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Protect the Innocent [Import, Limited Edition]

Rachel SweetAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (April 3, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Limited Edition
  • Label: Jvc Japan
  • ASIN: B000E1KNX4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tonight
2. Jealous
3. I've Got A Reason
4. New Age
5. Baby Let's Play House
6. New Rose
7. Fool's Gold
8. Take Good Care Of Me
9. Spellbound
10. Lover's Lane
11. Foul Play
12. Tonight Ricky

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Special 20bit K2 Japanese limited edition issue of the album classic in a deluxe, miniaturized LP sleeve replica of the original vinyl album artwork.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachel's Greatest Stiffs August 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I LOOOOOOOOOVE Rachel Sweet! "Fool Around" was a great debut, quite a departure from her early country singles (for the most part anyway), but her masterpiece has to be-in my opinion-"Protect the Innocent", it's the most diversified of her 4 albums. She wrote 2 songs herself & co-wrote 2 more. All tracks are excellent and her voice is in top form-she rocks out here more than anywhere else. of course there are a few killer ballads as well. Rock, country, new wave, pop-it's all here. My faves: Jealous, New Age, Baby lets Play House, Spellbound, Lovers Lane, Foul Play, Take Good Care Of Me, & Tonight Ricky
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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1980's "Protect the Innocent" was the second album by Rachel Sweet, a follow-up to 1979's "Fool Around". Rachel began her career not so much as an "artist" but simply a unique "voice" and "image" being guided by managers and her record label (Stiff). "Fool Around", with its very eclectic mix of songs ranging from "near country" to "bizarre alternative" was an example of throwing it all at the wall to find out what sticks. Unlike the first release, "Protect the Innocent" was an attempt to guide Rachel into a particular genre, mainly "New Wave". For that task, producer Martin Rushent (Stranglers, Buzzcocks, Go-Go's - Talk Show) was hired.

Another major difference between the debut effort and this follow-up can be found in the songwriting credits. "Fool Around" was completely comprised of material written by other writers (ranging from Elvis Costello to John Wicks and Will Birch of the Records), but on this release Rachel gets full writing credit on two tracks and co-writing credit on one track.

Good tracks include an excellent rendition of the Lou Reed song "New Age", the punky "I've Got a Reason", and "Take Good Care of Me". Like her first release, "Protect the Innocent" is a bit uneven at times mainly because Rachel was VERY young and still finding her footing as an artist. It wasn't until the 1982 release "Blame It On Love" that Rachel really began to showcase her full potential. Still, this is an excellent album and an enjoyable journey back to 1980.

Recommended for fans of "New Wave", early 80's, and of course fans of Rachel Sweet!

I had hoped that her other albums ("...and then he kissed me" and "blame it on love") would have received the same high quality treatment when released on CD, but instead both albums were placed on one release that suffers from poor sound quality. I hope they eventually get the same royal treatment that "Protect the Innocent" is receiving, they certainly deserve it!

-JM
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No sophomore slump from young singer November 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sweet's first album was equally fueled by her preciously mature vocals and the quirky material provided by producer Liam Sternberg. This follow-up, recorded after the first flush of ironic jailbait publicity had died down, is more about Sweet and her powerhouse voice than about unusually crafted material. The backing band, variously credited as Fingerprintz and an Aberdeen pub band called Bus Company, provide solid backing, while producers Martin Rushent and Alan Winstansley keep Sweet front-and-center. This is a straight-ahead pop-rock record that's aged a lot better than its New Wave contemporaries.

In contrast to Sternberg's teen-themed songs, Sweet often picked more mature material for her second album, selecting work from a variety of accomplished writers and performers. She gave a teen edge to Elvis Presley's rockabilly "Baby Let's Play House," sparked up The Damned's angsty "New Rose" and covered the over-the-hill nostalgia of Lou Reed's "New Age." Then-contemporary tunes from Graham Parker ("Fools Gold") and Moon Martin ("I've Got a Reason") are also both excellent, and a trio of tunes written or co-written by Sweet, including the bouncy leadoff love song and the jazzy closer of clandestine teen romance.

This CD fell out of print almost as quickly as it was reissued, making it well worth picking up used.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Protect the Innocent June 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Sweet barely made a blip stateside on her first two disks. I think I heard of her more b/c I was way into 'new wave' back in the day and that Sweet was a fellow NE Ohio native.

'Protect the Innocent' was much more adventurous than 'Fool Around' and I consider it her best and most consistent disk. Rushnet did a good job w/the production - making the material less pop oriented and bit more dark and....manic(?), if you will.

The covers are a little more obscure (ok...maybe not Elvis' "Baby Let's Play House", but she pulls that off), Lou Reed's "New Age" was unexpected and well done. The entire disk has held up well over the (gulp) 25-28 yrs it's been out. There are a few songs that aren't as strong ("Fool's Gold" and maybe "Lovers' Lane") but the good stuff is Good.

It's a shame this CD isn't available domestically - but I never saw it as a U.S. disk even back when originally released, It always was her quintessential Stiff/UK disk...down to the cover art.

If you can get it and willing to shell out the high high price - it might be worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rachel - please come back! October 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Thank God, someone had the sense to release this on CD. It is one of her better albums. That is, of the painfully few she made. Buy the anthologies - but for REAL Rachel put this CD on REPEAT!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Sweet it is... July 19, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Hopefully everyone reading this is familiar with "Protect The Innocent", Rachel Sweet's second album. If not, other reviewers have summed the music up pretty well, so I'll comment on the merits of this particular cd issue, Stiff/JVC VICP-63350, UPC code 4988002498994.
This 20bit K2 release from Japan comes in a nostalgic "vinyl album" - type cardboard cover which replicates the original album artwork, with an OBI strip on the side, rather than a standard jewel case. (It's neither here nor there really, but I'm not particularly fond of these covers myself.) Inside the cd is in a clear sleeve just like many of the old vinyls, along with a red paper sleeve. There's a nice booklet with song lyrics in both Japanese and English, brief credits, a great b& w photo, however the newly written liner notes are in Japanese only.
While amazon isn't guilty of this I see a few online stores advertise this cd as having a bonus track, but there isn't one, just the regular 12 album tracks.
(Some of these releases do feature bonus tracks that aren't listed on the cover so as not to alter the original artwork.)
Now, the biggie: how does this cd sound? For the high import price (over $40 nearly everywhere), it really had better deliver, right?
Yes, it does deliver. Big time. This classic album has never sounded anywhere near this good, not on the original vinyl and certainly not in the previous, somewhat murky cd release; the compilations that have featured tracks from "Protect The Innocent" cower in shame before these remasters. I played this JVC cd in two pretty middling systems and the sound comes through loud, clear and crisp, with instruments and nuances never before heard by my ears.
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