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Upstairs at Eric's Tracklist:
In my 17th winter I was in the UK visiting my girlfriend who I had met in the NY. She gave me a 45 by a band named YAZOO with "Only You" on it and another with "Just Can't Get Enough" by Depeche Mode. Both Vince Clarke songs. YAZOO had to change/shorten their name when they started selling in the US for legal reasons. Years have flown by she's still my friend and these songs are now the embodiment of my wild eyed youth and fond memories of the one that got away.
What took me so long to buy this on iTunes?! Upstairs At Eric's takes me way back in time but the music never gets old. I had the cassette (which I stole from my sister) and I would play it over and over. I would always rewind certain songs on my Walkman or boom box. The memories! Again, what took me so long to buy it on iTunes?! :)
Given to me by my first girlfriend. Know every word to every song. Stolen Many times and replaced. Stands the test of time. Expanded musical horizons of a few small southern towns. A true techno classic. Up there with music for the masses and meat is murder. If you know whose albums these are you may download a track.
Yes this is a classic 80s album but I think its also a classic for all generations of music. It's sound spans the ages. I love it as much as I did when I was a teenager seeking out alternative sounds. Every bit of this album is good, not just a few hits - all of it from beginning to end.
ive followed vince clarke my whole life and my favorite band is Depecehe Mode with that being said i still like Erasue and Yaz this album is a great album even with the random annoyance of I before E except after C and even though Depeceh in my opinion is a better band this is one of the greatest albums of the 80s
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...after all these years this album still holds standard to dance, ahead of it's time in the 80's. I personally went through 4 cassettes (they didnt have cd's back then...lol). I believe Mr Bell had a 80's masterpiece here, and Alison Moyet's voice is perfection. I can sing all the songs by heart except of course "I Before E Except After C"--lol
"Only You" has to be one of the most emotionally beautiful songs ever performed. Something about the simplicity of the synth arrangement and the emotion of the lead vocal really hit you in the gut. Combined with one of the best album covers of all time, the total package gets me teary eyed everytime I hear it. I can barely get to the rest of the album because THIS song is so damn good.
...after experiencing Alison & Vince tonight at the Orphium Theatre in downtown Los Angeles at their third SOLD OUT show, it goes to show that an album so emotional, well written and totally uncomparible to all other artist can still deliver 25 years later to the mass that is so hungry again for individuality and talent of its' kind. If you haven't experienced this album, then you haven't experienced at all. MC
For those who don't absolutely adore the saccharine, polished sound of Erasure, there's really only one Vince Clarke-penned work that stands alone in terms of getting it right. Upstairs at Eric's has become almost forgotten because the related singles are as popular as ever as retro night dance stompers, usually danced to by people who forget the song's name or that Alison Moyet is even a woman, i.e. the masses. The regular listener probably only knows two or three Yaz songs, and that's a shame because the Moyet/Clarke pairing is as inspiring as synthpop gets - other than track 4's pretentious babbling, the album is a near perfect keepsake. It might be the first widely-listened to synthpop album that finally succeeded in hammering out a love ballad of serious artistic merit ("Only You"), and it was improved upon even further with their next album's "Ode To Boy." Clarke's work after Yaz is very talented, but I feel that this was his peak - not in terms of technical prowess but in stylistic impact. To me, it never sounded quite the same or as good as with the irreplaceable Moyet, a lovely singer whose husky, soulful voice clearly thrived juxtaposed against an icy synth veneer. Once you hear her, and once you hear Andy Bell right afterwards, you wonder if Clarke picked him for their striking vocal similarities and happily accepted the next best thing.
A splendid mix of 80's synth new wave, from hi NRG tracks like Don't Go and Bring Your Love Down, to the heavy and soulful angst of Midnight and Winter Kills, to the irresistable hooks of Only You and Situation. Even the much maligned I Before E has it's charm and place, it reminds you of what the NEW in New Wave meant back in '82 and I love the voice of the old woman at the end of it..."Yes..I'm alright...hahahaha". (Awesome to hear they are reuniting for the Reconnected Tour this summer '08)
The combination of Alison Moyet's deep, almost masculine voice and soulful sounds make this one of my absolute favorites of all time - definitely one that's best listened to from start to end...
joy...Upstairs at Eric's reminds me of a piece of my past that was exciting, adventerous and naive. thank you. i have owned the album (2 of them), cassette (2 of them), CD and now on itunes... highly recommend! peace.
Hands down this album is worth the money. All the songs on this album are good. The only weird song is I before E except after C. It was a little strange, and I probably won’t listen to it. Other than that, this is a true 80’s Classic!!
