Radio Sessions 1979-1981

Radio Sessions 1979-1981

by After the FireAfter the Fire


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One-hit wonders in the States, having marched toward the top of the chart in 1983 with "Der Kommissar," After the Fire actually had a long and colorful history whose antecedents stretched back over a decade by the time of that hit. Multiple shifts in lineups and serious alterations in their sound dogged their career, but by 1979 the pieces were all coming together. Radio Sessions 1979-1981 finds the band readying for success, staging live concerts on a now annual basis for the BBC. The ultimate genre bender, ATF deftly melded the over the top keyboard extravagance of the likes of ELP against the edginess and aggression of punk and the pop sensibilities of the then fast-rising new wave. It was a potent combination on record, but it was even more impressive on-stage, as the group amply illustrates on the surprisingly incendiary "Joy," the angular "Suspended Animation," the compulsive "Can You Face It," and the kick-up-your-heels "Life in the City." Nor could maturity dampen their spark, as the 1981 set finds the remarkable "Dancing in the Shadows" sashaying into a more urban style, while "Sailing Ship" disembarks close to the same territory that U2 would soon claim as their own. This material may be unfamiliar to American audiences, but regardless, it's ATF at their best.

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Release Date: 05/19/2009
Label: Imports
UPC: 5055011703018
catalogNumber: 1507160
Rank: 80832


  1. Joy
  2. A Little Sun, A Little Rain
  3. Laser Love
  4. Time To Think
  5. One Rule For You
  6. Suspended Animation
  7. Check It Out
  8. Like The Power Of A Jet
  9. Laser Love
  10. Life In The City
  11. Can You Face It
  12. Who's Gonna Love You
  13. Billy Billy
  14. Frozen River
  15. Dancing In The Shadows
  16. Sailing Ship
  17. Bright Lights
  18. Take Me Higher
  19. Starflight

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