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For all of his accomplishments as an actor, best-selling author and documentary subject, Rick Springfield has always insisted his first love is music, a passion he’s harbored since first picking up the guitar at the age of 12 in his native Australia.

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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0012GMXK6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Human Touch
2. Alyson
3. Affair of the Heart
4. Living in Oz
5. Me & Johnny
6. Motel Eyes
7. Tiger by the Tail
8. Souls
9. I Can't Stop Hurting You
10. Like Father, Like Son

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Living in Oz is one of my all time favorite Rick Springfield Albums.
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This album is consistent throughout, and characterized by top-quality songwriting and fine production.
susumu-5
Not only this album but all his records are worth having, a must for every RICK fan.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Leslie on January 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Cover photo notwithstanding (though maybe it looked less silly in 1983), this album made an excellent case for consideration of Rick Springfield as a serious rock artist. "Affair of the Heart" is as powerful as its lyrics are sensual, and "Human Touch" was a progressive (for its time) look at how computers and technology isolated people from one another. For this reviewer's money, though, the best tracks were those on Side 2 (tracks 6-10, for readers who don't remember albums or tapes), particularly "Motel Eyes", one of Rick's best and rawest cuts, and "I Can't Stop Hurting You", wherein Rick (or the song's protagonist, take your pick) cops to mistreating the woman he loves, and laments the fact that he can't seem to stop doing so. "Like Father, Like Son" ends the albums on a somber note, but one that should have listeners thinking about the tradition of families to mindlessly carry on stifling, even cruel traditions in the name of religion. Definitely worth owning, even if Rick was trying a little too hard to be taken seriously at this point. (It worked!)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By mwreview on September 7, 2004
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When Living in Oz was released in 1983, gone were Rick Springfield's bubblegum, teeny bopper days of "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers" and, the worst of the lot, "How Do You Talk To Girls" (ugh). On this album, Rick shows that he knew how to do plenty of things to girls and that he knew how to write interesting and kickin' rock songs. Two of the singles demonstrates the maturity in Springfield's songwriting in terms of music and lyrical content. The synthesizers in "Human Touch" and "Affair of the Heart" bring depth to the music. Yes, it sounds very 1980s but, if you like that sound like I do, this is an album for you. The third single "Souls" and the title track really rock. In fact, I can see hard rock/heavy metal fans liking a lot that is on this album. The evil voice hissing "I'll touch you and squeeze you and make you miiiine" blew me away the first time I heard it (THIS is Rick Springfield?). "Like Father, Like Son" is an interesting track with an orchestra.

Lyrically, this album definitely geared itself towards a more mature audience. Most of the songs are about sexuality (the "hard place" indeed). If there was any cover photo of Ron the "working class" dog that followed the theme of this album it would not be appropriate for young eyes. Rick thoroughly explores the art of having affairs. In the case of "Alyson," the subject of the song is an actor filming steamy love scenes (no doubt, on a soap opera) in front of the husband of the co-star with whom he's having an affair. "Affair of the Heart" was surprisingly graphic for a pop star with a young audience: "You shudder and shake, sink your teeth in my skin.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 2003
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Living In Oz is among Rick's best sets of music (along with Rock Of Life, Tao, and Success Hasn't Spoiled Me yet). Of course the hits are great - Human Touch, Affair of the Heart, and Souls. He also hits the mark with Me & Johnny, Motel Eyes, and Living in Oz. It's a straightforward collection of mid-80's pop-rock.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By susumu-5 on December 12, 2001
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Living in Oz released in 1983 is one of the finest examples of softer side of melodic rock. Comparing this with "Working Class Dog" (known by Jessiefs Girl) and "Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet", quantum improvement can be found. This album is consistent throughout, and characterized by top-quality songwriting and fine production.

"Human Touch" excellently mixed state-of-the-art techno-pop sound with warm human voice became huge hit. "Affair Of The Heart" with brilliant string arrangement is one of my all time favorite songs. "Souls" is a dramatic emotional ballad.

Other tracks that didnft become hits are super as well. "Me and Johnny" is warm-hearted love song while "Like Father, Like Son" is a tribute to his deceased father. "Motel Eyes" is marked with solid-edged beat. Title track "Living In Oz" is a nice rocker starting from heavy guitar riff. "Tiger By The Tail" catchy and sort of dual meaning song shows his inner struggle to create his own style. Survivor's "Eye Of The Tiger" which unleashed the metal fury might have given him strong shock as well as encouragement to keep his own style and inspiration for the art of song arrangement. "Affair Of The Heart" starts off like "American Heartbeat" and "I Canft Stop Hurting You" opens by "Eye Of The Tiger" like intro. Though living in Oz (Australia) his mind was always on American mainstream rock because becoming big in America was his lifetime dream. He really did a great job. He finally caught the Tiger (Survivor) and joined the ranks of top melodic rockers.

If you would like to get one Rick Springfield album other than his greatest hits, this one is definitely the top candidate.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 1999
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"Heart in my mouth, pulse in my head, mercury rising into the red, the smell of the skin can light up all the fires in me," is the first line in the extended version of "Affair of the Heart." This guitar-driven song previews what to expect throughout the entire album. "Living In Oz," the third Springfield installment of the 1980s is a thoughtful, intelligently written, guitar-driven ensemble which demands the respect that Mr. Springfield had been searching for previously. The dancebeat "Human Touch" is funky, but touches on loneliness: "I'm so scared and isolated in the modern world." "Living In Oz," is Rick's second finest song ("Rock of Life" being the first), catches the listener with the hard-edge shrilling guitar introduction, and keeps the listener with its emotional lyrics which border on cynnicism: "Everybody's got to fight their demons, and you know I had to fight mine too; it took alot outta me, it took a lot outta you to be living in oz." This song wreaks of emotion both in lyrics and in the strength of the guitar. Every track is worth a listen. "Souls" is a guitar-powered ballad. "Motel Eyes" is hard-core lyrics, hard-core guitar. The final piece on the album "Like Father, Like Son," is a classical tribute to Rick's lost father. The album is at the top of my list of Best Rick Albums. ***A note to the Eastern US of A Steve Perry fan: check this album out. It is totally awesome, and Rick no longer expresses issues with women-:)
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