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Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams

BoDeans, David ImmerglückAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002L9G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. She's A Runaway
2. Fadeaway
3. Still The Night
4. Rickshaw Riding
5. Angels
6. Misery
7. The Strangest Kind
8. Say You Will
9. Ultimately Fine
10. That's All
11. Looking For Me Somewhere

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Classic February 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I read Amazon reviews all the time but very rarley put anything to print. However, this album is so amazing that it deserves my valuable time. Someone said the first "side" is as good as anything from the 80's. It's as good a side as anything, anytime and don't forget that beautiful little closing track that is just so perfect. Throughout the album the guitars just bristle with a beautifully fresh sound and the melodies are unforgettable after a few listens.
No one will ever top Little Feat's output from '73 to '76 but this album comes close. Indispensable is a bit over-the-top...but this album is.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome debut album from Midwestern 80s Band April 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
As some other reviewers have mentioned, this album is a lost gem of the 1980s music scene. Simply put, it is an awesome debut album from one of the better bands of the 80s. The first three songs are great (and probably the better known ones), and will have you singing along with them after a few listens.
The rest of the album is also very strong, and shows the broad range of musical talent that the band possessed even from the beginning. I have owned this album since it came out, and still enjoy listening to it.
I highly recommend this album to any BoDeans fan who does not own it. This album is where it all started. If you have never heard of the band and are looking for a starting point, this is it. You will enjoy it if you like well written, guitar driven songs. If you like early REM, give them album a listen, I think you will enjoy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way Rock'n'Roll is Meant to Sound March 23, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This record originally came out in 1986, produced by T-Bone Burnett and part of what I called then (and still call) the Great '80s Roots Rock Revival. In many ways still the best BoDeans record, with immediate, simple, instantly engaging songs and bracing playing and youthful enthusiasm. This is one of those records that you can only make as your first record.

If anything, time has been kind to L&H&S&D. This reissue sounds absolutely great-- this album has not sounded this great since it was on vinyl, and an A/B comparison with my earlier CD release revealed this pressing to be fuller and punchier warmer and more immediate; since my turntable is in storage I couldn't compare to the vinyl, but this is the way the record is meant to be heard.

The bonus tracks are OK; "Try and Try" is a fun song, essentially a Buddy Holly rave-up with Every harmonies; the rest sort of confirm that the best songs made it onto the record in the first place. It would have been nice to hear some of the demos for the songs that actually got released; how did "Angels" sound in Kurt's bedroom? And I haven't even watched the DVD yet.

But no matter; this is a great record, in hindsight I'd say a high water mark for the decade, and this version sounds brilliant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Believe this Album is 13 Years Old January 25, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I did not discover this album until my final year of college (1994). I lost my original tape, so when I went online to purchase the CD, I was shocked to learn that it was released in 1986. The songs on this album could easily be released today and still sound like current music. This CD goes everywhere with me: the office, at home, in the car.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars still the best BoDeans CD July 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I have listened to all of the Bodeans releases and I have to say none of them have surpassed the quality of their first one (a few of them come close such as "Outside Looking In"). Almost every song on "Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams" is a catchy tune that is still fresh today as it was nearly 15 years ago. I still can play this CD over and over and not get tired of it. The only one weak track is "Rickshaw Riding" with its cheesy lyrics (Will you be my mama-san?). I'm willing to overlook that minor flaw, which would only cost them less than a half point. Why can't these guys get the respect they deserve?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A primer for the real rock fan....... March 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is the first album of the rock band BoDeans and is a great introduction to the group. Although the vocal style of Sam Llanas takes a little getting used to, the raw power of the performance and the quality of the song writing makes the transition seemless. This and the next two albums released makes up the bulk of the Best of... with each of the two subsequent garnering 5 Stars each. Subsequent albums, however, try too hard from a stylistic and production standpoint never really capturing the sheer simplicity and musicality of these first three records. If you want a taste of timeless, roots rock with a bunch of good times thrown in, get the first three BoDeans albums. These guys rock. And, oh yes, by all means see these guys live.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A band lost to time August 28, 2011
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The Bodeans sounded old and world weary when they were young. This album, while not my favorite, have several classics (She's a Runaway, Angels, Looking for Me Somewhere). There needs to be a place where bands like this can be played forever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This review is not focused on the songs per se, as this 1986 release is well-known by music fans. Instead, here are some thoughts on the re-mastering and the extra disc of a 1985 concert.

When I received the item, I pulled out my earlier version on the Reprise/Warner label. Then I set up my stereo system, with all settings on `flat' (i.e. no boosting of high ends, etc.), using a high-end amplifier, CD player and a pair of older JBL professional studio monitors, designed to provide an uncolored sound in the recording studio.

I positioned myself in the `sweet spot' between my speakers, and put on the older version. I listened to the first two songs in their entirety, making sure to pay very close attention to the sounds...the separation of instruments, bass response, high ends and vocal colorings. I actually kept my eyes closed most of the time in order to better focus on the range of sound. I then sampled about 30 seconds of several other tunes. Afterwards, I put on this re-mastered version, returning to the same listening spot, careful not to change any setting on my receiver.

When I pressed `play', I was almost knocked to the ground, the sound was so much better. The music leaped out of the speakers at a much higher volume (even though the volume level had not been changed). The comparison in separation and overall clarity was stunning. While it seems almost clichéd these days, I literally could hear instrumentation in this version that was simply not discernable in the Reprise label version, especially in quieter passages. The improvement in sound quality alone justifies buying this new version.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love all the songs on this CD
Sam's voice is so unique. I love all the songs on this CD. The Bodeans are no longer together with Sam and I wish they were.
Published 21 days ago by Kimberley Deaton
5.0 out of 5 stars BoDean's Hopes Reach High
Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams was the BoDeans initial entry and studio album. Produced by T Bone Burnett, BoDeans, at that time consisting of Kurt Neumann, Sammy Llanas, Guy Hoffman... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Happy Camper
4.0 out of 5 stars love it!
I haven't heard this album since I got rid of my turntable, and I couldn't believe how much I had missed hearing those songs!
Published 6 months ago by robin k stroup
5.0 out of 5 stars love hope & sex & dreams
This is another great cd its piecefull music it not loud & noisy. any one that orders it won't be let down at all unless you are ito noisy then this is't for you.
Published 10 months ago by PHYLLIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Jethro would be proud of these Bodeans!
This is a great i'm old we called em albums back then.This cd along with Del Fuegos Boston,Ma and everything by Los Lobos was the best of the eighties music as far... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mystikeye
4.0 out of 5 stars a little jewel
I had already the vynil and i was looking for the cd for long time.
Finally i found it and it was as i remember.
A little jewel..
Published on September 14, 2012 by Mulinari fabio
5.0 out of 5 stars as advertised
I needed to replace a CD that I still love but had been abused. This lightly used CD did the trick!
Published on April 28, 2012 by liskigal
4.0 out of 5 stars Twangy, jangly and cool
The memory of this album somehow popped into my head a few weeks ago. I had it on tape years earlier but it was gone. Read more
Published on October 20, 2011 by Ducman
5.0 out of 5 stars What a gem!
Wow! Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams never sounded so good! The re-mastered tracks sound fresh and new, much better than the original CD that I had for many years now. Read more
Published on October 20, 2010 by David Langowski
5.0 out of 5 stars timeless classic
I bought this album when it was originally released on the strength of the title of one track -- "Runaway" -- figuring any band with the nerve to compete with Duane Eddy had to be... Read more
Published on September 2, 2009 by Topsy Spinner
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