Raw (The Alarm album)

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Raw
Studio album by The Alarm
Released 1991
Recorded 1991
Genre Rock
Label IRS Records
Producer The Alarm
The Alarm chronology
Standards
(1990)
Raw
(1991)
Close
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Discogs.com 4/5 stars[2]

Raw is the fifth and final studio album released by the original line-up of The Alarm. The band split up soon after the album was released. It was released in 1991 on IRS Records.

The album was released initially on vinyl LP, cassette and CD, reaching number 33 in the UK Albums Chart, and number 161 in the US Billboard 200.

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

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Raw" - 4:28
  2. "Rockin' in the Free World" - 3:59
  3. "God Save Somebody" - 4:09
  4. "Moments in Time" - 5:42
  5. "Hell or High Water" - 3:47
  6. "Lead Me Through the Darkness" - 4:34
  7. "The Wind Blows Away My Words" - 4:32
  8. "Let the River Run Its Course" - 3:53
  9. "Save Your Crying" - 4:38
  10. "Wonderful World" - 5:00

Single releases[edit]

"Raw" was released before the album, reaching number 51 in the UK Singles Chart. It was the only single to be released off the album

Personnel[edit]

Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Producer - Eddie MacDonald
Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Producer - Nigel Twist
Engineer - Mark Phythian
Engineer [Additional] - Danny Griffiths, Dave Buchanan, Keith Andrew, Keith Hartley
Engineer [Assistant] - Ian McFarlane
Engineer, Keyboards [Additional] - Rob Storm
Lead Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Producer - Dave Sharp
Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Producer - Mike Peters
Written-By - Dave Sharp (tracks: 1, 3, 7 to 10), Eddie MacDonald (tracks: 1, 4 to 8), Mike Peters (tracks: 1, 4 to 8), Neil Young (tracks: 2), Nigel Twist (tracks: 1, 3, 7 to 9)

Welsh release[edit]

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

  1. "Y Ffordd (The Road)" - 3:46
  2. "Y Gwynt Sy'n Chwythu 'Ngeiriau" - 4:32
  3. "Eiliadau Fel Hyn" - 5:18
  4. "Rocio Yn Ein Rhyddid (Rocking in the Free World)" - 4:43
  5. "Tân" - 4:33
  6. "Dyfnach Na'r Dyfroedd" - 3:48
  7. "Tywys Fi Drwy'r Tywyllwch" - 4:34
  8. "Fel Mae'r Afon" - 4:30
  9. "Crynu Dan Fy Nhraed" - 4:38
  10. "Nadolig Llawen (Happy Xmas (War Is Over))" - 3:40

Japanese release[edit]

A Japanese promotional sample 10-track CD album was issued to radio stations in advance of release. It contained a custom promo stamped disc, stickered picture sleeve complete with lyrics and obi-strip

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.

Track listing:

  1. "The Road" - 3:46
  2. "Rockin' in the Free World" - 4:42
  3. "Raw" - 4:28
  4. "The Wind Blows Away My Words" - 4:31
  5. "Unsafe Building (1990)" - 4:50
  6. "God Save Somebody" - 4:10
  7. "Moments in Time" - 5:43
  8. "Let the River Run Its Course" - 4:29
  9. "Lead Me Through the Darkness" - 4:34
  10. "Hell or High Water" - 3:48
  11. "Wonderful World" - 5:01
  12. "Save Your Crying" - 4:38
  13. "Up for Murder (1990)" - 2:57
  14. "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" - 3:44
  15. "Walk Forever by My Side" - 4:10

2004 promotional release[edit]

EMI, after taking over from IRS, released the complete Alarm back catalogue on CD.

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