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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire / Mute
  • ASIN: B000002KYC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,573 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Don't Go
2. Too Pieces
3. Bad Connection
4. I Before E Except After C
5. Midnight
6. In My Room
7. Only You
8. Goodbye '70's
9. The Situation
10. Winter Kills
11. Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I)

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Media Type: CD
Artist: YAZ
Title: UPSTAIRS AT ERIC'S
Street Release Date: 07/07/1987
Domestic
Genre: ROCK/POP

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There was a time when you couldn't step into a dance club without hearing at least part of this recording booming over the sound system. The often over-played hit, "Situation," was a bubbling caldron of nasally synth noodlings, a whopping bass line, and drum machine wallops. Alison Moyet's looped laugh in the middle of the song ended up as a sample, over-used a thousand times over. Yaz was an interesting blend of Moyet's smoky blues and jazz tinged vocals with Vince Clarke's digital disco. Moyet's voice alone was instrument enough, and the melodies here perfectly showcased her incredible range. Upstairs easily moved between energetic dance floor exuberance ("Don't Go" and "Good-bye Seventies"), blues-inspired wailers ("Midnight"), and icy electronic minimalism ("Winter Kills"). It was an explosion of a debut, touching upon '80s gay disco, synth pop, and diva-ism in one fell swoop. The CD closes with the overlooked "Didn't I Bring Your Love Down," an infectious barn burner with a call/response break that blows the roof off of Eric's little techno-pop room. --Steve Gdula

Customer Reviews

The songs are good as well.
Shark Frenzy
If you like the 80's new wave sound you should like this recording.
T. Jennings
Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet are fantastic togather.
shervin nooshin

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By highway_star on August 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Yaz appeared on the "New Wave" scene in 1982 with the hits "Situation", "Don't Go" and "Only You". Fronted by Vince Clark (ex-Depeche Mode) on synthesizers and an unknown female vocalist named Allison Moyet, Yaz (originally Yazoo) created catchy electro/pop. Yaz's debut album "Upstairs At Eric's" produced several huge club hits with "Situation" (here in it's entire "Club Mix" version), "Don't Go" and the moderately successful "Only You". The first two songs are synthesized discoish club tunes with strong vocals courtesy of Moyet. Club jocks pumped these songs thru their sound systems to packed dancefloors (I know cause I was one of the jocks that spun both these tunes, sometimes several times a night) worldwide. But the album also had other great songs such as "Bad Connection", "Goodbye Seventies", and "Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I)" to name a few. If you enjoy artists such as Soft Cell, Depeche Mode, New Order, Human League, Heaven 17 and Ultravox then this cd is a must have. Highly Recommended!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Brady on February 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is the FINEST piece of electronic pop music to come out of the Eighties. The marriage of Vince Clarke's cold electronics and the gospel/blues influenced vocals of Alison "Alf" Moyet is a match made in music heaven. Even the more experiental pieces here work really well, although casual fans slag them off as being overblown and pretentious. Filled with hits, both ballads and dance floor fillers ( "Only You", "Situation", "Don't Go") Even the deeper album cuts are great - "( Didn't I ) Bring Your Love Down" is a stomper we STILL play at our house parties,the haunting "Winter Kills" just might well be Alison's finest vocal performance on record ( and this was on her DEBUT for God's sake )and the bluesy "Midnight" still sends shivers down my spine. A few of more pop-flavoured songs round out this collection, making it very perfectly balanced. It's not "just a dance record" it's a piece of music history, an undeniable classic.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Hayes on November 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
You'll NEVER remove this disc from your player. This is a promise to all the music lovers out there. Young and old alike. This collection of tracks sways from the digital orgasm of Clarke's instrumentation to the bassa boom of Moyet's vocals.

This collection is started with the energy inducing "Don't Go": Moyet pleads with you not to exit, you'll never want to as Clark's keyboard hugs you as tight as Moyet's voice. The other "shiners" here are "Goodbye Seventies", "Situation", "Bad Connection" and the mega-looped "I Before E Except After C": an eloquent vocal conocotion. "Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I)" is another crooner. You'll be dazzled by both the odd instrumentation and the oddly masculine femininity of Moyet's voice. Lather, rinse and repeat.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Usually, every track has to sparkle to warrant 5 stars, but there are so many perfect moments here that it gets 5.
The problems? Someone should have known better than release "I Before E Except After C." "In My Room" sounds harsh, and meanders so much in its backing vocals that the entire track is annoyingly destroyed. "Goodbye Seventies" is a fluff song.
That's about it, though. The rest of album wavers between very good and utterly captivating. "Don't Go" and "Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I)" are masterpiece dance tracks, with Alison Moyet's giant voice pushing over whatever synth lines Vince Clarke can throw at her. "Only You" is, quite simply, the best ballad to come out of the decade (that's a conservative estimate...maybe a hell of a lot longer than that). "Winter Kills" is almost as interesting, as Moyet whispers, hisses, and blasts her way through a spare background. "Too Pieces" and the very '60s-ish pop (vocally) of "Bad Connection" are the rest of the standouts.
The other tracks, "Midnight" and "Situation" are very good, but each has a slight flaw. "Situation" is a tad too long for the stark instrumentation to carry, and "Midnight" is one of only a few songs where Moyet ever sounds like she's crossed the border into histrionics.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Thank God Vince Clarke left Depeche Mode in 1982! Otherwise this might not have happened. Alison "Alf" Moyet had then (and still does have) a voice with incredible range, and for the most part, she doesn't feel she has to scream and wail a la Mariah Carey to be heard. Only You, Situation and Don't Go are alternative-radio classics. Even though "Situation" has been sampled to death in a number of dance tracks (most well-known is probably "Macarena"), hearing the original is still a thrill. Wasn't "Only You" covered in a Spanish-language version ("Solo Tu") a few years ago by, I think it was Enrique Iglesias? That just goes to show that this music is timeless - it sounds great even today. Although neither Alf nor Vince are enjoying the same levels of success today as they did in the '80s (Alf as a solo artist and Vince with Erasure), their music as Yaz(oo) will live forever.
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