¡Alarma! (album)

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¡Alarma!
Studio album by Daniel Amos
Released April 1981
Recorded Whitefield Studios, Santa Ana, California
Genre Rock, new wave
Label NewPax
Producer Daniel Amos
Daniel Amos chronology
Horrendous Disc
(1978/1981)
¡Alarma!
(1981)
Doppelgänger
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars [1]
CCM Magazine Rating [2]

¡Alarma! is a 1981 album by rock band Daniel Amos, released on Newpax Records.

¡Alarma!, released weeks after the band's the Beatles- and The Beach Boys-influenced Horrendous Disc, took a decidedly new wave direction along the lines of Elvis Costello or Talking Heads.

Lyrically, the album contains social commentary so harsh that CCM described it as "perhaps the most scathing ever put out by a Christian label."[2]

¡Alarma! was the first of a four part series of albums by DA entitled The ¡Alarma! Chronicles, which also included the albums Doppelgänger, Vox Humana, and Fearful Symmetry. On the tours that followed each release, the band presented a full multimedia event complete with video screens synchronized to the music—something that was unusual in the early 1980s for any band.[citation needed] This album, along with the other three albums from the Alarma! Chronicles, was rereleased as part of the Alarma! Chronicles book set in 2000. The book set included three CDs and a hardcover book of lyrics, photos, liner notes, essays, interviews and other information that amounted to over 200 printed pages.

Dieckmeyer left the band before the ¡Alarma! Tour, and was replaced with bassist, Tim Chandler.

This album was listed at No. 62 in the book CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music (Harvest House Publishers, 2001).

In 2013, the album was remastered and repackaged as a two-CD deluxe edition by Stunt Records. Tom Gulotta and Eric Townsend were put in charge of compiling the project - bringing together previously unseen photos, never-before-heard out-takes, mixes and demos, and a reading of the first chapter of the Alarma Chronicles by Malcolm Wild.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Central Theme" (Taylor)
  2. "¡Alarma!" (Taylor)
  3. "Big Time/Big Deal" (Taylor)
  4. "Props" (Taylor)
  5. "My Room" (Taylor)
  6. "Faces To The Window" (Taylor)
  7. "Cloak & Dagger" (Taylor/Chamberlain)
  8. "Colored By" (Taylor)

Side two[edit]

  1. "C & D Reprise" (Taylor/Chamberlain)
  2. "Through The Speakers" (Taylor)
  3. "Hit Them" (Taylor)
  4. "Baby Game" (Taylor)
  5. "Shedding The Mortal Coil" (Taylor/Cook/Chamberlain)
  6. "Endless Summer" (Taylor/Chamberlain)
  7. "Walls Of Doubt" (Taylor)
  8. "Ghost Of The Heart" (Taylor)

Deluxe edition bonus disc[edit]

  1. "Little Things" (demo)
  2. "Off My Mind" (demo)
  3. "As Long As I Live" (demo)
  4. "No Spaceship" (demo)
  5. "Out Of Town" (demo)
  6. "Only One" (demo)
  7. "Central Theme" (demo)
  8. "My Room" (demo)
  9. "Faces To The Window" (demo)
  10. "Colored By" (demo)
  11. "Through The Speakers" (demo)
  12. "Hit Them" (demo)
  13. "Endless Summer" (demo)
  14. "Walls of Doubt" (demo)
  15. "Props" (Vocal mix)
  16. "Big Time/Big Deal" (Alternate Mix)
  17. "Shedding the Mortal Coil" (Alternate Mix)
  18. "Ghost of the Heart" (Alternate Mix)
  19. "¡Alarma!" (Instrumental)
  20. "Colored By" (Instrumental)
  21. "¡Alarma! Reading" by Malcolm Wild

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Alex MacDougall: Congas on "My Room," Marimba on "Alarma"
  • Karen Benson: Female Vocal on "Ghost of the Heart".

Production notes[edit]

  • Produced by Daniel Amos and Thom Roy for Rebel Base Productions
  • Recorded and Mixed at White Field Studios, Santa Ana, CA
  • Engineered by Thom Roy Mastered at MCA Whitney by Steve Hall
  • Rehearsals and arrangements recorded at Rebel Base Studio, Santa Ana, CA
  • Live Sound and Road Coordination: Wes Leathers
  • Cover Concept: Daniel Amos
  • Cover Photography: Scott Lockwood, Newport Beach, CA
  • Other Photos by Alex MacDougall
  • Graphic Design: Karen Knecht
  • Airbrushing: Stephen Nichol Price
  • Re-issue layout: Tom Gulotta and Eric Townsend
  • Re-issue produced by Tom Gulotta
  • Re-mastered by J Powell at Steinhaus
  • ¡Alarma! Chronicles Book Text Written by Terry Taylor, with special thanks to Viann, Phillip, and "Doc" Thomas for your suggestions.
  • Thanks to Bob MacKenzie and Pelle Karlsson for the Lifesavors. This album is for Phillip, with our depest love.
  • "Little Things", "Off My Mind" and "As Long As I Live" recorded at White Field Studios, 1980. 4-Track Demos recorded at the Rebel Base, 1980. Mixed by Doug Doyle and Terry Taylor at Cap'n Doug's Minute Mix (Digital Brothers), Costa Mesa. California - September 1991 ("arr!")
  • ¡Alarma! text read by Malcolm Wild
  • Alternate mixes by Eric Townsend

Special thanks to John Thompson, Fred Martin, Matt Hunt.

References[edit]

  1. ^ ¡Alarma! (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Styll, John W. (April 1981). "Reviews / Horrendous Disc / ¡Alarma!". CCM Magazine 3 (10): 30. ISSN 1524-7848.