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Spring 1988. Two years ago Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle had formed Roxette with the ambition to conquer the world and have a lot of fun along the way. They had kick-started their career with a string of energetic hit singles like “Neverending Love”, “Soul Deep” and “I Call Your Name”. Their debut album “Pearls Of Passion” was a multi-platinum ... Read more in Amazon's Roxette Store

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  • Audio CD (October 13, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B002N57W92
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Soul Deep
2. secrets That She Keeps
3. Goodbye To You
4. I Call Your Name
5. Surrender
6. Voices
7. Neverending Love
8. call Of The Wild
9. Joy Of A Toy
10. From One Heart To Another
11. Like Lovers Do
12. So Far Away
13. Pearls Of Passion (Bonus Track)
14. Neverending Love (Demo) (Bonus Track)
15. Secrets That She Keeps (Demo) (Bonus Track)

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2009 remastered pressing. Includes three bonus tracks.

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There's a unique touch to his voice.
Angie
The songwriting is consistently good (a Roxette trait if ever there was one) - Joy of a Toy, Neverending Love and I Call Your Name are all great rock/pop tracks.
Timothy Plumb
Make it 4.5 stars for me which rounds up to 5.
James Crompton

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1998
Format: Audio CD
It's important not only to understand the direction Roxette's taken in the past 12 years but to appreciate how far the Swedish supergroup has come in its musical, vocal and creative development. Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson started out on a pure-pop road filled with synthesizers and spunky little tunes, and all of that is evident on Pearls of Passion, originally released in Sweden in 1986.
There were singles from this album that hit big in Sweden, such as "Neverending Love" (the very first Roxette release featuring Per and Marie), "Goodbye to You" and "Soul Deep," as well as a few single releases in Italy and Canada. And this re-release features the original 1987 version of "It Must Have Been Love (Christmas for the Broken Heart)," which was re-mixed and re-mastered for the 1990 Pretty Woman soundtrack, that version becoming Billboard's No. 2 pop single of the year. Other than that, it's hard to imagine why anyone who isn't familiar with or a fan of Roxette would buy this album.
But, if you're a tried and true Roxette junkie like I am, you'll appreciate this album and even like it. "Neverending Love" has an interesting melody, and "Voices" and "So Far Away" are beautiful ballads. And principally interesting here is how differently Marie Fredriksson sang back then compared to the last five years, when her voice has become softer and a bit gruffer. She almost screams on this album, and it's nice to know how much she's evolved as a pop-rock frontwoman.
Once the 1999 Roxette comeback release is out, you REALLY will appreciate what this band's been through and where it is going. Rox on...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Plumb on September 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Let's get to the point; this is an outstanding 80s pop album, comfortably exceeding all of Roxette's later work. It has the Roxette trademarks of soaring tunes, harmonies and rhythm. However, what marks it out are the excellent 80s production values which make the whole album soft on the ear by ensuring each track receives deft strokes of the engineer's brush. It therefore has great subtlety (which is often lacking on later Roxette works) which help each track to provide hidden depths with repeated listening. The songwriting is consistently good (a Roxette trait if ever there was one) - Joy of a Toy, Neverending Love and I Call Your Name are all great rock/pop tracks. The standout is Call of the Wild which has such emotional depth that it ranks with It Must Have Been Love (an extra on the album).

It's hard to believe some of the other reviewers' comments about some poor songwriting and implications of superficiality (bubblegum indeed...). Such accusations are a mile wide of the mark. This is a very serious pop album that ranks alongside the best works of the 80s whilst remaining individual and providing high quality from start to finish.

If you are a Roxette fan you should definitely buy this. If you are an 80s pop fan then you have even more reason. It won't let you down.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dixie Price on July 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've been a huge fan of Roxette for years, and I just recently purchased "Pearls Of Passion." I have to say, I was really impressed.
This album is a must for any Roxette fan, but it's also a great album to have for any fan of the eighties. It features some great songs such as "Secrets That She Keeps," the upbeat "Pearls Of Passion," "Neverending Love," "Joy Of A Toy," my personal favorite, "Like Lovers Do," and many other outstanding tracks.
Roxette's subsequent albums do show an elevation in music-writing talent, but "Pearls Of Passion" is still one great album.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Terry Kelley on September 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It's always a crapshoot when you go back to find early works by artists you like. More often than not, they simply don't measure up to their later efforts. Once in a while, however, you uncover a gem that's as good or even better.
Pearls of Passion, unfortunately, isn't one of them.
Oh, it shows definite promise of what was to come. The voices and production values are pretty much the same. However, the caliber of the writing just doesn't measure up. It might be because Per wrote most of these for his own third solo album and then recorded them with Marie.
In any case, I just didn't find they same quality as subsequent efforts. Also frustrating is the fact that most of the songs I DID like were released on other CDs, albeit not necessarily the same mix. And why the heck is the title song considered one of the "Xtra Trax"?
An interesting note is how subdued the guitar work is here. I guess it wasn't until Look Sharp that they started to "love the sound of crashing guitars."
Except for "Must Have Been Love," which I don't believe has ever been on a Roxette CD before, the bonus tracks are throw-aways. It's somewhat interesting to hear different mixes, but it would have been much more so if the songs were good!
I'm a completist, so I'm glad I bought PoP. Even though I didn't add too many good new songs to my Roxette collection, even one is more than I had before.
I obviously didn't really care much for this CD. If I was only comparing it to this duo's other works, I would have only given it two stars. But hey, this is Roxette. I can't possibly give them less than three!
But all this doesn't mean you won't like PoP. If you're a big Roxette fan, I would give it a shot.
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