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Rebel Yell [Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Billy IdolAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Rebel Yell (1999 - Remaster) 4:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Daytime Drama (Digitally Remastered 99) 4:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Eyes Without A Face (1999 - Remaster) 4:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Blue Highway (1999 - Remaster) 5:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Flesh For Fantasy (1999 Digital Remaster) 4:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Catch My Fall (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Crank Call (1999 Digital Remaster) 3:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. (Do Not) Stand In The Shadows (Digitally Remastered 99) 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Dead Next Door (Digitally Remastered 99) 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Rebel Yell (Session Take) (Digitally Remastered 99) 5:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Motorbikin' (Session Take) (Digitally Remastered 99) 4:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Catch My Fall (Original Demo) (Digitally Remastered 99) 4:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Flesh For Fantasy (Session Take) (1999 Digital Remaster) 5:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Blue Highway (Original Demo) (Digitally Remastered 99) 4:58$1.29  Buy MP3 


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  • Audio CD (June 29, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000JCFW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With a permanently snarled upper lip and the perfect matinee-idol blond hair, Billy Idol made punk rock palatable for MTV and the masses. He did so by watering down punk's aggressive attack with dance grooves and stretches of keyboards where no self-respecting punk would've dared. Essentially, he made pop music with a spare razor blade tossed in for fun. When it clicked, as it does on the anthemic title track of this, his career highlight, well, only an anarchist could complain. "Eyes Without a Face" and "Flesh for Fantasy" are two other early '80s radio stapes found here and they went further to establish Idol as a potential Vegas balladeer. This reissue contains some worthwhile demos. --Rob O'Connor

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More! More! More! An absolute "must-have" of the '80s, this 1983 album reached #6 and stayed on the charts for over a year and a half! Eyes Without a Face; Flesh for Fantasy; Rebel Yell; Catch My Fall , and the rest are here with bonus session takes.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish remastering December 3, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I heard Rebel Yell again on VH1 a couple of weeks back and that prompted me to re-invest in the remastered version of this classic 80s album in the hope that the power and action of the original recording had been enhanced further. In nearly every case where i've bought a remastered version of an existing CD I have heard at least some sonic improvement. Not in this case. This must be the absolute worst example of remastering that i've ever heard. The original actually sounds better. Capitol Records should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this bass heavy, treble-free recording to ever make it to the pressing plant. The original was never that good and suffered from a poor mix but this new one has only enhanced the muffled and muddy sound even further. To say it's 24 bit is amazing as i've compared it to other modern remasterings and it doesn't even come close to the clarity and high resolution we expect from CDs these days.
It's a shame because it's a brilliant album, even now . If the music here doesn't get your adrenaline flowing then nothing will. What an album for turning the worst mood into a good one. The ultimate cheer-up CD. Sadly, now unlistenable thanks to so-called modern technology. Five stars for the music and minus 100 stars for the quality.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Adventurous Sex Filled Life of a Young Billy Idol December 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Aside from the chart topping rockers and ballads we've all heard on the radio, this album does not dissapoint with bad filler songs. It is great throughout because of a variety of tempos and styles. Rarely will you find a more seamless blend of punk, disco, new-wave, and hard-rock.

"Rebel Yell" immediately grabs you with its dramatic synth opening and launches you into the album with an infectious almost disco hard-rock beat. Idol's lyrics describe a sexy urban nightlife with the convenient rhyme of heaven and seven eleven. After a frantic Steve Stevens guitar-solo the song breaksdown like something washing up against a beach of phat beats.

"Daytime Drama" is a nice midtempo guitar-driven track generously drenched with synth. "Eyes Without A Face" lays down a gorgeously smooth bass groove, courtesy of Sal Cuevas, for one of the best loved ballads of the 80's with nice female backing vocals by Perri Lister. Showcasing great dynamics, an extended bridge section hits you with guitars and great lyrics. Once again Idol is able to take you into the underworld with a reality that leaves little doubt that he's lived the life he describes.

On "Blue Highway" Idol evokes the wanderlust and free-spiritedness of the American highway while confessing to the dangerousness of its appeal with "Yes, I almost died on a blue highway." Eerily, Idol would later almost lose a leg in a motorcycle accident in the late 90's.

In his preoccupation with sex, Idol gives Prince a run for his money on "Flesh For Fantasy", another sleek rock track with a nice hook.

On the sophisticated "Catch My Fall", which features saxophone by Mars Williams, Idol makes a plea for brotherly love.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
First of all - I need to make something clear. I own dozens of DCC & AF remastered CDs (the same company, basically) and I think most of them are superb, far better than their original counterparts. Examples? Elton John Greatest Hits, Hotel California, The Cars, The Original Soundtrack; I love them all.

