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Bedtime Stories [VINYL] [Import]

David Baerwald Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (2 May 1990)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B00008ENX1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

1. All for You
2. Good Times
3. Dance
4. Hello Mary
5. Best Inside You
6. Young Anymore
7. Sirens in the City
8. Liberty, Lies and Refugees
9. Walk Through Fire
10. Colette
11. In the Morning
12. Stranger

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5.0 out of 5 stars This will be the favourite album of your life 18 July 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This will be the favourite album of your life. I guarantee it. Give it a listen from start to finish a few times and then come back to it a couple of weeks later; after that, you'll be hooked. The lyrics are absolutely brilliant, as is the music and David's voice. If there was an option for TEN STARS I would have selected that instead. It's a rare 10/10 album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bedtime Stories 1 Mar 2013
By RickyT
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album ages ago now but it gets regular play time. It is difficult to fault any of the David Baerwald albums, except perhaps the David+David early one - not an opinion likely to be shared by many bearing in mind the great reviews I have read of it on this site.

Stand out track for me is Colette - I heard this for the first time in the car and it reminds of summer days with the top down singing along. It now sits proudly towards the top of my "most played" playlist.

If you like David Baerwald you'll love this.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  18 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stories With a Point of View 8 Jan 2004
By Musings - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Say this for David Baerwald: he's a survivor. Over 15 years after his first impression on the charts (with the Top 40 hit "Welcome to the Boomtown" as part of David + David), he's still plugging away, either on his own or in collaboration with others (such as Sheryl Crow on "Tuesday Night Music Club").
This is his first solo album, recorded after a breakup with David Ricketts. (It's thought their partnership came to grief after Ricketts' then-girlfriend Toni Childs, who had been working on her song "Where's the Ocean" for a year and still had just the title, got ticked off after Baerwald finally shouted from another room, "Take a right on Sunset.") Produced by Larry Klein (the former husband of Joni Mitchell, who provides backing vocals on "Liberty Lies"), it's a slice of Americana from a confused era: the `80s were over, and many people were a little confused as where we were going. Baerwald gets down in the trenches, with stories either of despair ("All for You," "Hello Mary") or or hope ("The Best Inside You").
My favorites are those where Baerwald lets his skewed sense of wordplay take hold, much as Springsteen did in his early LPs. These include "Dance" ("Everybody was nervous/We were serving the dervish/We were feeling observed absurd/And paranoid") and "Liberty Lies" ("It's like I'm walking through Rome/Tenements all torn apart/Instead of Nero we got Madonna/She's fiddling with herself") - it shows a sense of adventure rarely heard in rock of that era. (You don't suppose Madonna decided to pilfer the title of this album for her own out of spite? Nah.)
I don't have any other Baerwald albums, but I'm happy this one is on my shelf, and it gets played a few times a year - a claim I can't make with many of my other CDs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Should Not Be A Denizen of the "Shame It's Out-of-Print" File 12 July 2005
By J. Merritt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If I can convince even one person to track down "Bedtime Stories," I'll feel great. It's a no-good, rotten shame that the album is out of print, but you'll have a fair shot of finding it on eBay or at your local record & tape trader. This guy's a hell of a songwriter, to which this album and the subsequent "Triage" bore considerable testament. If you're a fan of folk-tinged American rock from the Springsteen/Petty school, this should be right up your alley.

Baerwald is more of a pessimist than TP or the Boss; like Mellencamp, he's less a believer in the American Dream, and very upset by its disintegration. Mellencamp believes it can be rebuilt; Petty is apt to find good-time alternatives; Springsteen has grown heavy on lament. Baerwald, on the other hand, gets angry, and walks his songs right into the street to observe the decay and report back. It's not a very encouraging trip to the front lines, but it makes for great music with some meat in it. That's not to say that he has no sense of humor or vision for the brighter side: "Dance" is a rollickingly sardonic take on paranoia, while "Good Times" is a more melodically upbeat ode to nostalgia. Much of the album, though, focuses on those things that we as individuals ("Hello Mary," "The Best Inside You") and as a country ("Liberty Lies," "Sirens in the City," "Stranger") have let slip away. Much to our discredit.

Like his colleagues, Baerwald can write a hook, so you can tap your feet while you listen to the testimony in his case against the system. Just don't forget the central message: While we fiddle, Rome burns, and very few are innocent in this fire.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not a better album ever made 18 May 2012
By mellen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been collecting music for 40 plus years , first as a dj and later as a true fan of most music styles, Bedtime Stories is the BEST cd I own .This is a masterpiece, I played this during the construction of my home and all the contractors went out a purchased a copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute masterpiece... 2 Jun 2013
By Elliott de Luca - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In an era when the term "genius" is applied to entertainers vs. musicians, it's nice to hear something so deep, so dynamic and wonderfully played and performed. I always loved "Boomtown" by David + David, but this album is even better. Being a professional musician myself, and a drummer, I LOVED that my favorite, Vinnie Colaiuta played on the album as well. So painfully tasteful and well recorded. If you truly want lyrics with meaning, great performances and just beautiful material? This is without a doubt a must-have.
5.0 out of 5 stars Updating the Brothers Grimm 30 April 2008
By state - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album was an instant classic from the moment I first heard the opening track. Literate, subtle, passionate stories about men losing their women, their money, their minds and more. Standout tracks include "Dance" (go on, try not to want to dance to it), "Liberty, Lies and Refugees" (take a walk down desolation row and learn how 'instead of Nero/ we have Madonna fiddling with herself') and "In The Morning" (a not so fond farewell, achingly rendered). Although these stories explore the darkness of our collective dystopia Baerwald finds islands of light ("Good Times") even when he's sitting in a dark place himself ("Hello Mary"). This is America seen through a lens darkly Brothers Grimm style but with a sense of humour ("Young Anymore" for example). When it was stolen from my home a dozen years ago I was devastated as it was out of print and when I found it again one day on a hunt through an old new and used store in Victoria (long live the independants!) it felt like meeting an old friend. The kind of friend you want to invite in and stay awhile.
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