Vacation - (Import CD)
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- Rock & Pop
- New Wave
- The Go-Go's
The Go-Go's: Belinda Carlisle (vocals); Charlotte Caffey (guitar, keyboards,
background vocals); Jane Wiedlin (guitar, background vocals); Gina Schock (drums, percussion, background vocals); Kathy Valentine (bass, background
Additional personnel: Steve Berlin (saxophone).
Recorded at Sunset Sound and Studio 55, Hollywood, California and Indigo Ranch, Malibu, California.
Digitally remastered by Doug Schwartz (Audio Mechanics, Los Angeles, California).
Confronted with the massive success of their first album, the Go-Go's decided to play around a little. For their second album, VACATION, they moved further away from their punk roots, but didn't head directly toward the pop charts. Instead, they turned more to surf rock (see "Beatnik Beach" in particular) and incorporated more elements of '60s girl-groups into their style. Belinda Carlisle's singing is much more controlled here than on the band's debut, and is especially effective on tracks like "We Don't Get Along" and "The Way You Dance."
Standouts include Jane Wiedlin's "Girl of 100 Lists," with its ringing guitar and Charlotte Caffey's fuzzed-out keyboards; the punchy "Get Up and Go"; with some wicked Gina Schock drums; and "This Old Feeling," a rolling, cheerful song complete with a sax solo and singalong "do do-do" backup vocals. The clear winner, though, is the title track, a classy workout for Carlisle full of reverberating guitars and keyboards, with Schock's drumming holding the center in place. Though not as wholly energetic as their debut album, VACATION is clearly the sound of a band experimenting with its newfound success.
- Country of Origin
- A&M (USA)
- Studio / Live
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Vacation
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] He's So Strange
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Girl of 100 Lists
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] We Don't Get Along
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] I Think It's Me
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] It's Everything But Partytime
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Get Up and Go
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] This Old Feeling
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Cool Jerk
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Way You Dance, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Beatnik Beach
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Worlds Away
- 36m 19s
- Thom Panunzio
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