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Touch The Earth [Original recording remastered]

Lambert and Cronk Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Feb 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Witchwood Records
  • ASIN: B000NJWJAM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,837 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Touch The Earth 3:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Every Step Of The Way 4:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Reluctant Hero 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Night 3:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Theatre's Falling Down 5:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sleepwalking 3:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Smash The Glass 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Round And Round 4:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Only Child 3:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Stay with Me 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. One And Only 4:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. A Splash Of Blue 4:59£0.79  Buy MP3 


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I've been playing "Touch the Earth" at every opportunity since receiving it - and what a pleasure that has been. Dave Lambert's rich and incredibly versatile vocals lead the way on all tracks... except for the album's finale that is...which Chas Cronk not only wrote and produced, but sings, letting everyone into the (until now) rather well-kept secret of his superb vocal talents.

The album insert has some attractive artwork, and credits show that both Dave and Chas played some keyboards, and Dave added some percussion also. An informative piece written by Dave gives some welcome insight into the way the album came about.

Apparently, on the strength of just two of the songs ("Touch the Earth" and "The Night"), EMI were highly interested in signing the musicians involved (Dave Lambert, Chas Cronk, Tony Fernandez on drums and Andy Richards on keyboards). Unfortunately, for various reasons, that signing didn't come to fruition and the material wasn't released.

Apart from the final two tracks, one of which was recently written, performed and recorded solo by Dave and the other by Chas, all the songs were co-written by Dave and Chas during the early 1980s. Nick Magnus added keyboards, drums and sequencing, and Ian Moseley added percussion, to the recordings made slightly later than the title track and "The Night" (both of which were made in 1981); Chas was working with both those fine musicians in Steve Hackett's band at around that time.

Dave's incredibly beautiful solo track, "One and Only", and Chas's "A Splash of Blue", which is also absolutely superb, were, however, both written and recorded in 2006/7.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Power-pop that stands the test of time 8 Oct 2007
By D. Jennings - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Chas Cronk and Dave Lambert are remarkable musicians with impressive pedigrees, and it really shows on this recording. Most of these tracks were recorded in the 1980s, but the newer material blends so seamlessly with the old that you won't be able to tell which is which.

If you were to take all your fave 1980s pop/rock CDs and play them now, many of them would sound a little dated, a bit too AM radio maybe...relying on very simple hooks and obvious lyrics (how many times can you rhyme "dancin'" and "romancin'"?) Lambert Cronk never falls into that trap, never takes the simplest route. The music is complex and layered and the lyrics actually have something to say, well beyond the "ooh baby you're my everything" of your average 80s pop music.

There are no sample tracks on Amazon, but if you go to Lambert Cronk's MySpace page, you can listen to a few. Standouts are "The Reluctant Hero", "A Splash Of Blue", and "The Theatre's Falling Down."
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly 80s 1 April 2008
By Kurt Harding - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It serves me right. I knew this was recorded in the 1980s before I ordered it so I shouldn't have been surprised to hear on first listen it had eighties written all over it. Though Touch The Earth was originally recorded but not released in the 1980s by former members of the Strawbs, Strawbs fans whose fondest memories of the band are from its heyday would be advised to steer clear of this.
Really the coolest thing about this album is the CD cover. It surprises me, per Dave Lambert's liner notes, that they couldn't get this released back when it was recorded. I think this would have fit right in, stateside anyhow, with the type of schlock that was then inundating the corporate-controlled airwaves. Think Mister Mister, Men at Work and other such rubbish.
Anyway, the title cut and Smash The Glass are prime examples of the kind of pop-laden arena rock I am talking about. The Night and Stay With Me are pure Top-40 style pop. Round and Round is NOT the one Strawbs fans know, its awful. And Only Child is so jivey I find it nearly unlistenable. There are portions of some songs that keep this from being a complete disaster, but overall Touch The Earth is very much a disappointment. I expected better from these guys.
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