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Ambition [Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered]

Tommy Shaw Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Jan 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rock Candy
  • ASIN: B00H4L3JHO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No Such Thing
2. Dangerous Game
3. The 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. The Outsider
10. Lay Them Down

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Special Deluxe Collector's Edition / Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology / Guitarist with Styx/Damn Yankees - Produced by Terry Thomas / 12 page full colour booklet 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, unpublished photos and new interview with Tommy Shaw. The name Tommy Shaw will always be synonymous with Styx, the hugely successful American pomp rock band that notched up a series of multiplatinum albums during the 70s and early 80s. After leaving Styx in 1983 he went on to carve out a solo career, resulting in a trio of well received albums before forming supergroup Damn Yankees alongside Ted Nugent and former Night Ranger songwriter Jack Blades. Ambition was Tommy's third solo album and is generally regarded as the best of the batch. Teaming up with British producer Terry Thomas, the former leader and creative heart of cult AOR band Charlie, and recorded in London, musical assistance was provided by a number of top notch session players. Originally released in 1987, it received immediate and deserved acclaim as one of the most impressive sounding records of the time. Featuring some incredible vocal performances, recorded with pinpoint accuracy and loaded with ten truly great tracks (mostly co-written with Thomas), the record is a startling example of heavy but melodic rock with lashings of power and passion. Songs such as Dangerous Game , Are You Ready For Me and The Outsider say so much more about Shaw than we ever learnt when he was a member of Styx. Lead off track, No Such Thing is one of the greatest, yet largely underexposed, tracks he's ever recorded. Look out too for a stunning version of Survivor's Ever Since The World Began , another feather in his cap. Track listing: No Such Thing; Dangerous Game; The Weight Of The World; Ambition; Ever Since The World Began; Are You Ready For Me; Somewhere In The Night; Love You Too Much; The Outsider; Lay Them Down

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5.0 out of 5 stars remaster 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Ambitious Enough... 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks, Terry and Tommy 2 Sep 2007
By R. Culpepper - Published on Amazon.com
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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5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY!!!! 22 Sep 2007
By Eric Morris - Published on Amazon.com
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album 22 Oct 2007
By yankee in GA - Published on Amazon.com
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
5.0 out of 5 stars '80s pop rock obscure gem 8 Sep 2008
By Brad - Published on Amazon.com
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 80's Concept Album ! 8 Feb 2010
By Robert Burgess - Published on Amazon.com
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It's moody, a little dark, like for driving down the highway at night . . . But that's why I loved it in the 1980's ! I just was never able to find the CD ! To me, it is the most well-done, well-produced album by Tommy Shaw, as I have heard most of his others to date . . . Still, yes, it has a certain heavy keyboard-80's sound, but it is more 'serious' than his other efforts in my humble opinion . . .
So, dark, but GREAT guitar, it should have really been the concept for another Styx album, instead of the more light-wieght stuff they all have done . . .
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