Alexander O'Neal (Tabu Expanded Edition) Double CD, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
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Tabu Records defined the sound of young America throughout the late 1970s and 1980s, with hugely successful acts like Brainstorm, The S.O.S. Band, Alexander O'Neal and Cherrelle, whilst nurturing the powerhouse production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, one of the most successful production teams of the last 30 years. A comprehensive deluxe re-issue campaign will roll throughout 2013 and into 2014.
The label's re-launch takes in Alexander O'Neal's self-titled debut album for the label, which include the hits "If You Were Here Tonight", "A Broken Heart Can Mend" and the club classics "Innocent" and "What's Missing".
This 2CD set, is packaged in sumptuous case-bound books, containing newly authored liner notes and lyrics, features the original studio album on CD1, whilst CD2 includes additional remixes and alternate versions, of singles originally released from the album.
Top Customer Reviews
I would personally prefer jewel cases rather than the hardback book style presented here, but I do feel this is quite nicely done with a high quality finish, so I am happy with the presentation here (although the discs are not easy to get in and out of the sleeve easily). The book contains the lyrics and nice photographs of the original record labels. Clearly this has been a labour of love for visual presentation, but then we turn to the music...
After all the hype on Facebook and months of agonising wait for these TABU reissues, this is quite a disappointment. I had read other reviews and some gripes on Facebook and hoped this was just some negative people having a moan. But unfortunately they are right. One of the most import things about these tracks is the stellar production courtesy of Monte Moir, Jam & Lewis, so it is vitally important that the sound quality preserves what are top quality studio recordings. Disc one sounds fine and as you would expect. But, the second disc of bonus tracks clearly contains some vinyl rips. The odd crackle I could handle, but not the turntable rumble on "What's Missing (Remix)". The sound quality on "You Were Meant To Be My Lady (Extended Dance Remix) is highly dubious. These tracks sound like they have had some sort of software intervention because there is a metallic quality that isn't on the originals. I compared the sound quality to the Japanese promo CD "The Remix Album", but they are also on the easier to find CD "...Read more ›
I've bought the latest Tabu-Re-Issues (Alexander O'Neal, Cherrelle & The S.O.S. Band) and much to my regrets I'll have to say: Those Tabu-Re-Releases are rubbish!
The first CD (Alexander O'Neal debut) sounds ok, a bit louder than my old edition (CBS/Tabu ZK 30331) - all 6 Bonus tracks are vinyl recordings!
[...] should've informed potential custumors about this before the release date.
I've cancelled all those pre-orders of my desired re-issues...
This was the big mans first album in the year of 1985.
The album is split into two parts - like the follow up smash hit album "Hearsay". In those days it was all on double vinyl LP.
Do not be put off by the fact that there are only 7 tracks. There are more that 2 tracks which go on for over 5 minutes.
O'Neal shows us all for the first time that he can carry the soulful ballads like "If You Were Here Tonight" and then hit us with some uptempo funk like "Innocent"
The album kicks off with:
A Broken Heart Can mend
This track is beautiful. Its soul music in its element. Its from the soul and a message to all heart broken men - "It takes a little time, till you can love again, but I ain't got time to wait through another heart ache"
If You Were Here Tonight
The best song on the album and my all time favourite song - By O'Neal and any other artist.
For me it is the best Love song ever written. It was a single and still gets air play today. Its one of those songs that people know but forget who it is by. Vocally O'Neal is at his peak. If you have seen him live then you will know how well he delivers this song.
Do You Wanna Like I do
This song follows on from track 2. The same drum beat is evident in the background, but Alex uses his superbly toned voice to make this song sound all so different. A great track.
Look At Us Now
A song for any person who is in a relationship. "Look at us now, will we always be together, whos to say?Read more ›
Firstly, the original album was a great 80s R&B record. It matched O'Neal's fantastic vocals with superb production from Flyte Tyme. The first half consists of slower songs, full of soul. The second half is uptempo and funky with catchy dancefloor songs. All in all a great album.
The overall package is delivered well. The music sounds sharp and clear with a consistent quality throughout with bonus tracks that are on par with the album tracks. Interms of sound it is also louder than many CDs I have but this volume seems to work well with this collection of songs.
As a supplementary note, due to very obvious differences in the bonus track quality, it is unlikely that this is simply a repackage of Demon's 2013 UK reissue (I have this too).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
THIS A MUST TO HAVE , Alexander O'Neal re-mastered and this cd is a must for every fan with some great extra tracks .Published on 29 Jun. 2014 by Mr. Robert Lismore
nice soulful tunes's ,when music was music,shame the lp didn't get more air play , a must for your collectionPublished on 28 May 2014 by franklyn lindo
..I'm not impressed by this expanded edition at all.
Demon Music Group did a bad job on this one. I haven't bought it and probably won't. Read more
Please buy this classic debut albun from Alex.
No fillers. It is a timeless classic dream debut.
After reading several reviews on these re-releases I was sceptic. Read more
Fabulous listening, takes me back!! Ahh! Give it a go, I'm sure you will all enjoy it.
Well worth it.
I really loved this album when it first came out and I'm now thrilled to have it on CD - I play all my CD's in my car travelling to and from work and i'm finding the sound quality... Read morePublished on 22 April 2013 by J. Pettitt
This is a expanded edition of Alexander O'Neal's 1985 debut album. I have been a big fan of this album for many years. Read morePublished on 21 April 2013 by Richteabiscuit
FANTASTIC DOUBLE CD OF THE GREAT ALEXANDER O'NEAL CD!! WISH THEY HAD INCLUDED THE EXTENDED REMIX AND ACAPELLA OF 'SATURDAY LOVE' SO THEY COULD HAVE RECREATED THE FAMOUS 'REMIX... Read morePublished on 14 April 2013 by dj richi .com
mr smooth has arrived !,....takes me back to when i bought it on vinal,....everyone was playing this at the time (1985)....bars ...clubs ect ect ..... Read morePublished on 25 July 2012 by luckybear1