Declaration (The Alarm album)

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Declaration
Studio album by The Alarm
Released February 1984
Recorded November 1983
Genre Rock, new wave
Label IRS Records
Producer Alan Shacklock
The Alarm chronology
The Alarm (EP)
(1983)
Declaration
(1984)
Strength
(1985)

Declaration is the first official studio album from The Alarm. It was released in 1984 by IRS Records. The album was released initially on vinyl and cassette. As technology improved, a CD version was released on 24 October 1990. An extended re-master version was released, including extra tracks.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Rolling Stone magazine wrote: "This is one of the best new live bands I heard last year, and they've put a lot of that power into their first album."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Eddie MacDonald and Mike Peters, except where noted.

  1. "Declaration" — 0:45
  2. "Marching On" — 3:35
  3. "Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke?" — 2:56
  4. "Third Light" — 3:25
  5. "Sixty Eight Guns" — 5:49
  6. "We Are the Light" — 3:16
  7. "Shout to the Devil" (Macdonald, Peters, David Sharp) — 4:10
  8. "Blaze of Glory" (Macdonald, Peters, Sharp) — 6:04
  9. "Tell Me" (Sharp) — 3:14
  10. "The Deceiver" — 5:05
  11. "The Stand (Prophecy)" (Macdonald, Peters, Sharp) — 4:44
  12. "Howling Wind" — 6:44

Single releases[edit]

"Marching On", "The Stand", "Sixty-Eight Guns" and "Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke?" had already been released as singles before the album went on sale.

"The Deceiver" was the only single to be released post sale.

Personnel[edit]

Recorded at Abbey Road & Good Earth Studios, London, England, November 1983.[4]

  • Artwork by — Michael Ross, Simon Adamcewski
  • Artwork by [Illustration] — Robert Mason
  • Bass, Guitar, Vocals — Eddie Macdonald
  • Drums, Percussion, Vocals — Twist
  • Engineer — Chris Porter
  • Guitar [Acoustic & Electric], Vocals — Dave Sharp
  • Photography — Stephen Oliver
  • Producer — Alan Shacklock
  • Vocals, Guitar [Acoustic], Harmonica — Mike Peters

Remastered release[edit]

The remastered disc included seven unreleased tracks from the original album:

  1. "The Peace Train"
  2. "Reason 41"
  3. "Second Generation"
  4. "Unbreak the Promise"
  5. "The Chant Has Just Begun"
  6. "Bells of Rhymney"
  7. "Bound for Glory"
  8. "Absolute Reality"

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 12, 1984). "Christgau's Consumer Guide: Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ "Alarm, The - Declaration (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-01-05.