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Freedom of Choice Import, CD

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, CD
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002KLC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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1. Girl U Want
2. It's Not Right
3. Whip It
4. Snowball
5. Ton O' Luv
6. Freedom Of Choice
7. Gates Of Steel
8. Cold War
9. Don't You Know
10. That's pep!
11. Mr. B's Ballroom
12. Planet Earth

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Japanese only remastered pressing packaged in a paper sleeve. Warner. 2008.


While it was never determined whether those plastic things on their heads were flowerpots or collapsible drinking cups, the high-concept-minded Akron, Ohio, crew known as Devo had attracted mostly just the artsy new-wave crowd until this 1980 album brought them mass appeal. Way ahead of the video curve (they'd been making promo films since 1975), this band led by singer Mark Mothersbaugh and bassist Jerry Casale scored a huge hit with the jagged-rhythmed "Whip It," thanks in large part to a typically tongue-in-cheek video that MTV and dance clubs jumped on. The album also featured such cracked winners as "Girl U Want," "That's Pep," and the ever-caustic title track. --Billy Altman

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Format: Audio CD
Devo would have to be the most underrated band of all
time.Their influence is so widespread that it has become
impossible to see.I think most people just did'nt get
what the music and messages meant.Not my favourite Devo
album ( that would be probably "Oh No, it's Devo )overall,
although it does contain some of the Spud's finest.
Whip it, Freedom of Choice, etc. BUY THIS!!!!!!
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Good fun campy and mostly artless, Devo signed on to the 80s with a twisted take on rock and roll. Not as good now as it was back when but still worthwhile. Not sure though of a previous comment about Devo avoiding the "cultural imperialism" of E. Presley??? If anything E. Presley was the inspiration for Devo and almost every rock artist after 1956.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa5adada4) out of 5 stars 73 reviews
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa45781b0) out of 5 stars The quintessential Devo Aug. 26 2002
By Michael G. Hannaford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Twenty years after I first heard it, this album still makes its way into regular rotation on my stereo. This is a collection of brilliant songs recorded at the peak of Devo's career; compositionally superb, lyrically eloquent, catchy and singable. And it rocks - albeit in a robotic, highly quantized way.
Even setting aside the radio hit ("Whip It," as if you didn't know), the album has so many of my favorite Devo songs: Girl U Want, Freedom of Choice, Gates of Steel, Ton O Luv, the weirdly touching Snowball... there's not a bad song on there.
What makes this album so perfect is that it keeps the weirdness and edginess of their previous albums, but adds in a few shades of pop. Regrettably, this mixture only succeeded for one more album (New Traditionalists) before they started leaning too far to the pop side of the fence. I think by the time the album "Shout" was released they had thrown away their guitars completely, which made me sad. Also, some of my favorite songs were written by Jerry Casale, whose compositions are notably absent from later Devo albums. I've always wondered about that.
The original LP also had the most hilarious (or was it serious?) record sleeve - a catalog of the oddest Devo products imaginable. To this day I regret not ordering the leisure suit.
I hear people compare this band with other supposed "new wave" bands, whatever that means. Two comparisons work for me - Oingo Boingo and Talking Heads. If you like them, you will most definitely like this.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb7dce1bc) out of 5 stars It's Not Right Feb. 12 2010
By SpudOz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As with my review of the remastered Q. Are We Not Men? We. Are Devo!, it is rather ironic that the last of Devo's albums to be remastered for CD are their two most iconic albums: the grand statement of De-evolution with Q. Are We Not Men? A. We Are DEVO! and the commercial breakthrough, Freedom of Choice. Nearly fifteen years after Henry Rollins first began releasing the remasters of the remainder of Devo's WB catalogue on his Infinite Zero label, WB have finally gotten around around to remastering these groundbreaking albums.

Hallelujah, Freedom Of Choice has been remastered for CD. You can actually hear bass on the CD of this reissue and the remastering reveals so much more detail and clarity. Instrumentation sounds much more open and not the muddy mess evident on the previous CD release of this abum. It's as if a wet blanket has been lifted off your speakers. However, as with Q?A!, the remastering process has not entirely corrected everything and has even introduced a few glitches of its own.

Again, in going back to the "original analog recording tapes", all of the artifacts of 30 years of analog tape storage have once again come to the fore. There are numerous tape print through (ghosting) artifacts that detract from the overall enjoyment of this album. The worst examples of these is the end of Girl U Want where there is a persistent echo of "She's just a girl, she's just a girl" as well as a pre-echo of the bass intro to It's Not Right. Ditto between Mr. B's Ballroom and Planet Earth where there is a post echo on the former and a pre-echo on the latter. None of these artifacts were on any previous vinyl or CD release of this album. Hello remastering engineer, did you actually listen to this before signing it off? It's Not Right. Every one of these glitches should have been removed during the remastering process.

