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New to Steve Harley 8 years 4 months ago #1710

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Hi, my name is Cheri and two weeks ago or so I had never heard of Steve Harley (I live in the United States). Then, fortunately, one of my British friends posted a video of him singing Make Me Smile on Facebook. I listened once and liked it. I listened again and liked it even better. Later, when I had some free time, I checked him out on YouTube, where there is a whole wealth of Steve Harley videos, and I was hooked!! Can anyone tell me WHY on EARTH we have never heard of Steve Harley in the US??? The man is brilliant. The music, the lyrics, the voice, the theatrics, the charisma and charm... I could go on and on. I feel like a giddy schoolgirl again, and I can tell you that's been a long time ago.

I have been able to buy a CD on Amazon.com with some of his greatest hits and also The Quality of Mercy, which has my newest favorite song, "The Coast of Amalfi" on it. But there are no DVDs. :( I find that I love to watch him as much as I love to listen to him. I am so envious of you people who go to his concerts. I feel cheated!

In my relentless search for all things Steve Harley, I did find that in 1977 he relocated to the US, I think to Los Angeles. I don't understand why he didn't make it. Can anyone please explain?? In my opinion, he could have been as big as any of the leading British groups here, as well as the American ones. Is he even thinking about touring in the US? If not, why? I would really appreciate any information in this regard. I am dying over here for more Steve Harley. Thank you in advance. :)
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Re:New to Steve Harley 8 years 4 months ago #1712

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Welcome to the site, Cheri.
There is a brilliant DVD on sale here.
Go to SHOP and Music, and Isle Of Wight - Live is there.
As a rare US visitor, we will send you a complimentary copy.
Post your full address to the webmaster or in here.
Again, welcome!
Rachel (PA to Steve)
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Re:New to Steve Harley 8 years 4 months ago #1713

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Oh girl, I feel you totally. I am also an American (by way of NY) Your shock that you had never been exposed to his work, your being impressed by it, the feeling of being giddy like a school girl, oh yes, these are feelings I am so very familiar with. Go check my "fresh meat" post for my story: www.steveharley.com/forum/7-welcome-mat/1646-fresh-meat.html

Now I have plently of his albums (a few on sweet, sweet mother vinyl!) and am reveling in some of the best tunes I have ever heard!

Welcome aboard dear! Good to see another US person.

Hey Rachel! I'm an American! Where are my free goodies!?? I tease, I just wanted to point out that Steve has some pretty dedicated US fans out here! :laugh:
We've all been through bad times, but you gotta pass on the good stuff to others, not the bad. "If nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do." -Angel
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Re:New to Steve Harley 8 years 4 months ago #1716

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Rachel, thank you soooooo much!! A free Steve Harley DVD is an offer I definitely can't refuse. :)

I ordered a signed copy of his book, "The Impression of Being Relaxed" about a week ago. Perhaps they could be sent together? At any rate, my address is as follows:

Cheri Ives
2527 Twin Creeks Drive
San Ramon, CA 94583
United States

A big hug and love and kisses to Steve for all of his fantastic music. Tell him that I play his songs every night before I go to bed so that I can wake up with a random song playing in my head. :) Also, please tell him we want to see him here in the US; he'd take it by storm.

Thanks again. :)
Cheri
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Re:New to Steve Harley 8 years 4 months ago #1723

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Hi Cheri,

Welcome aboard the good ship Harley, and congrats on discovering Steve's music. I'm envious of you in a way - there's so much out there for you to discover for the first time, I'd love to have that pleasure all over again.

With Steve's music being so diverse you'll be in for plenty of treats and surprizes. The 'Best of' CDs are a decent place to start, but they don't tell the whole story. Please buy the album CDs; you'll be in for a great ride if you do. And I agree with the Isle of White DVD recommendation - it's great (but is it formatted for the States? Mmm, not sure).

Enjoy!

Mark.
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Re:New to Steve Harley 8 years 4 months ago #1725

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yeah ,i was wonderin if the DVDs would play in the states ,and i think it will be a problem i have several american released DVDs and they dont play on my main system ,but the good news is they play fine on my PC ,its just a shame i cant see them on the BIG tv
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