Lately, though, the company has been producing pretty bad products. From the terrible sounding "The Pretenders", to the gaps that never existed on "Heartbeat City" (and the defective HDCD encoding, too!), to the defective Doors CDs - Audio Fidelity is not what it used to be at all. Plus, the fact that they don't even use master tapes anymore (they had to remove the slogan "From the original master tapes" after it was demonstrated they weren't using them, anyway) while the big labels use them all the time, and competition from the original producer of 24K CDs, Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs, has made AF irrelevant nowadays.

Nevertheless, I gave Rebel Yell a try, since I only own the older "24 bit" remaster, which sounds pretty dull and no-noised. Surprise, surprise. The AF Rebel Yell sounds as dull as the remaster, and it definitely has exaggerated, muddy bass. Which is interesting, since the head engineer for DCC always accuses other labels in his forum of using a "Smiley face" EQ - I guess he uses a Sylvester Stallone sneer on his products nowadays.

No detail whatsoever - to use "audiophile" terms, there's no "air", no "sparkle" on the recording. It's dull and lifeless, and the bass makes you think you are listening to a boombox (and yes, my equipment is "resolving" enough, although I'm not listing it here! Trust me on this one).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the midnight hour, she cried more more more! February 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
With Rebel Yell, Billy Idol released what's arguably the best of his so far five solo albums. Keith Forsey was still at the producer's helm, and Steve Stevens was doing his fiery guitar theatrics, but here, the songwriting, ferocity and singleworthiness of songs, and tight arrangements were among their best. The album itself reached #6 on the album charts.

The anthemic title track is another example of an Idol classic failing chart-wise, like "White Wedding." It stalled at #46 on the charts, though it did respectfully well on the album rock charts, peaking at #9. But this turned out to be another frantic mixture of new wave synths, punk rhythms, hard rock, and techno beats. "In the midnight, she cried more, more, more!" roars Idol in the chorus, creating another memorable lyric. This song was also reinforced by the energetic concert performance clip on MTV, where viewers got to see Stevens perform some squealing and laser-beam sounding space age theatrics with his guitar. The session take has some "tonight" instead of "last night" in "last night a little dancer came knocking at my door," as well as some rough instrumentation and different lyrics.

Until reaching #1 with "Mony Mony," "Eyes Without A Face" became Idol's highest charting song, reaching #4 on the pop charts and #5 on the album rock charts. The slow airy synths and pulsing bass, claps in this ballad, backup vocals by Idol's girlfriend, Perri Lister, who also did the makeup on Idol's first album, and Stevens grinding guitar during the sudden ferocious rock section midsong provided yet another hit for Idol.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted, and more.
Shipped and was delivered promptly Was in like new conditions. The extra tracks were a real Bonus.
I enjoy it to this day. Let's me relive the 80's without having to try.
Published 2 months ago by RedEye Michiana
5.0 out of 5 stars BILLY's BIGGEST MASTERPIECE!!!!!
While i really like the first 3 albums from Billy Idol, it's hard not to think REBEL YELL as his biggest masterpiece..... Read more
Published 2 months ago by FLUMINENSE
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you
i love his songs i give this a a++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ i got this in time thank you very much ill injoy it
Published 3 months ago by diane e beckstead
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Idol
I love this album he has, I love listening to it on a record player. It is a great buy.
Published 9 months ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles Were Great But....
...they were no Steve Stevens and Billy Idol. The bonus tracks are a novelty that I could do without. The album is solid, buy it.
Published 9 months ago by Greyone
1.0 out of 5 stars Total Ripoff
This song was not listed as "edited" when I purchased it. Some religulous nutjob edited it!! Would not recommend it!!
Published 11 months ago by jdubbya
5.0 out of 5 stars roar!!
i love the music of Billy Idol and was very impressed with the music on this cd. It is worth the purchase.
Published 13 months ago by marlee p.
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good both musically and sonically - but get the LP
I wouldn't have guessed that Billy Idol would turn out one of the best rock albums of the 1980s but he did with Rebel Yell. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. Bass
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings as I like the raw originals and not remixes
The remasters are needed to make this a full album now...I get it, but when it came out EPs were ok as a release, the originals sounds fine.
Published 19 months ago by JON WATSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Idol "Rebel Yell"
At long last! I finally found this CD; had the cassette and played it until it literally snapped! One of my top 10 CD's to have on a deserted island. Every song rocks.
Published on December 27, 2011 by Patricia
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