack to a Generation.

As opposed to the previous compilation, The Best of The Human League concentrates more on hit singles from the early 80s period. The earliest track featured is 'The Sound of the Crowd' (April 1981).


1997 issue[]

The Best of THL 1997 front.jpg

Label: Virgin

Cat no.: SITHCD1

Barcode: 724384 53852 1

Label Code: LC 3098

  • The logo, font and colours are intentionally made to look like the Dare album. The cover photo shows the five group members as of the Romantic? period.

2005 issue[]

The best of 2004 THL CD EMI Gold front case.jpg

Label: EMI Gold

Cat no.: 560 2662

Barcode:724356026629

Label Code: LC 0542

  • ℗ and © years are stated as 2004, although it was actually released in early 2005. 
  • The cover artwork features just the three group members in red and white portraits. Original photograph possibly from the mid-nineties Greatest Hits photo session. CD title is stylised to 'the best of THE HUMAN LEAGUE'. 
  • This was issued as a 'copy protected' CD, as was in vogue at the time. A subsequent regular non Copy Controlled version was released in late 2005.

Tracklisting[]

01. Love Action (I Believe In Love) – 03:51

02. Mirror Man – 03:50

03. Open Your Heart – 03:55

04. The Sound of the Crowd – 03:56

05. Don’t You Know I Want You – 03:09

06. Life On Your Own – 04:05

07. Seconds – 04:58

08. Hard Times – 04:53

09. Do Or Die – 05:23

10. Heart Like A Wheel – 04:29

11. The Lebanon – 03:44

12. Get It Right This Time – 04:12

13. Louise – 04:55

14. Kiss The Future – 04:14

15. Human – 03:47

16. Let’s Get Together Again – 05:00

Tracklisting analysis[]

Original year of release: 1981 (6), 1982 (1), 1984 (4), 1986 (1), 1990 (4).

Singles: 9

Album tracks: 6

B-sides: 1 (Hard Times)

Track notes[]

Hard Times is the shorter 7" B side version of the track.

The Lebanon and Human are the shorter 7" edits.

External links[]

The Best of The Human League - discogs.com

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