The synthesizer was the first new instrument in a generation. It became the sound of the 80's and the new wave generation just like the electric guitar did in the 60s and 70s. Vincent Clarke was the master of this new instrument and this album just defines music from the early eighties. There is a lot of art house to it... you can hear the experimentation to determine what was possible by adding a computer into the traditional band. This album still holds up well with its minimal sound by todays standards. After you listen to this album you hear its influence in modern pop music.
The import cd is better (as Yazoo-their real name), they left off the disruptive "i before e," and it includes a beautiful track called "Tuesday" that should follow "Goodbye 70's"from the original british release. it also adds "The Other Side Of Love" (12" version) and "Situation" (U.S. 12" Remixed By François Kevorkian) to round it out!!! BUT, if that isn't an option, delete "i before e" before you listen to it...it's a waste of time...and try to hunt down Tuesday," too...and their stellar 2nd lp..again, find the british for "Happy People," one of the rare tracks to have Vince on vocals!
The vast majority of the vocals are Alison Moyet BACKED by Clarke. Clarks voice, while, good enough is a pale imitation of Alison Moyet. Erasure basically made it's money off the back of Alison Moyet's talent. Alison's interests were in ballads and the like and Clarke wanted a club band. Thats how it went.
The word excellent and genius and perfect just get overused everywhere on this site. 5 stars should be like perfect 10s. Use sparingly and they mean more. This is a good album with 9 out of 11 songs well done. The exceptions are I Before e except C which is an unlistenable vanity piece courtesy of Vince Clarke and In My Room which its over the top use of The Lord's Prayer where it simply does not fit. Alison Moyet sounds great though and "Don't Go" and "Situation" were two of the best examples of technopop at the time. A solid B effort.
This album proved that art and pop could bang and look good doin' it. Moyet's voice was first revealed here as the bluesy, passionate powerhouse songstress on par with Lennox. Vince Clark was pre pop-obsessed (his work with Erasure) so the songs have musical variety and tonal experimentation. How great are the songs? Even the album cuts have been remade: "Only You" by Enrique Iglesias and "Midnight" by Robin S.
After leaving Depeche Mode, Vince Clark teamed up with former schoolmate Alison Moyet to create this album, which was immediately recognized as groundbreaking. Along with Soft Cell, Yaz(oo) aimed to soften the cold harshness of Kraftwerk's computer music with impassioned vocals. And there are few vocalists in pop history who do passion like Alison Moyet. The standout tracks here are classics--"Don't Go" and "Only You" are perfect pop. And "Situation" can lay claim to being one of the most important dance records of all time, influencing not only British technopop, but also American R&B synthpop. Most of the rest of the songs stand up very well to these three, with the exception of "I Before E," which was a failed experiment in tape-looping. But it is the exception that proves the rule--this is a great album. Moyet and Clarke have both recorded lots of good music after this album, but never surpassed its transcendent beauty. It is incredible, given the proliferation of technology in the last 25 years, that this almost rudimentary synth-pop album would sit at the top of the heap in the category, but it does. One of the best British pop albums of all time--without a doubt.
This was the first CD I ever bought, before I even owned a CD player. I had a huge collection of cassette tapes up to that point and had been putting off getting into the new fangled high-tech world of compact discs - but I knew CD's were much more durable and had better sound than cassettes so I knew eventually I'd have to stockpile all my favorite albums on CD just in case Armageddon came. This was back when CD's still came in those long boxes - remember those? Anyway, this is 80's electropop at its best. Once again, the British were the masters of a genre that the Americans would later rip off and ruin by overproducing and commercializing it. "Midnight" is probably my favorite cut. Allison Moyet's voice was and is one of a kind. She's divine. "In My Room" grows on you after a few listens and even "I Before E Except After C" ceases to annoy if you listen to it in the right mood. Catchy, fun, full of great hooks - this is a very good album.
this album has to be one of the best musical outputs of all the 80's. even though the hits such as "don't go", "only you" and "situation" receive the most attention, it is the other songs such as "too pieces", "bad connection", and "midnight" that elevate this album from good to great. in my musical opinion the latter 3 songs are far superior then the hits. this album is truly a timeless classic.
This album is great mix of 80's dance songs such as "Bring Your Love Down" and intense songs like "Midnight" and "Winter Kills". Yaz is one of the most 80ish bands out there, just listen to "Goodbye Seventies". Upstairs at Eric's is deffinitly worth owning just to listen to a diffrent blend of music.