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Russians Americans

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  • Audio CD (16 July 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000007VUU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I actually love this record and i'm going to review it as no one's bothered to! Starting with The One That Got Away it comes in with an engaging bassline and a tale of intrigue and dark romance, his narrative style voice as poignant as ever. Next up Rumours Of War is his first real attempt at electronica and is a gripping number with every word sung. Al offers "I can see that your dress is torn at the edge, you are lost and intense like a man on a ledge waiting to jump as the waves break on the shore. Rumours of war. Rumours of war!". The drum march outro too works a treat for this superb tune. Accident On Third Street is another great narrative as Al mourns for some passer by run down in traffic - "They found the guy that did it. He had the lobotomy and chicken eyes!" - injecting humour into melancholy. Night Meeting tells the grim tale of Cold War politics which is what this album is all about and is a great tune with some sharp funky guitar work which is exceptional throughout. Al offers "You seem beyond the jurisdiction of the democratic powers. You do not see the contradiction of the watchmen in the towers. You turn your back as night devours. The final chance, the final hours!". Remember this was 1984 and the world held their breath at the very possibility of nuclear conflict such was the propaganda on both sides.

Cafe Society benefits from some splendid piano breaks and sets the atmosphere quite beautifully as it depicts, well, cafe society! Strange Girl is Al just having fun with another busted romance as he tells his woes about a strange girl he once loved and her even stranger family! - "Every holiday's a nightmare and its giving me the chills, everybody ends up fighting, I remember it still. The only thing they agree on is its me they wanna kill!".
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This is a truly great album. I first got it on vinyl on the day it was released in the UK and played it repeatedly for months. Unavailable on CD for a number of years, I finally got a copy and the magic is still there. This understated album is as good as, if not better than the classic Year of the Cat. Great tunes, great lyrics from Al and Peter White. Highlights are the haunting Rumours of War, Night Meeting, Gypsy & the Rose , Strange Girl and Lori, Don't Go Right Now, not to forget the eponymous Russians and Americans.
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I confess to being a 60's Al Stewart lover, probably because I grew up with and identified with his experiences (so beautifully expressed) as teenager/20 something. So Bedsitter images (AMAZING) and love chronicles (even better) are where my heart lies...........with this in mind, I think that Russians and Americans is the 60's album that might have come next in terms of insight, musicality and sheer pleasure........he captures the fears of the early 80's when we all thought a bomb would go off any time, but hoped it might get better (it did!).

And I love 1,2,3, the old Len Barry song. Al takes it to a new level. Thanks for this 25 years old this year I think memory Al!
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After all the hype of Year of the cat and Time passages came two more relaxed albums that didn't hope to imitate the success. 24 carrots was the first then this album- Russians and Americans, the version here without the extra tracks found on the American version.
It is not one of Al's most easily accessible albums although there are a few standout songs on here. A lot of this album is political- or has political overtones. Lori , don't go right now is a simple song- a good tune, though the instrumental changes mark a new era from YOTC.
Rumours of War is not a song you will take to immediately however it contains a powerful statement. Gypsy and the rose has probably the most harmless tune on the album- very listenable with a slight folk-like feel.
The next song , in my opinion is one of the said standout tracks, and the highlight of the album - Accident on 3rd street is slightly strange as it is not so much sung as half sung- half spoken. It is a great tune none the less and its moving topic of a drink and driving accident combined with the down to earth and very careless phrase, Just one of those things. a great lyric and excellent piano part.
Next up is Strange girl- one of my original favourites this is catchy. The title track is less good- probably the weakest song musically. It is about the political stance of the 2 countries in 1984.
Cafe society is another good song. It has a strong piano part and striking sax tune that combined with the very atmospheric lyrics create a song you'll never tire of hearing, and as its a catchy tune will no doubt sing a long.
Al stewart wrote mostly all his own songa, but there are odd exceptions such as 1,2,3.
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A mate lent me this album shortly after it was released and it was the first time I had heard Al Stewart. I loved it and have been a fan ever since. It may not be quite as good as the excellent Past Present and Future, Modern times or Year of the Cat - but would come in ahead of Time Passages (just), 24 Carrots and the awful Last Days of the Century.

Lori don't go right now, rumours of war, the candidate and cafe society are all very good tracks with clever lyrics and good music. The gypsy and the rose and strange girl are perhaps not so great. 1,2,3 is not one of Als', but it's a good song and well covered. The title track, Russians and Americans is great, but rather dated, since the threat that was once posed by these nations now only comes from the Americans, who are still as mental as ever!

The best track on the album is Accident on Third Street, which tells the story of a friend knocked down and killed by a drunk driver, and the range of emotions such a tragedy produces. Great lyrics include the lines "Linda's in the cold ground, won't see her any more, somewhere out on the highway tonight the drunken engines roar" - really brings it home.
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