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Tommy Shaw – The Great Divide

“The Great Divide is a story of love and life; of happiness and hope; of loss and discovery. It’s the story of a journey that spans generations, and is ultimately about trying to find your way home. And I’m as proud of this story as any I’ve ever told.”

Montgomery, AL is 280 miles from Nashville, TN. But in the ... Read more in Amazon's Tommy Shaw Store

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  • Audio CD (28 May 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Independent Nat'l Di
  • ASIN: B000008KMU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 610,077 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jealousy
2. Remo's Theme (What If)
3. Reach For The Bottle
4. This Is Not A Test
5. See Me Now
6. True Confessions
7. Count On You
8. Nature Of The Beast
9. Bad Times
10. Friendly Advice

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ewan on 22 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is Tommys second solo album since he split from STYX for a while and for me, its probably marginally better than his first album called Girls With Guns which was brilliant. Admittedly there's a couple of duff tracks on the album, but the excellence of the other songs more than makes up for them being average. Jealousy is class, This is not a test is class, Nature of the beast is also class, as is See me now. Count on you, Bad times and the title track What if (Remo's theme from the film of the same name) are a very long way from being bad as well.
All in all an album that deserves to be in anybodys collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Sophomore Smash 24 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is Tommy's second solo album after "Girls With Guns". It's definitely an 80's pop/rock album, so if that's you're taste, then you'll enjoy this album, especially if you're a Styx fan. Not that these songs sound like Styx (they really don't), but Tommy does a great job. It's a great follow up album to "Girls..." (which is his best album to date), and much better than "Ambition" and "7 Zens" (both of which are mediocre to bad). Anyway, this CD, along with "Girls" and "Ambition" seem to be out of print, but there have been some remastered CDs in circulation out there from 1996 -- so if you come across one, you might want to snag it quick because they're VERY RARE! This really is a great album, so be sure not to pass it up. [Tommy, we need more albums like this, bro!]
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
a MASTERY of great music 22 Jun. 2008
By J. HARMON - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am stunned to realize that I do not have a review on AMAZON.com of my favorite album by my favorite artist.

This album is truly a fabulous work of art filled with everything that makes music wonderful. Tommy bares his soul (and all of the lust, anger, sadness and pain within) carrying with him, the listeners on his roller coaster ride.

As Tommy has mentioned before, most of his songs are at least loosely autobiographical. One needs only to listen to WHAT IF to understand the emotional struggles and the high times which Tommy is embroiled during this period of his life. Of course, Tommy spends much of 1985 longing to reform STYX and aching over the marital turmoil with his then wife, Pamela (featured on the album cover with Mr. Shaw.) This explains the blues tinges found throughout this record... starting with the opening cut.

REACH FOR THE BOTTLE is one of the finest blues based rockers ever, dealing with the confusion and torment of despondency and alcoholism. The agonizing rhythm of the song, the dire vocals and the anthemic yells all tell the tale of Tommy's "bohemian side" that he acknowledged he wanted to reveal in STYX but never did.

WHAT IF is a clever turn of pondering the questions and existance of life and living. About whom he could be singing is anyone's guess and Tommy's secret. This song could be as much about himself as it could be about Dennis DeYoung or about Pamela Shoemaker. As much or more so, this song could be about you and me.

JEALOUSY rocks harder and with more turbulence than just about any song by DAMN YANKEES. Richia Canata does some fabulous work throughout this album but none better than his solo on this track. The title says it all... someone is being unfaithful. "I'm a man and I know men, so don't you ask me to pretend. I'm all for liberation. And I'm all for being fare. And I'll always do what it takes to show how much I care. But if you push me too far, get my back against the wall, it's no big surprise to you, there's a limit after all... jealousy."

THIS IS NOT A TEST is a phonic battlecry against the hawk-ish behavior of nationalism, particularly relating to the constant Cold War threat of nuclear warfare. Though the song is dense in 1980's layering, it is still a fabulous song for the justification of peace.

COUNT ON YOU. Many have derided this song, particularly as the capabilities of compact discs reveal the flaws in the multi-take lead vocal. However, this song proves unequivocally that Tommy Roland Shaw could write, arrange and release a ballad far more beautiful, spiritual and meaningful than his former co-lead singer from STYX ever could release. Achingly, hauntingly beautiful... a classic song of love and commitment.

NATURE OF THE BEAST. This song echoes out with much of the same eloquence and spirit as MAN IN THE WILDERNESS and LOVE IN THE MIDNIGHT. Tommy reveals true spirit and wonderment within this brilliant song. Though hardly one of my favorite songs of Tommy's, amazingly enough this may be one of the finest songs he has ever recorded... and for me, there are many amazing and wonderful songs by Mr. Shaw.

BAD TIMES - When Jim Corboy remarked that Tommy wasn't burning "the candle at both ends, he threw it in the fire" he need not look any further for corroboration than this song. "Let's get naked, take a dip. I'll be the submarine, you be the ship. We need a vacation, we need some sun. We've been working too hard to please everyone."

Don't let your "bad times chase you away." Buy this amazing album. An album filled with varied styles and sounds and yet almost never (FRIENDLY ADVICE being the fun exception) strays from the rollicking sound and insightful structure of the music of Tommy Shaw (STYX, DAMN YANKEES and SHAW BLADES).

This is my favorite album by my favorite artists in the entire musical world... Tommy Shaw.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Good Pop Album 5 Oct. 2005
By Mallory Seaback - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I found Tommy's second post-Styx effort to be much like his first, "GIRLS WITH GUNS." It is chock full of good popular tunes with a middle-of-the-road feel. "Reach for the Bottle" is my favorite cut; its message is powerful. This CD is a must for serious Tommy Shaw collectors, but not for you if you're expecting folk music or hard driving rock.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Solo Effort 10 Jun. 2006
By Music Fanatic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Every song on this CD is sing-along worthy. Very enjoyable. I don't understand the low reviews. Not fair in my opinion. Definitely worth having.
1985 excellent album by Thomas Shaw 3 July 2010
By </>< - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this on record when it first came out in 1985 and enjoyed it. Very well produced (by Tommy) and written (by Tommy).
It's a bummer that A&M put soooo much effort in promoting Tommy's first album "Girls with Guns" which is far inferior to this effort, that when "What If" came out, it got NO promotion. All I remember was one video that never got played on MTV except one time when Tommy co-hosted "Battle of the Bands".
The first album Tommy was given 2 MTV specials, 3 videos and MTV somehow got "Girls with Guns" to No. 16 on their video countdown, yet the song never even came close to any real chart sucess. All the cards were used up when this album came out. I often wondered "What if" this was relased first. Oh well, we'll never know. It's a lost treasure for sure. Every song is good to great. a solid 5 stars.
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