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November 17, 1990

  Song Title
The Road
Unsafe Building
The Stand (Long Version)
Sixty Eight Guns (Single Version)
Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke? (Single Version)
Absolute Reality
Spirit Of '76
Rain In The Summertime
Rescue Me
Sold Me Down The River
Devolution Workin' Man Blues
Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Marching On (Single Version)
Blaze Of Glory

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  • Original Release Date: November 5, 1990
  • Release Date: November 5, 1990
  • Label: I.R.S. Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1990 Capitol Records, LLC
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  • Total Length: 1:04:31
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  • ASIN: B000SZDMR0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,026 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great retrospective of an underrated band January 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Alarm were one of the better rock bands to come out of Britain in the '80s. Although they were on the cusp of stardom on many occassions, they toured with Bob Dylan and had a few minor chart hits, they never quite made it in America. They were often called a poor man's U2, and although Mike Peters' voice was similar to Bono's, early on they had a distinct sound with their anthemic background vocals and their heavy ringing guitar sound.
The anthemic "The Road" and the somber "Unsafe Building" are the two obligatory new tracks which accompany most best-of packages. After these tracks, the album is largely chronological and shows how the band updated their sound throughout their career. The tracks "The Stand", "Sixty-Eight Guns", "Where You Were Hiding.." and the closing tracks "Marching On" and "Blaze Of Glory" are all great anthems from their early days. "Absolute Reality", "Strength", and the epic "Spirit of '76" showed the band sharpening their songwriting skills while staying true to their roots. "Rain In The Summertime" was obviously an attempt at the mainstream with its updated production and its smoother vocals and harmonies. "Sold Me Down The River" from 1989's Change album combined their guitar rock with a synthesized beat. Despite the changes in their sound, most of the tracks here work well although the earlier material such as "Spirit of '76", "Strength", and "Sixty-Eight Guns" are the strongest tracks here. They also do a great job with their version of "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." It's also recommended over their other best-of album The Best of The Alarm & Mike Peters since this is a stronger collection and is more chronological. A great compilation of a band who until their televised reunion had been largely forgotten. Highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MARCHING ON...., February 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The Alarm was written off in the 80's as U2 wannabes, which I feel is the reason that they never really took off in the U.S.But one listen to this Cd & you'll see how wrong the naysayers were.While I'm tempted to say that the majority of the material here is taken from Declaration & Strength, considering the limited library of work from which to choose, I feel that this Cd exemplifies this fine band.The disc starts out with the harmonica driven Road, into the(unfortunately)truncated version of 68 Guns, and the powerhouse Where Were You Hiding, until before you know it you're at Strength & half way thru the Cd!The beautiful Rain in the Summertime(1 of my favorite videos as you watch while the lead singers tall,spiky hair is matted to his face while singing in a rainstorm)follows,as does Sold Me Down the River(when considering they also sound like Simple Minds, makes one wonder if Jim Kerr was thinking about this song subconsciously when he wrote the similar She's a River 5 years later).The Cd ends with the bonus tracks Marching On & Blaze of Glory which literally explode!Where were you hiding when the Alarm was struggling in America?
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welsh power April 29, 2003
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Funny that people would compare the Alarm to U2, when the former is Welsh and the latter is Irish.
I got into this band with its spiky hair, harmonicas and revolutionary zeal and got swept away. "Strength" still has to be one of the Top 20 greatest, most passionate songs ever. "Give me hope, give me strength, give me something to live for ... Who will light the fire that I need to survive, who will be the lifeblood coursing through my veins, won't someone open up the door and let me out of this place. I've been caged up for so long, I don't know if I'm living or I'm dying."
Those words really drove a spike into my teen angst-filled heart in the '80s and continue to stir my emotions.
Like the Alarm there were so many thoughtful bands with great lyrics. They were out to change the world. In some ways, they made me who I am today. Yahoo.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Great November 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have suddenly gone all retro. Firstly in my reading and now my music. I had forgotten how good The Alarm were. The lead singer's voice ( Mike Peters) is so rousing and powerful that he gives a lift and inspiration on every song. Give me stength - yes indeed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Get Enough December 6, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
There's not much more praise I can heap on The Alarm than what other reviewers have. From the first time I heard these lads in the early 80s until today, I can't get enough. I still check music stores for imports I might have missed. Power, glory, a voice to make your body shake with delight, and darn good guitar work. What more could you want from a now defunct (I'm still mourning) rock band?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sound the Alarm April 4, 2005
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Like many of the post-punk bands to spring up in the wake of The Clash and U2, The Alarm pounded out revolutionary anthems that boiled over with angst and purposeful sounds. The sound, early on, was all acoustic, but the songs were roaring forces with big meaty choruses. They even refered to their works as recordings of "electric folklore." "68 Guns" and "The Stand" (inspired by the Stephen King book, no less), were undeniably catchy songs, and the bands' earnestness was infectious. Problem was, they were constantly walking in the shadow of U2, and the comparisons were deserved. Like Bono and the boys, the best of the Alarm's work sounded out calls to arms with a questioning conscience. The albums were frequently uneven affairs, with Mike Peters' reach often exceeding his grasp. Even with that in mind, the members of The Alarm were great musicains. Drummer Twist, bassist and songwriter Eddie McDonald and guitarist Dave Sharp combined chops and energy to make The Alarm always come across as dramatic and passionate.

