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By the time Top Gun introduced this LA electro-pop band to the masses, they'd been scoring Geffen hits for three years. Here are 12 of their best: that soundtrack smash, Take My Breath Away ; the hits Sex (I'm A ); The Metro; Masquerade; No More Words; Now It's My Turn , and more!

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Like Blondie, Berlin is a female-fronted new wave band with a lead singer (Terri Nunn) who can really belt, although Nunn is more in-your-face than Debbie Harry. Their music is submerged new wave synth-pop that is varied most successfully by Nunn's agile vocal arrangements. In "No More Words," she first yells and then drops to a scathing whisper, only to attack again; it's scary enough to make any man cower. "Take My Breath Away" is a beautiful from-the-gut ballad, so large and deep in scope that it commands your full attention. In "The Metro" she puts you on a train, sullen and melancholy, going nowhere. --Beth Bessmer

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000000OQU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,067 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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“New music is the lifeblood of anybody making music— it’s that creation, excitement, new babies [songs]! It inspires me and it inspires others,” declares Terri Nunn, the charismatic and enigmatic singer of L.A.’s iconic synth electro-pop pioneers, BERLIN. Animal, a brand-new 12-track offering, explores contemporary electronic dance music while remaining true to ... Read more in Amazon's Berlin Store

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Berlin was one of the best bands in the 80's.
"musiclover7"
If you love "Take my Breath Away" and hope the rest of the CD is such , you will be dissappointed.
Santosh
Had to have for my KF,, Great memories & the best compilation out there ... A must have for BERLIN fans..
P. D. Wood

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 7, 2005
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Terri Nunn kicked around Los Angeles in search of a film career for several years. Berlin was an interesting but unknown band that had a small following but nothing tangible to show for it. In 1979, however, Nunn and Berlin found each other--and the result would be one of the more interesting bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s "New Wave," and by the time Nunn and the members of Berlin called it a day around 1988 they had created not only a solid body of work but several truly memorable international hits.

Berlin's best known single would be "Take My Breath Away," a slow but musically intense piece with music by Giorgio Moroder and lyrics by Tom Whitlock recorded for the film TOP GUN. (The song proved considerably more memorable than the film itself, picking up a 1986 Oscar for best song.) A runaway hit, the song nonetheless sowed the seeds of the band's destruction: band members were torn between their experimental roots and pop music success, and Berlin self-destructed less than two years later.

BEST OF BERLIN 1979-1988 collects the major recordings, including the famous "Take My Breath Away." Like all best of collections, one can argue over what should have been included and what should have been left, but by and large this collection does a very good job of gathering the major recordings, and it gives you a very good idea of what the band did. And what it did was contrast Nunn's unexpectedly powerful voice and flair for emotional dramatics against a increasingly pop-inflected New Wave sound to truly remarkable effect.

The earlier recordings like "The Metro" show the band at their edgy New Wave semi-punk best, a strange but intriguing mix of cold electronic sound and emotionally hot lyrics. "Sex (I'm A...
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dan Robertson on March 28, 2007
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This CD was originally released in 1988, and was recently re-released as part of the Millennium Collection series. According to the heading here on Amazon, and the sticker on the front of the CD wrapper, this recording has been remastered. You could have fooled me.

The sound quality is mediocre at best. I hate it when I have to turn my stereo up to 12 before any punch is evident. I own a budget compilation CD from 1992 with The Metro on it, and it sounds much better there than on this new collection. Also, the liner notes do not say anything about remastering, which is unusual for these collections. I do not own a copy of the 1988 CD, but I can't imagine it sounded much worse than this.

Bottom line -- if you're just looking for a low-cost selection of Berlin songs, then this will do fine. All the hits are here. But if you were hoping for a sonic upgrade, then you will likely be disappointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1999
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An excellant collection from one of the 80's most underrated bands.This cd contains a fine blend of ballads[Take My Breath Away],rockers[Blowin Sky High],and synth pop[Matter Of Time]to satisfy any musical taste.A must have for old fans and those who are tired of bland commercial groups[you know them!|that rule our airwaves today.Let Terri Nunn and co. into your ears,you wont be dissappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Santosh on July 31, 2000
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Easy to describe this CD. If you love "Take my Breath Away" and hope the rest of the CD is such , you will be dissappointed. This is a fantastic CD , reflecting the true "BERLIN" so few of us actually know. Berlin is a high- energy true 80's style group and that's what this album reflects. Its powerful elegent rock. Terry Nunn, has one of the most powerful female voices I've heard which can sing the sweet smooth tones of "The Metro" and "Masquerade" and be able to still deliver the power and weight required for tracks like "Like Flames" and "Do you really understand me". A note for those who like Euro-German pop of the 80's, This CD will satisfy you, even though the group hails from the USA, and has a German name. In fact, it was the movie "Innerspace" that prompted me to give this album a closer look. I wasn't dissappoined.....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ryan A. Rigg on April 7, 2005
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When I first heard "Sex (I'm A...)" on a college radio station in 1983, I was immediately interested in this group. I already loved anything new wave, and this was even better because of the risque subject matter. Then came "The Metro". I bought the 45 and played it over and over and over. The video was played heavily on WTBS' "Night Tracks". I also liked the follow-up, "Masquerade". The following year, the group finally broke through and scored a Top 40 hit with "No More Words". Once again, I also liked the follow-up, "Now It's my Turn". 1986 saw the group have it's biggest success with "Take my Breath Away". Much was made at the time that many members of the group saw the huge success of "Take my Breath Away" as a mixed blessing because it was not really representative of the kind of music they played. The group scored one final minor chart hit with "Like Flames" and then faded from view. All 7 of the band's Billboard Hot 100 hits are included on this CD. However, since 7 songs does not really fill a CD, the record company padded out the song list with 5 album cuts.

If you did not watch video channels or listen to alternative radio during the 80's, you may be unfamiliar with this group other than "Take my Breath Away" and possibly "No More Words" since those were the only 2 songs to hit the Top 40 and receive widespread airplay. However, all 7 of the band's Hot 100 hits are awesome and should have been bigger hits than they were.

The Hot 100 hits are the best (especially "The Metro"). The other songs aren't bad, they just don't stand out like the familiar songs on this disc.
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What is Terri Nunn up to these days?
Come on down to Atlanta on September 8 when Terri and Berlin will open up for Todd Rundgren and the (New) Cars at Chastain.
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