Test of time
george aber jr | Coshocton, OHIO | 12/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I must say, I have been waiting forever for this to be released again, since I originally purchased it on Cassette tape, and wore it out playing it over and over. I had several of Rick's CD's in the eighties, and TAO, is my second favorite to this one, Rock of life is a major accomplishment in music and staying power IMO from one of musics under appreciated talents. I always felt his music was ahead of its time, and interestingly enough, today, its as good now as it was then. Funny how that works out. In any case, not a bad song in the set, lots of hooks to keep you coming back for more and more. I just purchased the download today, shocked frankly that it was actually available, because I kept looking online, hopeing, one day that someone would wake up and re-release this masterpiece from Rick....today, that day came. I recommend you pick up this while you can, before somebody changes their minds again.... :-) you won't be disappointed. Enjoy!"
C. Gregory | Cincinnati, Ohio USA | 11/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I first heard Rick, I was young. Jessy's Girl was catchy and a big hit at the time, as the years went on, I kinda thought he was just another one of those pretty boys my sisters only liked cause he was cute, and sadly everyone else they thought was "good" was simply good looking. So I tended to stay away from the "pretty ones" as it were, it wasn't until I found the Tao album lying around, yes a record and I was bored, and began to read all the lyrics. And, to put it simply, I was blown away. I actually felt sick that I hadn't listened to his older albums all the way through. I thought he was simply only as good as his radio hits. As were most pretty boys. So I started listening to all the albums, and then this one came out in 88 the year i was graduating H.S. And, well it really did top everything that had came before, as I got older and started trading in my cassettes to replace them with cds, I found this one was almost impossible to find. I had to search everywhere, then I found amazon and well that's how I got it, it wasn't real cheap either. But you know what it was worth it. I no longer had the cassette as my sister had "borrowed it" and as most of you who have family members who borrow stuff you probably know I never got it back. Anyway to make a long story short, or at least shorter, I then started searching his back catalog as in searching for this album I found out he had albums in the 70s so he was actually a serious rocker before the pop hit that made him a big star (Jessy's Girl) and of course his run on general hospital. I do admit that honeymoon in beirut is a great song, as another reviewer stated. However I did not realise this until I went searching for the cd, as it was then that that song was playing in my head, as if it had stayed with me all that time. Rick is definitely an underrated artist/musician/singer/songwriter. My advice would be to buy all that you can of this artist because there is way more to his talent than just being cute.