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Alive on Arrival

Steve ForbertAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000025DX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,871 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Goin' Down To Laurel
2. Steve Forbert's Midsummer Night's Toast
3. Thinkin'
4. What Kinda Guy?
5. It Isn't Gonna Be That Way
6. Big City Cat
7. Grand Central Station, March 18, 1977
8. Tonight I Feel So Far Away From Home
9. Settle Down
10. You Cannot Win If You Do Not Play

Editorial Reviews

Original CD issue of Steve's classic debut album. Tracks: 1. Goin' Down to Laurel 2. Steve Forbert's Midsummer Night's Toast 3. Thinkin' 4. What Kinda Guy? 5. It Isn't Gonna Be That Way 6. Big City Cat 7. Grand Central Station, March 18, 1977 8. Tonight I Feel So Far Away from Home 9. Settle Down 10. You Cannot Win If You Do Not Play

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "THE NEXT DYLAN?" February 8, 2000
Format:Audio CD
No. But then again, nobody else has been either.
I saw Forbert in concert last week and decided it was time to revisit ALIVE ON ARRIVAL, one of the greatest debut albums ever recorded.
The songs are filled with pain, humor, optimism, truth. It has never failed to amaze me that someone so young (at the time) could write with such style.
This collection of songs, mostly dealing with the young Mississippian's foray into the seedier side of life in New York, is as good an album as anything in it's genre.
It is impossible to single out one or two songs as being any better than the others, as all are excellent. Perhaps "It Isn't Gonna Be That Way" proved to be prophetic. After Forbert's minor hit "Romeo's Tune," from his second album, Forbert became a faint memory to all but his die hard fans, a group of which I'm proud to be a member.
Steve Forbert has put out a lot of great music. It all started here.
Check it out. It's not too late to hear what you've been missing.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album I've Ever Had November 28, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I am 66 years old and I can truthfully say that this Album is one of my all time favorites. I have gone thru 3 records and still continue to like it. I now have a CD player and want to order it as well as another of his CD's. My daughter took me to a small club in Houston, see this young artist she was wild about. I can say that"He blew me away".His voice, and guitar playing are among the best I have heard and I am"Hard to please".Of all his albums,(and I want all of them now on CD),"Alive on Arrival" is my all time favorite. I am listening to it right now.Steve Forbert deserves more recognition that he has gotten!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I saw Steve Forbert last night. This man has so much talent, so much energy, so much passion. And he was playing to a room of maybe 100 people in small club in the Chicago suburbs. It makes you cry when you think what could have and should have been. How did he not hit the big time?
Alive on Arrival is without doubt a wonderful album, and probably his best though it doesn't contain his "hit song".
The lyrics are funny and sad and have haunted me for years. The music is downright rocking.
This is a MUST-HAVE album.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest debut album of all time? August 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When you think of all the classic debut albums: The Cars, Elvis Costello, Led Zepplin, Rickie Lee Jones, The Clash, Talking Heads, Stones, Dylan, Van Halen, Gomez, Pearl Jam, Cream, Velvet Underground, not to mention the BIG five, Elvis, Beatles, The Doors, Hendrix, and Sex Pistols, you start to see how a quote like 'The Greatest Debut Album Of All time' can be a little hard to live up too. Well, at the time of this release, Steve Forbert was saddled with a quote almost as daunting. 'The New Dylan'-tag had stopped many careers from ever taking off in the early to mid-70's and had almost derailed Springsteen's (another great debut album). Steve Forbert's appearance, voice quality, song-titles, lyrical twist and harmonica arrangements do remind one of Dylan, but such unfair comparisons not only kept people from enjoying this album on its own merits, but doomed Steve Forbert's career for not being the artist we wanted instead of letting us discover the artist he is. Simply put, this is a GREAT album. From the opening harmoncia blast of 'Going down to Laurel' to the fun of 'What kind of guy' to the heartbreak of 'It isn't going to be that way', Alive on Arrival introduces the world to an immensley talented young man. And that's all anyone could ask or expect from a CLASSIC debut album. When you think of how fresh, and intense and wonderful this album is, it's a shame that most people only know Steve Forbert from the hit single Romeo's Tune, (from his second album) or the Cyndi Lauper video, (Girl's Just Wanna Have Fun--he's the guy in the tux) or, worse yet, one of the many young singer/songwriters who didn't live up to the The New-Dylan tag. Truth is, Steve Forbert is still putting out wonderful albums, and I doubt if he would like to think that his first album was his best. Many artist spend thier whole careers trying to create a work of this quality. For Steve Forbert, it was just the begining. That's what he should be remembered for.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Man Was Robbed! March 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was vaguely aware of Steve Forbert because of 'Romeo's Tune', a song I liked, but not enough to get curious about the artist. I stumbled on this CD by accident and decided I'd give it a try on the strength of his hit.

