- Audio CD (2 Oct. 2015)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Twenty First Century Recording Company
- ASIN: B00V039P4I
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Declaration (30th Anniversary) Import
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Reinvented 30 years since the original album was released to dramatic effect in 1984. Stripped down and set free of the original arrangements, the songs on Declaration [30th Anniversary] have been able to move with the times and are as relevant to life today as they were when written in the early 1980's. "I felt like I could make a special record by treating the songs as if they had been written now," continues Peters. "It wasn't an easy process and I very nearly turned back a few times along the way. I had to take a very disciplined approach that was governed by the first principle The Alarm ever had, and that was to make music with an acoustic guitar, drum, harmonica and voice". Since the arrival of the White Stripes, Black Keys, Mumford & Sons etc, the world has now become accustomed to bands without a bass which is also the sonic blueprint for this 'new' Alarm album. "In 1981-1982, no one, not least me, understood how to make the sound of a band work without a bass guitar in the centre of the stereo picture. Now (with only The Alarm's versatile drummer Smiley), I was able to use the studio to create a record that is not only the sound of The Alarm's original vision but also a sound that is totally in line with contemporary trends, proving that The Alarm's music has, and can, stand the test of time."
Top Customer Reviews
This is an album full of the passion and anger of youth, railling against the backdrop of Thatcher's destruction of Welsh industry and her failed attempt to crush Wales' spirit.
The Alarm were and remain a fantastic band. So, buy this album, you will not be dissapointed.
"The Chant Has Just Begun"
I always found this album strange and haunting and still highly original, there hasn't really been anything even similar in my opinion; first world war, american war of independence, death, afterlife, morality, punk, cowboys, religion, working class, folk, country - it is undefinable. Like all great albums though it is a not just a collection of singles but a total world in itself.
If you only buy one Alarm album get this one, all the albums which followed this whilst being good to ok never really captured this raw brilliance. By the end of the 80's The Alarm were all but on the rocks, they started out with the passion and fire of The Jam and ended up like errrrr, well, ......U2, only without the patronising deepness and global dominance.
'Declaration' has been remastered by lead singer Mike Peters and collects all The Alarm's hit singles and recorded material from the years 1984-1985, including two non album British only hit singles 'Absolute Reality' and 'The Chant Has Just Begun'. All the B-sides from this period are also included and one previously unreleased extra track.
This album contains 10 additional tracks, one previously unreleased anywhere ('The Peace Train'), seven tracks previously unreleased on CD and one track never before on an album. Stunning new and original artwork with 56 photos, (many unseen), complete lyrics and sleeve notes by the original members of The Alarm. There is also interactive programming information to play the album and singles in their original form. This album forms part of The Alarm's Remasters Collection and will be a must for the band's loyal and large fanbase
I have seen The Alarm and Mike Peters (the lead singer) live so many times, and it was in doing so many live gigs that they originally attracted a huge mid-eighties following. Some may say, that they were too similar to U2, they actually supported U2 at Red Rock, and it was only after they had played that U2 decided to go on with the gig after it had poured down and a large portion of the crowd had gone home.
As for the album, all the tracks rock and it is on Declaration that you find 68 Guns, this is the only song most people have heard of when you mention the Alarm.
For me the stand out tracks are Marching On, Blaze of Glory, and The Deciever. Do yourself a favour and buy this album, and then go see them live! Yes they are still playing (although with a new lineup).
Wind down the window and play it LOUD!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
been an alarm fan for over 30 years as good today as they were in the early days brilliant songs that live on forever a great cd /lpPublished 20 months ago by Kevin Clarke
It was a present recipient highly delighted as been after this CD for a while apparently. Delivery quicker than expectedPublished on 10 April 2015 by Mr. M. L. Macdonald
Had heard the music many years before.
Wanted the cd as a gift for someone - excellent.
Item on time and in good order.
Yeah i've heard all the comparisons.
''the Welsh U2'' ''the punk Who'' but The Alarm were just a great band in their own right. Read more
i have been looking for this album on cd for ages i got it on tape but wanted it on cd so with thanks to amazon i got what i wanted thanks a lot amazonPublished on 27 Aug. 2009 by Mr. Thomas Leonard