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All Over the Place

The BanglesAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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It was 30 years ago that guitarists Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson and drummer Debbi Peterson formed the Bangles in a Brentwood, California, garage. They did so based on two crucial elements: their common love for rock’s golden age (“Growing up loving the same music has always been the glue for the Bangles,” says Susanna), and the crystalline sound they quite naturally ... Read more in Amazon's The Bangles Store

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  • Audio CD (January 8, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 1984
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B000WZAD4Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,702 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hero Takes a Fall
2. Live
3. James
4. All About You
5. Dover Beach
6. Tell Me
7. Restless
8. Going to Liverpool
9. He's Got a Secret
10. Silent Treatment
11. More Than Meets the Eye
12. Hero Takes a Fall [Single Remix][*]

Editorial Reviews

The Bangles were one of the premier girls groups of the 1980's, the other being those Go-Go's. They three charting albums during those years, including one that rose to # 2! Lead by vocalist Susanna Hoffs, these girls are simply smashing! "All Over The Place" was released in 1984 & rose to # 80 on the charts. It features a bonus track of "Hero Takes A Fall" (single remix).

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Bangles album November 10, 1999
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The first full length album released by the Bangles is still far and away the best. If you've never really heard the Bangles before, start here. Prior to "Manic Monday", "Walk Like an Egyptian", and -egads- "Eternal Flame", this was the way the Bangles sounded, and it was good. They had the perfect harmonies, a rougher edge and a slightly grungier style. Most songs on this disc were penned, in whole or part, by Vicki Peterson (the best songwriter in the group), two great covers sung by Debbi Peterson, but unfortunately no lead vocals by Michael Steele (the only drawback). The Bangles were at their best like this, when no one member was the main focus and the music was.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Before their breakup in the late 80s, the Bangles released 3 albums. "All Over the Place" was the debut album of "The Bangles". This represents the pre-"Manic Monday" work by the Bangles. "All Over the Place" didn't have any Top 40 hits. In fact, this album is overshadowed by the hugely commercial "Different Light" and "Everything" albums, however this album should not be overlooked. This album represents as solid a debut album as anything and greatly benefits from the lack of commercialism on it. These tracks have some very nice lyrics and are complimented with superb instrumentation.
The Bangles aren't a band that just sings. The four female members each play an integral part to the music of the album. All four members do vocals and three members (Debbi Peterson, Vicki Peterson, Susanna Hoffs) actually do lead vocals (Michael Steele does background vocals). The members also play their own instruments: Hoffs and Vicki Peterson play guitars, Michael Steele plays Bass, and Debbi Peterson is the drummer. All songs except the Katrina and the Waves "Going Down to Liverpool" were written by the members of the band. While there is a perception that Susanna Hoffs is the lead vocalist, this really isn't the case on "All Over the Place". Vicki and Debbi do an outstanding job at lead vocals as well. Susanna is the lead vocalist on 4 tracks ("Hero Takes A Fall", "James", "Dover Beach", "He's Got a Secret"), Vicki is the lead vocalist on "All About You", "Restless", "Silent Treatment", Susanna and Vicki share leads on ("Tell Me") while Debbi and Vicki share lead vocals on "More Than Meets the Eye".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rainy Day Music Indeed! August 7, 2003
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The reason why this album is so clever is that though recorded in the 80's it sounds nothing like the 1980's. If you remember that back then the airwaves abounded with Culture CLub, Duran Duran, Human League, Eurythmics, the Police you can see why the Bangles had nothing to do with the 80's. Except that they were women in a rock band. Since the Bangles, how many female rock bands (not pop vocal groups like the Spice Girls) have hit the Top Ten? How many have had the same success as the Bangles?This album has everything that was great about 60's music - though now written from a woman's point of view. Their harmonies (such as Live and Dover Beach) were immaculate, their lyrics sharp and witty (unfortunately their later original songs all lacked the punch and attitude of the songs here), their playing not great but adequate. They were a garage band after all, not supposed to be virtouso material. They harken back to the mid 60's in America and Britain when young people - however untalented - believed they could pick up a guitar and play and hundreds of garage bands were formed. Totally unpretentious, bursting with energy. In a world of MTV, million dollar videos and the great corporate machines that handle talent today, it's refreshing to hear the Bangles and think of a time when songs were this hip and this good. "Silent Treatment," "James", "Hero Takes a Fall" all written by Vicki Peterson and Sue Hoffs are some of the best tracks. It's a shame that their later "hits" were all covers because Peterson especially can write really good, well-crafted songs. The Bangles were aware that the power chord, the three guitar and drums combo, were the basic backbone of rock and because of this, like the Ramones, they could continue playing their music for decades since they weren't bound to a particular trend or sound. This is a must-have album!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best version of this album I own. March 5, 2012
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I'm a Bangles fanatic and collector, so it comes as no surprise that I award this album 5 stars. The songs are totally brilliant! But what I really want to talk about is the various issues of this album I own. Firstly, this Cherry Pop re-issue has not been remastered. I've compared it to the original Columbia CD issued during the 80's and they are both identical in every way. Now this is where things take a strange turn: I'm so glad they haven't remastered this album for the UK market. I own the Japanese Columbia remaster and American Wounded Bird remaster, they both came out about the same time. The American and Japanese remasters are a total assault on your ear drums and are totally unlistenable through headphones, in fact it's painful. All Over The Place was originally mastered loud and at high frequency on the first CD issue anyway, it certainly didn't need pumping up anymore. Thankfully Cherry Pop have swiped the original master, put in some nice sleeve notes and the original B side to Hero Takes A Fall as a bonus track. So then, this is the one to own on CD. However, none of the CD issues of this album have ever used the vinyl mix. The correct mix! Time to dig out your record player. Crikey, being a Bangles fanatic is so complicated.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great girl groups
the BANGLES were good even back in the 80's
Published 25 days ago by Samuel F. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTED
Published 2 months ago by NICK E.
4.0 out of 5 stars A band marginalized due to tacky hit song/ video
Yeah yeah, the Bangles will forever go down as the 80's girl-group "One Hit Wonder" with the gimmicky song/ video which shall go unnamed here (you remember-- the cheesy... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Cap'n J
5.0 out of 5 stars THEIR FIRST & THEIR BEST
Oh course this is simply my personal opinion. But having owned and listened to all The BANGLE Albums, I honestly have always liked this one the best *And still do* ... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Power Pop
Hard to add anything new to what most reviewers have already said about this album. This is a great power pop album and if you like the Beatles, Byrds, Mamas and the Papas, Big... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Glenn E. Abrams
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I love the Bangles. My dad had them all on tape so it did not cost me a cent. The only song I knew on here was Going Down to Liverpool but I fell in love with the song James which... Read more
Published on October 14, 2010 by 80s fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet
This is a really good album by the Bangles. It's very '60's-infused of the 4 albums they've released. Read more
Published on February 22, 2010 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
This album is 31 minutes and 33 seconds long and was released on May, 1984. The album reached #80 on the US Billboard Album Chart. Read more
Published on January 20, 2009 by Michael Patrick Boyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
All Over The Place is thirty-one minutes and thirty-three seconds long and was released on May, 1984. The album reached #80 on the US Billboard Album Chart. Read more
Published on January 19, 2009 by Michael Patrick Boyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Adding To My CD Collection
Just adding to my CD collection of The Bangles - this 1 has a few on it that other albums don't. A couple of favorites on here, & a couple that I hadn't heard before.
Published on May 9, 2008 by Diana J. Decker
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