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Other Peoples Songs

Erasure Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
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1. Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabriel
2. Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime - The Korgis
3. Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
4. Everyday - Buddy Holly
5. When Will I See You Again - The Three Degrees
6. Walking in the Rain - The Ronettes
7. True Love Always - Buddy Holly
8. Ebb Tide - The Righteous Brothers
9. Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
10. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - The Righteous Brothers
11. Goodnight - Cliff Eberhardt
12. Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles

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Japanese Version featuring a Bonus Track


Erasure is at the top of the list of synth-pop groups who have transcended the genre's inherent limitations, and Other People's Songs demonstrates why they've stood the test of time. These are not remixes or samples; in fact, the arrangement apple never falls far from the tree. The selected pop tracks from the latter half of the 20th century are rendered through Vincent Clarke's effervescent sensibility and Andy Bell's emotive vocals. Most dance-club covers have a shelf life that barely outlasts the last call. But as on Abba-esque, their homage to Abba, Erasure meticulously nurture and revitalize rainbow-colored covers, this time making Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill" and Buddy Holly's "Everyday" sweet but not bubblegum-flavored. Erasure has a stockpile of signature sounds, many of them used here to tie together disparate but instantly recognizable pop songs into Erasure songs. --Beth Massa

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's not as bad as people are saying.... April 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
This really is not as bad as some critics and fans are saying it is. The only songs on this cd I personally don't think work well as covers are You've Lost that Lovin Feelin and Can't Help Falling in Love. Then again I don't care for the originals either, they are too sappy and sentimental for me. The remainder I like and think Erasure have done a fine job covering material both familiar and unfamiliar. Solsbury Hill I really like, as well as Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime. The soul remakes When Will I see You Again and Walking in the Rain are quite good. I think my favorites are Ebb Tide, which is given a nice dance beat and pulsing sequencer sounds, and Goodnight, a moving ballad. The remixes I have heard, particularly Make Me Smile ( Come up and See Me) are slamming dance floor booty shakers. ( Did I just write that? That sounds stupid. But it's true ) Some covers collections I have heard in the past only make me want to hear the original versions. Simple Minds' covers cd from a few years ago is the first that comes to mind. But Erasure manage for the most part to trancend the orignals and make them sound like, well, Erasure. And that, to me, makes this a worthwhile purchase.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars has some real charming songs Sept. 8 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was intitally disapointed with this album, but I've now listened to it many times and find that I truly enjoy about two-thirds of this CD.
Easily the best tracks for me are tracks 1(Solsbury Hill),
3(Make Me Smile), 9(Can't Help Falling in Love) and 11 (Goodnight).
I've always like Elvis' CHFIL but this version just is soo lovely and I love the harmonys and techno music mix to it. Solsbury Hill is also lovely sounding without it sound like the original and fresh enough to enjoy listening to both versions. I had never heard track 11's original version, still haven't, but if it is even half as good as the remix it is a very good song. If it isn't then Erasure has really done an amazing job on this piece, very poignant and soft.
All the other songs are of varying degrees of delight and disinterest my least favorite being tracks 2 and 12. I think the rehash of the Buggles, Video Killed the Radio Star is extremely dull and uninteresting with a silly cheap sounding synth voiceover and dull music. It doesn't have half of the life of the original and I was very disapointed since it was something I thought Erasure would do a fabulous remix of. But then I wasn't expecting to enjoy the Elvis remix it is by far my favorite. And track 2 just does nothing for me, not horrible but not interesting either.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Erasurized covers............ July 9 2003
Format:Audio CD
My favorte band in the universe decided to make a cover album! Well, Andy originally wanted to do a solo project album of covers and his buddy Vince decided to tag along and then turn it into an Erasure album. The result. A decent cover album that really sounds more like a traditional Erasure album then a cover album at all. Reviewing the tracks on the album there are lots to like here.
Solsbury Hill-I just recently listened to the original of this and I'm sorry but Peter Gabriel's version doesn't hold a dime to Erasure's version. This is brilliant and an excellent 1st single.
Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime-there are some nice vocals on this and I like the bleeps but it's an average track overall.
Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)-This sounds like it was written by Erasure...even though it is a cover. Brilliant and dancy. I love this song!
Everyday-at first I really liked this then the kazoo sounding blips started to wear on me and now it's just an average track.
When Will I see You Again-Sounds decent enough and Andy has good vocals but just doesn't shine.
Walking In the Rain-a decent cover and also a decent Erasure track. Good song, no perfect but good.
True Love Ways-Andy's vocals scream on this track. Brilliant! I love it! Vince's melodies highlight Andy's vocals well on this cover.
Ebb Tide-I also think this is one of the better tracks on the album. Different, unique, I think would make a good choice for 3rd single if there is one.
Can't Help falling in Love-I sometimes skip this track because I honestly am not a fan of the song. It's not a bad cover it just is not great either
You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'-Ok, I know it should be 3rd single over ebb tide because not only is it well known but it is brilliant too!
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Format:Audio CD
While I am in agreement with a few other reviews that call for an Original Erasure album as necessary, I found Other People's Songs to be an altogether refreshing concept and album. The arrangements are absolutely mystical and are untouchable by any other duo or group on the market today. Erasure has held fast to a unique blend of music they helped originate and are continuing to improve as a collaboration. Other People's Songs has the feel of their previous album's "I Say, I Say, I Say," and "Cowboy".
Rather than see the songs as "remakes", critics should take a step back and consider how well done each effort comes across. "When Will I See You Again" and "Can't Help Falling In Love" ARE INDEED songs that should be remade, their timeless classics and Erasure puts their own staple on them that only THEY can. Solsbury Hill is a bit overrated I think, simply because it is the first single and Erasure fans have shown their support.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Other People's Songs
Other People's Songs~ Erasure. I just have one thing; stick to your own songs...
Published on June 22 2004 by B. Viberg
2.0 out of 5 stars WHAT THE HELL IS ERASURE DOING?
It surely breaks my heart that Erasure, who has the best male singer in the world, could make such an effortless piece of work. Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by Melissa
1.0 out of 5 stars Yuck!!
Let me start off by saying I'm a huge Erasure fan. I have all their CD's and even the boxed singles sets. I have yet to come accross an Erasure CD I didn't like...Until now. Read more
Published on April 4 2004 by Brian Harker
1.0 out of 5 stars Scraping the Tree
Great idea - the most commercial of the dead mid 80s - 90s Euro-pop invasion spelunking their record collection, I licked my lips in clichéd anticipation at the absurdity -... Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2004 by J. christian
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great, Full Album of Covers
I feel as if I owe Erasure a debt of gratitude ever since I read the lyrics to 'Hideaway' on their Circus album 16 years ago. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2004 by ander
4.0 out of 5 stars Erasures cover album
Erasure does a great job of covering various artists in this album. From solisbury hill(peter gabriel), make me smile(harley and rebel), when will I see you again(the three... Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2003 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars ack.
quite possibly the worst album ever
Published on Oct. 29 2003 by Javier Buchananeversonia
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Yuck.
I'm terribly disappointed. I don't know what else to say, really. The worst crime for me, with a band that I love, is to be BORING. I'm bored by this album. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Tripe
I will not waste many words here.
Easily the worst Erasure album ever. This is quite a surprise, as "Abba-esque" over ten years earlier was a tour de force. Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2003 by The Blue Man
3.0 out of 5 stars Could Be Better...
Eh, so-so. Could definitely be better. Usually with Erasure, the remixes coming from the albums are dynamite and you should probably skip this and concentrate on those. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2003 by James A. Sesso
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