Freedom Of Choice CD (2009)

Artist: Devo

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Label Warner/reprise/maverick
SKU 212641098
UPC 093624972204
UPC 14 00093624972204
Format CD
Release Date 11/3/2009
Author Devo
Associated Artist/Work Claw Hammer
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Thaemlitz, Terre
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Technical Info
Engineer Howard Siegel; Robert Margouleff; Biff Dawes
Producer Devo
CatalogID 1442
Lable Name Warner Bros.
Released 11/03/2009
Original Release 1980
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 50m : 14s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093624972204
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixer: Devo.
Recording information: The Fox Warfield, San Francisco, CA (1979 10 ??_1980); The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA (1979 10 ??_1980).
Photographers: Joep Bruijnje; Allan Tannenbaum; John Tremblay; Jules Bates.
1980's FREEDOM OF CHOICE proved to be Devo's big commercial breakthrough. Due to its massive hit single "Whip It" (one of the most memorable and original singles of the year) and a more refined sound, FREEDOM OF CHOICE is Devo's most popular album, easily on par with their classic '78 debut. Along with albums by Blondie, The Cars, The B-52's, and Talking Heads, FREEDOM was one of the first new wave records to break into the mainstream, helping to pave the way for the success of "alternative rock."
Although "Whip It" has been played to death over the years (it's turned up in countless movies and '80s compilations), its sly lyrics, stiff-yet-catchy synthesizer breaks, and hilarious accompanying video still hold up. Also included on FREEDOM are many tracks just as strong as "Whip It"--the defiant title track and the jerky "Girl U Want" are excellent, and deserved to be hits as well (the latter has been covered by both Soundgarden and Robert Palmer). Other highlights abound ("Snowball," "Gates of Steel," "Planet Earth," etc.), making FREEDOM OF CHOICE Devo's third classic album in a row.
Artist Overview
They'll forever be known for their infamous flowerpot hats, but more importantly, Devo was one of the architects of American new wave in the late 1970s and early '80s, whether spastically deconstructing the Stones' "Satisfaction" or churning out irresistible synth hooks. Their social satire added a valuable element of irony missing from many other groups of the era. Devo paved the way for both synth pop and geek rock. Singer Mark Mothersbaugh went on to become a successful film composer, and the group engaged in periodic reunions over the years.
Disc 1
1 Girl U Want
2 It's Not Right
3 Whip It
4 Snowball
5 Ton O' Luv
6 Freedom of Choice
7 Gates of Steel
8 Cold War
9 Don't You Know
10 That's Pep!
11 Mr. B's Ballroom
12 Planet Earth
13 Freedom of Choice Theme Song - (live)
14 Whip It - (live)
15 Girl U Want - (live)
16 Gates of Steel - (live)
17 Be Stiff - (live)
18 Planet Earth - (live)
Product Attributes
Artist Devo
Label Warner/reprise/maverick
Music Format Compact Disc

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