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Artist: Touch

Title: Touch

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Category: AOR

Year: 1980

Label: Ariola/Music for Nations

Catalog Number: CDMFN 107


Craig Brooks vocals, guitar
Mark Mangold vocals, keyboards
Doug Howard vocals, bass
Glenn Kithcart drums


1.  Don't You Know What Love Is  3:37
2.  When the Spirit Moves You  3:56
3.  Love Don't Fail Me  4:25
4.  Black Star  3:35
5.  There's a Light  3:56
6.  Take It Back bonus track  4:00
7.  So High  5:22
8.  Last Chance for Love  3:53
9.  Yes (You Need to Rock N' Roll)  4:20
10.  Listen (Can You Feel It)  4:50
11.  Feels Like Love bonus track  4:10
Total Running Time:  46:04

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Gordon Date: October 19, 2003 at 15:46
Simply put, this cd is one of the very best cd's that has ever been made in the AOR music category. From beginning to end every single song is teriffic. My suggestion if you do not have any their debut is to get their fantastic double cd "The Complete Works Vol. 1 & 2" which has their complete S/T release and other bonus,demo and live tracks for a total of 29 tracks. In my humble, but musically knowledgeable opinion, this is in the top 5 of all the all-time classic AOR releases ever. 10+

From: Xabofar Date: October 23, 2003 at 16:44
Please read my review of "Complete Works" cd... This is simply the best pomp album ever recorded. Every song is a winner. 10 of 10. CLASSIC

From: Chris Date: October 28, 2003 at 11:19
I have said this before, and i'll say it again 'This is the greatest AOR release of all time'. This is everything that was great about AOR and what all these so called AOR GODS of today would so dearly love to acheive in these poor days for melodic rock.

From: AOR freaky Date: November 25, 2003 at 11:11
Chris said it : this is a masterpiece ! This is pomp/AOR, and FANTASTIC ! Mark Mangold is a genius ! This band deserved to be huge ! And indeed : todays acts can still learn a lot from these guys ! A MUST HAVE !

From: dannyrock Date: February 1, 2004 at 15:32
just buy it a must have, even for your grandparents.

From: Rycheage Date: February 8, 2004 at 19:39
There is an abundance of wonderful pompous moments contained within. Obvious contenders are their trademark signature 'Don't You Know What Love Is', plus the keyboard overkill of 'When The Spirit Moves You'. Both songs made the US Top 40 at the time. Other killers include the high rolling 'Take It Back', the rollicking 'Listen (Can You Feel It)', and the majestic keyboard opus of 'So High', sounding so much like early Prophet.

From: illimey Date: February 24, 2004 at 11:20
Had this CD. Sold all my CDs to help pay for a 12 month trip to Autralia in 1991. Don't care about the rest. I WANT THIS ONE BACK! I really don't think I was able to fully appreciate it at the time - my musical tastes were still developing! But now - I WANT IT BACK!! I guess I should get my ass in gear and track it down on ebay. Anybody got a spare copy? I WANT IT BACK!!!

From: gener8tr Date: April 14, 2004 at 18:18
Take two Vicodin, pour yourself a glass of red wine, turn down the lights and strike a scented candle... You'll enjoy this CD like never before!

From: Mr M Date: May 3, 2004 at 11:30
Three brilliant lead vocalists, virtuoso musicianship and a sterling Tim (Talk Talk) Friese Green production that brought the very best out of classic after classic tune. Seminal AOR/Pomp. There's little that comes even close to this, twenty-odd years down the line.

From: tasha Date: August 10, 2004 at 0:14
My dad got me the Touch CD a few years ago and it's become one of my favorites. Nothing I've ever heard sounds quite like this except maybe old Styx. Awesome!

From: Date: October 19, 2004 at 14:37
great album I bought it twice

From: richb Date: December 1, 2004 at 7:08
An enticing blend of lush multi-part harmonies, electrifying guitar, symphonic keyboards and thunderous drumming etc all add up to make this vintage AOR. Rarely equalled and never bettered IMHO. A pre-requisite in any serious AOR fan's collection.

From: Nick C Date: December 30, 2004 at 14:20
Owned on vinyl (twice!).... owned on CD...and owned again on the complete works CD!!!!! That should tell you how good this is!

From: Harald Date: February 10, 2005 at 14:37
me too Nick C, owned on vinyl, owned on CD and now I tracked down the complete works and I still can stop listening to this timeless pomp mega classic. This is Mark Mangolds masterpiece and Drive She Said and his other projects are only a substitude for the real thing (the mighty TOUCH). Everyone reading this side must OWN this!!!!

From: Lennie Date: May 5, 2005 at 13:16
Wow, I havent listened to this for while and it has to be said that is an absolute AOR MASTERPIECE!!! This is pomp of the highest order and serves up a feast of tasty keyboards, but the guitar work here is exemplary with fantastic soloing on nearly every song. My favs are 'When the Spirit...' and 'Take it Back' which are classics, but all songs are fab. Utterly essential

From: aor69 Date: May 13, 2005 at 8:49
In my all time top 10.Remember watching at the 1980 Monsters of Rock festival at Donnington. This band changed my entire outlook in music.Its all been said above except that this is even better,if thats possible.Perfect

From: ROBERT Date: May 13, 2005 at 10:07
Aunque me kedo d Calle con DRIVE, SHE SAID, decir q esta es una Banda d Culto para todo buen Aficionado del A.O.R mas Clasico y puro... Teclas y melodias Exquisitas cortesia d ese pedazo d Genio q es: MARK MANGOLD Feliz WEEKEND!!!!!!!!

