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America's Greatest Hero

Joey ScarburyVinyl
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)


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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Elektra
  • ASIN: B002YL7XYE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,354 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Lost GEM April 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Thanks to the successful release of the classic TV show THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO on DVD, you now have the chance to visit (or revisit) theme song singer Joey Scarbury's great solo album, originally released back in 1981 when the show was on the air.

This a great album that includes some excellent music. Scarbury has an incredible voice and it's a shame his career was not more successful overall. Aside from the ever popular "Believe It Or Not" GAH theme song, there are quite a few other gems here like "Everything But Love" (written by GAH song writer master Stephen Geyer and Joey himself). Other great tunes include "When She Dances" (Top 50 hit / Billboard) and "Some Of My Old Friends" (which is the only other song, aside from the main theme, that was originally written for the TV show but then later turned into a full version for the album's release).

The CD has been fully remastered and sounds incredible. On top of that, an OUTSTANDING job has been done on the packaging of the CD (CD artwork, booklet, inner tray - it all looks GREAT). I HIGHLY recommend this CD!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joey Scarbury is my Hero!!! May 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I just purchased this CD online and I have to say, it is one of the best CDs I have ever listened to. There are only 10 songs on the CD but I enjoyed all of them. My favorite was of course BELIEVE IT OR NOT, which is the theme song from my all time favorite show "THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO". You can never hear that song too many times. I also loved "LOVE ME LIKE THE LAST TIME and THERE IS A RIVER. There is a longer version of SOME OF MY OLD FRIENDS, which is from the episode "The Best Desk Scenario" from "THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO". This longer version has some extra instrumentals which makes it a more lively song than the one played in the episode. I would recommend this CD to anyone who is a fan of the "THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 80's pop! April 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album was out of print forever, it seems, and with the release of the Greatest American Hero series on DVD, it since has been re-released. I am very happy to have purchased a copy through Amazon and have always enjoyed the music on this album. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, the title theme to the series, is the best song on here. There are at least 3 other good songs as well. I especially like EVERYTHING BUT LOVE and LOVE ME LIKE THE LAST TIME. Joey's voice reminds me very much of James Taylor. I recommend this CD because I love early 80's music.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun CD for old "Greatest American Hero" fans December 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I grew up with "The Greatest American Hero" TV series and have always been a fan of that show. I owned this Joey Scarbury album on cassette back when it was first released as a compliment to the show.

To be honest, the music on this CD is a far cry from the music I would ever normally listen to. But as I am a fan of, "The Greatest American Hero" TV series, I was so sorry that they changed the majority of the music for the DVD release of that show. This CD is the only way to hear the songs - or type of songs - that used to be such an integral part of that TV series.

So, this CD in it's own right is not something I would have ever likely have found or chosen to listen to on my own. Honestly, I don't know that it is such a great album. But hearing it now, I like it a lot and it does bring a rush of nostalgic associations to the TV series as it used to be, and memories of my life when I owned the cassette tape way back when....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the Greatest! September 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I also had the original LP version. It's great that it is now on CD. The show is one of my personal favorite as well as the CD. What would have been a great bonus for this CD would have been an extra CD a soundtrack from the show, like Desperado and maybe the instrumental version of Greatest American Hero (ending credits).

Another great is WKRP In Cincinnati. Somebody buy the rights to this classic gem and make it availible on DVD!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great cd May 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I had an old LP that has long since died and had a tough time finding anything online. I was very surprised to see the recent release and tickled to death that I get to listen to some music from my childhood that I loved. Loved the show and love this CD. Glad to see that they released this cd and look forward to listening to some songs from my youth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem! February 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is one of my all-time, most-favorite albums. I have the original vinyl and recently discovered the reissue on CD. Had to have it.

You may remember the TV series for which he sang the title song. Joey also did a multitude of songs for other TV series including "Hunter" and others. I understand he also had a lounge act in Las Vegas which I wish I could have experienced.

Every song is a gem! I owned a white, 3-piece suit in the 80's. Believe it or not!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars How Very Sad July 11, 2006
By D. Ali
Format:Audio CD
How very sad that Joey Scarbury has, to date, never followed up this hidden early 1980's gem with another album for us to enjoy. This was my first album as a kid - and like other reviewers, I begged my parent's for it out of love for the songs I heard each week on The Greatest American Hero TV series. Though only two songs on the album were actually used on the show ("Some Of My Old Friends" and of course "Believe It Or Not") it is a great collection of tunes... I waited for an actual soundtrack of the series to come out, or at the very least a follow up album...and waited...and waited... but alas...it is as though My. Scarbury had dropped into mystery. Sacrbury's voice is "real" and "natural" and "distinct"... the songwriting on the album is also top notch..."There Is A River" is a beautiful song...

Listeners should note the great folks who worked on this album such as Stephen Geyer and Bruce Hornsby... Sacrbury has done SO much in music (especially for film and television)... and his many 45 RPM singles can still be found floating around on eBay and at record conventions. With the advent of this new re-master of his only full album, let's hope he re-surfaces and treats us all to his voice again. Check this record out and just listen to his pipes. It is hard to find real singers these days, who use their voice as an instrument: Scarbury does just THAT. Sweet album.
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