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March [Original recording remastered]

Michael PennAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1989
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00005RDCF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,345 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for "March," three for the package. December 7, 2001
By Erik F
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you haven't heard it, "March" is very possibly one of the best American pop records ever made. I have listened to it at least once a week since it came out twelve years ago. It's catchy as hell, smart without being fey, and the production and arrangements are really unique.
So what happened? It was released at the wrong time. In 1989, popular music was an unsightly mess. When "Free for All" came out in 1992, it was too little too late. Grunge had arrived, and nobody wanted to hear literate and pensive songwriter.
Still, "March" was on the charts for a time, mostly on the heels of a great video for "No Myth" (a song Paul McCartney would kill to write, I'm sure) and through word-of-mouth. There's not a bad song in the bunch. "No Myth" is upbeat and catchy and somehow larger than life, yet it's got a sarcastic streak a mile wide. Ballads like "Invisible" and "Battle Room" go beyond sad into tragic, and "Evenfall" closes out the album with real style. This was one of the great records of the '90's.
On the strength of "March" alone, you should own this, especially since it and "Free for All," the follow-up have both been out of print forever. "Free for All" isn't quite the album that "March" was, but it's still quite good. The only real dud is "By the Book," and although nothing on here is quite as instantly memorable as the first record, it's quite good. Whereas "March" plumbed some pretty unpleasant depths with a brave and deceptively happy face, "Free for All" just stays down there. It's dark, and at times morbid and depressing, but it's so well done that it never gets boring.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe we should call it "March-for-All..." November 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Cramming his first two albums into a single-disc set hardly does a service to Michael Penn or his fans, but the superb quality of Penn's songwriting and rich, distinctive voice more than make up for the less-than-ideal circumstances.
"No Myth" (otherwise known as the "Romeo in black jeans" song) is still a brilliant tune, but "March" is filled with a number of other gems; "Brave New World," "This & That" and "Big House" are a few standouts. The remastering gives the songs a warmer texture and brings out some of the nuances that make Penn's live performances so great.
On this reissue, RCA takes the title "Free-for-All" literally, pillaging almost all of Penn's even better second album for "bonus tracks." (That the main track omitted from this collection was the last one on the album suggests that the folks putting this together didn't even bother to give the thing a listen.) It's still great, but it doesn't do either album justice.
Buy this if you need a quick intro to Penn or need to replace a well-worn copy of "March," but do yourself a favor and make sure to check out some of his other work, particularly his third album "Resigned" or his scores for "Boogie Nights" and "The Anniversary Party."
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What a cheap way out! March 20, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As most of the reviews will tell you, this is almost a "two-fer" but not quite. "March" is presented in all of it's original glory. For some reason RCA decided to slap most of it's follow-up "Free-For-All" onto the CD with it. Two tracks were left off because of time restrictions. "March" has been out of print for some time, as has "Free-For-All." Just having either on CD is a treat, but this is a real cheat. Way to screw it up, guys.
The music is good, but it's not all there. I'd have bought both if offered the chance. Now I won't buy "Free-For-All" if it comes out. None of this, of course is Michael Penn's fault, so I'll happily buy anything new he puts out...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique, well crafted, and thoroughly enjoyable August 2, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The original "March" was one of my favorite records. This CD contains all of the music on that release, plus several selections from the follow-up, which I hadn't heard before this. As the liner notes say, Michael Penn found his own sound. He uses a lot of acoustic guitar, and all the guitar work (electric too) has a strong rhythmic intensity. (For a good example, click on the clip of "This and That".) Harmonically, there's no new ground here, but the rock-standard chord progressions take on a new life with Penn's craftsmanship, and the earnestness you hear especially in Penn's voice. The real interest in this album lies in the extremely cryptic lyrics and irresistable, angular melodies. Lyrically, you know Penn is saying ~something~, and you have the feeling it's profound, but when the melody sucks you in and you start singing along, you find yourself saying, "What am I saying?". A great example from "Half Harvest": "So move out of your bed of roses now; I'm putting in a bed of nails; 'cause missiles, guns and rubber hoses can land me in jail". It sounds so cool on the CD, but what the heck does it mean? That's part of the beauty; YOU figure it out. Summary: even if you never listen beyond the end of "Brave New World" (which you should, because "Bedlam Boys" is a great track), you'll get your money's worth out of this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
this cd will allways remind me of david welch and the 80s will buy it agian
Published 9 days ago by John Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this was michael penns best.
Published 2 months ago by Daniel J. Heenan
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Penn - March
Michael Penn. What can you say. "No Myth" became an instant rock classic. "No Myth" might have been Michael's only commercial hit, but what a hit it was.
Published 18 months ago by Carolyn K. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars A poet of Greenwich Village
When Michael Penn made his break-through into the music world, it was more than just a breath of fresh air. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Integrity Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Michael Penn absolutely drilled this one!! Each track is a winner, combining wonderful music and Dylanish lyrics. I believe that this one has it all. Read more
Published 22 months ago by viking
5.0 out of 5 stars michael penn-march
one of the most underrated musicians in the biz. he is as awesome at music and words as sean is to acting.
Published on July 11, 2012 by mike j danowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have pop album
I'm so saddened to see this is out-of-print. Michael never topped this record, though. There's always hope. He was a sterling songwriter in this period. Read more
Published on October 31, 2010 by Fred Gladden
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Penn - March
It's a shame this is no longer "in print." This was a great cassette when it came out and a great CD now.
Published on March 23, 2009 by T. Bass
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Penn rocks
Michael Penn's March rocks the neighborhood with his amazing lyrics which include references to literary characters and geographical coordinate locations. Read more
Published on January 19, 2008 by 3 Magpies
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Craftsmanship, Catchy Tunes
Michael Penn, perhaps once better known as Sean Penn's brother, had a smash debut with March in the late eighties. Read more
Published on December 8, 2007 by A. W. Michael
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