I am happy that I was finally able to obtain this CD at a decent price here instead of at the astronomical amounts recently being asked. Earthborn is a solid effort by the band and is one that every fan of Passport and Klaus Doldinger should have on hand.
On a recent road trip, I took this along and played it repeatedly to reacquaint myself with it's delights. The whole album is good although the vocals on tracks 5 and 9 are initially offputting. My favorite cuts are Ball the Jack, Palm Tree Song, and Abakus. The two songs with vocals have a faint whiff of Steely Dan and some of Joe Sample's work about them.
The CD is very cheaply packaged in a standard plastic jewel case. No informative insert here, all album info is squeezed onto the rear panel. At least the music is good. If you like Passport, pick this up while it is still available and reasonable.
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- Product Dimensions : 4.88 x 5.59 x 0.47 inches; 3.17 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Wea International
- Original Release Date : 1998
- Date First Available : November 1, 2006
- Label : Wea International
- ASIN : B0000072TC
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #433,387 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
- Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2000
Passport's "Earthborn" never released in the U.S. Caught me by surprise. I was very impressed with the jam session like feel to this disk. It contains two tracks with vocals by Hermann Weindorf ("New Moon" and "Night Delighter") both were released as singles and have a professional and original sound. I play this disk often and like it very much. In 1983 the release of "Man In The Mirror" also featuring H. Weindorf was a big disapointment to me. I would much rather have Klaus's Saxophone, Flute, and Keyboards doing the singing instead of unknown vocalists (to me anyway). I guess you win some and lose some. Also In 1983 there was a solo album released by Klaus called "Constellation". Re-released in 1996 and has a Tangerine Dream sound to it. All keyboards. An excellent hard to find collector's item.
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Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2008
While "Rock was gettin stupid in the "80s" (O.K. there was some good stuff) Jazz on the other hand was flawlessly integrating the things that made the "80s" sound the way it did. Where "Rock" sounded goofey from that sound, Jazz musicians applied intelligence in its rendering. Passport was no exception and "Eartborn" is a very good, must have offering from this remarkable band.
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Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2002
It doesn't fail, Doldinger's work is again not a dissapointment. I hate lyrics in Jazz, but I have not complained about his lyrical songs. New Moon is no exception, I have found myself so drawn to this song that I can't listen to any others. I am not disappointed with this CD, and I recommend it to anyone considering buying it.
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PASSPORTReviewed in Germany on March 11, 2014
Ich sammle immer noch Schallplatten, - für mich gibt es einfach kein schöneres Medium um Musik zu Hause genießen zu können. Diese LP von Passport 'Earthborn' muß mir mal entgangen sein, - allerdings hatte ich eine Aufnahme davon auf Tonband. Wann ich diese Aufnahme gemacht habe, das weiß ich nicht mehr. Jetzt fing ich an, die Platten meines Begehrens zu suchen - und fand sie hier bei Amazon. Wer guten melodischen Jazz mag, - dem empfehle ich diese Platte.
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