Reissue of the late Austrian new waver's biggest U.S. album, which reached #3 when it was first released in 1986. Out of print in the States, it contains all 10 tracks from the original issue, including the #1 smash 'Rock Me Amadeus' and the top 20 hit 'Vienna Calling'. Also features the original cover art. 1996 release.
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olofpalme63 | auf der flucht! | 03/13/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
Even though Falco's "3" was the absolute definitive height of his career (commercially speaking). This by no means is his best release. Bloated and pretentious, Falco's singing gets lost in endless techno-poly rhythms and synth overlays. Thus boring the listener with extreme dance oriented schlock in it's purest disco-tronic 80's form. "Rock Me Amadeus" was a three and a half minute video and radio ditty. Here it's presented in pompous "Solieri" mode, clocking in at some eight and a half minutes. Making the listener long for the vinyl 45 version. "Vienna Calling", another three and a half minute radio and video gem is also given the same treatment (the "Metternich Arrival" mix). Rendering the listener with some very mis-leading results. Meaning; you're not really sure the extensions were all that enticing, let alone necessary. This outing is worth the price of admission for the snot kicking ("get down on your knees and pray") "Macho Macho" alone. "Munich Girls" is also a highlight of this 1985 release.
However, to avoid the monotony of it all...his 1999 "Greatest Hits" (Budda Records) package is perhaps a better value for your money and also contains the overrated (yet under-appreciated video translation) "Jeanny" and the radio edits of Rock Me Amadeus and Vienna Calling.
(note; this review is for the original 1985 A&M "U.S." CD release.)