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Silvertone

Chris IsaakAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Dancin' (LP Version) 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. VooDoo (LP Version) 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Funeral In The Rain (LP Version) 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Gone Ridin' (LP Version) 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Pretty Girls Don't Cry (LP Version) 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Chris Isaak’s longstanding desire to musically salute his inspirations was fast-tracked when he read a 2000 interview with the great Sun Records producer Sam Phillips that appeared in the Oxford American. Near the end of the Q&A, Phillips was asked if any contemporary recording artists grabbed his attention. His response blew Chris away. “I don't keep up with the business ... Read more in Amazon's Chris Isaak Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 24, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • Run Time: 39 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002L6O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In 1985 synthesizers and big hair were in: reverb-laden rockabilly guitars and smooth-as-silk vocals were not. Yet Warner Brothers took a chance with this unique debut from an unknown singer and his band, Silvertone, from San Francisco. While the rest is history, this is where it all started--with the brooding "Talk to Me," the pained yearnings of the stunning "The Lonely Ones," the sensuous gyrations of "Dancin'," and the haunting "Voodoo." Guitarist Jimmy Wilsey coaxed wonderfully retro yet fresh-sounding atmospherics from his guitar, and Chris Isaak's Roy Orbison-styled crooning and matinee-idol looks created an undeniably sexy vibe. Isaak's love affair with the music of Sun Studios is evident on nearly all tracks, but shines on the rave-up "Gone Ridin'" and the beautiful ballad, "Western Stars." --Lorry Fleming

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Isaak's best CD. April 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Chris Isaak's first recorded effort is, without a doubt, one of my favorite CDs of all time. It is dark, moody and hauntingly captivating but maintains a lively energy. A MUST for anyone who even remotely enjoys his work, let alone one who truly appreciates it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do not pass up Chris Isaak's debut album! August 23, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Haunting, is the best way to describe this album, which includes songs like "Voodoo" and "Funeral in the Rain". Chris Isaak's first cd is among his best. His ballads are so damn pretty that you find your eyes welling up with tears; Tunes such as "Dancin'" and "Living For Your Lover" have you unconsciously tapping yout toes. It is a remarkable debut album from a remarkable, and at times, underrated, artist.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Isaak's Debut April 5, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Chris Isaak's debut album takes its name from his backing band, Silvertone. The band's sound harkens back to the hey day of Sun Studios where artists like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and, most notably for Mr. Isaak, Roy Orbison ruled the day. There is a brooding, dark and eerie sound to the songs. "Dancin'" has an almost funky vibe to it, "The Lonely Ones" is a Roy Orbison redux and is an absolutely magnificent song and "Western Stars" is a lilting ballad. Mr. Isaak has a deep, smooth voice that adds a density to the songs while Silvertone plays songs in a way that seems on the surface to be quite simple but are full of nuances. This is a great debut record.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sing down like silver(tone) October 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Chris Isaak made one of the most unlikely debuts of 1985. Crooning like Roy Orbison, coming on like a young Elvis Presely and getting a tremendous buzz from his incredible stage shows, Isaak set the wayback machine into motion like no-one since Brian Setzer. The album was so unique that several of these songs found their way into movie soundtracks ("Dancin'," "Gone Riding" and "Funeral In The Rain"). It wasn't just Isaak's movie idol looks that got him these choice slots, his music is very evocative. James Calvin Wilsey's guitar and pedal steel frequently adds a Sun Records/Country feel to the songs, which Isaak's high lonesome croon compliments.

While this is not Isaak's best (it is closer to 3 1/2 stars, really), "SILVERTONE" lays out the template for his career to come.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Origin of the sound March 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I really like Chris Isaak and have everything he has made. But, everyone of his albums sounds alike. This is his first album. Besides his classic song, Dancing, there is nothing here that stands out from all of his other albums. This is basically the origins of his sound that he refines and builds upon in later albums.
People who have followed him from the beginning may consider this to be his ultimate album because everything later is just a variation of the original. But, if you listen to the later albums and then come back to this one, you may find that the first album is a little bland and is just the seed for better subsequent material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars silvertone March 2, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD by Chris Isaak was early in his career. Several song are familiar from other CDs, Dancing, Western Stars, Talk to Me, but this rates as one his best and one that others are compared to. Happy with the prompt delivery and the CD condition was like new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great music January 7, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
he is such very talented musician & songwriter! I love his style; his albums are always a good listen, entertaining, and enjoyable
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rounding out my Chris Isaak Collection August 29, 2013
By GINA
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have had the pleasure of discovering more of Chris's music. There are a few songs I had never heard on this CD, many of them I have heard from concert footage. The concerts are a little different as I think he likes to change them up a little. Great CD, love Back on Your Side, Funeral in the Rain, Gone Ridin' Pretty Girl's Don't Cry and Western Stars. I like all the songs, but I do have my favorites. You cannot go wrong with a strong songwriter and singer like Chris.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any fan
Great album truly a haunting voice. If you like Chris Isaak you need to buy this album and complete your collection.
Published 16 months ago by Mike Greenblatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Debut
First saw Dancin' as a video on CMT in the 80s and have loved Chris Isaak ever since. This is a great album with no bad songs but amazingly is still not his best -- I like Baja... Read more
Published 17 months ago by MJH
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Isaak classic
I really got into this album when it first came out in the 80's. I can listen to Western Stars over and over. This album has a total San Francisco vibe. So killer!
Published 18 months ago by Jesse K. Dotson
5.0 out of 5 stars The most soulful in eons
A great big five star plus. This man reallty has a way of touching your senses. Happy sad sexy boy oh boy he hits all of them head on. About the greatest. Read more
Published 23 months ago by bob bon
5.0 out of 5 stars Silverton....Chris Isaak cd
Very pleased with this CD; just as described: new and used item. Received very quickly. My favorite is Life Goes On on this CD.
Published on June 5, 2012 by Pat B
3.0 out of 5 stars Chris Isaak Silvertone
Only Chris Isaak music that is mediocre. Love every other CD but this one. Excellent musician nonetheless. Suggest ANY of his other CDs.
Published on December 15, 2010 by David Farquhar
4.0 out of 5 stars Barfly
I have heard all of Chris' music and saw him live at the Wiltern in LA. I think this is his best music, the other CD's kind of followed this one
Published on September 1, 2009 by Jerry D. Airheart
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome start to a great career
Great, great, great. I am biased, Isaak consistently turns out great stuff and this was the last of his I bought. I knew I would love it before opening the box. Read more
Published on January 13, 2009 by Wesley Allen McCullough
5.0 out of 5 stars Too cool
First heard this on NPR (of all places)in 1985. I wore out the first album copy, spent months trying to find a replacement (pre amazon of course!), and then wore that one out. Read more
Published on August 21, 2008 by Catfish
5.0 out of 5 stars First Impression
I would have worn these albums all out if they weren't CDs. It's really arguable that this is his best overall effort. Read more
Published on August 28, 2007 by Alex Scorpio
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