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From: Jez Date: November 14, 2005 at 8:13
As I commented on the 2 disc 'The Complete Works', this is The best Pomp album ever released bar non. As with alot of you, I also owned the vinyl (bought it the first week of release) & is definately one of my most played albums ever,even to this day I love it as much as when I first heard it. I can't say that about too many albums nowadays.

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From: Jez Date: November 14, 2005 at 8:19
I think this was the first issue on CD & have always been curious as to why 'My Life Depends On You' was left off, as it was a killer song & better than the 2 bonus tracks that were later added. It did turn up on the 'Complete Works' years later ,although from it's original vinyl source!!!

From: perry.k Date: November 14, 2005 at 14:03
Track7 SO HIGH:Is this the ultimate pomp tune ever?I dunno but sure is pretty close!How did they manage to create such an anthem who ranks up there with the finest STYX-ian moments?Angelic multi vocals GODLY melodies throughout...and then this HUGE CHORUS!WOW!FANTASTIC SONG!But there also other gems included here like trax:#1,#2,#3,#5,#8. Hard enough to find nowadays such music!Fairytail,for sure!Rating:9.5/10.

From: Heavy.AOR Date: June 22, 2006 at 11:23
GOLD 9/10. Only track "So High" high recomm.

From: poproxx2007 Date: November 16, 2006 at 19:26
One Of My All Time Favorites. Pomp/AOR Kings. Every Song IS Filled With So Many Great Melodies And Evokes Much Feeling With Each Listen. 10/10 "Don't You Know What Love Is"-one of my favorite songs!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 18, 2006 at 22:42
For all Drive she said fans out there this is the first dish of the menu!!!.Nice and smooth pomp/aor album with the mighty Mark Mangold in it!!!.What else is there to say?.

From: Clayton77 Date: January 9, 2007 at 18:54
This album is an alltime-classic for all AOR/POMP-Fans A REAL MUST HAVE!!!!!!!!!

From: juan carlos Date: July 5, 2007 at 11:51
Para los amantes del PompAOR de seguro es un clásico, no me va mucho los temas muy Pomp pero hay temas Súper-Buenos aquí. "Don't You Know What Love Is" Súper-Temazo por la época(años mas tarde DSS lo versionó en su album Debut, los dos son tremendos) y mi favorita. "So High" otro temazo Grandes Coros, "Take It Back" con esos teclados bien puestos de lo mejor. La 2,3,5 y 8 tambien buenos. 8.8/10

From: YIRO SEVENTH Date: August 22, 2007 at 18:57
Aqui tenemos al maestro Mark Mangold que con su maravilloso manejo de los teclados hacen que este sea un magnifico trabajo: AOR de principios de los 80s en plan Pomp, como ya se ha comentado aqui ampliamente... que temazo es "Don´t You Know What Love Is"!!

From: george_the_jack Date: September 1, 2007 at 9:58
The roots of AOR! 95/100

From: TONI MALLORCA Date: October 28, 2007 at 17:21
que jodido que eres mark mangold!!!! que pedazo de album te sacastes de la manga!!!!!paristes un puñetero clasico!!! la octava maravilla del pomp rock!!! y tus tres albums con american tears tampoco fueron moco de pavo!!! que jodido eres mark!!!! 10/10

From: JamesEagle Date: November 26, 2009 at 14:09
Oh dear. I just can't get on with this at all. To my ears, this is just pop music. And not very good pop music either. The reissue I've got has 'My Life Depends on You', which I admit I do like. Other than that one good song, I can't wait to delete this off my iPod. Some of the songs are terrible - for example 'Yes (You Need to Rock N' Roll)' is one of the worst 'rock' songs I've heard for years. I know this won't be a popular view, but it's all about opinions, isn't it?

From: lalo r.o.c.k. Date: February 21, 2010 at 16:32
More i listen more i like it,in fact in the beginning don´t like it too much,then I get it,songs are pomp(like somebody says)but still are great,Don´t you know what love is,is an all time classic,for this song pays all the album.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 15, 2011 at 9:05
Very pleasant Pomp AOR debut release by Touch...Mark Mangold,one of the "brains" behind Drive She Said(the other "brain" is Al Fritsch)was part of it..."Don't You Know What Love Is" was the anthem of this record(Drive She Said covered on their debut release of 1989 under the name of "Don't You Know"),"When The Spirit Moves You","Black Star"(strongly reminded me of the band Angel),"There's A Light","Take It Back"(excellent bonus track),"So High","Yes(You Need To Rock'N'Roll)"(simply brilliant),"Feels Like Love"(excellent bonus track too)surely are songs you're gonna love...the rest is!.91/100

From: Eric3 Date: July 1, 2017 at 17:55
I am absolutely loving the '70s progressive rock influence on this one. Spacey keyboards and tons of backing vocals make this a dreamy listen. Way ahead of its time!

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