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Playing for Keeps Import, Original recording remastered

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Originally issued in 1980, 'Playing For Keeps' took the original Money format one stage further, upping the stakes by utilising producer in Ron Nevison. Nevison, of course, was the flavour of the time having learnt his craft engineering Led Zeppelin and the Who before embarking on a career guiding some of the world's most successful AOR albums including records from Jefferson Starship, Survivor and Heart. Keeping the basics of his band in place (including super-guitarist Jimmy Lyons) the tracks were augmented by a number of high profile guests, including drummer Carmine Appice. Highlights include 'Trinidad', 'Running Back' and 'Let's Be Lovers Again' all featuring Money's soulful vocal and high energy delivery. That Eddie Money is one of the best performers of his generation is in no doubt, with 'Playing For Keeps' solidly reinforcing that assertion.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Trinidad
  2. Running Back
  3. The Wish
  4. Get a Move on
  5. When You Took My Heart
  6. Satin Angel
  7. Let's Be Lover's Again
  8. Nobody Knows
  9. Million Dollar Girl


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 22, 2013)
  • Rmst DLX ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: ROCK CANDY
  • ASIN: B00AB7B2F4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,920 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I was vaguely familier with Eddie Money's music, back in the late 70's during my adolescent years by hearing his songs on the radio. I was in High school in 1980 and remember when this album was released. I can still remember seeing his performance of Trinidad on the Midnight Special while promoting the new album. It's a great Eddie Money album. The first three releases of: Eddie Money, Life for the Taking, and Playing For Keeps make one solid trilogy of work. Jimmy Lyons guitar work is simply phenomenal.

I've never understood why this cd was not as widely available as his first two? To me, it's just as good. I was lucky enough to spot a copy of this in my local record store back in the early 90's and purchase it before it went right back out-of-print, seemingly ever since. I once heard an interview with Eddie in the mid-eighty's (possibly on Rock-Line) where he commented on this album saying "instead of going Gold, it went straight to cardboard". Obviously, sales of this album were very poor, and the record company has never forgotten that. His other two albums did produce a few hits like "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "Baby Hold On" but, an album doesn't have to have a "Hit" to be good. Hopefully, if Eddie's catalog of work is ever "remastered" the fans will finally get to purchase this gem without spending a fortune.

If you can get a copy, grab it! You won't be dissappointed.
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well first I want to say Eddie and his band doesnt get enough credit for their tunes. this album is a great one. from the tracks "The Wish" and to others as "Get A Move On" the last track "Million Dollar Girl" are all good driving songs. and as always his voice is ever amazing. people ask me how I get into this kind of music because im pretty young. I tell them well this is when music was music and when it was done for the pure enjoyment and the fun of just writing and making records. and they always say back yeah you're right. I looked for this album for a looong time and finally got it off ebay for yah 22 bucks but well worth it. if your a fan of this group then if you see it somewhere pick it up bc its out of print. so grab it and spin it. keep rockin.
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It was 1980. I was a sophomore in high school, life guard on South Padre Island and cruising in a 1980 Cutlass Supreme. Yeah...those were the days. This album was a mainstay in my cassette player, just as James Taylor, Boston and Zebra (remember them?). This was his best and merits another listen. You won't be disappointed and you just might think your back, well...you know where.
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I happened to see Eddie Money in concert a few weeks before his very first album came out in 1977. I was in college at Bama and since he was unknown at the time the crowd was very small. In the years following I played all the early albums quite a bit and noticed the progression of sound as the albums went by. This, the third, (summer of 1980) was my favorite. It best blends the songwriting team's strenghts and understated but creative guitar work of Jimmy Lyons. The first 3 albums appeared to me at the time as a strong collaboration between Lyons and Money. The songs "Trinidad," and "Million dollar girl" form a combination (the first and last tracs) that are only matched by the "Two tickets" and "Jealousies" tracs of the first album. The characteristic early years hint of optimism in the lyrics, coupled with the tasteful mix of clean + distorted guitar stylings (Lyon), makes "Playing for Keeps" Money's most listenable album. (nothing fancy, but consider for example the treble guitar riffs in Trinidad). Others may favor Money's later efforts, but this reviewer will hold-on to the third album as the one to keep.
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By Ron on December 5, 2014
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Eddie's 1980 release that didn't get a lot of accolades, but certainly deserved them. There are many hidden gems on this one. The guitar playing alone is worth the price. Eddie's vocals reach gritty and breezy peaks as he pours out his rockin' style on each track.
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Review SOLELY pertains to the remastering.
Well, it sure is LOUD and without dynamic range. If that's your thing, enjoy! I'm sticking with the original CD release for now until someone does this properly.
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SO HAPPY THIS WAS REMASTERED AND RE RELEASED, IT WAS GOING FOR SO MUCH BEFORE AND NOW THE PRICE IS REASONABLE. NOW THEY NEED TO DO THE SAME FOR WHERE'S THE PARTY WHICH SELLS FOR CRAZY PRICES AND IS NOT EDDIE'S BEST, BUT HAS SOME COOL TUNES WHICH YOU CANNOT GET ON ANY COMPILATIONS.
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Definitely was a fan of all his albums. I am the kind of person who gets to know the singer by knowing ALL the songs on the album not just one or two. As a teen of the 1980's, most would not probably love this music, but I love the oldies because by the time I started listening to Eddie in 1983, the first three albums were kinda old. But I still love the melodies and the type of music it was back then. I love it even now. So glad I can find his music on CD's because you cannot download from iTunes. I used to have the old vinyl albums, but lost in the divorce back in 1993. :( now I can get his and I'm so happy about it!
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