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  • Audio Cassette (November 3, 1989)
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B00000EBOL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,890 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Branigan is still at her peak on this collection.
L.A. Scene
All of her songs, including those on this CD, demonstrate her fantastic vocal range, the unique tone of her voice and her unmatched ability to sing from the heart.
Dr Thomas E Uher
The music came to end users by crooked ways from tape to tape.
Dmitry Alemasov

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By L.A. Scene on June 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In the early 1980s, Laura Branigan had emerged as a top female artist - and one who was very successful in terms of commercial sales. On her first two albums, Laura showed all the signs of her being great with such hits as "Gloria", "Solitaire", and "How am I Supposed to Live Without You". It was her third album, 1984's "Self Control" that truly solidified her status as a top female performer of "Diva" status ( the term "Diva" is often thrown around today to refer to a great female vocalist). It was "Self Control" that truly validated that Branigan was a true "Diva" with such songs as "The Lucky One", "Self Control", "Heart", and "Ti Amo". So as Laura's fourth album "Hold Me" was released, many felt the trend would continue. What would happen would surprise a lot of Branigan fans. Not only did "Hold Me' crash and burn in terms of commercial sales, but it would become an album that would quickly go out of print. Even some 2 decades after the release of "Hold Me", this album's failure is still puzzling. "Hold Me" is in a lot of ways an album that picks up where "Self Control" left off. It uses the same formula - and is of the same high quality of that album.

Perhaps the timing of "Hold Me" was the problem. For her first three albums, Branigan would ride the Synth-Pop wave of the early 1980s. But 1985 would mark a transition year in the music industry. Pop music was moving away from the Synth-Pop sound and now was beginning to move more toward a natural "guitar-laden" sound. Artists such as John Cougar Mellencamp, John Fogarty, and Bruce Springsteen were now taking up the airwaves. Branigan's "Hold Me" would maintain the Synth-Pop sound that was established on the first four albums. This might have resulted in "Hold Me"'s commercial downfall.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By W. Wilkinson on February 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'm actually very privelaged because I own ALL of Laura's proper studio albums ON CD, including this out-of-print 1985 album, "Hold Me."

This album actually received a LOT of negative reviews, and was the first Laura album not to go gold. But this may actually seem strange if you listen to it now because it really doesn't sound very different from her first 3 releases. "Hold Me," "Maybe Tonight," "Foolish Lullaby," and "Spanish Eddie" are all awesome, perfect 1980s synthpop. "Forever Young" follows next, and it's the only song on the CD that I almost always skip. "I Found Someone" comes after that, and this is the same song that Cher brought into the Top 10 in 1987. But Laura's version is more melancholy and more subdued, and not as polished as Cher's version; it's just a tad better if you ask me. The remainder of the songs on the second half of the collection aren't as good as the ones on the first half, but are still very listenable and enjoyable, even if they do sort of blend together somewhat.

I found this CD on Ebay for less than 5 dollars. Odds are you won't find it that cheap anywhere anymore, especially now that Laura has passed. Perhaps someday her CDs will all be remastered and reissued like Sheena Easton's. One can only hope ...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "jiffy" jim link on October 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have every Laura Branigan album issued on the Atlantic label on CD (except for Branigan 2 which I have on vinyl). This one is my favorite and I listened to it just about every day, in its entirety, when it was released (I had it on cassette pretty much wore out...fortunately, I got a copy on CD before it got too expensive...I think I paid in the $25-$30 range...WORTH EVERY CENT!)
This album was not a hit back in 1985 and many (including myself) cannot figure out why. It really should have clearly been a career triumph for Laura Branigan.
There was only a slight shift in instrumentation and production than from the previous 3 albums. Harold Faltermeyer was added to the mix. Considering his hit "Axel F" it seemed like a wise move. Some of the criticism, I remember, was directed at the first single "Spanish Eddie" as not being the most accessible tune on the album. I loved it! Exciting story and rhythm in addition to LB's as-always first rate vocal. Some also blamed the cover art as being a bit too soft as the reason this project failed to catch on. Other objections were the album strayed too far into Euro-dance/Euro-pop territory.
But it's a consistantly great album. "Sanctuary" is the only song that I would consider good vs. great. I particularly like the closing track, "When The Heat Hits The Streets"....great driving song! It was featured in an auto commercial towards the end of the album's viable shelf life. Would have made a good 2nd or 3rd single. Anyway the $74 dollar asking price (as of Oct. 2008)for this CD is actually justified if steep...the album really is that great! I would go on but I feel the other reviewers here have done an admirable job of conveying how strong this release is and describing the tracks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Rather then try an abrupt musical about face just to keep up with the fickle pop music world of the early to mid 80's Laura Branigan followed up her blockbuster Self Control album with this. Despite it's commercial failure there's nothing on this album that suggests Laura Branigan was on any kind of musical downhill spiral. She continued to mix it up with her original sounds;synths and guitars being brought in and out of focus depending on what the song and her voice demanded. The title song alone could've been an easy follow up to the title song of the previous album (this one tanked) and the very same thing could easily be said for the likeminded "Santuary","Spanish Eddie" or the reflective ballad "Foolish Lullaby". But as one reviewer put it the rock scene was moving back towards an earthier,more guitar oriented sound in 1985 and the kind of synthesized dance-bop Laura Branigan specialized in was moving out of the public's spectrum of pop and therefore began being referred to as cheesy:that's usually what a pop music style is called when it goes out of style when you stop to think about it. And that was one reason perhaps why this album performed so poorly;from the beginning of her career Laura had strong links to the late 70's/early 80's disco-pop style.Her fast material always had a strong dancability to it,even when the focus was always on her voice and the melodies. And by 1985 the kind of music artists like Laura Branigan had made famous was definately viewed by critics and some of the public as corney. But taken purely objectively this album definately doesn't deserve the commercial ribbing it got-nothing in Branigan's catalog does and now that she is no longer with us I hope that people begin to realize that.Be kind to 80s music! :-)
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