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San Francisco

American Music Club Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Sep 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000024EQO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,119 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. It's Your Birthday 4:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Can You Help Me 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Love Doesn't Belong To Anyone 4:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wish The World Away 3:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. How Many Six Packs Does It Take To Screw In A Light? 4:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Cape Canaveral 5:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hello Amsterdam 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Revolving Door 4:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. In The Shadow Of The Valley 6:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. What Holds The World Together 4:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Broke My Promise 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Thorn In My Side Is Gone 4:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. I'll Be Gone 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Fearless (Reprise) 2:350.99  Buy MP3 

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eitzel's shiny 'pop' album! 4 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I think a lot of AMC fans saw this album as the big 'sell-out' attempt at mainstream pop success. I wish that it had been successful, because it's a lost gem. Songs like 'Fearless', 'What Holds the World Together' and 'Cape Canaveral' display Eitzel's knack at writing heartbreaking tunes. But there are a couple of fine pop songs on this CD, namely 'Can You Help Me' and 'I Broke My Promise'. And the single 'Wish the World Away' was an angry howl, with a great video. Musically, the band have never sounded better. Bruce Kaphan's pedal steel is used especially well on 'Fearless'(surely one of the best opening tracks on any album ever).
Overall, I love this album. The only thing wrong with it is that it goes on a bit too long, and whenever I listen to 'Revolving Door', I'm reminded of Bryan Ferry, for some strange reason!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sprawling collection of songs 8 May 2010
By klaher
Format:Audio CD
After the dispiriting experience (for the band at least) of Mercury, American Music Club went another direction for 1994's San Francisco. Which is not to say it's a mainstream album. Indeed as an album of 15 tracks, many of which are quite disparate, it's nothing short of sprawling.

Fearless, the opening track, kicks off with Bruce Kaphan's steel guitar prominent in the mix before Mark Eitzel's moody vocals come in, singing "lost again..." in a lovelorn lament. It's a lovely sounding song, though for my money the lyrics on this are a little obvious. In fact the lyrics on this album in my opinion are a little disappointing when compared with previous albums.

It's Your Birthday appears to be a response to touring with Pearl Jam and the prevailing grunge sound of the time as it is a kind of self-consciously aggressive sounding song, while Can You Help Me? is a more pleasant sounding song. It sounds quite commercial, but it's actually a really good song, with a `proper' verse and chorus. It should have been a hit, but perhaps Eitzel and co weren't wearing the right plaid shirts and goatees.

Love Doesn't Belong to Anyone is another track featuring prominent steel guitar, and again it's quite pretty, with delicate picked guitar. It does not, however, feel important, in the same way that some of their previous work does. After the fairly ordinary Wish the World Away we get a kind of left turn with the classicly titled How Many Six Packs Does It Take To Screw in a Light, which is a sort of quirky kind of song. Cape Canaveral which follows is a lot more downbeat as the bands instruments coalesce into a magnificently gloomy murk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw emotions 25 Jun 2013
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Mark Eitzel's best album as part of American Music Club - though his word play can sound occasionally cloying - the passion behind the words move than overcomes this. Marvellous.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AMC's seventh album from 1994... 21 April 2004
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
San Francisco was the last American Music Club album...well, until the band announced they had reformed (with a minor personnel change) last year and a new album and tour are on the way. San Francisco isn't viewed particularly well- I've read some fans' perceptions that it's patchy and even poor; while the mail-order only AMC-compilation '1984-1995' selected by the band doesn't have anything from it- plumping for demos of songs like Sleeping Pills and LA is My Woman instead of anything from San Francisco. This I feel is slightly unfair to SF- which is a good, sometimes great album- though perhaps one that ought to be contrasted to Mark Eitzel's solo debut 60 Watt Silver Lining (1996- which featured some AMC-members) than an AMC-classic like Everclear or Mercury.
At 15-tracks (including a hidden instrumental reprise of Fearless at the end) perhaps SF is too long an album- something that was common in the 90s. There are several attempts at pop here, most of which are succesful, but were probably done to appease the commercial pressures on AMC as "the next big thing." How Many Six Packs...predicts the sound of Shelby Lynne's breakthrough album (This is...) a few years ago and the sound of Liz Phair's underrated Whitechocolatespaceegg (1999); while Love Doesn't Belong to Anyone attempts to balance Vudi's sonics with a Californian-percussive feel. Single Can You Help Me? has Eitzel's typically black comic lyrics, but a sound close to Crowded House (not necessarily a bad thing); the only poor pop-song attempt here is Hello Amsterdam. This sounds like a b-side- perhaps it's the references to Abba and Jonathan King?- one of the least AMC songs, though I suppose it was for fun...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the critics 10 Mar 2001
By Simone Oltolina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
there are countless critics out there claiming that "San Francisco" is American Music club at their most commercial, hence this is allegedly their worst record but frankly I absolutely disagree. Just because the production is a bit more "slick", it doesn't mean that the band's skills have become less important (or less notable). Ok, there's a definite alternative-feel throughout the record while their previous efforts were more "indie" and maybe AMC were consciously changing direction but they're a great band and on San Francisco, just like on any of their records, it shows! Mark Eitzel is great as usual and there are great songs all over the album...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memory 28 Nov 1999
By PJFC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album says so much about leaving somewhere, that I feel incapable of saying anything about it. Mark Eitzel comes back to Columbus enough that I can feel him leaving every time he does. "I Broke My Promise" is a beautiful song about getting out. The rest of the record doesn't betray the aetheic laid out by their previous ones: loss, regret, loss, and regret (and then some, uh, loss). Much of this is from Mark Eitzel's sad lyrics, but, still, much has to be said for Bruce Kaphon's pedal steel, and Vudi's fuzzy guitar. For a long time AMC fan, this is probably their mosty accomplished work, emotionally and musically.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet Desperation and Longing 14 Aug 2009
By Timothy P. Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Henry David Thoreau said "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them." American Music Club has made a career out of proving him wrong. Mark Eitzel and cohort are full of quiet desperation, but their song is out there for all to see, and San Francisco is a great place to start listening to AMC.

