Alarm & Mike Peters/Mike Peters (Alarm)/Alarm MMVI/The Alarm: James Stevenson , Mike Peters (guitar); Craig Adams (bass guitar, background vocals); Steve Grantley.
Personnel: Dave Sharp (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, slide guitar, background vocals); Mike Peters (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, background vocals); James Stevenson (electric guitar, background vocals); John Porter (slide guitar, programming, drum programming); Ian Fairlie (trumpet); Mark Taylor (piano, keyboards); Chris Stainton, Rupert Black, Alan Shacklock (piano); Eddie Macdonald (keyboards, background vocals); Nigel Twist (drums, percussion, programming, drum programming, background vocals); Steve Grantley (drums, background vocals); Chris Porter, Craig Adams , Tony Visconti (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: David Leonard ; Martin Wilding; Mike Jones ; Nigel Luby.
Recording information: BBC Recording Studios, Cardiff, Wales (02/03/1983-01/13/2001); EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (02/03/1983-01/13/2001); Foel Studios, Llanfair Caereinion, Wales (02/03/1983-01/13/2001); Good Earth, London, England (02/03/1983-01/13/2001); Great Linford Manor, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, En (02/03/1983-01/13/2001); Marcus (02/03/1983-01/13/2001); Ramport Studios, London, England (02/03/1983-01/13/2001); Redan (02/03/1983-01/13/2001); The Chapel, Wales (02/03/1983-01/13/2001); The Gathering, N.W.C.C., Llandudno, Wales (02/03/1983-01/13/2001); The Orpheum, Boston, MA (02/03/1983-01/13/2001); The Skylight Suite (02/03/1983-01/13/2001).
Led by singer-songwriter Mike Peters, Welsh band the Alarm rose to a modest level of success in the 1980s by offering up a slightly more straightforward variation on the U2/Simple Minds "big rock" template. This career-spanning 21-track collection features Alarm classics such as the punky "Sixty Eight Guns" and the poppy "Rain in the Summertime," along with a handful of late-period songs, most notably the propulsive "Superchannel" and "45 R.P.M.," which garnered the group a surprise 2003 hit under the alias "the Poppy Fields." For the uninitiated, this is an excellent introduction to the Alarm, and for old fans, it's a nice one-stop purchase.