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All the Pain Money Can Buy

FastballAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 10, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: March 10, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B000005ZKM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Way
2. Fire Escape
3. Better Than It Was
4. Which Way To The Top?
5. Sooner Or Later
6. Warm Fuzzy Feeling
7. Slow Drag
8. G.O.D. (Good Old Days)
9. Charlie, The Methadone Man
10. Out Of My Head
11. Damaged Goods
12. Nowhere Road
13. Sweetwater, Texas

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On this second album, these rockers from Austin, Texas, demonstrate a flair for perfect mid-'60s pop epitomized by the Kinks and the early Who. The opening track, "The Way," was an early break-out hit for the trio, but the entire album offers similarly uptempo serenades. It's a surprising direction for a band known for its hard-rocking live sets, but an early clue of their fondness for romantic hokum came on their remake of Bacharach & David's "This Guy's in Love with You" from 1997's Lounge-A-Palooza tribute album. Some of these songs actually come off tougher live, but that doesn't detract from the simple pleasures of this record, which is smooth, smart, and moving. --Steve Appleford

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Track Listing 1. Way, The 2. Fire Escape 3. Better Than It Was 4. Which Way to the Top? 5. Sooner or Later 6. Warm Fuzzy Feeling 7. Slow Drag 8. G.O.D. (Good Old Days) 9. Charlie, the Methadone Man 10. Out of My Head 11. Damaged Goods 12. Nowhere Road 13. Sweetwater, Texas

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Effort With A Couple Of Standouts December 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD after hearing "The Way" on the radio and thinking what a brilliant piece of 1960s-esque pop it was. From the quirky intro to the tight guitar and drum interplay, it really sounded like it could have been a long lost Beatles song covered by a band from Texas.

While "The Way" is still far and away my favorite song on the CD, there are a couple of other noteworthy standouts, of which "Fire Escape" and "Better Than It Was" are my personal favorites. Interestingly, those three songs are also the first three on the CD, and from there the music suffers a bit with capable, yet uninspired, writing (although all performances are all quite good.)

I like this CD and give it four stars; the first three songs are five star-plus performances, but the rest of the CD fails to keep the pace. Nevertheless, for these guys from Austin, this is a great beginning; I just hope that they don't lose the way.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fastball proves that no "pain" means no gain December 24, 1999
Format:Audio CD
With their debut effort "Make Your Mama Proud", they had failed, though to no fault of the music. Now with "All the Pain Money Can Buy" they've hit platinum. Their debut single "The Way" was voted as one of the most recognizable hits of 1998. Now when I first heard "The Way" I thought "Oh boy here comes another one-hit wonder." When I bought the album, my view of the group totally changed. With power pop tunes like "Better Than It Was" and "Sooner or Later" proves they love to rock, and songs like "Slow Drag" and "Which Way To The Top" shows they can play both country and funky music. Frankly this is the only group of the 90's that I can sincereley compare with The Beatles. Their riffs are strangly familiar, but yet original. The songs are at average 3 minutes long, so no song ever gets tiresome. And no two songs on the whole album sound alike. And now with their other hit singles, "Fire Escape" and "Out of My Head", they have definetly proven that they are not just "one-hit wonders."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Pop(ish) Rock April 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Like most people I know with this album, or who liked this band, I first discovered them when their "The Way" music video aired. I immediately bought the CD and have been happy with it ever since, even though I'm usually into less mainstream bands. This is simply good music -- very good music -- that most people ought to enjoy, or at least appreciate.

One reviewer described this music as "upbeat Gin Blossoms." The tunes are definitely, for the most part, quite upbeat, and on the surface then this seems a very upbeat album.

If one listens to the lyrics carefully, however, this is actually a concept album with a dark/"dead-end" theme. It starts out ("The Way") with a person, or people (doesn't really matter) making up in their minds to abandon all responsibility in their lives, and live in the now insetad: "They wanted the highway, they're happier there today." The theme progresses slowly, as the person/people get further and further submerged in their fate.

By the song "Which Way to the Top?", the character(s) have come to the point where they're no longer happy and want to, make it, if not to the top, at least above their current station in life. "Won't you tell me, which way to the top? You know that I cna't stay down here.... We used to drive around in a broken down old car, but now I'm changing trains." Through the next couple songs, there are various ups and downs, hopefulness (or at least hopeful draydreaming - "Warm Fuzzy Feeling").

By "Slow Drag," however, the character(s) life has taken a turn for the worst after attempts at self-betterment which provided hope in the recent past are quickly crushed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A promising group and a fun album January 22, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
The last several months I kept hearing this song on the radio. It had kind of a bluesy guitar and keyboard melody that didn't sound like anything else being played recently, and I loved the singer's voice. I had no clue what the title or the group was, so whenever I heard it I listened for the DJ to identify it so that I could look for the CD, but they never did. Finally today I ran a search on a lyrics website and identified the song right away. To my surprise, it was on a CD I had already owned for over a year- this one by Fastball. (I guess this is a sign that my CD collection is getting out of control.) The song is "Out of My Head" and I haven't been able to get it, well, out of my head. Of course there's also "The Way", which was a pretty big hit a while back, and "Fire Escape", even though the lyrics on the latter are kind of silly compared to other songs on the album. Although this kind of music isn't too terribly original these days, Fastball somehow manages to put their own stamp on it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good album November 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I got this CD as a birthday present in 1999. When I got it, I was only familiar with 2 of the songs from the radio, "The Way" and "Out of my Head", but I was very pleasantly surprised by the rest of the album. I like every song on this CD, but my favorites are probably "Fire Escape", "Good Old Days", and "Nowhere Road".

Fastball has since become one of my favorite bands, mainly because their songs are very upbeat and catchy, and you don't really hear too many bands with that kind of style anymore. When I try to explain Fastball's sound to people unfamiliar with them, I usually tell them they're sort of like Weezer, but I think they're better than Weezer. They definitely have a sound that you don't hear very often, and it's a sound that my ears like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast shipping
Good CD Good video I don't know what else to say thats' all I have to say thats' all I have to say
Published 6 months ago by susan
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting americana
though a little obscure to most uk music fans this makes a good listen, a beatles fan might find this
material very easily accessible
Published 10 months ago by kevin hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't download the tunes
I've heard the song "The Way" on the radio and just love it. I used Shazam app to find out the name and artist on my radio in my car and then purchased after listening to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by SCview
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Album, but came in bad condition
Delivery on this was great, it actually showed up early. However, it did not come as described. I played it once and almost every song skips.
Published 12 months ago by D.J. Haas
5.0 out of 5 stars Music CD
I purchased this CD for the track "the way" now i like the whole CD. Music is a personal choice if it sounds good to your heart and soul then its good music.
Published 13 months ago by David N. Carlson
3.0 out of 5 stars Cd review
This CD was purchased for the song The Ball.I looked for this song for years.I had hoped the rest of the CD would have had a few more song's that I liked but did not.Thank you.
Published 16 months ago by Marlene M. Dybul
3.0 out of 5 stars fastball the way
the first song of the cd, iike "the way" the other songs i wasn't too impress with. thanks doug burton
Published 19 months ago by DOUGLAS BURTON
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't buy me love
The second and best album from Texans Fastball was a clever mix of witty pop with shades of the Kinks and Elvis Costello. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Tim Brough
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album
This is the only album I've heard from this band, but it is a great album. I actually bought it for my girlfriend after I accidentally broke it in my car. Read more
Published 20 months ago by D. Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
Purchased this purely for the Track 'The Way', but loving the whole CD. Very easy listening, takes me back to the 90's!
Published on July 2, 2012 by Leaca
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