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Upstairs At Eric's

Yazoo, Yazoo Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Jun 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B0000247UC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,494 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Don't' Go
2. Too Pieces
3. Bad Connection
4. Midnight
5. In My Room
6. Only You
7. Goodbye '70's
8. Tuesday
9. Winter Kills
10. Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I)
11. The Other Side Of Love (12')
12. Situation (U.S. 12' Remixed By Francois Kervorkian)

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There was a time when you couldn't step into a dance club without hearing at least part of this recording booming over the sound system. The often over- played hit, "Situation", was a bubbling cauldron of nasally synth noodlings, a whopping bass line, and drum machine wallops. Alison Moyet's looped laugh in the middle of the song ended up as a sample, over-used a thousand times over. Yazoo was an interesting blend of Moyet's smoky blues and jazz-tinged vocals with Vince Clarke's digital disco. Moyet's voice alone was instrument enough, and the melodies here perfectly showcased her incredible range. Upstairs easily moved between energetic dance floor exuberance ("Don't Go" and "Good-bye Seventies"), blues-inspired wailers ("Midnight") and icy electronic minimalism ("Winter Kills"). It was an explosion of a debut, touching upon 1980s gay disco, synth pop, and diva-ism in one fell swoop. The album closes with the overlooked "Didn't I Bring Your Love Down", an infectious barn burner with a call/response break that blows the roof off Eric's little techno-pop room. -- Steve Gdula

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vince Clarke's Answer To Dare 9 April 2002
By orac101
Format:Audio CD
Vince Clarke has had a prolific and successful career that many artists would envy but for me this album still remains as his best work to date. It contains all the Clark tradmarks of toe-tapping melodies that always leave a lasting mark on the listener but it is also his darkest work to date. Powerful vocals from the blues inspired Alison Moyet helped make Yazoo a class act. It was a clever mix of passionate vocals against the backdrop of Clarke's masterful synth rifts, that make this album such a must own classic. Like many of the acclaimed electro 80's albums, it benefits greatly from the warm sounds that were provided by the old classic analogue synths (Clarke now has the biggest collection of analogue synths in the UK). The depth and lyrical contents of the songs has also helped this album outlive the throwaway New Romantic tag, and it still sound crisp and emotional. For me, this collection represents the definitive Vince Clarke. The follow-up album was a bit patchy in places and Erasure often strayed into camp with the exception of The Innocents which was their finest album. But I still listen to Upstairs At Eric's with as much enthusiasm as I had when I first heard it. Such a shame that they disbanded so soon, but the second album could never match the brilliance of this debut. Everyone knows the tracks Don't Go, Situation and Only You, but the album tracks are every bit as good as those classic singles. Too Pieces and Midnight are wonderful examples of Clarke and Moyet at their collective, creative best. Soulful electro. Moyet's self-penned Winter Kills is one of the album's highlights, a haunting piano led ballad full of atmosphere and emotion. Upstairs At Eric's is one of my Top 10 CD's of all time alongside the Human League's Dare, Depeche Mode's Black Celebration and Propaganda's Secret Wish. Every lover of electronica should own a copy of Upstairs At Eric's.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Vince Clark and Alison Moyet 23 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This was one of my favourite albums in the early eighties. I played the cassette version continuously in my car (or so it seems in retrospect). It lay forgotten for a number of years until the Only Yazoo best of CD came out. I was inspired to dig out my almost worn out cassette of Upstairs at Erics. I was so impressed with how much I still enjoyed the album that I treated myself to the CD version. There are a couple of extra tracks on the CD version that were not on the original and not fillers wither. The single "The Other Side of Love" (which for some rason did not apprear on the Best Of album) and the excellent B side "Situation" which, at the time, was played as much as the A side.
Favourite tracks include the rocky "Goodbye Seventies", the excellent pop song "Bad Connection" (another absentee from the compilation), the Bluesy "Midnight" and the haunting "Winter Kills" (written exclusively by Moyet).
There are hints of Vince Clarke's future with erasure here. There is also plenty of experimentation, particularly "I before Eexcept after C" which uses snatches of TV commercial catchphrases of the time over experimental synthesiser
All in all a varied album which stand up today as it did in 1982 (despite the dated lyrics of Goodbye 70s). Well worth the purchase. Last but by no means least are the two classic singles "Only You" and the heavier "Don't Go"
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete and original line-up - at long last! 14 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having listened several times to this remaster the sound is really good and it's great to have the original album tracklisting reissued for the first time on CD (no "Situation" replacing either "Tuesday" or the very abstract "I Before E"). The latter track may not show off Alison's vocals in any way (but it does involve a couple of the crew's mothers speaking some very strange dialogue in each channel) but it BELONGED on the album, however difficult it was when compared to the rest of the tracks.

