by Joe Jackson
Blaze Of Glory was considered by Joe to be a synthesis and culmination of his musical career to that point. It's a concept album of sorts, set in two sides with the songs flowing together. It's probably somewhat autobiographical, and really seems to be about postwar optimism, Cold War reality, and such--really a history of the second half of the 20th century set to music.
Joe was upset that it didn't have the commercial success he thought it deserved--and thought that A&M should have promoted it better. Instead, they dropped him from their label after this album.
It's really one of his best--zooming across musical styles, yet having some of his best pop tunes ever. Probably the quintessential Joe Jackson album, if only because it reflects on everything he's ever done.
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