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Alarm Audio CD
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1. The Road
2. Unsafe Building
3. The Stand (Long Version)
4. Sixty Eight Guns (Single Version)
5. Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke? (Single Version)
6. Absolute Reality
7. Strength
8. Spirit Of '76
9. Rain In The Summertime
10. Rescue Me
11. Sold Me Down The River
12. Devolution Workin' Man Blues
13. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
14. Marching On (Single Version)
15. Blaze Of Glory

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great retrospective of an underrated band Jan. 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Alarm were one of the better rock bands to come out of Britain in the '80s. Although they were on the cusp of stardom on many occassions, they toured with Bob Dylan and had a few minor chart hits, they never quite made it in America. They were often called a poor man's U2, and although Mike Peters' voice was similar to Bono's, early on they had a distinct sound with their anthemic background vocals and their heavy ringing guitar sound.
The anthemic "The Road" and the somber "Unsafe Building" are the two obligatory new tracks which accompany most best-of packages. After these tracks, the album is largely chronological and shows how the band updated their sound throughout their career. The tracks "The Stand", "Sixty-Eight Guns", "Where You Were Hiding.." and the closing tracks "Marching On" and "Blaze Of Glory" are all great anthems from their early days. "Absolute Reality", "Strength", and the epic "Spirit of '76" showed the band sharpening their songwriting skills while staying true to their roots. "Rain In The Summertime" was obviously an attempt at the mainstream with its updated production and its smoother vocals and harmonies. "Sold Me Down The River" from 1989's Change album combined their guitar rock with a synthesized beat. Despite the changes in their sound, most of the tracks here work well although the earlier material such as "Spirit of '76", "Strength", and "Sixty-Eight Guns" are the strongest tracks here. They also do a great job with their version of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." It's also recommended over their other best-of album The Best of The Alarm & Mike Peters since this is a stronger collection and is more chronological. A great compilation of a band who until their televised reunion had been largely forgotten. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars MARCHING ON...., Feb. 7 2000
Format:Audio CD
The Alarm was written off in the 80's as U2 wannabes, which I feel is the reason that they never really took off in the U.S.But one listen to this Cd & you'll see how wrong the naysayers were.While I'm tempted to say that the majority of the material here is taken from Declaration & Strength, considering the limited library of work from which to choose, I feel that this Cd exemplifies this fine band.The disc starts out with the harmonica driven Road, into the(unfortunately)truncated version of 68 Guns, and the powerhouse Where Were You Hiding, until before you know it you're at Strength & half way thru the Cd!The beautiful Rain in the Summertime(1 of my favorite videos as you watch while the lead singers tall,spiky hair is matted to his face while singing in a rainstorm)follows,as does Sold Me Down the River(when considering they also sound like Simple Minds, makes one wonder if Jim Kerr was thinking about this song subconsciously when he wrote the similar She's a River 5 years later).The Cd ends with the bonus tracks Marching On & Blaze of Glory which literally explode!Where were you hiding when the Alarm was struggling in America?
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3.0 out of 5 stars M.O.R. remixes ruin their best work Oct. 17 1998
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Format:Audio CD
Although some of the early classics like "68 Guns" and "Where Were You Hiding" have escaped relatively unscathed, the incomprehesible move of remixing and re-recording songs like "The Stand" and "Blaze of Glory" from their powerful originals to boppy Top40-style tones and beats seriously damages both the quality and credibility of this album. The inclusion of much of their toothless later material doesn't help either. If you never heard the Alarm's first album "Declaration" in all its glory, you may enjoy "Standards", but if you remember the power of the original versions, you're in for a big disappointment. The only saving grace for this album is that, with "Declaration" now unavailable, there's nowhere else you can find ANY version of what were some of the greatest songs of my youth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Welsh power April 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
Funny that people would compare the Alarm to U2, when the former is Welsh and the latter is Irish.
I got into this band with its spiky hair, harmonicas and revolutionary zeal and got swept away. "Strength" still has to be one of the Top 20 greatest, most passionate songs ever. "Give me hope, give me strength, give me something to live for ... Who will light the fire that I need to survive, who will be the lifeblood coursing through my veins, won't someone open up the door and let me out of this place. I've been caged up for so long, I don't know if I'm living or I'm dying."
Those words really drove a spike into my teen angst-filled heart in the '80s and continue to stir my emotions.
Like the Alarm there were so many thoughtful bands with great lyrics. They were out to change the world. In some ways, they made me who I am today. Yahoo.
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Format:Audio CD
The Alarm has been around for quite some time but never was able to get that big break or that single that really grabbed everyone by the ears. This compilation gives the new listener a taste of late 80's rock with a twist. The Alarm didn't fit the mold of the typical 80's demand but had talent and range. It also gives the long time Alarm fan an "ok" to "above ok" compilation to enjoy. Some songs would have been better suited for this recording. Like the slow dance prom favorite WALK FOREVER BY MY SIDE. That song and many others are sure to strike some memories for fans old and young.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dave Sharp Standing Tall
The Alarm wrote some socially potent songs in their time and they still resonate now. One of the forgotten bands from a period that is better off forgotten they are one of the... Read more
Published on March 8 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars THEALRM
Published on Feb. 28 2002 by robert,robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Get Enough
There's not much more praise I can heap on The Alarm than what other reviewers have. From the first time I heard these lads in the early 80s until today, I can't get enough. Read more
Published on Dec 6 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Critics..are the problem!
The Alarm never got the acclaim they deserved because of the rotten critics. Who is this guy anyway? the Alarm was a powerful band with insightful & deep lyrics. Read more
Published on April 19 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars What the fans say:
I don't know who the hell "the critics" are but the review above written by an aforementioned "critic" is hogwash. The Alarm is foot stomping good fun. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2000 by Dsc
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice collection for "beginners"
Some people might say that this compilation has not the same power than the old records (especially "Declaration") but it is still very worthwhile to buy it. Read more
Published on May 17 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
Published on April 8 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the Alarm, need I say any more........
With out a dought, one of the BEST groups of my youth. I'm now thirty years old and I cherish the memories of their music, their concerts in San Francisco. Read more
Published on March 18 1999 by sdube@powerlinkcorp.com
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