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Album Review

Play Deep, the Outfield's debut album, contains a couple of singles that settled quite nicely into mid-'80s radio. Guided by Tony Lewis' airborne vocals and John Spinks' regimented guitar bluster, they managed to place two of the album's best songs within Billboard's Top 20. "Your Love" made it all the way to the number six spot in March of 1986, thanks to Lewis' high-pitched holler that dominates the opening of the song and a harmonious chorus that is overly smooth and rock savvy. Peaking at number 19 four months later, "All the Love in the World" is an unblemished rock tune with an effectively echoed vocal track, again highlighting the band's sweet-sounding consonance mixed in with rugged guitar work. The uncharted material sounds just as fluent and is anything but filler, especially efforts like "Say It Isn't So" and "I Don't Need Her," along with slower songs like "Everytime You Cry." Play Deep is a worthy first release from this British trio, led by a novel guitar and vocal concoction.

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Are you kidding me?

No one has written a review yet? Although this album will not go down as a masterpiece, it still is classic 80's pop. It's part of the mid 80's soundtrack for those of us who were college students at the time. Great energy, clean vocals, excellent production, all sums up a timeless effort. Some may call it a one hit wonder, but well worth owning. The well known hits of Your Love and Say It Isn't So only scratch the surface. There are many more keepers on this release. Buy it for a nice trip back to 1985.

Beautiful

Every song on this album is great. Not just "your love" which is the most popular. Each song can shine on its own. I would definitely consider this a masterpiece.

Hey Now

Simply put, this is a perfect album. Like many debut efforts, it outshines its successors, which are also good. The singer's voice is epic--still is for that matter...new albums sound just as good. I can't wait till Eminem (or someone like him) uses Your Love or another tune on here to make a Berzerk type song and perhaps the new generation sees what they are missing.

Biography

Formed: London, England

Genre: Rock

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

Ironically, given their obsession with America's favorite pastime, the Outfield got their start in London's East End. Playing under the name the Baseball Boys, the trio of bassist/singer Tony Lewis, guitarist/keyboardist John Spinks, and drummer Alan Jackman played around London and recorded some early demos, attracting the attention of Columbia/CBS Records. They were signed shortly thereafter and began working on their debut album, Play Deep, which was released in 1985. The album was a smash success,...
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