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Terri Nunn & Berlin - All The Way In (2009) CD+DVD

Terri Nunn & Berlin - All The Way In (2009) CD+DVD

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Terri Nunn & Berlin - All The Way In (2009) CD+DVD
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 465 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320/Stereo) ~ 204 Mb (incl 5%) | Time: 01:07:40
DVD5 | NTSC | 16:9 (720x480) 8000 kbps, 29.97 | AC3, 192 kbps, 48000Hz, 2.0 / LPCM | 00:49:00 | ~ 3.34 Gb
Genre: New Wave, Synth Pop, Post Punk, Dance Rock | Label: Fuel | # 302 061 7772 | Scans included

2009 CD/DVD live release from the veteran Synth Pop band fronted by Terri Nunn includes a bonus DVD. Berlin's Electro-Pop sound features the enduring and assertive voice of Nunn, which is why All The Way In is the most preferable place to hear this Los Angeles-based group's music. Berlin made its first national impression with the provocative single 'Sex (I'm A...)' from the gold-selling debut EP Pleasure Victim in 1982. The Synth-soaked punch of 'No More Words' from 1984's Love Life album and the number one ballad 'Take My Breath Away' from the film Top Gun are the album's high points. Berlin's '80s poignancy provided some rather palatable music, even if the charts didn't say so. Songs like 'Dancing In Berlin' and 'Scream' could compete with anything Depeche Mode or Duran spouted at the time, and the range of Nunn's vocals elevated most of Berlin's efforts above the norm of the run-of-the-mill synthesizer glitz. All The Way In captures Berlin at their best in front of a hometown Los Angeles crowd.

At times, it was hard to figure out whether Berlin were an average synth pop band trying to carve out their own niche or just a mediocre rock band jumping on the new wave bandwagon. Sure, they had some good singles and radio hits, but as an album band, they left a lot to be desired. Terri Nunn was beautiful and sexy, but it seemed like Berlin wanted to be more than just a commercial band with a hot vocalist: they seemed to be striving for greatness but settled for "that'll do." Unfortunately, they never had a chance to really prove themselves, breaking up after their commercially disappointing Count Three & Pray album, released in 1986. Nunn has kept the Berlin name alive over the years, touring with a different group of musicians and playing all the hits while releasing the occasional studio or live album. With a recorded output that seems to dwindle in quality with every release, one might hope that All the Way In would deviate from the standard "live hits" collection and offer up something really special. Sadly, that's not entirely the case. All the Way In was recorded live at The House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. The HOB is located very near the heart of the OC music scene, where Berlin started more than two decades ago. This homecoming show promised much but delivered very little.

Backed by three musicians who look like Nine Inch Nails refugees, Nunn is still as beautiful and sexy as ever, and her voice sounds great, but there doesn't seem to be much heart and soul, at least on the CD. Nunn pulls out all the live rock clichés she can muster while performing the big hits, dulling their overall impact. She then throws in covers of "Somebody to Love" (Jefferson Airplane) and "Ordinary World" (Duran Duran) where lesser-known Berlin tunes would have been more appropriate for the diehards. The CD is not a total disaster, but is hardly necessary unless you are a hardcore fan. The DVD is far more interesting and entertaining than the CD, especially Nunn's shoulder-riding journey through the audience during "Take My Breath Away." Visually, she seems to be having more fun than the CD lets on. Nunn looks like she enjoys the adulation but is a bit bored by performing songs like "No More Words" and "The Metro" for quite possibly the millionth time. At times, Nunn and the band do kick things up a bit, but it's hard to get past the notion that the three guys in the band are just hired hands and exist as Berlin in name only. There are tracks on the CD that are not included on the DVD (and vice versa), but even though the DVD has a shorter running time, it's a far more enjoyable experience. So, get this for the DVD and do what you will with the CD.

Terri Nunn & Berlin - All The Way In (2009) CD+DVD
Terri Nunn & Berlin - All The Way In (2009) CD+DVD
Terri Nunn & Berlin - All The Way In (2009) CD+DVD
Terri Nunn & Berlin - All The Way In (2009) CD+DVD
Terri Nunn & Berlin - All The Way In (2009) CD+DVD
Terri Nunn & Berlin - All The Way In (2009) CD+DVD
Terri Nunn & Berlin - All The Way In (2009) CD+DVD
Terri Nunn & Berlin - All The Way In (2009) CD+DVD

CD Tracklist:

01. Dancing In Berlin (04:29)
02. No More Words (05:04)
03. Matter Of Time (04:14)
04. Somebody To Love (03:27)
05. Scream (03:30)
06. The Metro (04:50)
07. Ordinary World (06:17)
08. Last Day On Earth (04:43)
09. You Don't Know (05:05)
10. Ordinary Girl (04:24)
11. The Dope Show (04:36)
12. Sex (I'm A...) (05:02)
13. Take My Breath Away (05:43)
14. Masquerade (06:08)

DVD Tracklist:

01. Dancing In Berlin
02. No More Words
03. Toch
04. Scream
05. The Metro
06. Ordinary Girl
07. Sex (I'm A...)
08. Take My Breath Away
09. Masquerade
10. Picture Of You







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