Written by: Alex Green
The Alarm are set to reissue their landmark Strength album.
Put out by IRS Records in 1985, Strength is considered the band’s definitive effort and powered by singles like “Spirit Of ’76” and the title track, the band found themselves playing sold-out shows across Europe, appearing on Top Of The Pops and being played regularly on MTV.
Although 2000 saw an extended and remastered edition of the record that also contained unreleased material and 2001 found demos from the album released under the name Alt-Strength, fans of the band are about to be treated to a third addition to the Strength collection.
On March 15, the Welsh outfit are set to put out Strength 1985-1986, a remastered, expanded and revised edition of the album. Remastered from the original master tapes by Pete Maher (U2, White Stripes) and Alarm frontman Mike Peters. The collection not only restores the album’s original track sequence, it compiles all three original Alarm b-sides and singles from 85-86, and features 22 previously unreleased album sessions, including covers of tracks by Rod Stewart, Deep Purple and The Beat.
STRENGTH 1985-1986 CD ONE – Original US album, Singles and B-sides Remastered.
STRENGTH 1985-1986 CD TWO [ALTERNATIVE STRENGTH ALBUM VERSIONS AND STUDIO SESSION OUT TAKES]
GET IT ON [OUTTAKE] DAWN CHORUS [OUTTAKE FROM ROUNDHOUSE STUDIOS] SUMMERTIME BLUES [OUTTAKE] KNIFE EDGE [ROUGH MIX FROM ROUNDHOUSE STUDIOS] ALARM ALARM / RADAR LOVE [OUTTAKE] ONLY THE THUNDER [OUTTAKE FROM MARCUS STUDIOS] BURN [OUTTAKE] SPIRIT OF ’76 [OUTTAKE FROM MARCUS STUDIOS] WALK ON THE WILD SIDE [OUTTAKE] FOR TOMORROW [OUTTAKE FROM MARCUS STUDIOS] VICIOUS [OUTTAKE] DEESIDE [OUTTAKE FROM MARCUS STUDIOS] ALL RIGHT NOW [OUTTAKE] ABSOLUTE REALITY [OUTTAKE FROM MARCUS STUDIOS] UNKNOWN [OUTTAKE] THE DAY THE RAVENS LEFT THE TOWER [OUTTAKE FROM MARCUS STUDIOS] COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN [OUTTAKE] ONE STEP CLOSER TO HOME [OUTTAKE FROM MARCUS STUDIOS] MAGGIE MAY / MAGGIE’S FARM / STAND DOWN MARGARET [OUTTAKE] BRASS BAND [OUTTAKE] WALK FOREVER BY MY SIDE [OUTTAKE FROM MARCUS STUDIOS] UNTITLED JAM SESSION [OUTTAKE] STRENGTH [OUTTAKE FROM MARCUS STUDIOS] OUTRO