发行版本:Remastered & Expanded Edition
发行公司:7T's Records - GLAM CD 41
英国Smokie乐队是70年代一支新颖开朗又非常有特色的流行摇滚乐队,在欧美乐坛享有盛名。20多年来该乐队灌制的唱片及唱盘共发行了2000多万张。多年来Smokie足迹遍及西欧、北欧、北美各国，在欧洲乐队排列榜上一直名列前茅，去年其排名甚至超过了像Fleetwood Mac及WetWet Wet等欧洲著名乐队。
1974年，Smokie这个名字在流行摇滚乐坛响了起来。原因是英国广播电台要转播有关毒品怎样侵害青少年意识的节目，在宣传期间用了Smokie的作品。《If You Think You Know How To Love Me》在广播节目里播放。因而使Smokie作品的销量节节上升。在其后的五年间，Smokie红透了整个摇滚乐坛，更为主流听众接受。
1986年，Bradford足球场发生了一场非常惨痛的球场大火，死伤了很多观众而当地的城市足球协会发起了筹款运动，希望能帮助遇难者的亲人和个别团体。Yokk Shif区的音乐人John Verity亦组织一个筹款演唱会。同时，邀请了巳解散的Smokie成员，再次为演唱会组合在一起。这个演唱会不但空前成功，而且把Smokie每个成员的心都燃烧了起来。在大家各自发展的四年多时间中，重组Smokie的心愿都埋在每一个成员的心底，只差一触即发的机会。Chris Norman便打电话给每个成员,商讨重组Smokie。Smokie终于卷土重来，再次在整个欧洲做巡回演唱，在德国更红得发紫，写下了当年辉煌的一页。但Chris Norman不能再留在Smokie，而当时重组乐队是他第一个提议的，Terry和Alan Silson都知道新的Smokie一定会继续成功，但如果没有Chris Norman，是否一样会成功呢?后来Chris Norman介绍他的好朋友 Alan Barton做Smokie的主音歌手。新Smokie持续风靡整个欧洲摇滚乐坛10年多，在1995年Smokie再次面临改组变迁。在一次欧洲巡回演唱去西德的旅途中发生交通事故，当时乘坐发生意外的巴士的成员Terry Utley、Alan Silson和Alan Barton都受了重伤。Alan Barton经五天的抢救，还是与世长辞了。成员们极度痛心、消极、心灰意冷，停顿了一段时间。经过四面八方的摇滚乐迷、传媒不断地打气和鼓励，最后才找到Mike Craff一个具有独特的歌唱技巧，又非常感性的现代摇滚乐歌手来代替Alan Barton的主音歌手位置。Smokie再次不屈不挠的重新踏上摇滚乐的旅程。希望写下更辉煌的一页。Smokie经历了25年的历程，表现了他们对艺术的不懈追求，依然保持常青不老充满新意，由始至终都散发他们对摇滚乐的坚贞不变的风格，其充满激情震撼力的现场演唱会，带给摇滚乐迷绵绵不绝的惊喜感受，更对时下青少年是一种正面和健康的启发。Smokie主要表演摇滚音乐，追求的目标是新颖独特，永恒持久，并有别于其他摇滚音乐，其特点是其音乐作品的旋律性极强，优美的旋律、鲜明的节奏，音乐线条分明、朗朗上口，这是被广大听众接受的原因，也是Smokie在乐坛永恒持久的重要原因。Smokie由校园摇滚乐 (Rockin' Roll Vehicle)演变成现今的实力派乐队，他们亦经历了很多变迁。潮高潮低、离离合合、生离死别,真的就如同一个社会的缩影一般。
The album, "The Other Side Of The Road" was released in November 1979 and was the first Smokie album not to contain a single Chinn / Chapman song. Instead, the writing was divided pretty much into two separate songwriting camps within the band. The Chris Norman / Pete Spencer compositions now shared a healthy rivalry with the Alan Silson / Terry Uttley tunes, the latter of which would usually feature either Alan or Terry as featured vocalist. Without benefiting from the inclusion of so much as a single UK hit, the album sold relatively poorly at home and didn't trouble the British album charts. Thankfully, it fared much better overseas, where the singles had been more successful, spending 6 months in the German albnm charts and peaking at # 17. In Sweden the album reached a fairly disappointing # 26, whilst it did manage to get as high as # 7 in both the Austrian and Norwegian album charts.
As the 1970's drew to a Final conclusion, the ever trendy UK media turned it's attention to the New Romantic movement. Meanwhile, Smokie continued to plough their Country-ish Rock furrow with slowly diminishing returns. Despite the fact that they had, in the past, demonstrated their ability to absorb the temporary setback of the odd flop single, the engine which had driven them through four years of hits was starting to splutter. Having said that, although the sales figures were down compared to Smokie's usual standards, they were still enjoying a level of success in many countries which would be more than most artists could ever hope for.
Another European single was culled from the albnm in March 1980, although it would not be given a UK release. "San Francisco Bay" / "You're You" reached # 10 in Austria and # 9 in Germany but fared less well in many of the surrounding countries. The A-side was another Chris Norman / Pete Spencer composition, very much in the style of their earlier Chinn/Chapman hits, whilst the B-side was written by Alan Silson and Terry Uttley.
Smokie had entered the new decade with a good deal of their worldwide fan base intact, although it was becoming clear that the 'good ship' Smokie had not sailed into the 80s with a full head of steam. The vessel had sprung a few leaks along the way, which needed plugging urgently if the band was to continue to enjoy the worldwide success to which it had become accustomed. Moreover, they were in urgent need of a song to restore them to the British charts, having now gone a full year without a hit in the U.K..
N.B. Included as bonus tracks on this CD reissue are the non-album B-sides of the appropriate single releases plus the rare 1979 recording "Maybe I Just Don't Know" which was first issued on the German compilation CD "The 25th Anniversary Album" in 2000. - Phil Hendriks
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01. Other Side Of The Road (03:53)
02. Do To Me (03:21)
03. Belinda (03:00)
04. Big Fat Momma (02:50)
05. Don't Take Your Love Away This Time (03:14)
06. London Is Burning (05:11)
07. Babe It's Up To You (03:43)
08. You Don't Care (03:19)
09. All Alone (03:57)
10. I Can't Stop Loving You (03:37)
11. Too Many Pennies In Hell (01:17)
12. Samantha Elizabeth (04:01)
13. San Francisco Bay (03:17)
14. Cryin' (02:35)
15. Did She Have To Go Away (03:26)
16. You're You (03:45)
17. Maybe I Just Don't Know (03:03)