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Best of the Alarm & Mike Peters

  • 1. Sixty Eight Guns
    2. Spirit of '76
    3. Down the Road - (previously unreleased)
    4. Rain in the Summertime
    5. Strength
    6. Breathe
    7. Sold Me Down the River
    8. New South Wales, A
    9. 21st Century
    10. Stand, The
    11. Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke?
    12. Majority
    13. Deceiver, The
    14. Blaze of Glory
    15. Walk Forever by My Side
    16. One Step Closer to Home
    17. No Better Than This - (1998 Remix, previously unreleased)
    18. Presence of Love
    19. Absolute Reality
    20. Rescue Me - (Tearing the Bounds Asunder Mix)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 493751

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Porter; John Porter; Mick Glossop; Mike Howlett; Mike Peters; The Alarm; Tony Visconti
    EngineerChris Porter; Mick Glossop; Nigel Luby; Tony Platt; Tony Visconti

    This best-of collection gathers 21 tracks by The Alarm and Mike Peters, including "Down The Road," "Breathe," and "New South Wales."
    Personnel: Mike Peters (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica); Dave Sharp (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Chris Lewis (electric guitar); John Porter (slide guitar, programming); Chris Stainton, Rupert Black (piano); Mark Taylor (keyboards); Eddie Macdonald (bass guitar, background vocals); Nigel Twist (drums, background vocals); Owen Thomas, Martyn Barker (drums); Chris Porter (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: The Alarm.
    Recording information: 02/03/1983-01/13/2001.
    Led by singer-songwriter Mike Peters, Welsh band the Alarm rose to a modest level of success in the 1980s by offering up a slightly more straightforward variation on the U2/Simple Minds "big rock" template. This career-spanning 21-track collection features Alarm classics such as the punky "Sixty Eight Guns" and the poppy "Rain in the Summertime," along with a handful of late-period songs, most notably the propulsive "Superchannel" and "45 R.P.M.," which garnered the group a surprise 2003 hit under the alias "the Poppy Fields." For the uninitiated, this is an excellent introduction to the Alarm, and for old fans, it's a nice one-stop purchase.

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