The new listener will gravitate to the fast numbers like "Wish The World Away" ("Don't watch TV, it's all lies/I watch TV day and night"), and "It's Your Birthday," which include catchy hooks among Mark Eitzel's quiet howls of desperation.

But what's he desperate for? This isn't an album of "oh, nobody likes me and I just want to be loved," but rather an exploration of isolation, of not belonging in the world around him. One senses that American Music Club view themselves as separated from society and live on the edges. This isn't a group that wants to be a part of that society, though...at least not on the surface. Deep inside, this is truly music of longing, of desire...as rich and strong as any that came before.

But they also have a curious apathy about life itself--"Sometimes it's good to be alive, sometimes it's all right" they sing. Not for nothing have some called American Music Club's music 'sadcore.' But there's also something welcoming about these tracks. The rich lushness of the music along with Eitzel's mournful voice invite you to sit down with them at the seedy corner bar of life and commiserate about life's personal injustices, albeit in a supremely poetic fashion.

And just like those guys at the corner bar, there are flashes of humor here and there, self-deprecating as it may be. Nowhere is this more true than on "Hello Amsterdam," a first person tale of playing ABBA covers in a Netherlands club. The pathos is muted by the absurdity of the situation, and it's among the album's highlights.

Other great songs on the album include "Can You Help Me" and "Cape Canaveral," but really, there's not a miss in the bunch.

American Music Club is leading a career of quiet desperation, no doubt, but the song is out there to be shared. An excellent album.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always leave them wanting more. 24 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
San Francisco rarely leaves my cd player. It is a particularly fine album, which more people should have bought when it came out. The American Music Club are dear-departed, but the music is more alive than almost anything these days.
3.0 out of 5 stars hits and misses 11 Aug 2013
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'll get slammed by the 5-star fans, but here's my take on this album: I don't think it ever quite clicks, at least not often enough to declare it some sort of masterpiece. Lead singer Mark Eitzel is one of those artists that wears his heart on his sleeve, but the emotional intensity of many of his songs is often too much for me to handle. I appreciate the sincerity and honesty in the lyrics, but that shouldn't leave the song bereft of all melody and musical dynamics. And that happens too often on this album. I'm one of those shallow fans that prefer the uptempo tunes like "It's Your Birthday" and the radiant "Wish the World Away" (oddly described in the main review as a "Pepsi Generation power anthem"), and the clever "Hello Amsterdam." There is a such a sharp contrast between the handful of melodic rockers and the rest of the dreary material that it's unsettling. As for the band's cover of "California Dreaming" (which, contrary to one review, is certainly on here; it's the "hidden track" at the end, but not listed), this could be the only version of that song ever recorded where the singer sounds absolutely miserable. Sorry, guys, but if you want to drown in your misery I'm not throwing you a lifeline.
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