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  • Audio CD (24 Feb. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg
  • ASIN: B0000V4MDK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 738,101 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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The Higher they clim the harder they fall RCA Japan!
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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"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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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Cassidy 19 Mar. 2004
By J. Collins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My copy of this release came with a 20 page booklet (including the cover art), track listings, lyrics for all the songs (in English and Japanese), original production notes and 'thank yoos'. The album art is nicely repro'd as well. Apart from a small Japanese obi strip, the rest of the package is pretty plain. As the track listings here show, there are no bonus tracks, just the original ten tunes and reprise.
"The Higher..." itself isn't the best digital reissue I've ever heard, but considering how lousy the original RCA Records pressings were, this CD's sound is phenomenal. I purchased four or five of those vinyl lps, and every one suffered from distortion, particularly in tracks where Cassidy's vocals were mixed high. If you listen closely to this CD, you can hear the occasional sound drop-out, but they're all minor. The overall sound is excellent, considering the age of the source tapes.
Musically, this is one of Cassidy's strongest lps, and features him in prime voice as well. Though I know "The Higher..." charted well abroad, here in the U.S. it was no great shakes. Maybe it was the teenybop backlash, maybe it was shoddy promotion stateside...whatever the reason, it didn't get a fraction of the play Cassidy's earlier albums received. And, of course, THAT'S a shame, 'cause this album comes together beautifully, on a number of counts.
For a concept lp, this one does a great job of working classic material alongside 'modern' originals. Who'd have thought 'Keith Partridge' could do a convincing "Be Bop A Lula" ? Better yet...that he could perform dreck like "I Write The Songs" and make it listenable ? Cassidy scores on both counts, but he's most impressive on the original tracks. "This Could Be The Night" and "Darlin'" evoke the same 50's nostalgia as "Be Bop...", but with more emphasis on vocal harmony. Interestingly, the 70's light rock production incorporates the retro elements without making them sound hokey.
The original side B starts with the killer "Get It Up For Love," and is immediately followed by another rocker, "Fix Of Your Love." Both are danceable, even in this bass-lite recording. After the spoken interlude ("Massacre...") there's another lite-rock gem in "Common Thief." The sad-sweet "Love In Bloom" is perfectly poised before the closing reprise. Fans are left to wonder how much of the drama they've just listened to comes from Cassidy's own life, and how much is for the sake of his art.
I have one small-sized quibble about this recording. That is, the version of "Darlin'" included is NOT the same version that appeared on the U.S. album release...not entirely any way. The basic backing track is the same (backup vocals, arrangment), but the lead vocal by Cassidy is an alternate take. A minor point to some fans, but this vocal track contains none of the intensity found in the original, and sounds like it came from much later in his career. To make matters worse, the substitute vocal is mixed low, so the original background vocals tend to drown Cassidy out.
Otherwise, this disc is a must-have for this David Cassidy fan. Though I initially balked at the price tag, I think it's worth it. I hope the same company re-releases another Cassidy gem, "Home Is Where The Heart Is."
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First of Cassidy's Brilliant 70s RCA Trilogy 13 Dec. 2003
By P. N. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 70s Retro 15 Mar. 2004
By Jim Salamanis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
1975 was a watershed year for David Cassidy. Keen to move away from his manufactured "Partridge Family" sound to something more adult contemporary, "The Higher They Climb, The Harder They Fall" was the culmination of his first solo effort with new record label RCA. This much under-rated record is arguably one of Cassidy's finest efforts in his post-PF career. The album has a 70s funky feel but the production, musicianship and singing are all first rate. A little known fact is that Cassidy recorded the original version of "I Write the Songs" which the record company refused to release in the US; on returning from the UK, company President Clive Davis showed the song to Barry Manilow who soon had a number one hit by default. Had they had the foresight to let Cassidy release his version it would have no doubt gone gold as it already had in Britain. A brilliant sketch piece, "Dialogue on a Parkbench" pokes fun at Cassidy's teeny bopper status and makes the album a real gem of a listen. This is a great addition to any fan's collection. It is with hope and anticipation that Cassidy's full RCA catalogue is eventually released along with "Bulletin Board", the remaining Partridge Family album plus all the other rare unreleased material that is the holy grail to his adoring fans. It's about time this artist was given his due by those with the power to release great music on the shiny irridescent disc we call a CD.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this album is definitly a new begining 30 Mar. 2004
By beaugraham@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First off i wanna say to the person who wrote that long review. you are pretty sharp you noticed that the version of darlin on this cd is not the same as the one on the lp. The lp version is much better something about david's vocals. This cd version lacks a little. The 4 albums he released on bell were good no doubt but the 3 rca albums are better there is a growth in the song writing and in davids voice it doesent sound as young as previous albums. I hope and i know that all you other fans out there do as well that dreams are nuthin, more than wishes cassidy live and home is where the heart is is released on cd. And im sure they will in the future. They released cherish, rock me baby and the higher they climb. And if you wanna hear even better music from david pick up his very rare (if you can find it) 1990 self titled cd with labor of love song writing wise its the best album he has done.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pop idol flies free and becomes an artist 27 April 2011
By hyperbolium - Published on Amazon.com
The genuine artistry of this album is a lot more clear thirty-six years distance from its 1975 release. With the bright lights of Cassidy's teen idolatry having faded, the album can be viewed on its merits, and is left to stand on its own as a truly terrific pop statement. Still, part of what makes it so interesting is the relief of Cassidy's earlier work and the infusion of his hard-won artistic freedom. These are the sounds of an artist finally charting his own musical course, rather than a pawn buffeted by the demands of his young fans and the needs of his record company. Freed from his post-Partridge Family contract with Bell, Cassidy moved to RCA where he was paired with Beach Boy Bruce Johnston as producer. Johnston delivered Cassidy first crack at "I Write the Songs," and though the single was a chart-topper in the UK, it was withheld in the US in favor of Barry Manilow's subsequent hit.

The failure to market "I Write the Songs" is only one of the label's misfires, as the album's superb take on the Beach Boys' late-60s hit "Darlin'" was also allowed to flounder without a proper push. Cassidy's originals - he wrote or co-wrote half the album's songs - are more mature than the things he'd written for his earlier albums, and the demise of his teen idol fame provides introspective grist for the songwriter's mill. Johnston provides sophisticated, varied and dramatic arrangements that are substantially more soulful than Cassidy had been previously afforded, and the singer rises to the challenge with strong vocals that shed the bubblegum style he'd adopted for the Partridge Family. Among the album's most startling moments is a take on Gene Vincent's "Be-Bop-A-Lula" that's surprisingly fresh and original.

The album's loosely structured concept has Cassidy dreaming of rock `n' roll stardom, reveling in the music's roots, contemplating himself as a songwriter and the possibilities of success, and facing the fall. Cassidy must have known that the tide of his former success was more likely to pull him back under than swell into a successful adult recording career, but he remains hell-bent on proving that he's more than a television show's fabrication. Much like Ricky Nelson two decades earlier, Cassidy's innate talents as a singer and songwriter had been thrown into question by his media-fueled success, but with this album he proved that he was more than a prefabricated star. The listening public may not have been ready for that revelation, but thirty-five years later, the proof of his talent is still here to be heard. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]
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