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  • Audio CD (27 Feb. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hot Shot Records / BBR
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1. Love In A Vacuum
2. Looking Over My Shoulder
3. I Could Get Used To This
4. No More Crying
5. Voices Carry
6. Winning The War
7. You Know The Rest
8. Maybe Monday
9. Are You Serious?
10. Don't Watch Me Bleed
11. Sleep
12. Voices Carry (Single Mix)
13. Looking Over My Shoulder (Single Mix)
14. Love In A Vacuum (Single Mix)

Product Description

* `Til Tuesday were a popular new-wave/synth pop band of the 1980s. which brought to us the talents of Grammy award winner Aimee Mann.

* `Til Tuesday were signed to Epic after winning Boston's WBCN Rock & Roll Rumble in 1983 and released their debut album VOICES CARRY two years later. Through signing to Epic they secured the production talents of Mike Thorne (Soft Cell, Soft Machine, John Cale, The The and Bronski Beat)

* VOICES CARRY was released in 1985 and featured their breakthrough single of the same name which reached #8 in the US Hot 100 and #14 in Billboard Magazines US Rock Tracks Chart. They followed this up with two more hit singles from the album in the form of Looking Over My Shoulder and Love In A Vacuum. The latter had been a big college rock hit in its demo form before the band signed to Epic.

* `Til Tuesday also managed to win the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist with the video for the Voices Carry single in 1985,

* Hot Shot Records is proud to present VOICES CARRY fully remastered, in a deluxe Super Jewel case with extensive liner notes including exclusive interviews with Robert Hoimes (guitarist) and Mike Thorne as well as three bonus single remixes, two of which make their debut CD release here.

* This Hot Shot Records expanded remaster is a must for all fans of 80s pop, new wave and modern rock.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JJKelsall on 24 Jun. 2012
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I found Aimee Mann after seeing her appear on an episode of Buffy and I was hooked on her music from then. I then discovered that she was in this band, Til Tuesday and it is so strange as her voice is almost unrecognisable. It is a real shame that this band have been so overlooked save for their hit single, Voices Carry, which appears on this album. However, this album contains so much more than that. Two other singles, Love in A Vacuum and Looking Over My Shoulder, have lyrics and music to match Voices Carry, and the beautiful ballad, You Know The Rest, has to be one of the crowning touches on the bands disparingly short carreer. The entire album fairly consistant in terms of quality, and varying in all kinds of styles of music, from the heavy synth tracks like 'Sleep,' to the more rock style, in 'Don't Watch Me Bleed.'

However, in the face of their follow-up albums, this is probably the least spectacular though by no means a bad record. I think the reason is because some tracks, I Could Get Used To This, Are You Serious to name a couple, are kind of a dance-filler track. If you like dance music, then this is probably the best record, but if you care more about musical substance, then Welcome Home and Everything's Different Now are probably better bets.
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1985 was the year which marked a downturn in US talent assembling, and never, despite its supreme size, being anywhere near as vital,important or individual to music as the UK and Europe generally, it's main problem was music's antichrist itself-Madonna-queen of the untalented ushering in a new horrible decade of attention-seeking and slut-about-town exhibitionism geared for quick-grab financial reward and public recognition in lieu of any vocal, songwriting or any obvious talent beyond getting what you want cos you scream and suck loud and hard enough to do so, while cannily convincing a generation of Big Mac kids you have what they want. Then there's the other side of the business, the talent part that's supposed to actually drive it, and whilst America seemed almost done, 1985 gave us the Bangles breakthrough, Suzanne Vega, Voice Of The Beehive a few years later, and also, Aimee Mann and the rest of 'Til Tuesday.

Whilst the New Wave scene was presumably long over by 1985, America, always behind the times when it comes to other nation's talents, finally allowed itself to notice this outfit, but sadly, the only way they predictably did it was a showy video for MTV for the second single 'Voices Carry' (the first single 'Love In A Vacuum' was ignored, and remained so when it was re-released as the third and, sadly, final single) from the album of its hugest song's title. Already the label had stuck their oar in over the "controversy" of Mann singing such a song to a WOMAN instead of a man! God, America, but what can you expect? Cyndi Lauper, having just come to prominence herself apparently wanted the song (leaving the gender unchanged) but only if 'Til Tuesday weren't to include it on their album.
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This is the first 'til Tuesday album, reissued with three bonus tracks. This was, by far, the weakest of the three 'til Tuesday albums, with inconsistent writing and a shrill, unpleasant sound. The reissue really does nothing to improve the sound, and obviously doesn't improve the writing. The reason this album is getting a reissue, of course, is that one of the best songs here, Voices Carry, was a huge hit in the prime MTV era, and is (deservedly) much beloved.

