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Living In Oz (1983)

Artist: Rick Springfield
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Format: CD
Sku: 207544059
UPC: 886972404424
UPC 14: 00886972404424
Release Date: 3/10/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Human Touch
2. Alyson
3. Affair of the Heart
4. Living in Oz
5. Me & Johnny
6. Motel Eyes
7. Tiger by the Tail
8. Souls
9. I Can't Stop Hurting You
10. Like Father, Like Son
 

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Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Though this was Rick Springfield's ninth album, it seemed like the third to most pop music fans, as it came on the heels of his breakthrough, Working Class Dog, and its successful follow-up, Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet. And though this contained as many hits as the aforementioned collections, it isn't remembered as quite the same in terms of accomplishment; this may be because it is so personal that it's just not as accessible. Living in Oz is Springfield's response to the dance-pop wave that was just starting to build and would be prominent until grunge announced its presence, as well as his response to the naysayers who wouldn't accept him as a serious musician. Where earlier hits, like "Jessie's Girl" and "Don't Talk to Strangers," were well-crafted pop tunes, on this release he shows an edge and a maturity he hadn't before. By embracing the synthesizers he also shows contempt for, he is able to illustrate how they're changing music and the way fans mindlessly embrace them. This sets up a dichotomy between the coldness of synths and about the need for the human touch -- whether it's with a mistress, a friend, or a father -- as each cut is about the need for that touch or about the consequences of it. Be it of adultery (a sexually charged "Alyson"), youthful dreams of fame (a spare, unsentimental "Me & Johnny"), or his upbringing (the restrained indictment "Like Father, Like Son"), the entire CD is like a confessional, and that type of honesty suits Springfield well as he matures as an artist and not just as a pop idol. Living in Oz ranks among his best. ~ Bryan Buss

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Associated Artists and Works

Daryl Hall & John Oates
Hall & Oates
Original Soundtrack
Silverman, Jeff

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 1983
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1983
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 14660
Music Label Name Label : RCA
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00886972404424

Professional Reviews

Record Collector (magazine)
(p.104)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "The energy levels rarely flag...and 'Affair Of The Heart' and 'Souls' could be Foreigner off-cuts..."

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