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Gotthard Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ariola
  • ASIN: B0000269TW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,359 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class Hard Rock 25 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
What a way to start your musical career. This is Gotthards first album and what an album it is, class from start to finish. It has alot of powerful tracks including Standing In The Light, Downtown, Mean Street Rocket and a superb cover version of Deep Purples, Hush, which for me is the best version I have ever heard. There are a couple of softer numbers with All I Care For and Angel but they are great too and are a great mix for this album. This is a must for any rock fan and it is always at the top of my CD collection. Superb!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb debut album 13 Aug 2006
By davdav
Format:Audio CD
Love this album, was my first Gotthard I bought. In the meantime I got all of them and was on several concerts in Switzerland. They absolutely rock.

This first album is considered to be their best one. It shows their variety: the great opener 'Standing in the light', the stomping 'Firedance', the fantastic and my absolute ballade 'All I care for' or the great version of the covered 'Hush'.

This is actually the second version of their first album - the first one has a red cover which was a limited edition and isn't in production anymore.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gotthard - Very good gotthard album 4 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
As impressive as a first album should be but Gotthard has got better over the years. highly recommended album for any one better than expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two masterpieces 30 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
This 2 CD set contains two masterpieces from the 1980s. Be Yourself Tonight was probably intended as the band's excursion into R&B and Soul, but it's much more than that in its stylistic variety, exquisite musicianship and moving songs.

The sonic delight starts with the uptempo Would I Lie To You, followed by the delicate pop of There Must Be An Angel, and reaches a climax on the duet with Aretha Franklin, a brilliant tour de force. Conditioned Soul is another gem with beautiful intricate and dramatic guitar infusions and Lennox at her vocal best on some of their most poetic lyrics.

Not as resigned as Savage, Be Yourself Tonight still has an undertone of sorrow, as in the tender Adrian. A great slice of 80's R&B follows in the form of It's Alright, followed by the most sorrowful of all, the entrancing Here Comes That Sinking Feeling with its doubled-up vocals (one set sounding like it's spoken over the telephone) which gives it an eerie feel. The bittersweet Better To Have Lost In Love, is another highlight, haunting in its blend of hope and sadness.

Some of Eurythmics most literate and profound work is found here, but it's serious stuff and not always as accessible as their other masterpieces like Sweet Dreams or Revenge. Then again, it's nowhere near as difficult as In The Garden or as bleak as Savage. Be Yourself Tonight is an album of real soul.

After great synth albums like Sweet Dreams and Touch and 1985's Soul/R&B excursion Be Yourself Tonight, Eurythmics created Revenge, a riveting rock album with plenty of melodic masterpieces. I don't like the meandering Missionary Man, but besides that it's genius all the way!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great band, great debut 25 Jan 2008
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Gotthard's self-titled debut might not have stood out from the crowd much in 1992, given the sheer volume of bands playing melodic rock at the time, but it would prove to be the launching point of one of Switzerland's most successful bands ever, and one of the few bands from that era that has continued to serve up high quality melodic rock year after year.

From the very beginning Gotthard has specialized in upbeat, catchy, feel-good, melodic rock & roll, and I'd argue that they're the best they are at what they do. A few hair metal trappings in the early days doesn't change the fact that Gotthard had a solid rock sound inspired by bands like Y&T, Whitesnake, Van Halen, and to some extent Rainbow, and that sound remained true no matter what musical trends came and went.

Gotthard's debut album is simply an incredible melodic rock album, and alongside Tyketto's Don't Come Easy and the self-titled Von Groove debut is one of that era's strongest debuts. All of the elements that made Gotthard such a success (everywhere but America of course) are in place here, from the slamming guitar hooks to Steven Lee's raspy (but powerful) voice, to that upbeat tempo that makes Gotthard albums impossible to listen to while sitting still. You just have to get up and move when a song like Hunter comes on. Even their ballads are impressive enough to keep you from hitting the skip button. The album also features the first of what would become several fantastic covers of classic songs. This time it was Joe South (and later Deep Purple's) Hush.

I'm a total fanboy for this band, so I may not be the most objective reviewer for this album. Still, I can't imagine anyone who is into classic and/or melodic rock being disappointed by this rockin' album. If you're into bands like Danger Danger, Tyketto, Von Groove, Fair Warning, Bonfire, or Pink Cream 69, this band and album should be an absolute winner. Order now; operators are standing by!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific classic hard-rocj band with great singer 23 Feb 2000
By gino - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the first album of the swiss hard rock band called Gotthard. If you love Deep Purple, Whitesnake and Dio YOU HAVE TO BUY THIS CD. ALL (I say: all) songs are excellent: The sound is hard and the singer is probably the best hard-rock singer with Ronnie Dio. As a guest VIVIAN CAMPBELL plays a great solo on the song "Firedance". Don't miss it. Believe me, you won't regret it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good heavy metal 7 May 2004
By L. B. Ivarsson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The debut album from Gotthard (1992) is a solid rock effort and it's more or less obvious that Gotthard are influenced by Whitesnake's "1987". The music is guitar riff based heavy metal with some blues and a lot of melody. Singer Steve Lee has a very good voice and the rest of the band is without doubt good musicians. It's too bad that Gotthard haven't got the attention they deserve because this band is just as good as any other band in this genre. If you like Tyketto, Hardline or Lionsheart you will probably like this album. The material is strong and songs like "Standing in the light", "Down town", "Firedance", and "Lonely heartache" should please any fan of traditional but melodic heavy metal. My only objection (which lower the ranking from a 4 to a 3) is that the songs are rather similar to one another and in the long run they have a slight tendency to melt together.
4.0 out of 5 stars Where it all started for Gotthard 11 Jun 2012
By Jonathan Weller - Published on Amazon.com
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Released in 1992, Gotthard's debut album was the stepping stone for one of the absolute best and longest running melodic rock bands ever. While Gotthard played essentially hair-metal in the early days, they have long since shed that moniker and become the Swiss equivalent to Bon Jovi.

Trying to distinguish themselves from the melodic rock pack in 1992 wasn't the easiest thing to do for Gotthard. There were literally hundreds of bands trying their hand at this brand of music, and you really had to put something amazing out too get noticed. Fortunately for us, Gotthard released a record that did just that. The entire album is strong throughout, and only the thinnest amount of filler keeps this album from being five-stars. While the album isn't perfect, my favorite tracks from the record are "Downtown", "Take Me", "Hush" and "Mean Street Rocket".

It's quite simple, if you love 80's inspired hard rock music in the vein of Poison, Warrant and Motley Crue you will love Gotthard.
5.0 out of 5 stars this cd rocks 26 Oct 2009
By James M. Keffer - Published on Amazon.com
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Gotthard is a amazing band they write good songs played them well and yet like the wildhearts,they fly under the radar.Songs like hush the hunter ,going down ,firedance ,are classis but no one gives them any credit ,no radio stations that is.The guitar playing on this is great and the song writting is unreal ,throw a little deep purple ,rainbow ,with a dash of white snake and you have gotthard.Buy this cd i tell you you wont be dissapointed ,i hope this review was helpfull to you.
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