It's unfortunate that the second and third albums (Welcome Home and Everything's Different Now) haven't been granted the same attention, as those are better recorded, and are better collections of songs.

Anyway, back to this reissue. The three bonus tracks are single versions of album tracks, and are only modestly different than their album incarnations. Nothing to get excited about. I wish they'd included something a little more interesting, such as "Just Like Me", a song performed during the live shows in support of this album and which appeared on a video that MTV showed repeatedly. That's a great pop song, and it never appeared on any release (vinyl or CD).

Oh well.

Personally, I'd recommend getting the Coming Up Close compilation in lieu of this album, unless you're a big fan. And if you're a big fan, you probably already have this.
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By Bodhi Heeren TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Feb. 2009
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The elusive elfin-like Aimee Mann has a godgiven talent for writing memorable melodies with transcendent refrains that tingle the spine and set the soul flying. This is her very fine and promising debut that more than hints at the greater things yet to come.

Here are certainly all the elements that makes her music so wonderful and intriguing, the choruses in "Looking Over My Shoulder" and "You Know The Rest", hear it once and you are hooked forever. It also includes what is, surprisingly, her only real bona-fide hit "Voices Carry" with vocal-inflictions very reminiscent
of the deliciuos Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons).

The lyrics are - as an Aimee fan would suspect - mostly about the sweet sadness of broken hearts and smouldered love affairs. The music is rather new wave/pop, with the synths of Michael Montes very dominating and with an anonymous John Taylor sounding session bassplayer and havn't perhaps stood the test of time as well as Aimee's songs.

A must for all fans of the beauty of wellcrafted Songs.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
It touches a nerve and breaks my heart every time I hear it 10 Dec. 2000
By H. Powell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album was the soundtrack for the summer I first fell in love. "Voices Carry" (the title track) was on the radio like every fifteen minutes back then; blaring at pool parties, playing at the roller rink, playing on the radio of my '84 Oldsmobile Cutlas, playing everywhere, even the damn hard rock stations played it. My first real love interest liked the song...so I (a die hard metal fan) bought the album...and I was stunned. As we all know, first loves often become first heartbreaks and many times it's your fault in one way or another. I'm a guy, and all of the songs Aimee Mann writes are about boorish, egotistical, domineering guys. I was that guy and I payed dearly for it. Every time I hear the song "You Know The Rest", I just want to cry. This is easily the best song in this collection, but for some mysterious reason it never got as much radio play as "Love In A Vacuum", "Looking Over My Shoulder", or "Voices Carry". Aimee Mann's voice is spine-chillingly beautiful, Joey Pesce's keyboard touches are often haunting, and Robert Holmes' guitar licks give you the impression that he is actually a hard rock guitar slinger at heart but he's being restrained by the straight-jacket of the "new wave" genre. Much has been made about Mann's solo albums ("Whatever", "I'm With Stupid", "Bachelor #2", and The Magnolia soundtrack), but her folkish solo stuff is nowhere near as poignant or heart-rending as her first 'Til Tuesday "new wave" effort. This is a beautiful collection of songs...I don't know why people always make the Cars/Rick Ocasek connection, because I simply don't hear it. But that's music critics for you...they can't tell a good song from a hole in the ground. Buy this, young 'uns (and I'm not just saying this because I was turned on by punk chicks like Anne Carlyle in "Liquid Sky" and I liked Aimee Mann's hair...the songs are good, trust me). UP THE IRONS!
49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
A hint of what might have been 7 Jan. 2006
By Gizmola - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was a Boston College student in the 80's, and happened to have a friend who did lighting for a number of bands who played the local club scene. Thanks to my friend's "Guest List" privileges I saw a lot of live music in those days. A band he worked for had recorded a demo titled "Love in a Vacuum" that became the most requested song of the year at local Boston rock radio institution WBCN which in those days was number one in the ratings.

