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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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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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Japanese Version featuring a Bonus Track

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5.0 out of 5 stars Erasure Does It Again! Jan. 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
There are very few groups in this world that have the confidence and the uniqueness of sound to be able to take cover songs and make them their own. Erasure has succeeded in this endeavor, preserving the original personality of the songs, while still imparting their own sound and feel.
Even though these are tunes that a lot of us have heard and loved and sung along to for many years, the arrangements of Vince Clarke and the ethereal vocals of Andy Bell (along with the production of Gareth Jones) have given a sense of renewal and refreshment to these standards.
It is in my opinion one of the -nicest- cover albums I have heard in many years. By listening, you can tell how much Andy and Vince both love the music that appears here, and Other People's Songs stands as a loving and beautiful homage to the music that influenced them.
Well done, lads-- and good luck with your tour!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Other People's Songs June 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
Other People's Songs~ Erasure. I just have one thing; stick to your own songs...
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2.0 out of 5 stars WHAT THE HELL IS ERASURE DOING? June 16 2004
By Melissa
Format:Audio CD
It surely breaks my heart that Erasure, who has the best male singer in the world, could make such an effortless piece of work. Solsbury hill is quite possibly the best cover tune ever but that is just about where it all stops. The rest of the album is just silly and boring. First of all, I'm not sure if Erasure's fan base is even familiar with the material they're covering on this album. Yeah, my Buddy Holly records are sandwiched right in between my erasure cds. But, this is how it is in erasureland these days. Up and down, up and down, and so on. Buy chorus. Buy the circus. Buy all the box sets of singles. Other people's songs is their worst effort ever.
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Yuck!! April 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. I can't make it past the first song (Solsbury hill). Vince sounds like He's playing on a cheap Casio key board and Andy just sounds tired. I don't feel like they added anything or brought anything unique to the covers. Could have been so good and it's just not.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Scraping the Tree Feb. 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
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 - and obviousness - of the idea. After all it was Erasure who rode the semi-cult success of the head-scratching ABBA resurrection of the early 90s. And, while there was guilty irony in that camp collection, here it all falls disastrously flat. Synth-pop, while no longer relevant, still sounds fresh with the right cognoscenti [see Postal Service], yet Erasure's signature, fatigued sound is passé and archaic. Their covers insignificantly ordinary, and anything they might bring new to the disparately themed catalogue only hinders the original. And we still have to hear Andy Bell's karaoke vocals. What a damned waste. My grade: C
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great, Full Album of Covers Jan. 21 2004
By ander
Format:Audio CD
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. Since then, they have been my favorite band of all time and I have bought every studio album they have released and have never been disappointed. I have also thought that anytime they included a cover of 'other people's songs' on one of those albums, it was very cool (In the Hall of the Mountain King, River Deep Mountain High, Rapture, Magic Moments, etc.)
So for them to put out an album strictly of cover tunes is, IMO, cool beyond belief. This album was nothing less than I expected and even a bit more. Their version of 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'' is one of the best covers of that song I have ever heard. There is not one song on this CD that doesn't live up to the standard that Erasure has set. If you are a huge fan, you should have this in your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Erasures cover album Nov. 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
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 degrees), can't help fallin in love(Elvis) to you've lost that lovin' feeling(The Righteous Brothers). I would have liked them to have released new material instead but this album is still good anyway.
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