I'll admit I was underwhelmed the first time I heard it, but only because I wasn't giving it the attention it deserves. This CD is a gem! Infectious melodies, intelligent lyrics, and a wicked harmonica style that seems to be unique to Steve. As an aspiring harmonica player myself, I was blown away by his performance here.

While all the songs are first rate, standouts for me were 'It Isn't Gonna Be That Way' and 'Big City Cat'. He wrings so much emotion from these two, disillusionment, regret, budding cynicism and an irrepressible laughter, bloody but unbowed. If you're sick of what passes for music these days, if you're looking for a CD you'll still enjoy in 10 years time, then 'Alive On Arrival' is for you. Excellent effort, Mr Forbert! I'm sorry you never received the success you so richly deserved.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It Isn't Going To Be That Way" August 3, 2000
By "nepos"
Format:Audio CD
Why is it that every folkinger with a harmonica and a voice like "fingernails on a blackboard" has to be touted as the next Bob Dylan ? Well, like any Monday morning quarterback, I can safely say, it wasn't gonna be that way for Steve Forbert.
"Alive on Arrival" is Steve Forbert's raw and edgy debut album. One can almost picture him standing on a subway platform late at night in New York City, banging out these songs, with his guitar case open for tips. If one listens carefully to the words,however, you can hear the beginnings of the unique story telling style, that would be Mr. Forbert's in the years to come. His songs can be deeply haunting, but there is also a humorous, beer joint, side to the music as well.
"It Isn't Going To Be That Way" is a folk anthem for all of us "baby boomers" who were raised and taught to believe that if you work hard, and are good, life will turn out just the way you want it to. Mr Forbert reminds us that life simply isn't fair. This song turned out to be true, for many artists with far less talent, have received more attention than Mr. Forbert. Strangely enough, one is kind of relieved, that it did not turn out that way for him. Steve Forbert took his own fork in the road, and became one of the great folksingers, with his very own tales to spin.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to find this as an MP3
I was thrilled to find this album available digitally. I didn't buy it when it came out in the '70s, but I always enjoyed the music, and many of the songs got airplay in Austin,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Susan B
5.0 out of 5 stars listen and enjoy
Published 9 months ago by Lisa Merrill
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
I saw Steve Forbert at MusikFest In Bethlehem, PA. I knew who he was, and figured he was the biggest name playing that day. Read more
Published 15 months ago by David G. Estock
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Steve is one of the best singer songwriters out there, and this is one of his best efforts. He is one awesome talent.
Published 16 months ago by T. Buchser
5.0 out of 5 stars Stevie shines
Like many people I was huge fan of Steve Forbet in the late seventies. But sometimes through the rough and tumble of life some things slip through your fingers, so when in 2011, I... Read more
Published on October 15, 2011 by John Chopping
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st is as good as his best!
I have enjoyed Jackrabbitt Slim for years, now, but I never heard this, his 1st album. It is as good as JS which I think is one of the best, period. Read more
Published on September 28, 2010 by BillyEarl
5.0 out of 5 stars A debut album that's still fresh and exciting more than thirty years...
It is a shame that the phenomenally gifted singer-songwriter Steve Forbert hasn't become better known over the course of his now more than thirty-year career. Read more
Published on June 1, 2010 by Robert L. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greats
I loved this album when I first heard it in the late 70s, and I still love it today. Forbert's voice is one of the more interesting of the singer/songwriters. Read more
Published on March 29, 2010 by S. Jago
5.0 out of 5 stars Let Steve Forbert Be Steve Forbert
In the late 70s, critics used journalist shield laws as an excuse to anoint singer-songwriter-guitarist-harmonica player Steve Forbert as "the new Dylan", which deepens my... Read more
Published on March 17, 2010 by The Footpath Cowboy
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite nice
You can see why comparisons were made to Dylan (folk, guitar/harmonica), but you can also see why that was a trap that didn't allow Forbert to be Forbert. Read more
Published on January 12, 2010 by tierny
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