i was walking through the streets of a small dutch town (either venlo or eindhoven) at the height of my obsession with this group, full of their music and images of the girls, next to my parents looking for something for my birthday, blissfully unaware that this was out.
Arrival had blown me away and the emotional response was just beginning to dwindle. so imagine hoe i felt as i walked past a record shop with the whole window deicated to this release; choc full of pos. in an instant i knew thats wanted i wanted (fuuny too, i was 13 on friday 13th jan 1978).
forget the (with hindsight) lame (but at the time awesome) film, this stand alone album is the groups finest. i cherish it to this day and it would still make my top 10.
its still full of brilliant pop hooks and great arrangements, but the plastic fun of earlier stuff is now tinged with an emotional maturity born of mega global sucess and strained personal relationships.
the 2 hit singles ( "Take A Chance On Me" & "The Name of the Game") are as good as any of their other hits, but its the album tracks that really make it a cut above their other work.
We have the theatrical 3 track mini-musical "The Girl with the Golden Hair", the bitter, petulant "I'm A Marionette", the moving yodel-along (no pun intended) Move On, and the hard rocking (seriously) "Hole in your soul".
But its the opening track Eagle which soars (pun intended) above the rest. Apparently a tibute to the californian soft rock of The Eagles, its hard to imagine a more perfectly transcendent record. i time as i weep; its perfect.