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Tommy Shaw – The Great Divide

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00022RGJO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

1. No Such Thing
2. Dangerous Game
3. Weight of the World
4. Ambition
5. Ever Since the World Began
6. Are You Ready for Me
7. Somewhere in the Night
8. Love You Too Much
9. Outsider
10. Lay Them Down

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By aor dragonlord on 1 April 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a great sounding remaster, I have been listening to this cd for a few weeks now a great remaster from Rock Candy
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0 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Corduroy Angel (Abby) on 28 Jan. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I owned this album in the late 1980s and enjoyed it for a while, but I've never been much of a fan of soft rock. If you like a bit of AOR then you may find this a half-decent album but the only AOR band I can listen to now is FM, and they didn't get very far either. There are a few catchy tunes on here and Shaw's vocals are adequate but he does strain a little at the higher reaches and some of the songs are just fillers. Basically I bought it on the strength of the cover, which usually always works, strangely enough, but this is the one album that disappointed in that respect. Song subjects are typical, instrumentation is unremarkable - maybe Shaw has improved since then? After all, Simon Warner proves that just because you're not in the Top 40 doesn't mean you're not fantastic...
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Thanks, Terry and Tommy 2 Sept. 2007
By R. Culpepper - Published on
Format: Audio CD
For those who are fans Tommy Shaw of Styx and Damn Yankees, you know what a great songwriter Tommy is when he has a creative counterpart to bounce his musical ideas off of-- Such as the guys in Styx and Damn Yankees. Before Damn Yankees, Tommy met a very talented producer by the name of Terry Thomas. Tommy was in desperate need of a fresh start in his solo career after his second album failed. He got a new manager and his manager teamed him up with Terry. The result was "Ambition" a very well-written and produced "AOR" rock album in 1987. There are very few dull moments on this disc. "Somewhere In the Night" is worth the price of the whole CD alone. Very powerful stuff. Terry took Tommy in a very different songwriting direction and the result was a dark, atmospheric and emotional record that somehow manages to retain the "soul" of Tommy Shaw's style. All the sudden, he's singing in odd minor keys and in higher registers at Terry's urging. Arguably, it marks the beginning of a creative journey that will take him to Damn Yankees, to Shaw-Blades, back to Styx and back to Shaw-Blades again, with several songwriting credits on the side for other artists along the way. Wow. Most people don't realize the impact that this supposed "failure" had on his career. Commercially the album was a failure (thanks for nothing Atlantic Records) despite it's album rock-friendly production values and solid musical performances. But it is a great record that deservedly has been reissued. On a side note, this was a big break for Terry Thomas as well, who went on to produce some fine album-rock records for Bad Company and Giant in the late 80's.
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FINALLY!!!! 22 Sept. 2007
By Eric Morris - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you only own one Tommy Shaw CD, this should be it. The title track, "Somewhere in the Night," and "No Such Thing" are the standout songs here, though they are all good. After leaving Styx in 1983 and before joining Damn Yankees in 1990, this 1987 solo effort (his 4th in as many years) finds Shaw in top songwriting form. CDs weren't really mainstream yet in 1987 and this title was never reissued (until now, 20 years later) so original issue CD copies of this are VERY rare. I have one, though I won't tell you how much I paid for it. Buy "Ambition" now! It's a piece of Rock history and Tommy Shaw's best solo album.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great Album 22 Oct. 2007
By yankee in GA - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I've always been a Tommy Shaw/Styx fan, and I actually bought the original issue of this CD from a bargain bin for $1.99. I also saw the supporting tour as an opening act for Rush. This album rocks from start to finish. Great vocals, guitar, and songwriting. Highlights are Somewhere in the Night, Dangerous Game, and The Outsider. If you like Tommy Shaw, buy this album. It was out of print for years and is well worth the price.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
'80s pop rock obscure gem 8 Sept. 2008
By Brad - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite of all the Tommy Shaw solo albums. I remember looking for this in 1988, the year after it came out, and it was already in the bargain bin. I scooped it up then and was glad I did, as it disappeared for good soon after that. I'm glad to see it's available now for others to buy and enjoy.

This is an awesome, vintage 1980s melodic pop/rock album. To me, every single track shines. For sure "No Such Thing" is a great rocker to open the album, as is the title track at track 4. "Dangerous Game" has a soaring, anthemic melodic quality to it that can't be beat. "Ever Since The World Began" is a remake of the Survivor song that appears on the "Eye Of the Tiger" album, and it is as hearfelt and brilliant a performance as the original. "Somewhere in the Night" is another soaring melodic anthem in the second half of the album, and "Lay Them Down" as the closing track is also beautifully thick with melodies.

If you are a fan of '80s melodic pop/rock, you owe it to yourself to pick up this underrated gem of an album. Back when this came out, I was buying a lot of popular albums with singles that got a lot of airplay, as that was the music that defined my youth. That being said, I'm glad I didn't let this one slip by me despite its lack of high charting singles. Note that this was the last Tommy solo album before the brilliant supergroup Damn Yankees was formed. It's certainly not as heavy throughout as the DY material is, but melodically it was surely a sign of things to come.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One of the best albums of the 1980's 7 Jan. 2012
By KB Alan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Tommy Shaw's third solo album, 1987's "Ambition", not only rose far above any of his other efforts, it was genuinely one of the best rock albums of the 1980's. It is loaded with excellent lead & rhythm guitar, subtle keyboards and great melodic songs delivered by an artist who was at his peak, vocally. I had liked Tommy's 1984 solo debut album "Girls With Guns" very well. 1985's "What If" not nearly so much although it did have 3 or 4 songs that made it worth owning. But "Ambition" caught me by surprise. My favorite songs are "Dangerous Game" "Somewhere In The Night" (both of which had very strong radio potential) "Weight Of The World" & "Outsider". The ballad, Survivor's "Ever Since The World Began" was also very good although it seemed to fade too early and would have sounded better with an extended guitar solo and slower fade. Atlantic Records made no attempt to promote the album and it's a huge shame. Even today, the "Ambition" sounds very fresh and not dated like most other output of the mid-late 80's. This was Tommy at his best!
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