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Silvertone

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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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 24, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • Run Time: 39 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002L6O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,828 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1999
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 By A Customer on August 23, 1998
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 By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on 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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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By kireviewer VINE VOICE on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GINA on August 29, 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By By CJs Pirate on June 1, 2015
Format: Audio CD
In 1985 the gravely, deep voice of Chris Isaak had only been heard from by "locals". With Silvertone, Isaak hit the streets. It wasn't a big thing, heck, the album didn't really even take off until a year later when one of the songs, Gone Ridin' was used in David Lynch's film, Blue Velvet. THEN the proverbial *#%^ hit the fan and EVERYBODY had to know, "Who WAS that guy?!"

Besides his voice, Isaak has quite the knack for both writing music and words. Give any one of his songs a listen and you'll notice a few things. One, Isaak's a regular guy. Two, Isaak is a regular guy who has been in love. Three, Isaak is a regular guy who not only has been in love but has pined for a woman. Uhuh, yes, I said "pined". It's a verb meaning "to long for".

Chris Isaak sings what many people have thought. I know he's sung a good many songs for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie J. Jepsen on March 2, 2014
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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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