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Voices of Babylon

4.8 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Voices of Babylon is an album by the British band The Outfield, released during the spring of 1989 and which spawned an eponymous single. It was the group's final album to feature drummer Alan Jackman, and it was also their final album on the Columbia label. Following the album's release, and with the commercial success of the band slipping, the band parted ways with drummer Alan Jackman and soon hired Paul Reed as a replacement for the album's tour. This album features a unique script similar to what is known as the Pigpen cipher. On the album cover, the script says "OUTFIELD", and the liner notes show the title of each album track in that same script.

The album's title track was a Top 40 hit single, peaking at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. [2] The second-single was "My Paradise", which peaked at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100, not achieving the success expected of it.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 27, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026N5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,908 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Abhijeet Gupta on June 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The Outfield remains one of the few '80s bands that managed to sound different. Probably why they weren't able to keep the momentum going vis-a-vis chart success. However, this album has some brilliant and diverse material, ranging from the catchy title track, to the anthem like My Paradise and other powerful songs like The Night ain't Over and Part of your Life. One track that stood out as an absolute departure from their original style is Reach Out. Surprisingly good pop/rock. Great underrated band that deserved more attention in its hey day. I believe they're coming back with a new album in the fall, and am looking forward to it. Never a dull moment with these guys.
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I became an Outfield fan with Play Deep, then became even more excited about the ongoing progress of their songwriting and performing with Bangin. Both albums display tremendous songwriting and production consistency. They seemed to be riding an ever increasing wave of popularity on radio and in the press. Then comes the release of the sophistaced but very catchy Voices of Babylon. In my opinion, the whole dynamic surrounding the release and inadequate promotion of this album still remains one of the great mysteries in rock music.

The album and it's subsequent singles were almost non-existant on the radio. Yet, song for song this is the Outfield's strongest set to date. Beginning with the title song and first single release Voices of Babylon makes a statement of a band that is growing both musically and lyrically. Voices of Babylon should be re-visited be some band today; very thoughtful and provocative lyrics about how most societies self-implode through the decline of culture.....how true. "My Paradise", the second single from the album (you can see both videos on You Tube) follows with a scorching riff and chorus that you can't get out of your head.

I could go on reviewing this album song by song. However, my objective is to promote a band that deserved so much more attention than they ever received in America. Literally nearly every song on this album could have been a single or deserved radio airplay.

All great music stands the test of time because the songs are good. The Outfield deserve their place in the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for Greatest Overlooked Bands" Do yourself a favor; if you like melodic power-pop don't leave this album out of your collection.
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By A Customer on January 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
As you have been able to tell by now, I am a big fan of The Outfield, as I have reviewed both "Play Deep" and "Bangin'". I am staunch in my support of this group becuse there are many people out there that probably haven't heard music by The Outfield, but would enjoy it if they did. "Voices of Babylon" is a tremendous piece of work. It is arguably the favorite of Outfield fans everywhere. My family and I went on vacation to the beach in the summer of 1989 not long after "Voices" was released. A family that we know went with us, and their son listened to Skid Row, Metallica, Def Leppard, and other bands of that nature. To get to the point of this story, after hearing this tape, he listened to it for the rest of the vacation, and upon returning home, he bought it, and it remained the only tape of its type in amongst the "metal" that occupied the rest of his tape case. "Reach Out" is a smooth, cool number that ranks as one of the best on the disc. "My Paradise" will make you look at your hometown in a whole new light, and "Part of Your Life" is another cool piece with an awesome solo in the middle by guitarist John Spinks. "No Point" is an energetic tune that will make you reach for the repeat button. The third time's a charm when the first two didn't work. But in the case of The Outfield, first, second, AND third are charms!!
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This is the best album by The Outfield I've heard so far! I have listened to this one, "Play Deep", "Bangin'", "Diamond Days", "Rockeye", and "Replay". I love every song from "Voices of Babylon", especially the title track "Voices of Babylon", "Part of Your Life", and "Inside Your Skin". It's sad that their commercial/mainstream success began to drop after this album and that they had to move their letter over to MCA Records. Oh well, maybe this goes to tell you that they were too good for Columbia Records anyway. Haha! It's also sad that "Voices of Babylon" was the last album with original drummer Alan Jackman before he left the band, not to return until the album "Replay". I wish he had listened to the album and not the critics, but please correct me if I'm wrong on that. It's good that Paul Reed stepped in as their drummer for the "Voices of Babylon" tour and Simon Dawson did an amazing job too as their permanent drummer during Alan's 20 year absence. It's great that The Outfield has finally released "Voices of Babylon" on iTunes! Hopefully, that will cause the album to get the attention it truly deserves. Again, this is the best album by The Outfield I've heard so far. I will be getting the album "Any Time Now" soon and I've heard some pretty good songs on it like "No Fear", "This Love Affair", and "Rainbow's End" from audio videos on YouTube. So, I'll find out after listening to "Any Time Now" if "Voices of Babylon" remains my favorite album by The Outfield or not.
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