Quarterflash: Back Into Blue (Japanese Pressing) CD Track Listing

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Quarterflash Back Into Blue (Japanese Pressing) (1985)
Originally Released 1985\nCD Edition Released 1985\nGeffen GoldLine Budget CD Edition Released June 1, 1997\n\nAMG EXPERT REVIEW: Back into Blue has Quarterflash sounding less like a rock band and more like a synth-driven dance club quartet, which makes only a couple of the tracks hook-worthy before the rest of the album comes off as predictable and tiresome. "Walking on Ice" is a charged little number with a hard thrust, making smart use of the keyboards, while "Back into Blue" is a friendly sounding love song that highlights Rindy Ross' seductive vocals. Even "Caught in the Rain" displays an attempt at tightening up the songwriting after the unsuccessful release of 1983's Take Another Picture. But after these three tracks, the album ceases to rise out of the conventional pop doldrums, with Ross and her husband sounding like they want to stay young forever. Thinly played out efforts like "Talk to Me," "Love Without a Net," and "Welcome to the City" center the band in pop limbo, without any of the riffs or spirited saxophone rides that made their first release a success. Not knowing whether to take the '80s pop route or the more mature-sounding adult contemporary path, Back into Blue ends up foreshadowing the fact that this would be their last album and that a breakup was pending. Both "Walking on Ice" and "Back into Blue" can be found on Harden My Heart: The Best of Quarterflash. -- Mike DeGagne\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nHard to find rarity!!, May 26, 2005\nReviewer: Brandon Hixson "Music Lover" (Waco, Texas USA)\nQuarterflash's third recording, Back Into Blue was released in late 1985 and only managed to land at #150 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts. It's singles, "Talk To Me" - a #83 pop hit and "Walking On Ice", highlight the LP. The band lost a guitar and keyboard player before the third album and gained more layered synthesizers, giving this release a more pop feel than the other two more adult oriented rock albums. This LP also changed engieeners. John Boylan (Boston) produced the first two albums and Steve Levine (Culture Club) was brought in for this recording. This is the only Quarterflash recording that actually sounds dated. I suppose it's because of the thick 80's synthesizers layered all through the album. It is, however, a great collection of songs. The soft ballad "I Want To Believe It's You" is a beautiful song while "Welcome To The City" and "Just For You" offer more of a danceable bass line. The band broke up after the release of this LP. Quarterflash had a new line up in 1991 only keeping the original (Seafood Mama) members Marv and Rindy Ross. The new line up gave the band a newer rock sound, much more like Heart, Nelson and later Pat Benatar. Unfortunately the album Girl In The Wind was only released in Europe making this a hard to find rarity. It's a great album and definitely worth the search! \n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nThe album that killed Quarterflash, August 5, 2003\nReviewer: kireviewer (Sunnyvale, Ca United States)\nOf Quarterflash's three "official" albums, this is the last and by far the worst. This is the album that killed off Quarterflash. Quarterflash was one of many female-fronted New Wave bands in the eighties. The female vocalists all had a similar style. This CD is 44 minutes long and has excellent sound quality (unlike many budget priced CD's).\nIn the seventies, Yes and Emerson, Lake and Palmer killed progressive rock with overblown excesses. As an extreme reaction, punk moved in, with a very stripped down sound. New Wave evolved from punk, as a more accessible version of the stripped down sound. At the same time, disco became popular. Eventually disco and New Wave blended. This all happened fairly quickly and neither New Wave or Disco lasted very long, compared to other music styles.\n\nBands tried to change with the quickly changing music styles, and most were not very successful. Many very popular groups from this era put out one or two very good albums, and put out a final album that was a disaster and contributed to the end of the band.\n\nThis album was the death of Quarterflash. It only contains 3 good tracks. Most of the other tracks are the worst things the group has ever done. The good tracks are where the group sticks to the modified New Wave style of the second album (Take Another Picture), highlighted by Rindy Ross's saxophone. The bad tracks are where the group tries to copy the New Wave/Disco sound of 1985, with the overblown synthesizers.\n\nAfter this album, the group would break up. It reformed with a much different line up, and tried to survive doing live shows at county fairs, living off the two hits from the first album. The group also put out a 4th album in 1990 that went completely unnoticed.\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nA disappointing album, July 21, 2001\nReviewer: Dave Richards "dave@synergy.org" (Petaluma, CA United States)\nRecognizing that fans need to allow musicians to grow and evolve with the times, "Back into Blue" is a suprisingly poor follow-up to Quarterflash's first two albums. "Quarterflash" and "Take Another Picture" exude both emotion and musical honesty through a jazzy/soft-rock medium. The band apparently left their instruments at home when they recorded "Back into Blue". The album is filled with poppish studio synthesizer which strikes this listener as both shallow and hollow. The musianship evident on the first two albums is hidden by the sequencers of the third. I would advise all but the Quarterflash fanatical to invest their entertainment dollars elsewhere.\n\nAMAZON.COM CUSTOMER REVIEW\nGood, but not great, June 11, 2001\nReviewer: A music fan\nIn what appears to be an effort to keep up with the sounds of the mid-'80s, Quarterflash's third effort is awash with the sounds of layered synthesizers. The trademark saxophone is still here, and, thankfully, Rindy Ross sings lead on all of the tracks. "Walking on Ice," "Talk to Me," and "Love without a Net (You Keep Falling)," the album's highlight, are good, solid, driving rock tunes. In fact, this album is more consistent than Quarterflash's two previous albums, and there really aren't any poor songs here (although "Come to Me" comes shockingly close to sounding like Miami Sound Machine), but there aren't any great ones, either, making it easy to see why this was the least well-received of Quarterflash's three American albums.
This rock cd contains 10 tracks and runs 44min 16sec.
Freedb: 7f0a5e0a
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  1. Quarterflash - Walking On Ice (03:48)
  2. Quarterflash - Caught In The Rain (04:55)
  3. Quarterflash - Back Into Blue (04:27)
  4. Quarterflash - Talk To Me (05:00)
  5. Quarterflash - I Want To Believe It's You (03:52)
  6. Quarterflash - Love Without A Net (You Keep Falling) (04:09)
  7. Quarterflash - Come To Me (03:21)
  8. Quarterflash - Grace Under Fire (05:26)
  9. Quarterflash - Just For You (04:59)
  10. Quarterflash - Welcome To The City (04:12)

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