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Singer/songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan successfully combined a flair for Beatlesque popcraft with an old-fashioned music hall sensibility to emerge as one of the most distinctive and popular new performers of the early 1970s. Born Raymond O'Sullivan in Waterford, Ireland on December 1, 1946, he went on to attend art school in Swindon, England, writing songs throughout his formative years ... Read more in Amazon's Gilbert O'Sullivan Store

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  • Audio CD (February 21, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: SALVO
  • ASIN: B006GQE36O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. I Hope You'll See
3. In My Hole
4. Clair
5. That's Love
6. Can I Go With You
7. But I'm Not
8. I'm In Love With You
9. Who Was It?
10. What Could Be Nicer
11. Out of the Question
12. The Golden Rule
13. I'm Leaving
14. Outro
15. Alone Again (Naturally) [Bonus Track] [*]
16. Save It [Bonus Track] [*]
17. Ooh Wakka Do Wakka Day [Bonus Track] [*]

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1972 sophomore album from the Pop singer/songwriter. The original, hugely popular album (which spent 65 weeks on the UK chart, peaking at #1), features the UK #1 hit single, 'Clair'. Three bonus tracks have been added including the international smash 'Alone Again (Naturally)' and the UK #8 hit 'Ooh Wakka Do Wakka Day'. Salvo.

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This CD is like a walk down memory lane from 40+ years ago.
Justo R. Corpuz Jr.
"Out Of The Question" - Don't mess with Gilbert's heart, he'll write about you're messing with him and still do it with an uptempo melody!
John J. Martinez
Great sound quality, and some interesting alternate photographs from the cover shoot.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By John J. Martinez on October 21, 2003
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I remember first listening to this album on vinyl (!) back in 1978 or '79. It still has an effect on me I can't explain. The quirkiness of each track actually helps when listening.

There is 12 zippy fun songs over 55 minutes included, and it shows not only the plain inventiveness but fun songwriter/singers had in the 1970's when popular music was just finding itself. Jim Croce, Carole King, Elton John and Issac Hayes were just getting their footing with real serious works at this time, and the music was wonderful, but this quiet Irish singer does it with a playfulness all his own is reflected here in this wonderful album:

1) "Intro/I Hope You'll Stay" - From the opening piano notes, Gilbert creates a fun world he wants you to enjoy with him - it has you hooked. This album's music is like a collection of stories on a bookshelf, and the beginning and ending songs themselves bookends. The beginning track segues into another, and it's a ballad, but a pop ballad.

2) "In My Hole" - Love can really grate on the nerves, but Gilbert tells it with an upbeat tempo, and he makes it easier to listen to.

3) "Clair" - Sure, this is the song that everyone knows him by, and a lot of people might just know that one song, but it works as part of the collective here. Yes, you night think it's about two people in love, but it's a love song for a child, maybe from a father to his daughter, or maybe from an uncle to a niece. It's nice that he includes the child's laughter, as if to say "Ah, got you again!"

4) "That's Love" - never has someone felt a kind of love the way Gilbert tried to express it here from 1972, or at least it's way it sounds to me. He reminisces, he hopes, he follows his heart, and that's the way love goes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 21, 2012
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"Back To Front" is the 2nd release in a full-on reissue campaign for Irish singer-songwriter Raymond Gilbert O'Sullivan (his debut album "Himself" was relaunched in November 2011 and is reviewed separately). With fantastic new sound, three bonus tracks, quality packaging and a none-too steep price - legions of his fans worldwide will be thrilled to see that his MAM Records catalogue is finally receiving a thorough going-over (and it's artist-approved too).

Here are the finite details - UK released Monday 20 February 2012 (21 Feb 2012 USA) Salvo SALVOXCD002 breaks down as follows (45:01 minutes):

Tracks 1 to 14 are his second studio album "Back To Front" - released October 1972 in the UK on Mam Records MAM-SS 502 and December 1972 on Mam Records MAM 5 in the USA. It peaked at Number 48 in America - but hit the coveted Number 1 spot in England.

Tracks 15 and 16 are "Alone Again (Naturally)" and "Save It" - the A&B sides of a 7" single released February 1972 in the UK on Mam Records MAM 66 and June 1972 in the USA on Mam Records 3619 (both were non-album tracks at the time). It peaked at Number 3 in the UK - but spent 15 weeks on the American charts - six of which were at Number 1. Also - outside of a very rare Japanese CD albums box set issued in the early Nineties with a 3" CD single of both tracks as a bonus - it's the first time the rare B-side "Save It" has been on CD anywhere else.

Track 17 is "Ooh-Wakka-Doo-Wakka-Day" - the A-side of a 7" single released May 1972 in the UK on Mam Records MAM 78 (again a non-album track in the UK at the time of release - it's B-side is the album cut "But I'm Not").
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justo R. Corpuz Jr. on August 26, 2012
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This CD is like a walk down memory lane from 40+ years ago. I first heard this album from a girlfriend's collection back in the early 70's. We listened to the music and although it was from a "foreign" guy, I truly found his music captivating, probably from the catchy pop music tone and funny lyrics - which is the famous Irish wit - but did not know it then.

Gilbert O'Sullivan wrote unique songs that were catchy and for its day, very complex songs. He evoked the kind of feeling you get when we are trying to be happy, sad or just wanting to seriously reflect on some milestone event that happened in your life. Yes, his albums or CD's became almost identical as far as music content is concerned but there were a number of songs in each of the CD's that were worthy of their lofty rise on the music chart. He had a lot of them most notably "Alone Again, Naturally" - which is included in Back to Front, "Clair", "Out of the Question". "Oooh, Baby" and "Get Down" are from "I'm a Writer not A Fighter" CD. Personally, there were other songs more worthy of being in the music chart like "In My Hole", "I hope you'll Stay", "Not in a Million Years", "I have never loved you as much As" and much later, "You are You".

I have not heard these songs since the late 70's but when I heard the music samples, it transported me back to the time when I was in my late teens, had long hair and 50 pounds lighter. Of course, I immediately bought the CD and played it as soon as it got delivered. My wife has also enjoyed the music because we find ourselves humming the songs while we go about our day. This morning at around 3am, our nephew, who lives with us, accidentally turned on the alarm and woke us up.
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