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Product Details

  • Vinyl (August 23, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Omnivore Recordings, LLC
  • ASIN: B0057RKQRI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,967 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. ART FAILS
2. TRAGIC SURF
3. ONLY THE LONELY
4. SCHNEEKIN'
5. SO L.A.
6. APOCALYPSO
7. MISSION OF MERCY
8. LOST BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
9. WHO COULD RESIST THAT FACE
10. SWEET DESTINY

Editorial Reviews

Here's the rough, raw early LP (1981) that the Motels' label, Capitol, absolutely hated-but, when reworked and released as All Four One , turned them into new-wave stars. You'll hear early versions of their smash Only the Lonely and of Art Fails and Mission of Mercy plus songs not found on All Four One . On flaming orange vinyl!

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It's like having them reunited, releasing a new album!
Starr
Now, thirty years later, Omnivore Recordings has dug up the original recordings as well as added demos and alt versions for the CD release.
Jeffrey A. Suboter
If you enjoy the Careful album then definitely give this album a try.
R. Westfall

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey A. Suboter on August 20, 2011
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Despite success in Australia, England, and France, The Motels had yet to make it big in the U.S. At a time when record companies still gave bands time to "find their sound," the band had already released two albums and six singles without making a dent in Top 40 radio. Album three, "Apocalypso," was what the band hoped would finally break them out into the mainstream. With then lead guitarist Tim McGovern pretty much in control, and Val Garay engineering, the band went to work recording, re-recording, and dubbing what was hoped to be the breakthrough album. When it was finally submitted to Capitol Records it was pretty much DOA. American AM radio wanted polished, snazzy pop songs and FM radio wanted MOR; "Apocalypso" was neither. The band has two choices basically: release the album without support from Capitol or re-record the entire album to cater to either the AM radio audience, the FM radio audience, or both. McGovern left the band, and the remaining members: Martha Davis, Marty Jourard, Michael Goodroe, and Brian Glasscock, along with Val Garay as producer forged on to create the 1982 "All Four One." With the exception of "Tragic Surf," everything was either re-recorded or shelved completely. Now, thirty years later, Omnivore Recordings has dug up the original recordings as well as added demos and alt versions for the CD release. Motels/Martha Davis fans will love this without a doubt, but anyone who appreciates excellent rock music from an era when experimentation was still alive will also love the tracks presented here. Thank you Omnivore for releasing this, and thank you Martha and the then band for recording some of the most dark and soul-inspiring songs rock music has ever known. This collection may have been "lost," but now it will never be "forgotten."
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Starr on August 10, 2011
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One word: AWESOME!

Here, you have the "raw," unpolished, slicked "down" rather than slicked "up," earlier, unreleased version of the gold, "All Four One" album from 1982. Capitol went with "All Four One" over THIS, "Apocolypso," because the suits felt that it was "too strange", "too out there," "too dark" and "missing a hit." Read the booklet and Martha's recollections as well as those of her fellow band members and you'll see for yourSELF how political the recording industry truly is.

After thirty years, the Motels unleash the treasure that was not found in "Anthologyland."

Included here are sixteen tracks, 11 previously unreleased. It's like having them reunited, releasing a new album! Of course, owning "Anthologyland" is an added bonus and although "All Four One" is the far superior recording, at least here you get to hear what it sounded like before it became the Gold certified success that it was back in '82! I love you, Martha!!! xo
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jef Fazekas on June 27, 2012
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Martha Davis and the boys of the Motels should wake up every morning and start the day with a silent prayer of thanks to Bruce Ravid....without Ravid (and other Capitol execs), their lives would have turned out VERY differently!
You see, it was Ravid (among others) who, upon hearing APOCALYPSO for the first time, agreed to release the group's third album as is if they REALLY wanted him to, but he REALLY thought they should head back into the studio and rework the album. The band heeded his advice, resulting in the biggest hit of their careers.
And if they hadn't? If APOCALYPSO had been released as is, without morphing into ALL FOUR ONE? Well, I think it's safe to say that the album would have died a quick death, Capitol would have dropped the band within months of the album's release and the Motels would have found it very hard to land another record deal.
Nostolgia is all well and good, but, 30+ years later, the fact remains...Ravid was right. APOCALYPSO is an O.K. album that would have died on the vine in '81 ~ the production is thin, with an overall demo feeling to the majority of the material, and there really ISN'T anything radio could have sunk it's teeth into. In almost every case, any change made on ALL FOUR ONE was for the better...way, way better!
APOCALYPSO opens with "Art Fails", a nice enough album track, but not a strong enough song to kick things off with. I like the slightly more percussive edge, though...maybe they should have kept this version!
Up next is "Tragic Surf", the only cut to make the transition unchanged, and you can see why...with it's howling surf guitar, thundering drums and plaintive lead vocal, there wouldn't have been any way to improve upon things (And then there's "The Laugh!")! How can you NOT love this cut?!?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ann on August 26, 2011
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This L.P. by the Motels was done 30 years ago. It is a must have, really fantastic. They were ahead of the times & it shows on this L.P. Plus it is an orange record how cool is that.
Martha thank you so much for finally releasing this album. The record company should be kicking themselves about now. Love to you.
Annie Glascock Valvona from Or.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Monty Britton on January 19, 2012
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This is an excellent recording of what would become "All Four One". This was recorded back in the '80s, so don't think that this a 'new' recording, because it is not. This was when The Motels were at their best (however i still feel Shock was under-rated) and in this raw recording, it shows. Most (not all) tracks appear in some form on All Four One. The only track that was "left out" was Take the L which was a good song. Would love to hear a different version of that track on here, but we get 'Lost but Not Forgotten' which is similar to me as Take the L. Every track on here is awesome (my favorite being Mission of Mercy). This a true gem for us Motels fan! What a treat it is that someone FINALLY released these recordings. Apocalypto, what a masterpiece! Sit back and crank it up!!
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