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4.0 out of 5 stars The more you hear it the better it gets,
The first time I listened to this CD I thought that I wasn't too keen on it, but I have to say that it has grown on me as I have become more familiar with the songs. I think my favourite track is Common Thief, which David performed live on his recent UK tour. I don't like Massacre at Park Bench, but the I can see that it fits in with the title of the album. All in all quite a good CD and anyone who is a fan of David Cassidy will probably enjoy it after they've heard it a few times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The First of David Cassidy's Brilliant 70s RCA Trilogy!,
"The Higher They Climb..." was a concept album (semi autobiographical) that launched a "new", post teen idol and mature Cassidy on the world market in 1975. The album was stunning release, co-produced by David Cassidy and Beach Boy Bruce Johnston. While it didn't sell extremely well in the USA it was hit in the UK, Europe and South Africa.
The album contains some wonderful songs including the hit singles "I Write The Songs" (penned by Bruce Johnston), "Get It Up For Love" and "Darlin'". Other notable tracks include "This Could Be The Night", "Love In Bloom" (penned by Cassidy) and the very funky "Common Thief". In truth, there isn't one bum track on this album.
When first released, the album achieved Gold status in several countries, earned Cassidy Male Vocalist of the Year in Germany and 6th best-selling single of the year in South Africa for "Darlin'". Cassidy's was the original hit version of "I Write The Songs", charting in 11 countries before Barry Manilow's commercialised and far less sensitive version hit in the USA.
This is a fabulous album. The recordings stand the test of time and demonstrate the calibre of artist that David Cassidy could have become at the time if (a) he had agreed to tour to promote his RCA recordings and (b) the self-proclaimed rock pundits had given him the respect and status he deserved. I thoroughly welcome the release of this album on CD and hope that David's subsequent RCA albums also see the light of day!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless and Strange,
Cassidy's loyal audience have stayed with him through the ups and downs and the other reviews here speak directly to them. If you are one of the handful of people who discover this album through discussions of the rare and unusual then this review is for you. This album took a critical slating on release, mainly suggesting the harder he tried the more he flopped. Unfair in my opinion. This is a concept album with the added bonus of an easy to follow story, the rise and fall of a pop star. It has its shortcomings, notably the self-conscious and needless spoken word track 'Massacre at the Park Bench' in which David Cassidy and a tramp find themselves sleeping in the same park. Elsewhere, it's full of surprises. The covered classics - Darlin' & Be Bop-a-Lula - stand up really well and if the trio of cod-Bee Gees disco workouts in the second half sound dated, he does - at least - handle them well. The gorgeous country rock ballad 'Love in Bloom' co-written with ex-Poco Richie Furay is a lost gem.
Overall this album stands up well and resembles a couple of other famous oddities - The Turtles' 'Battle of the Bands' and Todd Rundgren's 'Faithful' - collections in which the artists change style with confidence. Probably the one David Cassidy album those who don't like the man would benefit from owning.
5.0 out of 5 stars nice one.,
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well i have to say this is a very nice well put together cd with all the looks of a mini album
it has inlay sleeve with song credits & then a bonus book with all the words to the songs as well.
The the cd is in a protective cover
the card sleeve to the cd is same as the oriinal album sleeve
great to hear this album again with singles i write the songs Darlin & get it up for love,
a real nice cd well worth the look,
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