The Alarm (EP)

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The Alarm
The Alarm Eponymous.jpg
EP by The Alarm
Released June 1983
Recorded 1982-1983
Genre Rock, new wave
Length 16:48
Label IRS Records
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Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

The Alarm is a studio EP by The Alarm. It was released in 1983 by IRS Records.

The EP was released initially on vinyl LP and cassette.

"Freedom" was recorded live at The Marquee, Wardour Street, London W.1. 1.30.83

The cassette was released in the UK with the "68 Guns" single.

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

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mike Peters & Eddie MacDonald, except "The Stand" (written by Sharp also) and "Across the Border" (written by Sharp).

  1. "The Stand" — 3:41
  2. "Across the Border" — 3:39
  3. "Marching On" — 3:32
  4. "Lie of the Land" — 2:31
  5. "For Freedom [Live]" — 3:25

Single releases[edit]

"Marching On" and "The Stand" were both released before the EP.


Acoustic Guitar — Dave Sharp, Mike Peters
Backing Vocals — Dave Sharp, Eddie Macdonald, Twist
Bass — Eddie Macdonald
Drums — Twist
Engineer — Jess Suttcliffe
Harmonica — Mark Feltham, Mike Peters
Keyboards — Angie Knox
Mastered by [Remastered] — Mike Peters
Mixed by — Kenny McAndrews, Steve Tannet
Photography — Ed Colver
Photography [Cover] — Harry T. Murlowski
Producer — The Alarm, Aricentus, Harry T. Murlowski, Ian Wilson, Mick Glossop, Steve Tannet
Recorded by — Kenny McAndrews, Steve Tannet
Vocals — Dave Sharp, Mike Peters
Written by — Sharp, Macdonald, Peters

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 EP in its original form.

Track listing:

  1. "Unsafe Building"
  2. "Up For Murder"
  3. "Lie of the Land (demo)"
  4. "Reason 41 (demo)"
  5. "The Deceiver (demo)"
  6. "What Kind of Hell (demo)"
  7. "Sixty-Eight Guns (demo)"
  8. "Marching On"
  9. "Lie of the Land"
  10. "Across the Border"
  11. "The Stand"
  12. "Blaze of Glory (long version)"
  13. "Thoughts of a Young Man (Part One)"
  14. "For Freedom (live)"
  15. "Reason 41 (live)"
  16. "The Deceiver (live)"
  17. "Third Light (live)"
  18. "Live of the Land (live)"
  19. "Legal Matter (live)" (The Who cover)
  20. "Marching On (live)"
  21. "The Stand (long version)"
  22. "Sixty-Eight Guns (single version)"

20th Anniversary Collectors' Edition[edit]

20th Anniversary Collectors Edition included an enhanced CD-ROM.

Also featured on CD-ROM:
"The Stand" Video
The Alarm's first ever interview on US TV featuring acoustic performances of Blaze Of Glory and Knocking On Heaven's Door.
Original 1983 US TV advert for The Alarm EP plus lyrics & credits.

All tracks were remastered from the original master tapes.

Track Listing:

  1. "The Stand" - 3:41
  2. "Across the Border" - 3:39
  3. "Marching On"- 3:32
  4. "Lie of the Land" - 2:31
  5. "For Freedom [Live]" - 3:25