Will I Ever Understand You - Berlin, Crawford, John
For All Tomorrow's Lies - Berlin, Crawford, John
Like Blondie, Berlin is a female-fronted new wave band with a lead singer (Terri Nunn) who can really belt, although Nunn is more in-your-face than Debbie Harry. Their music is submerged new wave synth-pop that is varied m... more »ost successfully by Nunn's agile vocal arrangements. In "No More Words," she first yells and then drops to a scathing whisper, only to attack again; it's scary enough to make any man cower. "Take My Breath Away" is a beautiful from-the-gut ballad, so large and deep in scope that it commands your full attention. In "The Metro" she puts you on a train, sullen and melancholy, going nowhere. --Beth Bessmer« less
Like Blondie, Berlin is a female-fronted new wave band with a lead singer (Terri Nunn) who can really belt, although Nunn is more in-your-face than Debbie Harry. Their music is submerged new wave synth-pop that is varied most successfully by Nunn's agile vocal arrangements. In "No More Words," she first yells and then drops to a scathing whisper, only to attack again; it's scary enough to make any man cower. "Take My Breath Away" is a beautiful from-the-gut ballad, so large and deep in scope that it commands your full attention. In "The Metro" she puts you on a train, sullen and melancholy, going nowhere. --Beth Bessmer
Many of the songs on this CD are repetitive in the arrangements. It's like listening to one long song.
Kate A. from GLENS FALLS, NY Reviewed on 4/14/2007...
This is still sealed in plastic. I think I got it used, but it's sealed in plastic. I'm just not that much of a Berlin fan, I never listened to it.
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New Wave and Hard Rock Fire and Ice
Gary F. Taylor | Biloxi, MS USA | 03/08/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Terri Nunn kicked around Los Angeles in search of a film career for several years. Berlin was an interesting but unknown band that had a small following but nothing tangible to show for it. In 1979, however, Nunn and Berlin found each other--and the result would be one of the more interesting bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s "New Wave," and by the time Nunn and the members of Berlin called it a day around 1988 they had created not only a solid body of work but several truly memorable international hits.
Berlin's best known single would be "Take My Breath Away," a slow but musically intense piece with music by Giorgio Moroder and lyrics by Tom Whitlock recorded for the film TOP GUN. (The song proved considerably more memorable than the film itself, picking up a 1986 Oscar for best song.) A runaway hit, the song nonetheless sowed the seeds of the band's destruction: band members were torn between their experimental roots and pop music success, and Berlin self-destructed less than two years later.
BEST OF BERLIN 1979-1988 collects the major recordings, including the famous "Take My Breath Away." Like all best of collections, one can argue over what should have been included and what should have been left, but by and large this collection does a very good job of gathering the major recordings, and it gives you a very good idea of what the band did. And what it did was contrast Nunn's unexpectedly powerful voice and flair for emotional dramatics against a increasingly pop-inflected New Wave sound to truly remarkable effect.
The earlier recordings like "The Metro" show the band at their edgy New Wave semi-punk best, a strange but intriguing mix of cold electronic sound and emotionally hot lyrics. "Sex (I'm A...)" was perhaps the band's highwater mark in this style, featuring Nunn reciting disconcertingly explicit lyrics against an icy yet sensual sound; it was enough to have the record banned from most radio stations. But it was with more pop-edged songs like "Now It's My Turn" that Berlin really began to make a widespread impression.
Terri Nunn has been frequently compared to Debbie Harry, but there is much less grounds for it than you might think: where Harry tended to work in a throw-away style, Nunn has a hardrock belter's voice more akin to the likes of Heart's Ann Wilson. It is directly into the microphone in a roundhouse punch, a sharp, at times strident voice that would have been perfectly at home in a heavy metal girl band with the likes of Lita Ford and Joan Jett. Songs like "Sky High" and "Like Flames" prove the point.
Berlin has lately reunited, and fans of the band--and I'm certainly among them--are hoping they can capture the same lightening all over again. They were a knock-out band and their recordings are presently very under appreciated; it would be a very good thing to see them at the top of the charts again.
GFT, Amazon Reviewer"
This album is a gem.
Dan Robertson | 10/17/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"An excellant collection from one of the 80's most underrated bands.This cd contains a fine blend of ballads[Take My Breath Away],rockers[Blowin Sky High],and synth pop[Matter Of Time]to satisfy any musical taste.A must have for old fans and those who are tired of bland commercial groups[you know them!|that rule our airwaves today.Let Terri Nunn and co. into your ears,you wont be dissappointed.t"
Berlin - A true Gem
Santosh | Centurion - SA | 07/31/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Easy to describe this CD. If you love "Take my Breath Away" and hope the rest of the CD is such , you will be dissappointed. This is a fantastic CD , reflecting the true "BERLIN" so few of us actually know. Berlin is a high- energy true 80's style group and that's what this album reflects. Its powerful elegent rock. Terry Nunn, has one of the most powerful female voices I've heard which can sing the sweet smooth tones of "The Metro" and "Masquerade" and be able to still deliver the power and weight required for tracks like "Like Flames" and "Do you really understand me". A note for those who like Euro-German pop of the 80's, This CD will satisfy you, even though the group hails from the USA, and has a German name. In fact, it was the movie "Innerspace" that prompted me to give this album a closer look. I wasn't dissappoined....."
7 excellent songs plus some filler
Ryan A. Rigg | 04/07/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I first heard "Sex (I'm A...)" on a college radio station in 1983, I was immediately interested in this group. I already loved anything new wave, and this was even better because of the risque subject matter. Then came "The Metro". I bought the 45 and played it over and over and over. The video was played heavily on WTBS' "Night Tracks". I also liked the follow-up, "Masquerade". The following year, the group finally broke through and scored a Top 40 hit with "No More Words". Once again, I also liked the follow-up, "Now It's my Turn". 1986 saw the group have it's biggest success with "Take my Breath Away". Much was made at the time that many members of the group saw the huge success of "Take my Breath Away" as a mixed blessing because it was not really representative of the kind of music they played. The group scored one final minor chart hit with "Like Flames" and then faded from view. All 7 of the band's Billboard Hot 100 hits are included on this CD. However, since 7 songs does not really fill a CD, the record company padded out the song list with 5 album cuts.
If you did not watch video channels or listen to alternative radio during the 80's, you may be unfamiliar with this group other than "Take my Breath Away" and possibly "No More Words" since those were the only 2 songs to hit the Top 40 and receive widespread airplay. However, all 7 of the band's Hot 100 hits are awesome and should have been bigger hits than they were.
The Hot 100 hits are the best (especially "The Metro"). The other songs aren't bad, they just don't stand out like the familiar songs on this disc. Since this was released, I remember in the early 90's a few radio stations playing a dance remix version of "Take my Breath Away" that was either credited to Berlin or lead singer Teri Nunn. In my opinion, it was better than the original version, but I have never been able to find it on CD. I assume it was just a promotional disc sent out to promote her solo CD (although the remix is not on her solo disc).
Anyway, I recommend this CD for the awesome 7 songs that were hits."