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David & David

Although they only recorded one album, the California duo of David Baerwald and David Ricketts made some of the finest mainstream pop of the '80s. With its slick surfaces and memorable melodies, 1986's Boomtown was deceptively smooth; beneath the production, the songs were tales of despair and broken dreams in the Reagan era. David + David scored a surprise hit in 1986 with "Welcome to the Boomtown"; it was their only single that charted. Baerwald began a critically acclaimed solo career in 1990; Ricketts has not released anything since Boomtown. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Eh it's alright
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Definitely one of the greatest albums. Most people only know the hit Welcome to the Boomtown and I don't even think is was even one of the best songs on the album.

I love the deliciously dystopian River's Gonna Rise which is a song that creates such vivid imagery that is hard to forget.
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Being Alone Together, always love this.
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An absolutely brilliant album! One of the best one & done albums of all time. Timeless. Wish they would have continued making music together. There is no sound out there like David & David. Always fresh...and dark and brooding as well...
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Boomtown. This Is a fantastic Album, love it.
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This is one of my all time favorite albums. Takes me back to freshman year of college. Love it!
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One of those albums that stay with you. Takes me back when I had legs like a stallion.
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These guy's had a great sound.feels good to hear them.wish they had more albums.'87 good times,miss 'em. :^)
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Awesome isn't it
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Have been listening to this album for 20 odd years and never tire of it. Great stuff.
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eleellis
Check out the dbinfosouce. c o m for a nice site on DB.
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What the heck ever happened to Ricketts? Does anyone know if he still performs?
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remspoon1
This album always takes me back to a time and place where life was not perfect but I was happy. Boomtown might be more telling today than it was twenty five years ago.
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always listen to em when im in a blue mood , u can feel in in the music, favorite lyric, sometimes you gottta break before you bend classic album . evrey song is put together for a whole album feel, you dont hear that any more just singles, hickory creek
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Don't think it's just as simple as these guys just hating each other -- Ricketts co-wrote two songs on Baerwald's Bedtime Stories and was also part of the Tuesday Night Music Club that helped launch Cheryl Cros -- the two share writing credits on four of the songs on her first album, so at the very least they continued hanging in the same places. That said, I heard that Baerwald was pretty crappy to Toni Childs, who was Ricketts' girlfriend back before her first album came out.
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tjarrell15
Great album - heard these 2 guys hated each other - and its too bad since they created magic together.
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jackieandral p h 2 0 1 0
heard BOOM TOWN on sirius 80'son 8 the other day and always loved the song so i had to find it on PANDORA, Thanks Pandora
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Just remembered this song and wanted to hear it so I asked for a playlist built on it. Love it!
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Seriously - a LOT of awesome memories associated with this album.
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I love this Album! One of the best Albums ever made. I have purchased this Album in so many ways over the years and still can't get enough. LOL!
David + David is awesome!
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jill.r.haake
I turned so many of my friends on to David and David. They became as addicted to it as I was. Yes, I too wore out a couple of C.D. before I got the C.D. Still love it after all these years! Haven't heard Bedtime Stories. Going to look for it...
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I agree with all the comments. Baerwald is definitely under-rated. Bedtime Stories is one of my fav albums of that era. He's a TV composer now and seems to be having the time of his life. I know this because I was lucky enough to shoot an interview of him for www.songwrit e r s v a n t a g e . c o m . He's a really great, down-to-eart h guy.
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ronton617
Although they didn't get a lot of recognition, they remain one of my favorite artists of all time. "Boomtown" was such a great Album. It's sad that they never put out more albums. They really were a talented duo.
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If you love this album as much as I do you would probably enjoy Baerwald's "Bedtime Stories". It too is rich in beautifully written storied songs of grit, beauty, and despair. Though, sadly, I tried to be a fan of "Triage" but never really felt the album the way I did "Boomtown" and "Bedtime Stories". D&D might not have recorded together again, but Baerwald's solo work is well worth the time you'll spend finding it.
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I wore thie cassette out a couple of times. Still among my favorite albums ever. It would be hard to imagine they could have topped "Boomtown" with another release.
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mbykerk
Without a doubt, one of my favorite albums of all time. I would definitely have this with me if I was ever stranded on the old desert island. Saw D+D at the Roxy in 1986, I too am sorry they never made another album.
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katmat1965
welcome to the boomtown! these guys are profound, not profane. i miss them too
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David & David had a great sound. This was one of my favorite albums from the 80's. Glad to see them on here. It's too bad they never made another album together.

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