The release itself therefore merits 5 stars, but it would have been 6 if they could've kept a couple of bonuses (like the 12" of "Don't Go" and maybe the US "Situation" as of the same period), rather than purely releasing these on the completists 4 disc box set. But the released format is the 'pure' one, so shouldn't really grumble. Love "Bring Your Love Down", "In My Room" and "Goodbye 70's" all over again - buy it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning debut 29 Mar 2006
By sonik57
Format:Audio CD
Brilliant. Leaving Depeche Mode, the band he founded, during their first flush of commercial success, Basildon's greatest son Vince Clarke was never one to let the grass grow under his feet. Responding to Alison's Melody Maker ad seeking "blues musicians", Vince's mischevious sense of humour and songwriting talent won over the Billericay diva. No wonder the media dubbed them 'the odd couple'. Somehow, despite being poles apart musically, they joined forces and created something really special.
They lasted just over eighteen months but they packed in more superb songs in that time than most bands do in ten years. Vince maintains even now that 'Only You' - the gorgeous debut single - is the finest song he's ever written and it's easy to see why. 'Don't Go' moved the tempo up several gears and from there on it's into a unique hybrid of electro precision and gutsy blues vocals. Standout tracks include 'Midnight', 'In My Room', 'Bad Connection' (rumoured at the time to be the third single, it remained on the album) and Alison's ballad 'Winter Kills'.
This album was a huge success. The summer of 1983 saw them split on the day its follow-up, You & Me Both, was released. That album is different again. My advice: buy both of them and compare and contrast. 'Upstair's...' is a golden moment still.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is not Upstairs at Eric's
I don't know what is going on here but it seems I am not alone, I just played this and the tracks are all from "You and me both" (which I have already) even though the CD... Read more
Published 28 days ago by S. J. Wey
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant vinyl pressing
One of my all time favourite albums. I was so pleased to see it available on quality vinyl and bought it despite having the original pressing which sounds good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ade
1.0 out of 5 stars Faulty disc!!! - Careful
When this arrived from Amazon it was the wrong recording on the disc, I ordered another one but it was the same!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul Henry Dunlevy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what is descibed on the box
I bought this CD as a present for an old friend and the songs had sentimental value to us. Only just given it as just met up for new year rendezvous. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs s m marks
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the right cd
It wasn't upstairs at Eric's. What a let down. The case was broken so not happy . Never mind. Paul
Published 3 months ago by paul
1.0 out of 5 stars Upstairs at Erics
incorrect album.Although it came in the correct packaging the songs were different to what was listed. I returned the album and ordered another but the same problem occured. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ailsa pollock
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT Upstairs at Eric's
Thought I was going mad until I checked my old vynal copy. Will be asking for a refund. I also found the same with the cd version of You and Me Both.
Published 3 months ago by Mr Capacitor
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy
I would give no stars if possible. Tracks do not relate to artwork order and these so called remastered sound awful.
Published 4 months ago by S. Matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars it took me back
i found an old box of records in my attic and in it was upstairs with no record player anymore i had to buy it
pure nostalgia trip and a great album to boot so glad i got it... Read more
Published 6 months ago by i survived drinking electricity
5.0 out of 5 stars An eighties Synthpop classic .Pure gold
Had some of the tracks on 12 vinyl way back in the 80's .
This is a brilliant piece of Synthpop nostalgia featuring the master Vince Clark
at his very best ,along with... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tim Dickenson
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