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  • Audio CD (April 12 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B0000261EW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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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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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By Julien R. Fielding on April 30 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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By A Customer on March 8 2002
Format: Audio CD
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 diamonds in the rough. I have had the opportunity to meet Dave Sharp who is still playing his hard traveling music. I reccomend you check him out if you are ever in New Orleans. Just swing by the Kerry Irish Pub.
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By robert,robert on Feb. 28 2002
Format: Audio CD
THIS BAND ROCKS AND THIS CD SHOWS ALL OF THERE TALENTS.
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By A Customer on Dec 6 2000
Format: Audio CD
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. I still check music stores for imports I might have missed. Power, glory, a voice to make your body shake with delight, and darn good guitar work. What more could you want from a now defunct (I'm still mourning) rock band?
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By A Customer on April 19 2000
Format: Audio CD
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. This "hits" collecion is a nice sample of the depth of the Alarm's music, but there is so much more out there.
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By Dsc on Feb. 8 2000
Format: Audio CD
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. The music is powerful, the lyrics are great. These guys aren't U2 nor do I think they wanted to be. These guys are as relevant to the music of their time as the Clash was to their's. My advice to all of you: Buy this album and hear a little bit of God whispering sweetness in your ear. My advice to the critics: Lighten up.
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