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Editors’ Notes

By the time this was released in 1981, the Australian-born Rick Springfield was already 10 years out from his unheralded 1971 debut album, Beginnings. Yet it’s hard to believe this was his fifth album, the very one that made his “overnight” career. The music here is unabashed power pop, and it sidles up sweetly to late-’70s Los Angeles candy-riff merchants such as 20/20, The Beat, Great Buildings, and The Knack. Tunes are steeped in big major-key choruses, Beatle-styled harmonies, boy-girl politics, and punchy riffs. It’s a beautifully concise and controlled record too, from the impossible-to-resist radio shout-outs (the No. 1 “Jessie’s Girl,” “I’ve Done Everything for You”) to the bouncy power-chorders (“The Light of Love,” “Love Is Alright Tonight”) to the AOR-ready stompers (“Red Hot & Blue Love,” “Hole in My Heart”) to a welcome ambient finale (“Inside Silvia”). There’s something very assured-sounding here, so practiced and crafted, yet so alive.

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Wow,The batteries I went through with my Walkman, rewinding a particular song from this album that had bit me at the time. This is a transporter to my younger years, every song brings me back. Every song? Well, with a tape, you either a), heard the whole thing through, or b), rewind alot, which ment buying alot of batteries for the walkman!! We dont think of how much we changed the way we listen to a record or tape, vs a CD, or MP3. Many of these song will grow on ya if ya give em a listen or 2 8)

Jessie's Girl

Jessie's Girl is the standout track, and the demo is great. One of the songs that encompasses the feeling of the 80's. :)

Sound City

After watching "Sound City", I never knew the struggles Rick went through to get his music out there. After he recorded this album at the famous recording studio Sound City, everything else is history. He became a phenomenon overnight. 'Til this day, he's rocking and still touring, recently with Foo Fighters in the Sound City Players Tour (which I saw him live at the Hammerstein Ballroom). He is an amazing person and this album is overall amazing.


Born: August 23, 1949 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australi

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although Rick Springfield's music was frequently dismissed as vapid teen idol fare, his best moments have actually withstood the test of time far better than most critics would ever have imagined, emerging as some of the best-crafted mainstream power pop of the 1980s. A singer turned soap opera star turned singer, Springfield was born Richard Springthorpe on August 23, 1949, in Sydney, Australia, to a military man; the family moved around Australia and England a great deal during Rick's childhood,...
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