As for Deluxe, I don't think so. Maybe WB should've passed this one over to Rhino as well for the Deluxe treatment. Tacking the Dev-O Live EP onto the end of the album as Deluxe bonus material is plain lazy. For a format that can hold up to 80 minutes of content, this "Deluxe" disc still clocks in at just over 50 minutes. Where is the bonus material/disc of B-sides, demos and other oddities? Where is Turn Around (you know, the song covered by Nirvana) and the remix of Snowball that were also recorded during these album sessions? Where are the demos recorded during the FOC writing process that didn't appear on the Rhino Handmade Recombo DNA set: Red Shark (that became It's Not Right), Ton O' Luv, Freedom Of Choice and Don't You Know? What about Fountain of Filth that was recorded numerous times during the demo sessions? Or how about a DVD with the live TV appearances on Fridays or Don Kirshner's Rock Concert? And not a liner note in sight. As with Q?A!, this reissue offered a golden opportunity to release a Deluxe version of this iconic album by an iconic band that has been lost.

Devo truly were Pioneers That Got Scalped and now us long denied fans have been scalped as well. Hopefully the forthcoming Devo reissues from WB will have a bit more effort put into them in terms of both remastering of the audio and bonus materials.

I'm giving this five stars for simply because of the iconic nature of this album. If I could break it down between rating the audio quality, the bonus materials and the remastering the individual ratings for these categories would be a lot less.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa50cd198) out of 5 stars a man is real, not made of steel! June 11 2000
By Funkmeister G - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album very much signalled the start of the 80s. This contains their 3 biggest hits, Girl U Want [covered by a million bands], the immortal Whip It & Freedom Of Choice itself, about the dilemma of modern society obsessed w/ consumerism & all the choices available that the drones want the decisions made for them, not forgetting that it rocks like hell. Other highlights include Gates of Steel, Planet Earth, Cold War ["so we are told that all is fair in love & war, so what's life for, the endless tug of war"]. Kurt Cobain had said that Devo were the most subversive of all the punk era bands that became pop stars. The thing that's great about Freedom of Choice is that it's not even their best album, their debut Are We Not Men? is so fundamentally excellent but FOC is extremely important to global consciousness nevertheless [ooh big words]. I think they liked toying w/ the minds of MTV viewers & K-mart shoppers by appearing to be so plastic & disposable whilst really being quite intellectual [I think maybe they took Zappa's Plastic people to its illogical conclusion "you think we're singing about someone else?"]. Buy it or don't, use yr freedom of choice... [that has to be 1 of the best album titles of all time along w/ Confusion Is Sex & Safe As Milk]...
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42d360c) out of 5 stars Fantastic remaster - and HDCD too! Nov. 11 2009
By Carl F. Green - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The only version I had ever heard of this album was the original CD release from the late 80's. I never owned the vinyl on this one. Well, I can tell you, if you have that old CD release, this new mastering is definitely worth the price. It's almost like hearing a completely different mix. Incredible improvement compared to the original CD release. And as a nice bonus for those of us that have CD players with HDCD decoding, the CD is encoded with HDCD (though this is not indicated anywhere on the packaging). Frankly, this was never one of my favorite DEVO albums, but I think now it was because the CD sounded so dull and lifeless, almost like I had cotton stuffed in my ears. With the way the new mastering sounds, this just might become my favorite DEVO album. One quibble: I wish they had included "Turn Around", which was the B-side on the "Whip It" 45 single.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa42c566c) out of 5 stars 5 star album, 2-star sound Nov. 30 2011
By Byron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While this remastered version does sound louder and more 'in your face' it has, unfortunately, fallen victim to compression-mania. For a very quick and eye-opening example compare the samples of 'Snowball' on this version and the 1990 version . You'll have to turn up the audio of the old version to compensate but you will clearly hear what lost dynamics really sound like.

Every time the line "And it rolled back down" is repeated there is a drum strike. On the original version the drum is louder than its surroundings and has a strong reverberation. On the remastered version the song has been so compressed that the drum strike does not stand out and is very anemic effectively flattening out the feel of the song. It took me a long time (and a lot of wasted money) to learn the lesson that 'remastered' is quite often not for the best, just for the loudness.

Artists can compress the life out of their new material all they want but please stop fooling with older stuff that has already been released with full (or fuller) dynamics. Just do the best straight transfer possible of the original master tapes and let it stand as it was originally recorded. Music can be remastered for clarity without smashing it into a loud, flat, slab of noise.