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Keep It Up Import

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Japanese only 2009 remastered paper sleeve pressing. Sony.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 11, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Epic Japan/Zoom
  • ASIN: B002B5WTYM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,103 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Beninato VINE VOICE on July 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
In 1983, I was a rabid 16-year-old Loverboy fan, complete with pictures of lead singer Mike Reno (he of the headband) plastered all over my bedroom and school locker. I can remember when my best friend got the first single from "Keep It Up," "Hot Girls In Love," and played it over the phone for me--27 times in a row. Times changed, I grew up and expanded my musical repetoire, but "Keep It Up", along with its predecessor, "Get Lucky," are still mainstays in my CD collection. "Keep It Up" is slightly more poppy overall, particularly "Hot Girls In Love," which was the band's first major chart hit and ruled MTV in the summer of '83. However, guitarist Paul Dean's heavy metal hand is shown to advantage in "Strike Zone," the closest thing to a topical song Loverboy ever did, the funky "Passion Pit," which showcased bassist Scott Smith, and the surprisingly thoughtful "Prime Of Your Life." In fact, the entire album still holds up well, particularly "Queen Of The Broken Hearts," another MTV mainstay and arguably their best song. Only the treacly power ballad "It's Never Easy" and the awkwardly worded but otherwise decent "Meltdown" strike bum notes. Without Mike Reno, Loverboy is on the verge of metal, but it's his high, light yet powerful vocals that kept the pop in this power-pop group. No angst or darkness here--just fun, well-arranged songs with a lot of guitar and great singalong potential. Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. C Morris on May 19, 2004
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You can't go wrong with this album, if you can find it. I hope they bring it back into production. It includes four outstanding songs (Hot Girls in Love, Strike Zone, It's Never Easy, and Queen of the Broken Hearts) and five good songs. "It's Never Easy" is a beautiful bittersweet song about falling out of love. Mike Reno wears his heart on his sleeve, and you can feel the passion and honesty in his singing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Baptist on April 7, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This mini-lp replica sleeve (mlps) release of the Foreigner sound-alike from Canada is a real treat for fans and collectors alike. As far as mlps designs go this one ranks among the best that I've ever seen being very well designed and assembled with quality cardboard materials; also included are a couple of colour foldouts containing all the lyrics in both English and Japanese. Unlike the mlps version of "Get Lucky" the sound quality here is much better and pretty decent. Also unlike "Get Lucky" which truth be told was just "Working For the Weekend" followed by filler, all the tracks here are a vast improvment in terms of songwriting as well as in the musicianship which is a sign of a band improving.

As purveyors of 80s-style hair-band rock Loverboy is pretty good providing competent renditions of the genre however when you compare them with their peers like Foreigner, Journey, Styx and even to the softer, commercial qualities of Ozzy Osbourne's Randy Rhodes years the quality of the tracks barely make it to the same planet. That said though oddly enough the first 4 tracks are pretty average but the next 5 are actually the best tracks on the album. Those old enough to know will understand when I say that Side B was a lot better than Side A. Those 5 tracks are so good they could actually be mistaken for Foreigner songs when they were at their peak. This is still a very fun listen for me and it'll certainly make it to my hi-fi whenever I get the craving for 80s soft rock nostalgia along with my Night Ranger and the 3 bands mentioned earlier albums.

Great mlps design, good sound quality and competent songwriting makes this a recommended release for fans and mlps collectors alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MLW on July 9, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This in my opinion is the best album of theirs. And unlike many other reviews, I don't believe at all that this is "more pop" oriented than their previous efforts. I think it rocks harder than those. The first two records didn't flow nearly as well as this one. It really has a great feel to it, from one song to the next. Paul Dean is an underrated guitarist. Nothing flashy, but great feel. Very tasteful player. Not tasty, as is often used- I've never tasted a musician before. Food is tasty. Musicians are tasteful. Now I've set the record straight. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By andy8047 on February 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
KEEP IT UP is Loverboy's third album and these guys are still rocking hard. The band was still under contract with Columbia Records,making this album their third since 1980. Hits include QUEEN OF THE BROKEN HEARTS and HOT GIRLS IN LOVE. The other songs are good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benkenobi5150 on March 15, 2010
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This is a great album. I had it many years ago and had to purchase it again. The song I bought it for is "Strike Zone." It is a hard charging piece of music that I love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James S. Horne on January 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This album is awsome. Slightly more of a pop sound than before but still a great album. The keyboards sound wonderful. I seen them in concert back in 1996 and they still rocked the house. Let's all get together and bring back good rock music!
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