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listen  1. I Touch Roses 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Boy 2:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) 3:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Alice Everyday 3:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Hunny Hunny (Radio Remix) 4:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Getting Faster 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Pretty Boys And Pretty Girls (Single Version) 4:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. You Make Me Feel So Good 3:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Sunny Day (2001 Version) 3:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Chatterbox Pt. 2 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Tubular Bells 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Counting The Rosaries 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Lullaby 4:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Try 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen16. It's In Your Eyes (Bonus Track) 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B00005A0AV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Book Of Love turns the pages on the '80s dance revival by bringing together the best and the newest from the synth-dance, electro-pop club favorite on I Touch Roses. Featuring three new recordings -"Getting Faster," "Try" and "It's In Your Eyes" - a Peter Rauhofer (Cher, Club 69, The Crystal Method) remix of the club hit "Boy" and a 2001 version of "Sunny Day," as well as the quartet's most popular previously released tracks. I Love Roses: The Best Of Book Of Love offers new dance music for a new generation.

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An American Human League? Abba? Book of Love was that good, earning the comparisons while remaining a wholly unique outfit. A handful of singles as good as the highlights of this retrospective would improve current radio immeasurably. I Touch Roses' 15 album cuts and remixes drawn from the California group's Sire releases (1985-'93) reflect a love of pop as an art form and a wish to communicate rather than merely sell. Though linked to the synth-pop era, Book of Love was as much rooted in girl groups and other ostensibly throwaway stuff; in turn, cuts like the title track, "Boy," and "Sunny Day" remain as vibrant as "Give Him a Great Big Kiss" or "You Keep Me Hangin' On." Only a post-new wave outfit such as this, though, could've gotten away with an innocent Exorcist tribute such as "Tubular Bells," much less one that appears here adjacent to the ultrasweet "Counting the Rosaries." It's hardly nostalgia that makes this disc sound so fabulous: Book of Love's shouts and coos should appeal to anyone under, say, 90--anyone, that is, whose heart and tear ducts remain alive. --Rickey Wright

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Great compilation album includes all the best hits from Book of Love.
Michael
Heard it on Pandora and has to order it since it had probably beeN a good 20 years since I had heard them.
Steve K.
Book of Love is one of my favorite bands of the late 80's/early 90's!!!!
Bobby Routh

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris D. on November 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Let me preface my review by saying that I think that the first three Book Of Love albums are fantastic. I saw them live in '86 and went to a "Candy Carol" album release party, so you could say that I have been a long-time fan. Having said that...I picked this album up as soon as I saw it, but I am more than a bit disappointed with it. The new tracks are not particularly interesting (where are all the chimes and bells?), the remixes of "Hunny Hunny" and "Sunny Day" are no improvement on the original versions, and the dance remix of "Boy" is a total waste of a track. Instead of these (and "Chatterbox"), they should have included "Witchcraft", "Turn The World", "Sunday AM", or "Book Of Love" (to pick one from each album). One track that should have definitely made the cut is the amazing 1991 version of "With A Little Love".
The rest of "I Touch Roses" is excellent (I agree that the separation of "Tubular Bells" and "Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls" was a great idea) but, as a whole, this is not one of the better "Best Of" albums out there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erica Anderson on June 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is my first exposure to Book of Love. I must say I absolutely adore this group. I love that new wave sound from the '80s so I knew somewhat I was getting into when I bought this cd. As I am listening to this cd, I am reminded of Dead or Alive, Yaz, Erasure, the Pet Shop Boys, Human League and Information Society. All those great synth-pop bands. "I Touch Roses" is filled with infectious, contagious, catchy synth-pop songs that any '80s music fan would love. I can't really pick a favorite track off this cd because I love all the songs on this cd. One of my favorites is "Lullaby". The cover of Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" is heavenly to listen to, very techno. "Boy" just screams out the Pet Shop Boys. Fantastic pop album with a retro sound. It can't get any better than this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Routh on March 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Book of Love is one of my favorite bands of the late 80's/early 90's!!!! I was SOOOO HAPPY to find out that they've re-grouped and recorded new material! HOWEVER, I was slightly disappointed in this "Best of..." collection, only because of the track selection. Sunny Day 2001??? There was NOTHING wrong with the original version. In fact, it's BETTER than the one here. And WHERE is Witchcraft and Boy Pop? They should have strung Tubular Bells and Pretty Boys & Pretty Girls together like they are on the Lullaby instead of separating them, left off Chatterbox Pt. 2 off in favor of Sunday A.M. All in all, the new tracks make up for the lack of the above and I would DEFINITELY recommend this CD to anyone who wants to hear "Happy Music".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Todd W. G. Johnson on March 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Halalooya! Book of Love is back after all these lonely years!This long-awaited disc displays the band's catchy tunes from yesteryear and sprinkles in a few surprises which make it an essential addition to your collection. Great sounds, rhythms and melodies which remain virtually resistant to the passage of time. It starts off with the brilliant "I Touch Roses" complete with its Casio CZ-101 bass line and colorful bell chimes. Also featured are mixes of "Modigliani", "Hunny Hunny", and "You Make Me Feel So Good", which retain the original format, yet bring in elements from the maxi singles (and/or remixes) which strengthen the tunes and give them a breath of fresh air. The added guitar really fills out "Hunny Hunny" and gives the 2001 "Sunny Day" a new feeling. The Peter Rauhofer Remix of "Boy" transports my mind into the setting of an ECSTATIC Sweaty Saturday night at the Roxy. The new tunes display the still evident beauty of BOL and give hope that this band will continue to make music and tour in the future. I am somewhat disappointed with the fact that "Witchcraft", "Yellow Sky", "Lost Souls", and "Flower in my Hand" were not included. They would have earned this CD 5 1/2 stars. I once sent a letter, paper rose, and a tape to Ted Ottaviano, hoping to become acquainted with the musical genius that he is, but I never got a response. This cd will be a sufficient reply. xoxo Todd
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
To start, I am disappointed that Yellow Sky is missing (from the first album). It wasn't a "single", but it was a good song nonetheless. There are a few other minor complaints. I never really did like the radio version of Hunny Hunny, which is more guitar-laden than the album track. It sounds as if it were deliberately retooled to get airplay on the radio when it came out as a single in the early 90's, at the height of the alternative musicdom. And I never really did care for Sunny Day, even if it was the only song Ted sang for Book of Love.
A final commment- It's in Your Eyes is dreadful! It has that "garage band" sound to it.
I am very happy that Lullaby got included. It is a touching song; the antithesis of Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls, which is awesome, by the way. As for the new additions, Getting Faster is a good song.
To conclude, here's some songs I think should have made it in the compilation: Yellow Sky, Sound and Vision, Boy Pop (an ACTUAL single, that got ignored), and Orange and Lemons.
All things considered, this is definitely worth buying if you have any interest at all in Book of Love
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