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Artist: Touch

Title: The Complete Works

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Category: Pomp AOR

Year: 1998

Label: Frontiers (Italy)

Catalog Number: FR CD 006


Mark Mangold lead vocals, keyboards
Craig Brooks guitars, vocals
Doug Howard bass, vocals
Glenn Kitheart drums

Disc 1 recorded in 1979. Disc 2 recorded in 1981.

Japanese release on Bareknuckle Records has a completely different track lineup.


Disc 1
1.  Don't You Know What Love Is  4:00   Listen
2.  When the Spirit Moves You  3:59   Listen
3.  Love Don't Fail Me  4:28   Listen
4.  Black Star  3:38   Listen
5.  There's A Light  3:58   Listen
6.  So High  5:25   Listen
7.  Last Chance for Love  3:56   Listen
8.  Yes (You Need to Rock 'n Roll)  4:22   Listen
9.  Listen Can You Feel It  4:53   Listen
10.  My Life Depends on You  5:08   Listen
11.  Take It Back bonus track  3:58   Listen
12.  Feels Like Love bonus track  4:13   Listen
13.  Can't Keep From Cryin' bonus track  5:41   Listen
14.  Don't You Know What Love Is live bonus track  3:57   Listen
Total Running Time:  61:36

Disc 2
15.  Just One Step  4:15   Listen
16.  Far Enough  4:39   Listen
17.  Too Much in Love  4:06   Listen
18.  Beg Me  4:34   Listen
19.  Let Me Love You  5:13   Listen
20.  Frozen on a Wire  4:44   Listen
21.  Never in Love  4:14   Listen
22.  Between the Lines  3:56   Listen
23.  You're Not a Child Anymore  4:20   Listen
24.  Is It Really Me?  4:41   Listen
25.  Anything for Rock 'n Roll bonus track  3:35   Listen
26.  Tonight bonus track  4:19   Listen
27.  Just Take a Beat of My Heart  4:30   Listen
28.  Look at What You Got  4:35   Listen
29.  I FOund Someone  4:00   Listen
Total Running Time:  65:41

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EPs and CD-singles from Touch are also welcome to be added, as long as they are at least 4 songs in length.

Existing comments about this CD

From: Shoemaker Date: June 17, 2002 at 4:12
Mark Mangold mastermind from "Drive she said" and "Mystic Healer" there a some good aor songs on this best of CD for example: "Don't you know what love is", "Black star". Not bad.

From: freddy de keyze Date: August 22, 2002 at 7:28
Not bad, this is simply brilliant !!!!!!!! The best pomp you can imagine ! Mark Mangold is a genius (look at the excellent Drive She Said !), but this stuff is far more pompeus. Once again, not to be missed !!!!! ESSENTIAL ! BRILLIANT ! BUY !!!!!!!!!

From: Paolo Date: September 7, 2002 at 8:43
"Don't you know what pomp-AOR is???"BUY THIS RECORD

From: Javier Date: November 8, 2002 at 8:34
I Agree with you Freddy! Not bad Shoemaker???? This is simply the best pomp album ever. The best hooks, the best vocal harmonies and the best synths and key solos are here. "Touch II" is good but "Touch" is pure magic in your ears. If you have listened to something best tell it to me please!

From: ROB GARCIA Date: January 24, 2003 at 15:32
i still cant fucking understand why music for nations never had the balls to release their second album back then,this is pomp heaven!!.A BAND THAT WILL ALWAYS BE MISSED NEVER FORGOTTEN!!.

From: Jez Date: March 27, 2003 at 16:09
The debut is the best pomp rock album ever released without a doubt. This cd has everything that a fan of this type of music would ever want.Probably my most played album/ cd ever, never a week goes by without playing this. The second cd is great also, not up to the debut, but what could be . The bonus tracks are of a good standard also (makes a change from a lot of reissues). If you don't own this cd you are losing out bigtime.

From: Mark Mangold Date: May 18, 2003 at 4:01
Wow, just mindlessly surfing the web and came on this site. Thank you so much you guys for you're comments on Touch. Warms the heart. I think we got close to alot of that hugeness on the new D,SS album. Anyway, all the best and keep on rockin'. Onwards and upwards.

