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Higher They Climb the Harder Import, Original recording remastered

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First Release Ever on CD in the World. Originally Released in 1975. K2 24bit Remastering.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bmg Int'l
  • ASIN: B0000V4MDK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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My copy of this release came with a 20 page booklet (including the cover art), track listings, lyrics for all the songs (in English and Japanese), original production notes and 'thank yoos'. The album art is nicely repro'd as well. Apart from a small Japanese obi strip, the rest of the package is pretty plain. As the track listings here show, there are no bonus tracks, just the original ten tunes and reprise.
"The Higher..." itself isn't the best digital reissue I've ever heard, but considering how lousy the original RCA Records pressings were, this CD's sound is phenomenal. I purchased four or five of those vinyl lps, and every one suffered from distortion, particularly in tracks where Cassidy's vocals were mixed high. If you listen closely to this CD, you can hear the occasional sound drop-out, but they're all minor. The overall sound is excellent, considering the age of the source tapes.
Musically, this is one of Cassidy's strongest lps, and features him in prime voice as well. Though I know "The Higher..." charted well abroad, here in the U.S. it was no great shakes. Maybe it was the teenybop backlash, maybe it was shoddy promotion stateside...whatever the reason, it didn't get a fraction of the play Cassidy's earlier albums received. And, of course, THAT'S a shame, 'cause this album comes together beautifully, on a number of counts.
For a concept lp, this one does a great job of working classic material alongside 'modern' originals. Who'd have thought 'Keith Partridge' could do a convincing "Be Bop A Lula" ? Better yet...that he could perform dreck like "I Write The Songs" and make it listenable ? Cassidy scores on both counts, but he's most impressive on the original tracks.
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"The Higher They Climb..." was a concept album (semi autobiographical) that launched a "new", post teen idol and mature Cassidy on the world market in 1975. The album was stunning release, co-produced by David Cassidy and Beach Boy Bruce Johnston. While it didn't sell extremely well in the USA it was hit in the UK, Europe and South Africa.
The album contains some wonderful songs including the hit singles "I Write The Songs" (penned by Bruce Johnston), "Get It Up For Love" and "Darlin'". Other notable tracks include "This Could Be The Night", "Love In Bloom" (penned by Cassidy) and the very funky "Common Thief". In truth, there isn't one bum track on this album.
When first released, the album achieved Gold status in several countries, earned Cassidy Male Vocalist of the Year in Germany and 6th best-selling single of the year in South Africa for "Darlin'". Cassidy's was the original hit version of "I Write The Songs", charting in 11 countries before Barry Manilow's commercialised and far less sensitive version hit in the USA.
This is a fabulous album. The recordings stand the test of time and demonstrate the calibre of artist that David Cassidy could have become at the time if (a) he had agreed to tour to promote his RCA recordings and (b) the self-proclaimed rock pundits had given him the respect and status he deserved. I thoroughly welcome the release of this album on CD and hope that David's subsequent RCA albums also see the light of day!
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The genuine artistry of this album is a lot more clear thirty-six years distance from its 1975 release. With the bright lights of Cassidy's teen idolatry having faded, the album can be viewed on its merits, and is left to stand on its own as a truly terrific pop statement. Still, part of what makes it so interesting is the relief of Cassidy's earlier work and the infusion of his hard-won artistic freedom. These are the sounds of an artist finally charting his own musical course, rather than a pawn buffeted by the demands of his young fans and the needs of his record company. Freed from his post-Partridge Family contract with Bell, Cassidy moved to RCA where he was paired with Beach Boy Bruce Johnston as producer. Johnston delivered Cassidy first crack at "I Write the Songs," and though the single was a chart-topper in the UK, it was withheld in the US in favor of Barry Manilow's subsequent hit.

The failure to market "I Write the Songs" is only one of the label's misfires, as the album's superb take on the Beach Boys' late-60s hit "Darlin'" was also allowed to flounder without a proper push. Cassidy's originals - he wrote or co-wrote half the album's songs - are more mature than the things he'd written for his earlier albums, and the demise of his teen idol fame provides introspective grist for the songwriter's mill. Johnston provides sophisticated, varied and dramatic arrangements that are substantially more soulful than Cassidy had been previously afforded, and the singer rises to the challenge with strong vocals that shed the bubblegum style he'd adopted for the Partridge Family. Among the album's most startling moments is a take on Gene Vincent's "Be-Bop-A-Lula" that's surprisingly fresh and original.
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