Change (The Alarm album)

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Change
Studio album by The Alarm
Released September 1989
Recorded 1988-1989
Genre Rock
Length 58:52 (English CD version)
Label IRS Records
Producer Tony Visconti
The Alarm chronology
Electric Folklore Live
(1988)
Change
(1989)
Standards
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Discogs.com 4/5 stars[2]

Change is the fourth studio album from The Alarm. It was released in September 1989 on IRS Records.

The album was released initially on vinyl LP, cassette and CD, reaching No.13 in the UK charts and No.75 in the US charts.

An extended re-mastered version was released, including extra tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mike Peters & Eddie MacDonald.

  1. "Sold Me Down The River" - 5:25
  2. "The Rock" - 4:39
  3. "Devolution Workin' Man Blues" - 4:11
  4. "Love Don`t Come Easy" - 4:08
  5. "Hardland" - 4:09
  6. "Change II" - 2:52
  7. "No Frontiers" - 3:53
  8. "Scarlet" - 4:17
  9. "Where A Town Once Stood" - 3:48
  10. "Black Sun" - 4:30 *
  11. "Prison Without Prison Bars" - 3:48
  12. "How The Mighty Fall" - 4:19 *
  13. "Rivers To Cross" - 3:42
  14. "A New South Wales" - 4:46
  • Release as limited edition free single with vinyl LP

Single releases[edit]

Sold Me down the River was released before the album, reaching No. 43 in the UK singles chart. This was followed after the album release by A New South Wales, which reached No. 31 and saw the band on Top of the Pops and Wogan. Love Don't Come Easy was the third and final single, just failing to reach the Top 40.

Credits[edit]

Arranged By - The Alarm

LP back cover.

Bass - Eddie Macdonald
Drums - Twist
Engineer - Tony Visconti
Guitar - Dave Sharp
Keyboards - Mark Taylor
Producer - Tony Visconti
Vocals - Mike Peters
Notes: Lookout management: Elliot Roberts and Barry Dickens

Recorded at the Skylight Suite and Mixed Good Earths Studios

A New South Wales Recorded at BBC Wales Cardiff with the Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir and members of the Welsh Symphony Orchestra

Welsh release[edit]

An edition of the album sung in Welsh called Newid was released in 1989.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Gwerthoch Fi I Lawr Yr Afon" - 4:09
  2. "Y Graig" - 4:39
  3. "Datganoli Y Falen Gweithiwr" - 4:11
  4. "Dydi Cariad Byth Yn Hawdd" - 4:08
  5. "Hiraeth" - 4:09
  6. "Newid II" - 2:52
  7. "Dim Ffiniau" - 3:53
  8. "Ysgarlad" - 4:18
  9. "Ble Sefa Dref" - 3:48
  10. "Rhyddid Caeth" - 3:48
  11. "Croesi'r Afon" - 3:42
  12. "Hwylio Dros Y Môr" - 4:47

Japanese promotional release[edit]

A Japanese 15-track promo-only CD was released including a different track list, custom picture sleeve and Japanese biography.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Declaration"
    Japanese front cover.
  2. "Marching"
  3. "68 Guns"
  4. "The Stand (Full Length Version)"
  5. "Absolute Reality"
  6. "Strength"
  7. "Spirit of '76"
  8. "Rain in the Summertime"
  9. "Rescue Me"
  10. "Sold Me Down the River"
  11. "Hardland"
  12. "Change II"
  13. "No Frontiers"
  14. "Black Sun"
  15. "A New South Wales"

Remastered release[edit]

Released in 2000, the remastered edition featured a revised track listings, b-sides and previously unreleased recordings, new and original artwork, unseen photos, lyrics, sleeve notes by Mike Peters and interactive programming information to play the album in its original form.

Change demos[edit]

Two-disc release including 16 acoustic tracks from a 1988 L.A. demo session with Mike Peters and Eddie MacDonald and 20+ electric tracks with the full band at the 1988-1989 Kinmell Hall demo sessions in Wales.

Notes[edit]