Elliot S. (Nicksdad) from HILLSBORO, OR Reviewed on 3/8/2009...
Quintessential Huey Lewis and the News CD. His biggest selling, and quite possibly his best stuff. Love it!!!
Thomas Magnum | NJ, USA | 04/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Huey Lewis & The News enjoyed a moderate hit with their previous album, Picture This. From that album, no one could have predicted what a major smash hit their follow up, Sports would be. The album spawned four top ten hits, went to number one, spent almost a year in the top ten and over three years in the top 200. Part of the band's appeal lays in the fact that they seem like just an average bunch of guys who could live in your neighborhood or play on your local softball team. The songs on Sports are straight ahead, no nonsense songs that full of picture perfect harmonies and appealing hooks. "The Heart of Rock 'N' Roll" opens up the album and sets the tone with its roll call of towns and its catchy chorus. "Heart & Soul" is a jumping song with it's pounding guitars and punchy lyrics. "Bad Is Bad" shows off the band's slick harmonies in a southern fried soul style song. "I Want A New Drug" maybe the band's most recognizable song and is just about as perfect a pop song as you can record. "Walking On A Thin Line" tackles the serious subject of Vietnam Vets dealing with coming home from the war, but does so in a manner that is not self righteous or aggrandizing. "Finally Found A Home" has a swift and pulsating pace while "If This Is It" is a bright and sunny track remiscant of The Beach Boys. "You Crack Me Up" is a frenzied number and "Honky Tonk Blues" is a cover of a Hank Williams song in which the band lets loose. The additional tracks are all fine, but the original nine tracks that made up Sports stand out on their own. The album has sold over ten million copies and is one the finest albums that was released in the 80's."
A five star album turned into a two star piece of rubbish!
Aaron K | Dallas, TX | 04/19/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"At least one other reviewer hit the nail right on the head with his "two star" review of SPORTS (Remastered/Expanded Edition). If you can imagine taking your 5-band EQ and turning the treble end all the way down and the bass end all the way up, that's what you're getting on this CD. To quote Huey, "sometimes bad is bad," but this is one case where bad is pure garbage.
I just put my original vinyl copy of Sports on the turntable, and it sounds fantastic! If you need this on CD, look for the earlier edition."
Remastered? You cannot be serious!
Frederick Baptist | Singapore | 08/16/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"To think I sold my old cd to get the "better" sounding "remastered" version with extra tracks! 2 stars because even without the bonus tracks which in this case doesn't help the cd at all, this is actually quite a good album; I also got the cassette when this came out and quite frankly, even the cassette sounded better than this!
The sound quality is very, very poor so I'd recommend if you haven't already got this, to wait for another better remastered version or even get the original untouched cd if you can still find it as there is really no noticeable difference. Perhaps if there is a well produced "Best of" compilation, that may be a good idea to get too especially to get "Do You Believe In Love" as well which I still think is their greatest hit ever. I wonder if I can sell this cd too. Hmm......"