The same radio station staged an infamous "Rock and Roll Rumble" battle of local bands each year, and it was no surprise when this same band, 'Til Tuesday walked away with the championship, and created huge local buzz when the local music press picked up on the fact that the band had been signed after a bidding war, to Epic records. I think I probably saw 'Til Tuesday play in small clubs six or more times during that period, and I came to know many of the songs that would eventually be recorded for the first album. Aimee Mann of course, looked like a born star, tall and almost always dressed in black, with her spikey bleached white coif and signature eighties braided rat tail. It seemed for a while she was everywhere, appearing in advertising campaigns in the local paper, and her poster in the window of some hipper than thou Newbury street hair salon of the day. The rest of the band were all very good looking people including her boyfriend of the time, Drummer Michael Hausman, Guitarist Robert Holmes with his mop of Red curls, and keyboardist Joey Pesce who looked like he was slumming from his day job as a GQ model. It simply seemed at the time, that this band was destined to be huge. Their shows were very polished in a time when most of what was going on in the local music scene was more about revisiting punk and ska, and it seemed at each show the crowds got bigger and bigger.

The first thing to get out of the way, is that the album really isn't representative of what 'Til Tuesday sounded like live in those days. I still have a radio station cart of their Love in a Vacuum demo, and if the song had been anything like the demo, I think it would have been a huge hit. Needless to say, it wasn't.

Unfortunately this album sounds to me like it was recorded in one take inside a steel box, with the echo turned up too high. Anything that wasn't high pitched and full of reverb seems to get lost in the mix, and Pesce's pallete of keyboard textures seemed to have either been mixed to the back, removed entirely, or reduced to a bad casio cliche.

Aimee played base in those days, and as the front person and singer, had a nice smooth and sometimes funky base sound that worked well with Hausman's precise authoritative drumming. You'd never know it from this album, but people filled the dance floor at 'Til Tuesday shows. The album sounds like everything was plugged right into the mixing console and tweaked electronically into some alien version of what it should have been.

Holmes' chorus and delay laden guitar playing certainly gave the band its distinctive sound, and survived the recording process relatively in tact. Anyone who saw them in those days would have undoubtably noted that a big part of the 'Til Tuesday sound was his high tenor voice that harmonized so well with Mann. Those harmonies sometimes aided by the other band members were a big part of what really made the band stand out live. Did Holmes sing on the album? I think so, but it's hard to tell.

I believe time and a robust solo career has proven that Aimee's voice is much better than the way it sounds on many of these tracks (and the way she sounded live), even if the band did end up with a major radio hit with "Voices Carry" -- probably as much due to the heavy rotation the excellent video deservedly received from MTV. It's somewhat telling that there was no follow up to that hit, and that songs which stood out live, like "Looking over my shoulder", and the ultra ballad, "You know the Rest" barely register on the album. Although it was hard to admit it to myself at the time, I was really disappointed for the band. 'Til Tuesday toured with Hall and Oates, continued to write songs, Mann and Hausman broke up, and Aimee's songwriting began to change. The band rebounded nicely with their second album "Welcome Home" which is much more reflective of what 'Til Tuesday was really like in its heyday, but radio wasn't particularly receptive. I dragged my friends out to a concert which reaffirmed my belief in them as a great live act, but it seemed obvious at the time that 'Til Tuesday had jumped the Shark. After a 3rd album, which seemed more like a Mann solo project, 'Til Tuesday broke up like so many other bands of the same time period, and without much notice.

I remember seeing Amiee at a show for local boston band The Buddy System some years later, at local Boston institution, The Rat. She stood in the middle of the beer stained floor swaying to the music with the rest of the assembled crowd, largely unnoticed. I remember thinking at the time, how her star had seemed to rise and fall much too soon, and that to be honest, she seemed a little out of it.

In hindsight, it's now pretty obvious that the friends she was out supporting were part of where she was going in act 2 of her career. Connect Buddy Judge (Namesake of the band performing that night) to his future band The Grays, and band mate Jon Brion, and connect the dots. Although 'Til Tuesday seemed quite a bit about Fashion, image and hype, as it turns out, Mann was the really a singer-songwriter, Joan Baez hippy chick, under all the hair, makeup, and pre-emo costuming. It might be my memory playing tricks on me, but I've convinced myself that Brion played a set of solo material at the same show. Whatever really occurred, I realized that night that Aimee was just as much a music fan as myself, and that music and songs were a really important part of her life.

