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4.4 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 1 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B000002H78
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,064 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. The Different Story (World Of Lust And Crime)
2. Major Tom (Coming Home)
3. The Noah Plan
4. City Of Night (Berlin)
5. Lone Survivor
6. Terra Titanic (Lost To The Sea)
7. Zone 804
8. The Hurricane (Hammers On The Shore)
9. (Let's Play) U.S.A

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Format: Audio CD
By Alan from Northridge, CA
I'm very fond of this album. Peter Schilling makes important social commentary within an Apocalyptic, now-or-never framework. The space-age, isolationistic sound of synth underscores the meaty message and makes it fantastic and real at the same time.
In addition to the two well-known hits on the CD, "The Different Story" and "Major Tom," Schilling also manages to create the frenetic-yet-fated feel of a world running out of time in "The Noah Plan" (probably my favorite from the whole set). "City of Night (Berlin)" is haunting: It was originally recorded when the Berlin Wall was still up but re-released on this disc around the time of its demise. That doesn't mean the conflicts of the heart sung about don't still exist--in Germany and elsewhere where people of different backgrounds and beliefs are trying to co-exist benevolently. "Hurricane (Hammers on the Shore)" captures the peacefulness and pain of nature's wrath and path, and "(Let's Play) U. S. A." is a funny, biting satire on life among ultracapitalists who often care more about profit and prestige than venerable humanistic values and customs.
I agree: There's not a bad apple in the bunch here! Unlike, say, Teutonic counterpart Nena's 99 LUFTBALLONS CD, Peter Schilling's DIFFERENT STORY actually gives us a few different stories. He doesn't try to repeat the magic of the same song repeatedly. Even if he delves into a similar fatalistic theme on some of the tunes, he does it in a fresh way so you don't get bored with it. It's a CD you can listen to over and over, and you don't find yourself skipping tracks either. Peter Schiling's music is enjoyable yet thought-provoking and meaningful all at once.
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Format: Audio CD
Thats where this disc takes me to. With the exception of the last track I'd have to say that the songs on this compilation create another form of existance while they're playing. I love music that just sweeps you away and makes you forget about reality, as opposed to the stuff that merely reminds you of it. "Major Tom" is the hit single on here and enticed many, including myself, to buy this gem in the first place. I wasn't expecting much more than that song when I purchased it, but I was pleasantly surprised. "Berlin", with its ominous beginning accoustic guitar riffs and Schilling singing in a soft, almost heart-broken voice, is haunting beyond description, yet the chorus is catchy enough to bring your mood well above depression. "Terra Titanic" definitely has the same moody feel to it if a bit more upbeat, while "Zone 804" picks up the pace even more. A great chorus to that song as well. And "The Different Story", despite its shortness, has a truly epic feel and is surely the best song on the album. Overall its a really fun album to listen to, especially if you're an 80's child. I highly recommend this one.
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This CD is most interestingly assembled. When one thinks about it, these very well could be profetic words mixed with song, however you look at it, this CD is the embodiment of pure genius. The World of Lust and Crime could easily pertain to modern society. Berlin united to everyone's suprise, as the CD was written before this really happened ( track 4 ). Track 5 could possibly pertain to the Genius of a survivalist, and his analysis of the Planet. Track 6 bears an eerie resemblence to the RMS Titanic, except it is terra or earth. Track 7 is some sort of encounter with extra-terrestrials, possibly in this time or another! Track 8 is devote to God, when one thinks of how children enter the Kingdom of God, while it is the child who survives nature in the song. Track 9 could and does pertain to the USA, and like in the song our land is heavily polluted, becoming more reliant on machines every day, and at the same time more and more people lose their values, usually for money and/or survival. Although the Mastermind interpretation would be smashing Jesus, which in a sence might fit in the twisted cobwebs of modern society. While track 2 pertains to the future, and possibly an attempt to reach for the stars even when all seems lost. Track 3 is what would happen if the earth became void of all deceny ( expect Noah ) and had to be evacuated. Those with the wisdom to save themselves would not be the extreme sinners. When tracks 1,9,7,3,and 5 or odd tracks are put together and played in this order the message should be clear. The even tracks 2,4,6,and 8 where 6 and 8 go hand in hand with there message of destruction and survival and 2 and 4 the attempt and triumph of hope. This message is phenominal and inspirational and I encourage all to listen and make good use of this warning cleverly encrypted into song and sound!
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Format: Audio CD
One of the better pop-rock albums to close out the 80's decade...The first track, The Different Story, opens the album with a high energy feel. Surprisingly enough, it was produced by Michael Cretu of Enigma before Enigma came into existence in 1990. The song also is highly reminiscent of something by OMD for a teenage brat pack film like 16 Candles or Pretty In Pink. It also feels out of place due to the different production style against the other tracks that were done by Schilling.
The most memorable track is Major Tom with it's almost lullabye-like chorus (4,3,2,1...). Everything else is very much in the German pop vein of the time with a bit of a New Wave edge...Much of the sound could also be a precursor to the techno stuff that would come out in the early 90's ! The central theme throughout the album is earth in it's final days and space or futuristic travels and explorations of mankind into the heavens/stars !
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