True (Spandau Ballet Album)
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True Spandau Ballet Album

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Studio album by
Released4 March 1983
RecordedCompass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas, October-November 1982
GenrePop, new wave
ProducerSteve Jolley, Tony Swain
Spandau Ballet chronology
Alternative album cover
20th Anniversary edition
20th Anniversary edition
Singles from True
  1. "Lifeline"
    Released: 17 September 1982
  2. "Communication"
    Released: 27 January 1983
  3. "True"
    Released: 15 April 1983
  4. "Gold"
    Released: 5 August 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[2]

True is the third studio album by the English new wave band Spandau Ballet. It was released on 4 March 1983 on Chrysalis Records. While Spandau Ballet's first two albums earned them European popularity, True made them worldwide stars and was heavily influenced by jazz, soul and R&B. It reached number 1 on the UK Albums Chart,[3] the Top 20 on the US Billboard 200,[] and charted in numerous other countries around the world. The title track spent four weeks at number 1 in the UK Singles Chart and went to number 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It was also Spandau Ballet's first album to be recorded outside of London (at Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas).[]

Other singles from the album included "Gold" (a no. 2 UK hit and a Top 30 hit in the US), "Lifeline", "Communication", and "Pleasure". Later album releases by the band never equalled the success of True.[]

A remastered version of "True" was released on 3 July 2003 to commemorate its 20th anniversary. It was re-released as a single CD with the original eight tracks along with the music video for "Gold" and some home video footage of the band. The original 8-track album was also issued on the high-resolution super audio CD format as a Hybrid SACD (in stereo only). In 2008, the album was given away free with copies of the Daily Mail newspaper.[4] In June 2010, a special edition was released on 2 CDs and DVD as part of the 2010 Spandau Ballet reissues series, featuring remastered 12" remixes and B-sides, plus a live concert.[]


All tracks are written by Gary Kemp.

3."Code of Love"5:11
6."Heaven Is a Secret"4:27




Year Chart Position
1983 UK Albums Chart[3] 1
1983 NZ Album Chart 1
1983 US Billboard 200 19


Year Song Chart Position
1982 "Lifeline" UK Singles Chart 7
1983 "True" UK Singles Chart 1
1983 "True" US Billboard Hot 100 4
1983 "True" Adult Contemporary 1
1983 "Gold" UK Singles Chart 2
1983 "Gold" US Billboard Hot 100 29
1983 "Gold" Adult Contemporary 17
1983 "Communication" UK Singles Chart 12
1984 "Communication" US Billboard Hot 100 59


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Germany (BVMI)[6] Gold 250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[7] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[8] Platinum 15,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[9] Gold 50,000^
Sweden (GLF)[10] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] Platinum 300,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


The song was first famously sampled by P.M. Dawn in their 1991 song Set Adrift On Memory Bliss. Later it was sampled and/or covered by 60 other artists.


  1. ^ LeRoy, Dan. "True - Spandau Ballet". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ Evans, Paul (2004). "Spandau Ballet". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 764. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  3. ^ a b "True". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ "Spandau Ballet - True". Retrieved 2011. This CD was given away free with the Saturday edition of British national newspaper, The Daily Mail.
  5. ^ "True > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" at AllMusic. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Spandau Ballet; 'True')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "Dutch album certifications - Spandau Ballet - True" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 2019.Enter True in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  8. ^ "New Zealand album certifications - Spandau Ballet - True". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959-2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  10. ^ "Mike Watts, Mike Allen with Lars Olof-Helen (Sonet, Sweden) Presenting Gold Albums for "True" to Spandau Ballet Very Early Morning..." (PDF). Music & Media. 25 June 1984. p. 17. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ "British album certifications - Spandau Ballet - True". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2019.Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type True in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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