- Audio CD (April 10 1985)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Universal/a&M
- ASIN: B000006Y1S
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
Man on the Line Import
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|4. The Head And The Heart|
|5. The Sound Od A Gun|
|6. High On Emotion|
|7. Much More Than This|
|8. Man On The Line|
|9. Moonlight And Vodka|
1984 Release from Chris Deburgh, the Man who Would Write and Release the International Hit "Lady in Red" Two Years Later in 1986. Includes the Minor Hit "High on Emotion", plus "Sound of a Gun", "Ecstacy of Flight (I Love the Night)" and Seven More.
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As on all of his albums, DeBurgh has one song that stands out far above the rest, and on this album it is The Head and the Heart. I have never, and likely will never, hear a song that better characterizes a person torn between love and logic. The head is saying "it's time to let her go," but the heart yearns that "I don't want to let her go". Even now, remembering the haunting vocal and melody, I shiver. It's played out in the theater of his mind and soul, and even someone with a heart as cold as an Antarctic bath would be touched.
Thanks to our exchange student from 89 (Hurkan, we love ya!), me and my better half were introduced to this fascinating musician, and still think of him when we listen to the early CDB like this. He has some great even earlier stuff (Spanish Train), however this CD brings his intensity with pop sensibility into one very cohesive CD.
Although CDB is somewhat 'passe' these days, this very strong offering will make you a convert. The 'best of' CD available does have some great selections from this, however I only count 1 myself - and this CD is packed with great songs. CDB is not an 'adult contemporary' staple - he has created some great stuff, all very evident on this CD!!
The title track is another example of Chris' ability to move away from the ballad wizadry with which he made his name, and saw him taking on a harder, more rocky sound.
This was one of the three oustanding albums that Chris made in his early career between 1973 and 1983 (the others being "Spanish Train and Other Stories" (1975) and "The Getaway" (1981).
Of course, after this album again failed to break him into the commercial mainstream, we all know what happened next - he would disappear for three years, return to take the world by storm with "The Lady In Red" in 1986, and lose his way for the remainder of the decade, before dramatically returning to form with 1992's "Power of Ten" album.
Whatever the critics may say about their disdain for Chris De Burgh, you can't deny that before the success of "The Lady In Red", he DID make some truly excellent records.
It was one of my most played tapes. It had a wide variety of songs with great themes and a classic, polished sound and Chris's imagination and smooth voice at the helm. I love the night was the radio single at the time, and I thought it was cool.
Even at age 10, I knew the track Taking It To The Top was cheesy (unlike the rest of the album), but I still liked it's positive message and the thought of graduating in that lineup and working hard towards your goals appealed to me.
It also reminds me of a cottage country trip taken with my family as a kid, and it's the perfect get-away-from-it-all album. So... alive yet so contemplative and soothing at the same time.
I found this last night on vinyl at a used books store for just 1 dollar. I couldn't believe it. I put on the record and was lost in the sweetest dreams this album evoked in my childhood. It was a calming and hypnotizing album for me then, and it does the exact same for me now-- 28 years later :)
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