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Love Is a Sacrifice


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  • Audio CD (June 22, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000008KZP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,459 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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IMO - One of SSJ's best recordings - Johnny's voice is great & the band is really tight.
Thomas C. Bolan
There are three great Southside Johnny albums--Hearts of Stone, The Jukes and Love Is A Sacrifice.
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I can't believe this CD is so underrated, O.O.P. and nobody but me bothered to even review it.
FRANCIS PETTIT

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By FRANCIS PETTIT on October 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I can't believe this CD is so underrated, O.O.P. and nobody but me bothered to even review it. First, for those of you who don't know: Southside Johnny & the Jukes are one of the best R&B bands ever. They're totally old school, with great musicianship all around and soulful singing from Southside Johnny. Their early CD's featured the Miami Horns, a large horn section of the sort that today's so-called R&B synthesized crap wouldn't even attempt. The horn section gives their music strength and power that's been totally missing from R&B since the mid-80's. SJ & the Jukes' first 3 CD's--"I Don't Want to Go Home", "This Time It's for Real" and "Hearts of Stone"-- are undeniable masterpieces of R&B; almost every song on those CD's is a gem, and many are really required listening if you have ANY I mean ANY fondness for old school R&B. Many of the songs on those 3 CD's were written by Bruce Springsteen and/or his guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt.

And I think that's the problem with "Love is a Sacrifice", the reason why it's so underrated: the first 3 albums are so great, that this GREAT album suffers unfairly because, supposedly, it's not as good. Well, that's unfair; this album is indeed different but it's still great. The first 3 albums were on the Epic label, and the production and horn arrangement then were handled masterfully by Little Steven. This album is their first on the Polygram label, and the songwriting and production were taken over by Southside Johnny and the Jukes' Billy Rush. Admittedly, Springsteen and Little Steven's songwriting skills are hard for anyone to match, but Billy Rush and Southside have written and arranged some really impressive songs here, so I don't miss Bruce and Little Steven at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 24, 2009
Format: Audio CD
There are three great Southside Johnny albums--Hearts of Stone, The Jukes and Love Is A Sacrifice. The best songs from any of them are as good as the best songs on the other two albums. This album has the most stylistic variety of the three, with the great horn-drenched arrangements we love from Southside Johnny on several songs along with some unexpected ballads like "It Hurts" which recalls nobody so much as Roy Orbison. Billy Rush really crafted some fine songs here--stronger than on The Jukes. The arrangements are tight and Johnny is in his finest voice ever. This is one of the lost treasures of rock and roll.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David E. Carpenter on March 25, 2009
Format: Audio CD
THIS IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE SOUTHSIDE ALBUM,THIS THING WILL ROCK YOU TO THE BONE.EACH SONG ON THE CD IS GREAT AND YOU CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHATS NEXT.I THINK IS CRAZY THAT MERCURY/HIPPO HAS OVER LOOKED PUTTING THIS OUT AGAIN ON CD!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas C. Bolan on October 13, 2013
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IMO - One of SSJ's best recordings - Johnny's voice is great & the band is really tight. Very happy it is now available.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DPH on September 19, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This album has some good tracks ("Keep Our Love Simple", "It Hurts" and "Restless Heart" are particular standouts), but the inconsistency of the material and mediocre production put this in the category of one of Southside's listenable but less than outstanding efforts. The production is somewhat improved over "The Jukes" but this album still lacks the vibrancy and energy characterized by the first three albums. This was Southside's first try at self-production (working with Billy Rush) and it clearly shows. Given the quality of his more recent self-produced studio output, he has clearly since learned his way around the control board. Better versions of "Why Is Love Such A Sacrifice" and "Restless Heart" can be found on "Live: Reach Up & Touch the Sky". While certainly worth a listen, I would go elsewhere if you're looking for some of his top quality output (and there is plenty, I assure you).
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