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  • Audio CD (July 24, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jive
  • ASIN: B00005MJY0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,087 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We're Not Here For A Long Time (We're Here For A Good Time)
2. My Other Woman
3. I Ain't Perfect
4. When I Write The Book
5. I'm Not In Love Yet (with Wynonna)
6. Thank You #19
7. Plan B
8. The Rhythm Ranch
9. Let Her Go and Start Over
10. I Never Think About you
11. So Little Kindness

Editorial Reviews

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Huey Lewis and the News may have taken 10 years off between albums, but after listening to the ironically titled Plan B, it's like the Little Bar Band That Could never really left. Disarming frontman Huey Lewis is still turning out the same affable, effortless, pasteurized pop that he did when the band dominated the charts in the '80s, and his crack band plays with precision. The only difference is that instead of pining for a new drug, regaling listeners with those wry little cultural snapshots like "Hip to Be Square," or complaining about "Working for a Living," this collection of 10 original tunes (and a cover of Nick Lowe's "When I Write the Book") is an examination of relationships. Not the redeeming "Power of Love" that Lewis extolled in 1982, but the self-conscious ebb and flow of a long romance as it unravels. Songs like the discouraging "Let Her Go and Start Over" and the quirky "My Other Woman" throw a dim light on ardor and attachment. Even the album's standout track, "I'm Not in Love Yet" (a duet with the wondrously gritty-voiced Wynonna Judd) finds both parties hedging their bets. But you shouldn't. This is a strong collection of songs that elevates the band from being just another '80s retread, and also proves that Plan A is still working fine. --Jaan Uhelszki

Customer Reviews

One of the best shows ever!!!
Music Lover
This CD is a good example of what good rock should sound like.
Nathaniel Skinner
The band sounds as if they're the band on Letterman.
Patrick J. Rice

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Client Amazon on May 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I am an old fan of Huey Lewis. However I must confess I had almost forgotten him with the years. I recently rediscovered him watching again "Back to the future" with my young daughters (for them it was the first time and a shock !). Wanting to listen to Huey again (and to the News !) I bought Fore and Sports. My pleasure to hear them again was so great that after some hesitation I bought Plan B, finally convinced by the very good reviews written in Amazon. It was a right decision. After so much time the risk to have a kind of ersatz (only just efficient to recall you the good old time) was strong like it was often the case with many groups and singers. But not with Huey Lewis and the News ! The disc is excellent, full of joyful energy (I was always fascinated by the energy of Huey and his unique voice and this energy remains intact) and could have been, however, a little bit longer. It's almost incredible to make such good music - which sounds so "classical", so ageless - so many years after. Songs like "When I write the book", "Thank you # 19" or "Let her go and start over" (wonderful backing vocals) - but all the titles can be quoted - could have been written twenty years ago and, for me, it's a compliment. Last precision: my daughters (12 and 6) like Plan B as much as Fore or Sports. And I swear it, without any constraint !
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
In the can for some time, and only recently released through Silvertone Records, a division of Jive, "Plan B" is a solid release that's more faithful to the News' R&B-flavored blues-pop that's been entertaining audiences for years.
After a disheartening handful of new songs on Huey's 1996 "Time Flies" collection that seemed to suggest Lewis & Co. were chasing a pop landscape they could never catch up with, this return to roots is a breath of fresh air. Lewis' vocals are strong and assured, the band is playful and focused, and the songs are good. "Plan B" is the kind of album that goes down so smoothly, it's surprising when it actually ends. By the way, that's good.
Several tracks are stand-outs: "We're Not Here For A Long Time" is a rouser, and a perfect way to kick off the album. "Plan B" and "The Rhythm Ranch" are catchy foot-stompers. "So Little Kindness" is a reworked song from "Time Flies" that actually becomes a much better song AFTER it's inclusion on a Greatest Hits album!
The Wynonna duet is a nice ballad, and makes one wonder why the recent hit remake of "Cruisin'" with Gwyneth Paltrow was excluded. Finally, "My Other Woman" is almost a send-up of achy-breaky country songs while keeping tongue firmly in cheek.
Will this set any sales records? Of course not. Despite being released from the same parent house of *Nsnyc and Britney Spears, there's simply no support from the home office. But for the true Huey Lewis fans who can separate one of the hardest working bands of the past two decades from their Top 40 fortunes, this is an album long overdue.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Okuly on July 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I am 22 and have been following the career of Huey Lewis and the News for almost my entire life, and after waiting 10 years for a new CD of new material (I'm not counting the "Fore Scores" and "Time Flies" albums) and I have to say that this was well worth the wait. The band gets back to it's basics, sounding more like the R&B bar band that they started out as instead of the pop rockers that they would become famous for. Not that the pop sound isn't there, because it is! The album sounds like something that was written in the 1950s-early 1960s, but recorded just recently. All the sounds are strong, sounds great, and I really can not name one song on here that is bad! The soon-to-be anthem of the band, "We're Not Here For a Long Time (But A Good Time)," kicks the album off. The title and the song says it all: they're not here for a long time, but how can you not have a good time hearing this!!! Wynonna Judd makes a wonderful appearance singing a duet with Huey on "I'm Not In Love Yet," and the band redoes "So Little Kindness" from the Times Flies album with a much stronger feeling.
I can not stress enough that any fan of Huey Lewis and the News, or of rock or R&B will enjoy this album. It's a well-constructed, well-rounded production all around. Was it worth the wait of 10 years for new Huey stuff? I can not start to stress that yes it was!!!! Now starts the waiting period for more Huey and the Boys :)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patrick J. Rice on July 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It's been years since Huey Lewis and the News have released an album and the wait is worth it. There have been some changes in the band since the last release with the addition of the horn section (Marvin McFadden on trumpet, Ron Stallings on tenor sax, and Rob Sudduth on tenor & baritone sax) and John Pierce has replaced Mario "Dracula" Cippolina on bass. In addition, guitarist Chris Hayes is on the album, but is no longer on the tour, ably replaced by Stef Burns.
The album kicks off with a party song of We're Not Here For A Long Time (We're Here For A Good Time). The people hollering at the beginning remind me of the beginning of Bruce Springsteen's Sherry Darling. It's a fast mover with Sean Hopper's organ intro. It's pace is fast moving and the band is tight. My Other Woman is reminiscent of Bruce's Tenth Avenue Freezeout with the horns, but a slower pace. The main line in the song is "my other woman's got another man". I Ain't Perfect is extremely tight with a Steely Dan/Al Green feel. Hayes plays some good bluesy guitar and Pierce's bass playing is excellent. Next is a cover of Rockpile's When I Write The Book, back in 1980. This has a good arrangement and the sound is fresh. The momentum is very strong at the end of the song. I'm Not In Love Yet features a duet with Wynona and brings up memories of Huey's duet with Gwyneth Paltrow in Cruising Together. This definetely has a crossover of R & B/country and works well. Thank You #19 is once again played in tight fashion with Pierce's bass driving the tune. In addition, Hayes shines on the guitar. References are made in the song to Marvin Gaye and Sam & Dave. Very soulful tune and reminds me of Sly and the Family Stone.
The title tune, Plan B follows with a mixture of blues and jazz.
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