Berlin Count Three And Pray
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- Released: October 21, 1997
- Originally Released: 1986
- Label: Geffen Gold Line Sp.
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Berlin: Terri Nunn (vocals), John Crawford (bass, background vocals), Rob Brill (drums, background vocals).
Additional personnel: Gene Black, Kane Roberts, David Gilmour, Ted Nugent, Alan Murphy, Elliot Easton, Steve Dougherty, Gregg Wright (guitars), Patrick O'Hearn (bass), Bob Ezrin, Peter Robinson, Greg Kuehn, Jun Sato, Matt Reid (keyboards), Gary Barlough (synclavier), Louis Jardin (percussion), John Lee Batdorf, William Batstone, Lance Ellington, George Merrill, Tessa Niles, The Art Damage Choir (background vocals).
Personnel: Art Damage Choir, George Merrill, William Batstone, John Batdorf, John Crawford, Lance Ellington, Tessa Niles (vocals, background vocals); Terri Nunn (vocals); David Gilmour, Elliot Easton, Gene Black, Gregg Wright, Steve Dougherty, Kane Roberts, Alan Murphy, Ted Nugent (guitar); Osamu Kitajima (biwa, koto); Masakazu Yoshizawa (shakuhachi, percussion); Matt Reid (keyboards, synthesizer); Andy Richards (keyboards, keyboard programming); Jun Sato, Peter Robinson, Greg Kuehn, Bob Ezrin (keyboards); Gary Barlough (synthesizer, Synclavier); Patrick O'Hearn (fretless bass); Rob Brill (drums, background vocals); Luis Jardim (percussion).
Audio Mixers: David Tickle; Giorgio Moroder; Mike Shipley; Bob Ezrin; Brian Reeves .
Recording information: Amigo Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Manor & Air Studios, London, England; Manor And Air Studios, London, England; Oasis Studi; One In One; One On One; Producers I And II; Village Recorder.
Photographers: Dean Chamberlain; Matthew Rolston.
Unknown Contributor Role: Osamu Kitajima.
A major change of direction for Berlin, Count Three & Pray was an artistic triumph but a commercial disappointment. After making a name for itself playing very European-sounding synth pop, the L.A. trio recruited producer Bob Ezrin (known for his work with Alice Cooper and others) and unveiled a more hard-edged, guitar-oriented sound. From the rockin' "Trash" (which features none other than Ted Nugent -- the last person one would expect to work with Berlin!) to the ballad "Pink and Velvet" (a tale of two heroin addicts' romance that is as poignant as it is disturbing), Count Three & Pray leaves no doubt just how much lead singer Terri Nunn and her colleagues were enjoying this radical change. But sadly, record buyers weren't ready for it. Despite the inclusion of the hauntingly pretty number one hit "Take My Breath Away" (included in the film Top Gun) the album didn't sell nearly as well as Pleasure Victim or Love Life. Geffen was bitterly disappointed, and Berlin soon broke up. ~ Alex Henderson
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