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Product details

  • Audio CD (2 Oct. 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Twenty First Century Recording Company
  • ASIN: B00V039P4I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Shout to the Devil
  2. Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke?
  3. The Stand
  4. Tell Me
  5. Howling Wind
  6. Blaze of Glory
  7. Third Light
  8. The Deceiver
  9. Sixty Eight Guns
  10. Declaration
  11. Marching On
  12. We Are the Light

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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."

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Why have you put customer reviews for this album from 2013 and 2007. When this album was recorded in 2014This isn't the original declaration by the alarm, it is a re recording by Mike peters solo, and doesn't sound anything like the origina ll, although some of the songs are pretty good and interesting alt versions
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The Alarm burst onto the music scene with the release of "Declaration" and myself, along with thousands of other loyal fans were hooked immediately and remain so today.

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"
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Beware all the five star reviews as they relate to the original declaration album and re-issued CD. This is not The Alarm it is Mike Peters doing slow acoustic versions of all the songs.
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I first heard The Alarm Declaration when I was 12 and have never really stopped listening to it and now I'm 38!. Rolling Stone magazine called this album 'brilliant' and I would not disagree. There have been a lot of musical comparisons between The Alarm and U2, but I've never really seen it myself, probably cos I was listening to The Alarm before U2.
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.
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The Alarm's classic 1984 breakthrough album was originally released on IRS records following two huge UK/US hits, '68 Guns' and 'Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke?'. The original album charted at number 6 in the UK before selling 500,000 copies in America after being described as a 'brilliant' album by Rolling Stone Magazine.
'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
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I bought this album when it first came out, and the power of the album to rock has not changed.
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!!!
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One of the best live acts I've ever seen, this albums still up there with all the best for over thirty years. You can feel the anger & passion of their music, one of the first bands I got into & were gigging with u2 but for some strange reason didn't get the recognition. Well worth buying & still doing their yearly weekend gathering (get to north wales for drink & mike peters experience, unbelievable)
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Was sceptical at first, as even though a fan of the band for years, I thought it might've been an album I either loved or hated! The good news is I loved it!
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