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Chris Isaak’s longstanding desire to musically salute his inspirations was fast-tracked when he read a 2000 interview with the great Sun Records producer Sam Phillips that appeared in the Oxford American. Near the end of the Q&A, Phillips was asked if any contemporary recording artists grabbed his attention. His response blew Chris away. “I don't keep up with the business ... Read more in Amazon's Chris Isaak Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002MWG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,481 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing
2. Somebody's Crying
3. Graduation Day
4. Go Walking Down There
5. Don't Leave Me On My Own
6. Things Go Wrong
7. Forever Blue
8. There She Goes
9. Goin' Nowhere
10. Changed Your Mind
11. Shadows In A Mirror
12. I Believe
13. The End Of Everything

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Forever Blue


With his singular retro-rock vision, Chris Isaak had already graduated from cult figure to music-video heartthrob when he delivered this 1995 album. But if all the surface elements are intact, he has assimilated his chief vocal influences, Orbison and Elvis, even further, and Isaak's songs dig even deeper into his favorite subject, heartbreak, to shorten the distance between writer and singer. "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing," the set's opener, employs the same growling rock-speak as George Thorogood's notorious "Bad to the Bone," but without a trace of irony--Isaak lashes the listener with the torment of a betrayed lover, telegraphing fear, desire, and anguish as he wheels from rumbling accusations to keening falsetto cries. Elsewhere, he withdraws to the more lyrical croon of his previous work, his band wreathed with the throbbing tremolo and ghostly reverb that are their natural elements. There's a folk-rock jangle to the lovely, forlorn "Somebody's Crying," a disarming directness to the simple but aching title song, and another burst of fevered agony, "Go Walking Down There,"which gallops over a perfect mid-'60s guitar arrangement. For all its letter-perfect allusiveness, though, Forever Blue feels authentically heartbroken, not just cleverly crafted. --Sam Sutherland

Customer Reviews

To me, he's like a male version of kd lang.
David R. Miller
Everything about this album is perfect, from the voice, to the guitars, to the really-gets-under-your-skin melodies and lyrics.
Kara Welch
I really enjoyed this album - Chris Isaak has a very sexy voice, and this is a great album to wind down to.
Purple Shiny

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Moses Alexander on May 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've been a Chris Isaak fan for over a decade or so, and I'd say that "Forever Blue" is undoubtedly his best album. "Baja Sessions," "Heart Shaped World" and "San Francisco Days" are amazing (and his other albums are really quality too), but "Forever Blue" stands head and shoulders above them all. Every song on it is top notch, the songs on the album fit very well together thematically, and there's a great range of material on it.
"Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing" opens the record with a gritty guitar line. Up next is "Somebody's Crying" which is a sweet sounding pop tune, but one that actually relays a tale of heartbreak. "Go Walking Down There" is probably the most aggressive song Isaac's ever written and finds him railing against someone that broke his heart and the song has a hypnotic, driving beat. The title track "Forever Blue" is a quiet ditty with guitar and the lightest percussion. It is the ultimate mopey breakup song. This is the song I would always put on repeat when I'd split up with somebody and it helped get me through some tough times. "Goin' Nowhere" is a sarcastic tune that finds him over his grief and is actually funny because he's just ripping on this girl.
The album incorporates driving rock, quiet ditties, country-esque steel guitar and a host of other great things. This is the ultimate breakup record. It will lift you up when things have gone splitsville. More importantly, its Chris Isaak at his musical finest.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I own all of Chris Isaak's albums (and some non-album tracks). I have come to consider Forever Blue to be Chris's true masterpiece. Not only are there no bad songs, every song is a heartbroken gem, full of wonderful hooks and sung with emotional power. This is one heck of an album. Isaak wrote this one right after the break-up with his girlfriend, and sometimes depression brings out the best music.

The band is excellent throughout, silky smooth on the ballads and absolutely smoking on the faster tunes such as "Go Walking Down There."

I enjoy all of Isaak's albums, but Forever Blue is the one I keep coming back to the most. Some of his other albums have songs that, while never actually "bad" songs, annoy me at times: "Voodoo" on Silvertone, "Wild Love" on his self-titled album, "In The Heat Of The Jungle" on Heart-Shaped World, "Round and Round" on San Francisco Days, "Like The Way She Moves" on Speak Of The Devil. Not so with Forever Blue. This is one album I enjoy thoroughly from beginning to end. (Baja Sessions also comes in at a very close second.)

Anyway, just buy it! This is the perfect introduction to Isaak's work.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Forever Blue continues Chris Isaak's streak of making winning retro-rock albums. This album doesn't vary from any of his previous releases, but who cares. Mr. Isaak and his band, Silvertone, are a well oiled machine and Forever Blue is a polished, high quality release. "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing" is a raunchy rocker that simmers and comes to an explosive boil. "Somebody's Crying" is a jangling rocker while "Graduation Day" is a spooky, haunting tune. "Go Walking Down There" is another pounding and driving number. The title track is a soft lullaby and is one of the best vocals performances of his career. If you like Chris Isaak, then Forever Blue is a must have and if you're not a fan, then this is a great introduction to his work.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By H. Acuay on December 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I bought "Forever Blue" after reading the reviews here and was not disappointed. It's one of the few albums I listen to straight through. There are no bad tracks! Some songs are more mellow than others, but all are good and very listenable.
'Somebody's Crying' was the big single; I enjoy it, but my favorites are Graduation Day, Go Walking Down There and Shadows in a Mirror.
The band is great; it sounds like they're playing just for you. The musical style is simple, charming, nostalgic. Chris' voice is earnest and intimate, smooth, but achy, and when he sings (in Shadows in a Mirror), "Oh, and I, I still need your love/I can't see my life, darling, without you" it's like he's Orbison, only better.
This is my only Isaak album, and I hesitate to buy one of his others only because I'm afraid he couldn't make a better one than this.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gregory M. Flanders on November 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Chris Isaak's explorations of heartbreak and the misery we inflict upon each other reach a peak in "Forever Blue." Whatever you're feeling bad about, listening to "Forever Blue" will take the edge off, leaving you feeling safe in the knowledge that someone else has got it worse. Isaak's soaring vocals and deceptively complex guitar work conspire to engage the listener in the spiritual, emotional and personal demon hunts that make up the bulk of the tracks on the album.
The opening track, "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing," demonstrates the range of Isaak's voice. Beginning with verses delivered in rapid-fire monotone, Isaak's voice soars in the chorus, with Isaak singing "feel like crying" in a voice that transforms in an instant from a disconsolate wail to a scream of near-incoherent rage that sounds like he feels more like putting a fist through a wall than crying. Isaak captures sorrow, rage and confusion unforgettably, in less than three minutes.
The more radio-friendly "Somebody's Crying," evokes the surf/rockabilly fusion that is Isaak's trademark, and captures the central theme of the album--dishonesty. In each of the tracks, somebody's lying about something--and it's usually the narrator lying to himself. Isaak is deft wordsmith, able to delineate subtle shades of meaning and complex emotions in simple melodies and in a very short period of time. Not one of the songs on "Forever Blue" is more than four minutes long, and not a minute is wasted.
"I Believe" is definitely the most complex track on the album, both musically and lyrically. In the lines, "I believe the angels listen, God hears us pray/ I believe in a beautiful day/ I believe it's going to work out okay. /But not for you.
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