From: Chris Date: June 1, 2003 at 11:51
The debut 'Touch' Album, which i bought when it was first released on lp back in 79/80 is still my all time favourite release (along with the 'Boston' album, and 'Journey's 'Raised on radio'. It has everything you could ever want and pray for with a pomp/aor album. 'Don't you know what love is', is the greatest song ever recorded. Buy, buy, buy...

From: freddy de keyze Date: June 1, 2003 at 12:31
Glad you like Touch that much, Chris. I don't understand the low rating for this masterpiece. Maybe it's because I like it. Listen also to the other bands (except American Tears) where Mark Mangold is involved (Drive She Said, The Sign etc.). All wonderfull. Mark is a genius, an AOR 'god'.And 'Don't you know what love is' is a brilliant song, but the best ever ? 'Water to stone' from DSS is better and there are other songs (Oh Diane from Frederiksen/Phillips, Modern Day Delilah from Van Stephens

From: freddy de keyze Date: June 1, 2003 at 12:40
Van Stephenson and 'Mother dear' from Styx and 'Stage fright' from Legs Diamond and 'Keys to the city' from The V.U. and 'Sweet Music' from the mighty pomp band Roadmaster (do you know that band, Chris ? I think so, if not, search their records at any price, but not their first which is very weak, but the rest ! By the way : what's the best song ? They're all so damned good, it's so difficult to say what's best. Let's say : they're all BRILLIANT. Link is also a good pomp act, little known ! etc.

From: Chris Date: June 1, 2003 at 18:58
Freddy mate. It seems like we were certainly raised on the same kinda music. I know and have all the bands you have mentioned including Roadmaster. I have all their releases on vinyl and also some very rare live material (a couple of shows). Fave tracks by the band from 'Sweet music' are 'circle of love', 'Higher higher' and the title song. From 'Hey world' which agreed is not as good, but still excellent my fave songs are the title cut and 'Say you wanna be with me'. I love this band.

From: Chris Date: June 1, 2003 at 19:12
Back to the Touch thing Freddy, i just love that album and i have never stopped playing it after 23 years. It is what i loved about the 80's and realy miss these days. I rarely buy aor these days as the bands can't cut it like they used to (imo). I interviewed Mark Mangold once for Boulevard fanzine, and met him numerous times when DSS came over here. He is one of my all time heroes, and he is a nice, genuine, and down to earth guy. It was a pleasure meeting him. Hope you read this Mark....

From: Chris Date: June 1, 2003 at 19:15
Catch ya later Fred.. Regards.

From: Gar Date: June 2, 2003 at 6:52
The first TOUCH album is brilliant! Nothing but great song after great song. Check out the CASTLE DONNINGTON MONSTERS OF ROCK album from 1980 for a live version of "Don't Ya Know What Love Is".

From: Chris Date: June 2, 2003 at 15:01
I was at 'Monsters of rock' in 1980. Touch were awesome.

From: freddy de keyze Date: June 2, 2003 at 20:03
Hi Chris, glad to hear you have almost the same taste. I think also Koogles and Rob Garcia have our taste. Fine ! And I agree with you : the recent (so called!) AOR release are not half as good as what was released in the late seventies and the eighties ! The most promising new 'band' for me is Mecca. I like that record. It has a bit of that eighties feeling. But I miss real great pomp bands today. Now that was a fine time, hé Chris ! Pomp is heaven when played and written as it should be !

From: Rycheage Date: June 22, 2003 at 15:08
It's nice to be able to collect all the tracks on one package and especially at the price of a single disc release. AOR collectors should already be well on their way to owning this and if you haven't - what's holding you up?

From: alexx glam Date: August 5, 2003 at 19:34
i love this band but i only have a cassete i hope find this one and chris it must be great to be in that concert

From: Date: October 17, 2003 at 9:32
I heard "DON'T YOU KNOW WHAT LOVE IS" on the radio someday. Damn, what a great song! I wish the good old 80s days return.

From: Desslar Date: October 18, 2003 at 4:34
This looks cool and all, but where's "The Touch"??? "You've got the touch, you've got the power...." Great tune.

