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Big Bam Boom Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (July 27 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Sony Imports
  • ASIN: B0002ADWCQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
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1. Dance On Your Knees
2. Out Of Touch
3. Method Of Modern Love
4. Bank On Your Love
5. Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid
6. Going Thru The Motions
7. Cold Dark And Yesterday
8. All American Girl
9. Possession Obsession
10. Out Of Touch
11. Method Of Modern Love
12. Possession Obsession
13. Dance On Your Knees

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Cutting-edge production and fresh dance beats kept the Hall & Oate hit train running full-steam ahead with this 1984 smash, a #5 LP featuring the huge hits Out of Touch; Method of Modern Love; Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid , and Possession Obsession . Includes four bonus 12" versions of three of those plus Dance on Your Knees !

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Format: Audio CD
A very good reissue of one of Hall & Oates' biggest albums. The remastered songs sound better than they ever did, especially Oates' under-rated Cold, Dark And Yesterday & Hall's Bank On Your Love. It's also a kick to hear the 12" version of Out Of Touch, something I hadn't heard since I owned the cassette version of Big Bam Boom two decades back. The other 12" bonus tracks are done decently as well, although Dance On Your Knees goes on a little longer than necessary considering the regular version is only a minute and a half long. Nonetheless, it's a great album, has the big hits Out Of Touch and Method Of Modern Love, interesting liner notes, and incredibly silly cover art (complete with a mulleted Hall and neon scribbles) so 1984, it should have been put in a time capsule.
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Format: Audio CD
This reissue of Big Bam Boom is great!!! This is a must have for any Hall and Oates fan.
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excellent product it rememberred a lot of good souvenirs and I recommand it to all my friends old or young
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f0220c0) out of 5 stars 45 reviews
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f04d24c) out of 5 stars Hall & Oates at their peak Aug. 22 2008
By T. Rutledge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The time-frame in which this came out (late 1984) really was Hall & Oates at their peak. Perhaps not musically, but certainly this came out at the very high point of their career. They were on magazine covers, had their own HBO concert special ("The Liberty Concert" in 1985 - if you are a fan, check out the clips on Youtube). Some people have said that this album finds H&O "slipping" a bit, but I think it finds them in top form, and stands up next to just about anything they had done between 1980 and 1983.

This album is the natural progression of where their sound had been going since 1980's "Voices" and through 1982's "H2O" and through to 1983's "Say It Isn't So" and "Adult Education" -- namely a big beat, pop-dance-oriented sound. To add to the "big beat" sound Arthur Baker was brought in to remix the whole thing. (For those who don't know, Arthur Baker was one of the top remixers/dance-music producers of the 1980's, working with, among others, New Order).

The singles from this ("Out of Touch", "Method of Modern Love", Possession Obsession") are pretty representative of the sound of the album as a whole. Perhaps the one downfall of this album is that, bringing in someone to remix all of the tracks did result in a bit of a sameness of the overall sound and feel of the tracks. Also, as another reviewer stated, this thing is state-of-the-art 1984. That means it definitely sounds of its time. But, in my opinion, I have always really liked every song on this one. It's hardly high art, but it is solid mid-80's pop music.

If you are a casual fan looking to go a bit deeper with H&O than a hits compilation, then this one isn't for you (get "Abandoned Luncheonette" and "Voices" instead). But, if you are a more than just casual fan wondering if you should add this to your collection, I think you will be very happy with this one. In my opinion, I don't think there is a bad song on this album. A lot of 1980's "cheese" but, then again, that was really what the 1980's were about.

I can tell you the 2004 remaster is obviously far better than the original pressing LP and cassette versions of this thing that I had in the 1980's. But, I am not sure the 2004 remaster is that much ahead of the 1996 version (which I also owned). I would recommend the 2004 remaster because it does have the original lyrics/liner notes, and some bonus tracks, including the remix of "Out of Touch" that was included on the original 1984 cassette (the 1996 version has neither).

As for the songs, if you like "Out of Touch" and "Method of Modern Love" then you will like this album.

2013 UPDATE -- I really cannot recommend the 2004 remaster anymore. Quite frankly, I think it's terrible (NOT the album proper, but the 2004 remaster). Buy the original RCA Made in Japan CD, which sounds far superior. The music on this remaster is certainly "louder" but the tradeoff is that the music is clipped -- the crash of the cymbals, the curl of the bass, all those things that make for a great listening experience, are lost in exchange for a CD that doesn't require the volume to be turned up quite as loud. The original RCA Made in Japan CD has far more detail to the music. You can probably find it pretty cheap on eBay or a local used store. Buy this for the bonus tracks; get the original RCA if you want to hear this album in all its glory.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f04d2a0) out of 5 stars Just What Is A 'Big Bam Boom'? July 28 2004
By TomAzon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For starters it's a great album. With their sixth number one song 'Out of Touch' leading the way, this re-mastered set by Daryl & John didn't go too far on the techno-side of rock; they left plenty of real instrumentation in but still were contemporary radio favorites with this and other songs like 'Method of Modern Love', 'Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid' and 'Possession Obsession'.

The album features 12-inch extended versions of 'Out of Touch', 'Method of Modern Love', 'Possession Obsession' and 'Dance On Your Knees'. The only one missing is the special mix of 'Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid' which appears on the '12-Inch Collection Volume Two', which I also recommend. (Pick up Volume One while you're at it).

