Industrial-Sized Deals TextBTS15 Shop Women's Handbags Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon $5 Albums Storm Fire TV Stick Off to College Essentials Find the Best Purina Pro Plan for Your Pet Shop Popular Services Home Theater Setup Plumbing Services Assembly Services Shop all tmnt tmnt tmnt  Amazon Echo Fire HD 6 Kindle Voyage The Walking Dead\ Big Savings in the Amazon Fall Sportsman Event Deal of the Day
Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to Amazon.com (US).
  
Buy Used
$0.01
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: 100% Satisfaction guaranteed; Ultraviolet/Digital content not guaranteed; Disc may have light scratches and light wear on case; No hardware;
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • The Great Puzzle
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

The Great Puzzle

9 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, January 28, 1992
"Please retry"
$1.91 $0.01

Listen to Samples and Buy MP3s

Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Samples
Song Title Time Price
  1. The Trap Door 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. The Great Puzzle 6:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. We Were Only Making Love 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. The Sad Sound Of The Wind 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Something Else To Me 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Make Believe 5:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Much Too Much 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Dreams Dissolve In Tears 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. The Mystery's All Mine 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Jewel In A Cobweb 5:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Bark 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 28, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram
  • ASIN: B000001DUO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,787 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

5 star
100%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 9 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Earley on November 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If there is anybody who deserves to be better known in the music world, it's Jules Shear. He's an artist whose songs he's written are better known than he is. Having written the Bangles "If She Knew What She Wants", Cyndi Lauper's "All Through The Night", and Allison Moyet's "Whispering Your Name", to name a few. He's been around since the 70's, having started the very underrated new wave band Jules And The Polar Bears. He put out an excellent first album with "Watch Dog" in 1983, which Todd Rundgren produced. He recorded a couple more albums in the 80's before finally releasing this masterpiece. For people who have never heard Jules Shear sing, it may be an aquired taste for some. Personally I like it. He sings in a nasal whisper at times, but he puts so much passion and emotion into his singing that he can make even an average song sound like it means something. There's nothing average about these songs though. I think this is by far the best songwriting Shear has ever done. Some of the most unforgettable tunes off this are "The Sound Of The Wind", "Make Believe", alone worth the price of admission here. The Lovin Spoonful sounding "The Mystery's All Mine", and the title track "The Great Puzzle". These songs are all packed with the very distinctive sound of jangling guitars that are layered on top of each other so much that it almost gives them an organ sound. I've never heard anything quite like it before. Mix that with some great harmony singing, and some intelligent lyrics and songwriting, and these 60's inspired melodies become an instant classic. For some reason that's beyond me, this album didn't make Shear a star like I thought it would.Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John C. Bergeron on August 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Hearing the title song on this release for the first time was like being drawn to a warm bed on a cold winter's night. Jules Shear is nothing short of a brilliant poet. His words, as wonderful and heart-rending as they sound being passionately sung over fine playing, production and arrangements, would have lost little had Jules opted to publish them as a book of poems. True, it may not have done much to increase the size of his criminally small fan base, but it would have provided the world with one more means through which to experience his art. Sadly, Jules Shear now seems destined to exist in that great pantheon the Almost Famous. I feel so lucky to have found him. You will too!
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Absolutely fantastic. This has been my favorite album for seven years. Brilliant lyrics, incredibly melodic and it rocks like crazy. This album should have made Jules a big star. It's fresh and original and an absolute stunner.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
jules shear is the poet of our time. the great puzzle is just one example of his genius. if you are really interested in great music, try to find some of the old polar bears albums. the guitarist , richard bredice is hotter than hot.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By J.E. Beal on December 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The only way to describe the fact that this album isn't revered as one of the great pop albums of the decade is criminal. The melodies are sharp, the playing is wonderful and it's a great SOUNDING record. Jules voice can sound like Dylan after a whippit, but I DARE you not to forgive that during the thrilling "Trap Door" or heart breaking "Dreams Disolve In Tears." "From next door a radio played/She started banging on the wall/It was some terrible song she could remember loving/Now she couldn't stand that song at all." Talk about taking the exact moment when you realize a relationship is over and writing a pop song about it...Jules does that constantly here. If you're a fan of pure pop melodies featuring lyrics about adult issues played by grown ups, this album and Michael Penn's 'March' are two to consider. Death Cab for Cutie have come close to this record, but they're still trying. Here's what the finish line sounds like.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in