Note: this release was originally purchased as an LP, later replaced by the 2015 2 CD "Archive Collection" remaster.
Sometimes called a companion peace to its predecessor, Tug of War (many songs were recorded at the same sessions), I actually like this record a little better than Tug. It's more poppy and cohesive to my ears. All produced by George Martin. The critics disagree with me (below) but so what?
|Billboard magazine, Nov 12 1983|
According to that magazine,
this album's release date was
Thursday, October 28, 1983.
There's beautiful ballads, throwbacks to the previous decade and a #1 duet with MJ that had a creepy, incestuous video:
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #15
Peak on Billboard's R&B albums chart: #49
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #12
Tracks: All of what was Side 1 (tracks 1-5) is a winner, particularly the title track. Side 2 (tracks 6-11) has some filler (The Man, Tug of Peace) but a solid listen.
The 33 minute "bonus disc" contains 5 demos (like most demos, they only need to be heard once, if that). This is followed by a needless 2015 remix of Say Say Say which confirms that they got it right the first time. That's followed by Ode to a Koala Bear (b-side to Say Say Say), Twice in a Lifetime (a film theme) and an instrumental track. In other words, nothing to see here; move along. Why wasn't the Jellybean Benitez remix of Say Say Say included?
|early CD longbox|
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: This got a fair amount of play during Christmas break of my senior year in high school, so it's become more of a cold weather album for me. Also, my high school jazz band played a cheesy arrangement of Say Say Say which the world could have done without.
Previously revisited for the blog:
Chaos And Creation In The Backyard (2005)
Wingspan: Hits and History (2001)
Flaming Pie (1997)
Unplugged: The Official Bootleg (1991)
All The Best! (1987)
Tug of War (1982)
Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976)
Band On The Run (1973)