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All Over the Place

The Bangles

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The Bangles began their career as a spunky garage band playing ‘60s-inspired originals and covers that highlighted their harmonies and jangly guitars and made them most popular among the southern California’s early-80s Paisley Underground. With their signing to Columbia Records and association with producer David Kahne, the band began a polishing process that would make them a successful radio-friendly ‘80s pop group. Their debut album, All Over the Place, is a delectable gem from the era, featuring several well-chosen covers (‘60s pop group The Merry-Go-Round’s “Live,” the Soft Boys’ Kimberley Rew’s “Going Down to Liverpool”) and stellar originals (“Hero Takes a Fall,” “James,” “Dover Beach”) that made them one of the most refreshing groups of the era. There isn’t an ounce of fat on this tight 11-track collection. While their instrumental chops are well-presented, it’s the group’s elaborate and supportive harmonies that raise the bar. From the swooping call and responses of “All About You” and “Tell Me,” “to the orchestrated finale “More Than Meets the Eye,” this was a true group working at their prime.

Customer Reviews

Their Best - Forget The Rest!

Pure rock and roll and pure harmonies - no keyboard touches, no writing songs w/ Prince - this is The Bangles before everyone else changed them. Get this album and forget the rest of their albums - when you listen to this album and then their other albums, you'll see what I mean - another band that got ruined by the music industry.

Best of the Bangles!

This is the first major release by the Bangles.... but they did have one with a different bassist before this (annette). It may be some of their earliest work, however, I feel this is comprehensively their greatest album. Totally unscathed by the music world, their music and lyrics are pure and wonderful. My favorite track is "More than meets the eye" --amazing strings and a simply chilling song. The rest are equally good.... you will be singing along before you know it!

Bangles' Best

"All Over the Place" is the Bangles best album. It is different from subsequent releases. Future albums were polished 80's pop. This is their first full album and it is a 60's-style rock album with great hooks and soaring harmonies. The songs, sound & production give the record a garage band 60's vibe. Best of all, the Bangles sound like a band! On All Over the Place, the Bangles are fun, smart, hip and have a great sense of style. All Over the Place merits a spot in any collection. It stands as an album instead of a collection of songs. It stands the test of time and there isn't a weak track on it. "Dover Beach" is a highlight on an album full of great tracks.


Formed: 1981 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Bangles combined the chiming riffs and catchy melodies of British Invasion guitar pop with a hint of the energy of new wave. In the process, they became one of the handful of all-female bands of the '80s to win both critical and commercial success. The critical success came first — with their self-titled debut EP and full-length album, All Over the Place — and popular success arrived once they polished their sound, added some synthesizers, and deviated slightly from their...
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