I moved out to Los Angeles that year, and forgot about 'Til Tuesday, until I happened upon Mann's first solo album. I found out she was playing a show at a local club and dragged my girlfriend out to it, and was once again floored by her striking looks, distinctive voice, and songwriting ability.

I still look back on "Voices Carry" fondly, but see it much more as part of Mann's catalog now, a part that doesn't seem to fit too well with her singer-songwriter phase. I don't know if she ever plays any of her old 'Til Tuesday material anymore, or if she considers it an embarassment. While I think the songs on this album stand up, the album is really a pale imitation of what 'Til Tuesday was capable of, and although the best known of their catalog, a distant second in quality to "Welcome Home."
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Gothic pop from 80's still rules 24 Oct. 2001
By Daniel J. Hamlow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Aimee Mann's journey begins here, with the first 'til tuesday album. Voices Carry, whose title track with her shrill vocals and Robert Holmes' rhythm guitar netted the quartet their only Top Ten hit on the Billboard charts. The combination of Mann and Holmes set the stage for what might be called gothic pop.
There's a consistent dolorous sound throughout the album. In fact anyone hears any of the three singles, "Love In A Vacuum", "Looking Over My Shoulder", and the title track, can trace this to their earliest material. Voices Carry is the most mournful of 'til tuesday's three albums. All eleven songs deal with the breakup in various stages. In fact, it is possible to string along the songs into a heartwrenching concept album.
"Winning The War" shows the relationship at its most bitter and vicious as demonstrated by the opening lines: "You fight just for the sake of it/You know what hurts the most/You might have once been faking it/but now it cuts too close" And here's the chorus, "Winning the war/and losing every battle/You close the door/on happy ever after". The song goes on along the lines that the two should have quit while they were ahead instead of dragging this thing out to this stage.
"Don't Watch Me Bleed" is probably the ne plus ultra of despair I've heard in any of their songs. This is the point where it's finally over between the two. It's final quits, as evidenced by the chorus: "So don't just kiss me goodbye/that's not what I need/Don't just kiss me goodbye/Don't watch me bleed".
People who have gone through a breakup or divorce may find this either cathartic or too tough to take, depending on one's fragility.
All in all, a wonderful start from Aimee and company. 'til next tuesday then!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The prosaically titled 'CD sound quality?' 9 Aug. 2003
By Joe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Not so much a review as a caveat; I bought 'Voices Carry' back in '84, on the strength of the single, 'Voices Carry', and because - finding it in a bargain bin for 99p - I had little to lose. It turned out to be a singularly good investment, and I bought the following albums, 'What About Love?' and 'Everything's Different Now' on CD, then waited, vainly I was beginning to think, for 'Voices' to be released in CD format.
Finally, half a year or so ago, following Aimee Mann's cameo appearance on 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer', I happened across a site dedicated to Aimee, where all the old albums and tracks were being discussed. It prompted me to do another search for 'Voices' on CD, and this time I was successful! I also found an article by Mike Thorne, the producer of 'Voices', in which he suggests that some pressings of the record were of inferior quality ('screechy, low in level, completely lacking the power of the original'...An 'investigation' 'revealed' that the album had been 'recut at the pressing plant' by 'the night shift' in response to the 'unexpectedly high demand'). Better had get the CD, I thought, just in case the copy I bought was one of the poor ones.
Well here's the rub. Having played the CD I find, IMO, that the tape I made of the album for listening to in the the car nearly twenty years ago sounds BETTER. No mean feat, that. On the title track in particular, the vocals just don't seem to stand out as they do on the taped recording. My greatest fear is that I have a CD version of the 'recut' record. Maybe it's actually a whole new farrago. Just be aware that if this record doesn't jump out at you, it's still worth checking out the other albums, especially 'Everything's...' [would be a '5' if the quality was up to scratch, and other buyers might get lucky...]
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
'Til Tuesday Stops Time With Voices Carry 24 Feb. 2000
By Russell Staker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I not only wore out my first cassette of "Voices Carry," I damn near burned a hole in my CD from listening to it so much! This album is a rare find for an 80's pop collection that literally stands in a class all its own. A masterpiece all the way and a nostalgic journey for a kid that grew up in the 80s.
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