From: MASSIMILIANO Date: April 7, 2004 at 6:45

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: November 30, 2004 at 7:59

From: Harald Date: November 30, 2004 at 16:58
Donīt You Know What Love Is? Donīt You Know Who Touch were? Donīt You Know this song is awesome - Shame on You. Monster album 10/10

From: Chris Date: December 1, 2004 at 15:34
The 'Sweetest Victory' was not recorded by the band here, its a different band altogether 'Rafo Phoenix'. Its also not in the same league as any of the songs recorded by this band.

From: Nick C Date: December 30, 2004 at 14:18
One of the best pomp albums ever, packaged with it's originally unreleased follow up! The debut Touch album is just superb. The second disc is the second Touch album which I only ever heard on dodgy tape copies with bags of hiss! So it's nice to hear it as it should be. Not quite as good as the first, the songs are there but the production needed tweeking (but I believe the album was abandoned just before it was finished)...ESSENTIAL!

From: TOKIOBLADE Date: January 21, 2005 at 1:52

From: AOR freaky Date: February 11, 2005 at 4:20
Still fantastic pomp ! A MUST HAVE !

From: Stefan Date: February 12, 2005 at 13:13
Simply awesome! My fave album of all-time. Sublime vocals from the 3-Yes 3 lead vocalists(it doesn't come any more AOR than that)!Superb lead guitar from Craig Brooks (where is he know?) Ok it is somewhat dated but the hugeness of this album makes up for the fact. Die-hard fans of this album should seek out the Japanese cd on the Bareknuckle label (code AVCB-66041~2)as this has far superior packaging and is not plagued by the pressing fault i had on the 3 copies of the Euro release i tried.

From: Geoff Date: November 10, 2005 at 23:19
I wonder what's wrong with me. What am I missing here? I guess you had to live and be around when this music was released, because to me this does very little for me. I don't like the sound of the album (sounds weak to me), though I admit that 'Don't you know what love is' is a great song. 'So high', 'Take it back', 'Tonight', 'Look at what you got' are okay and 'I found someone' is awesome, but aside from that I can pass on the rest and would barely listen to the EP I just made too.

From: AOR freaky Date: November 11, 2005 at 4:19
Can't repeat it enough : this is CLASSIC POMP ! The best there is around, besides Styx and Roadmaster ! BRILLIANT !

From: swriter Date: November 11, 2005 at 12:28
I have kinda the same feeling Geoff, this is great stuff, but I never heard the band till a few weeks ago, good enough, but for some reason, does not knock me out? Don't you know is a great one though!!! but I wonder if I heard it when it was released, if it would hit me harder??? don't get me wrong, very good stuff!!!

From: PAUL Date: November 12, 2005 at 11:35
I'm not the biggest pomp fan in the world but dare to say: this is THE BEST POMP/ROCK RECORD OF ALL TIME!!! No doubt. I have the cd with the original cover so i can't criticize the 2nd disc of this release. Worth to search it? Just the epitome of pomp together with some STYX masterpieces.

From: AOR freaky Date: November 15, 2005 at 4:30
Don't forget the mighty Roadmaster, PAUL ! Their 'Sweet Music' album is after 'Equinox' of Styx IMO the very best POMP album ever !

From: BIG-TIME Date: May 17, 2006 at 20:27
Cant get into this at all, I have the Jap edition with the 1980 cover. I got got it due to the rave reviews on this page...why do you like it so much the first is just tooooooo 70's pop rock, no catchy hooks, guitars are just to weak, keys are nice but they use way to much organy sounds, I do like the vocals though. Sounds like almost no production at all on some songs, in a way the music makes me feel depressed...

From: Japangea Date: August 27, 2006 at 8:33
"My Life Depends On You" which is on Disc 1 / track 10,which was originally on the B-side of the single "Don't You Know What Love Is" is such a great song.It was the band's big mistake that this song was not appeared on the original debut album.Japanese version of this double CD is in a different cover.

From: sanxdowntherainbow Date: May 1, 2007 at 13:58
BIG-TIME whatīs wrong with you man!! NO Hooks?? WTF!! As much said before, this is the best AOR/POMP album ever! dude I canīt even imagine AOR without TOUCH! I believe that many of our favorite mid 80īs bands never had existed if wasnīt for this record. OUTSTANDING! 10/10

From: bate_Kallo Date: October 19, 2010 at 10:20
SMASHING! It`s pure pomp rock jewel!

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