It's also why this collection punches harder that just about any Alarm album. With the exception of "Strength" and "Eye Of The Hurricane," most full length Alarm's efforts were madly uneven. But all these albums were worth holding on to for the extraordinary singles. "Standards" is a rather lofty album title, but a dozen of this CD's tracks live up to the moniker. The Alarm was defiantly into big statements; just listen to how many times words like hope, faith, strength and spirit pop up in the lyrics, and also note how many of these songs are about the confrontation of authority and agonizing over the potential conforming of their young lives.

The Alarm was also a killer live band.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my dad
Bought this for my dad for Christmas. It's what he likes and what he wanted. I'm happy with the product overall, but the shipping was sub-par. Why package this with a brake shoes? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Disgruntled
5.0 out of 5 stars Standards
Man I miss this band. A great album that highlights so many of their greatest songs. Takes me back and time and makes me smile.
Published on April 6, 2012 by Billman
3.0 out of 5 stars problem in 1 track
The case, insert and the disc arrived in perfect condition. But one track is not good, the disc stuck in these song and I have to manualy move forward.
Published on September 25, 2010 by Roni Wickert
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Collection
This is a compilation "best of" from The Alarm. The Alarm got fairly big back in the mid to late 80's riding the wave of the Peters / Macdonald passionate songwriting team. Read more
Published on January 25, 2007 by Steven Sly
4.0 out of 5 stars Some awesome songs, some awful songs...
I'm no expert on The Alarm, but I've heard some songs CLEARLY influenced by The Clash and heard that Mike's a Christian who often sings about his faith. Read more
Published on January 19, 2006 by Mikey of Mason Summers
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty darn comprehensive
Undeserved also rans to U2, The Alarm just never gathered the the commercial steam they reached for, especially with Eye of the Hurricane. Read more
Published on February 12, 2005 by Paul Kendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music from an Underrated band
I recently became a big Alarm fan, after seeing them on VH1 Bands Reunited. I don't remember The Alarm from the 80s, but I unknowingly loved a lot of their songs. Read more
Published on August 2, 2004 by Tim Burgess
4.0 out of 5 stars Dave Sharp Standing Tall
The Alarm wrote some socially potent songs in their time and they still resonate now. One of the forgotten bands from a period that is better off forgotten they are one of the... Read more
Published on March 8, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars THEALRM
Published on February 28, 2002 by robert,robert
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