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Farewell To Paradise [Import]

Emitt Rhodes Audio CD

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1. Warm Self Sacrifice
2. See No Evil
3. Drawn to You
4. Blue Horizon
5. Shoot the Moon
6. Only Lovers Decide
7. Trust One More
8. Nights Are Lonely
9. Bad Man
10. In Desperate Need
11. Those That Die
12. Farewell to Paradise

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best lp never heard 24 Jan 2003
By richard saulino - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
appropriately titled, is emitt at his best. the warmth of these songs are as good as it gets. it holds up even after 30 years. the best tracks (not that they arn't all good) are blue horizon, only lovers decide, nights are lonely, bad man, & farewell to paradise. a very talented man. i hope in the future he will record again. if you have a chance to buy all of his work, do it, you won't regret it.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely obscure album from a musical genius 18 Feb 2003
By Phyllis C. Levine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Farewell To Paradise, released in 1973, was the work of a rapidly maturing Emitt Rhodes that reflected his growing frustration with the dealings of his record company and critics who would dismiss him as simply a Beatles copyist. Fans of his self-titled album, full of Beatlesque melodies and harmonies, will find this album to be quite a departure from his earlier (solo and Merry-Go-Round) works. Some reviewers have referred to this album as being weak for that reason. On the other hand, I take the unpopular view that FTP was his best. Yes, the Beatlesque harmonies and melodies have, for the most part, disappeared here. Emitt experimented with different musical textures and darker lyrical themes, and his vocals are soulful and warmer than ever. Many of the tracks are R&B and jazz influenced. Stronger tracks here include the rocker "Warm Self Sacrifice" the introspective "Blue Horizon" and the title track, with lyrics reflecting the artist's turmoil over his recording career at the time. And "Only Lovers Decide" is probably the most beautiful song he ever recorded. As with previous albums, this one was recorded at home, with Emitt writing, arranging, playing all the instruments and doing all the vocals. A superior album from an extremely underrated artist.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incomparable 31 Aug 2004
By c diddy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
While it's true that he never duplicated the consistency of his 1970 masterpiece "Emitt Rhodes" (being sued by your own record comapny while you're working on your new album will have that effect!), Farewell to Paradise contains some of the most beautiful songs Emitt Rhodes ever recorded. The title track which ends the album is as near perfection as you'll find in pop/rock - gorgeous guitar hook, soaring verse & chorus, perfect middle 8, with his as-usual stunning bass & percussion. There are a number of tracks on this record which fall far below the standard he set with his best work - some are downright maudlin - but Warm Self Sacrifice, Blue Horizon, Trust Once More, and Only Lovers Decide, along with the title track, make this an essential album. Do the world a favor - pass the word about the incomparable Emitt Rhodes: his songwriting, sweet & soulful singing, masterful musicianship, and amazing production make him as rare in the world of recorded music as a .400 hitter in baseball.

Emitt we miss you!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Agree with Phyllis 20 Aug 2006
By L. Everitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I also think this is Emmit's best work. His debut and MIRROR were great, but as an ALBUM this is record is much more carefully crafted than its predecessors; the song transitions are breathtaking and the production work is clearly his best. Just as emotional as his first two if not more so. I've come to the conclusion that many people think his debut was his best just because so few have ever really heard his next two from start to finish.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work,but still worth having 2 Jan 2006
By Ted Trident - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I remember in 74 looking through some albums for something new,when lo and behold here was a Emitt Rhodes album I didnt even know existed.It had been quite awhile since I had bought ''MIRROR'and I had missed hearing something new from him.Estatic I hurriedly put it on the turntable and heard the opening piano part for Warm self sacrifice,starting off slowly then going into a rock and roll style and felt it was like his last two albums.But after awhile I realized he had changed his style somewhat and after a few plays

I have to admit I was quite disappointed.However realizing that his record company was trying to squeeze everything out of him at once,its no wonder that this album wasnt as good as it should have been.Badfinger went through the same ordeal which basically destroyed them.Luckily Emitt didnt try to take his life like two of the members of that group did.Never the less,some thirty one years after buying this album there are some songs that I really like and some that are not so good.My two favorite songs are,the georgous ''Only lovers decide'' and the title track''Farewell to paradise''.The other good ones are''Warm self sacrifice'',See no evil'',''Drawn to you'',''Blue horizon''and ''Trust once more''.Im not too crazy about ''Shoot the moon'',''Nights are lonely'',''Bad man'',and ''In desperate need'', so I only give this album three stars.Still I think its worth having just for the good songs.
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