The album also features recent interviews in the liner notes along with the lyrics.

As an extra treat, try playing the extended version of 'Dance On Your Knees' on your DVD player and play it backwards to hear Daryl singing 'Swept Away'.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f04d57c) out of 5 stars Big Bam Boom Jan. 9 2007
By Bearness - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Top album! The mix is typical 80's clean, but it's got the big bass sound behind it. Hall and Oates make most song writers these days look like hacks (probably because most are, in my opinion).
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f04daa4) out of 5 stars Classic 80's Album...a Must have H&O album...but... March 15 2007
By S. Council - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was excited to receive this album on CD as I was never able to find it at my local Best Buy for some time. I was even more eager to order the CD after I saw that this was a "ReMastered" CD. However, the sound quality isn't exactly crisp and clear. Portions of the CD sound muffled. I only paid $7.97 so I should have expected this. This album is truly a H&O classic and the additional remixes of "Out of Touch", "Dance on Your Knees", and "Possession Obsession" add a nice touch to close out this disc. However, the sound quality, though not horrible, was not what I hoped for.
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HASH(0x9f04d360) out of 5 stars Daryl & John Embracing The Method Of Modern Musicianship Oct. 11 2013
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One of the key factors of that fantastically enduring early 1980's Hall & Oates hit machine is their strong adherence to the song craft and production end of the musical recording process. Through over a decade of their sound evolving by this point,the duo had effectively found just the right type of instrumental approach to fit their creative personalities. Up through their H2O album Hall & Oates had developed a sound that strong emphasized a very well recorded and stripped down approach that emphasized strong rhythm,imaginative production values and above all iconic song craft. It was a winning concept that made them into one of the biggest hit acts of that era-right up there with Michael Jackson,Prince and Madonna. Still in their commercial peak the duo decided to expand on their already potent backing group with the likes of bassist T-Bone Wolk,guitarist G.E. Smith,drummer Micky Curry and saxophonist Charlie DeChant with an expanded group featuring Jimmy Bralower,Wells Christy and Clive Smith. These particular musicians were experts on the LINN drum machine,Fairlight synthesizer and the synclaviar. The latter two instruments were sound samplers,which were not needed to provide all the music but expand the harmonic language of what was already one of the best established soul/pop/rock sounds of the era. Due to Daryl & John's embrace of modernist/futurist musical concepts,this approach did more than just lightly update their sound.

Opening this album is "Dance On Your Knees"-a track completely unlike anything Hall & Oates had ever made at this point. Its very much in keeping with the early hip-hop/break beat culture where their voices can be heard in a brilliantly Max Headroom type synthetic stutter. After a minute or two that segues directly into "Out Of Touch",this albums signature song and really the one most reminiscent here of H&O's earlier hits. Even so,the production is far more synthesizer oriented with a more echoed,contemporary guitar sound. "Method Of Modern Love" is one hit that always surprised me because neither the chorus nor the refrain are the least bit conventional melodically. That plus it's fusion of percussion,LINN drum effects and digital sampler technology is a modern type update for that time of Hall & Oates more experimental side heard occasionally during their first decade of recording. "Back On Your Love" combines both the dirtier Marc Bolan/Keith Richards blues/rock guitar attitude with an uptown Chicago soul sound...not dissimilar to G.E Smith's later work as leader of the Saturday Night Live band. "Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid" and "Cold Dark And Yesterday" both combine their trademark melodic chorus with an icy electronic synth pop/new wave production. "Going Through The Motions",with it's re-sampled doo-wop inspired falsetto opening vocals and "All American Girl" both have a contemporary electro/boogie funk attitude with full on percussion where John's closer "Possession Obsession",his only vocal hit from this album has a more minor chorded approach to an "Out Of Touch" style sound.

With the repetition of the percussive break beat remixed intros being the highlights of the 12" versions of "Out Of Touch","Method Of Modern Love" and "Possession Obsession" its the 6 minute+ presentation of "Dance On Your Knees" that shows what a daring piece of music this was for the pop dynamos that Hall & Oates were at this time. And daring this album is overall. With the engineering help of both co-producer Bob Clearmountain and remixologist Arthur Baker,this album gave the classic Hall & Oates hit period sound a makeover not only in terms instrumental but rhythmic approach as well. The direct groove of Hall & Oates prime period is replaced here with this sonically challenging array of sound the incorporates electronica and digitized early hip-hop beats. Even though he's not involved with this project,the sound they seemed to be going for here was somewhat akin to what Trevor Horn would soon be doing with both Grace Jones and Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Whereas Horn was creating a cleaner soundscape of sound in general,Hall & Oates seemed to take a more aggressive rhythmic assault here. Its the contrast between their continually lilting and crackerjack melodic song constructivism and this digitized bed sound sound that allowed this innovation of their sound to succeed creatively. And it paid off commercially too as this album continued not only their huge selling radio singles but their enduring presence on MTV. Interestingly enough,this album also marked their final album blockbuster-as well as their final studio release as a duo for RCA. Even if this represented a conclusion to their prime years creatively and commercially,so many acts could hope to come to such a conclusion with this high a level of quality.