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  • Audio CD (10 Sept. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005O0Q6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Smalltown BoyBronski Beat 4:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Don't Leave Me This Way (with Sarah Jane Morris)Communards with Sarah Jane Morris 4:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Why?Bronski Beat 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)Jimmy Somerville 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. DisenchantedThe Communards 4:12£0.89  Buy MP3 
  6. Never Can Say GoodbyeThe Communards 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. So Cold The NightCommunards, The 4:39£0.89  Buy MP3 
  8. To Love SomebodyJimmy Somerville 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. There's More To Love (Than Boy Meets Girl)Communards, The 3:49£0.89  Buy MP3 
10. Comment Te Dire AdieuJimmy Somerville 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. You Are My WorldThe Communards 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. I Feel Love/Johnny Remember MeBronski Beat And Marc Almond 5:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. TomorrowThe Communards 4:47£0.89  Buy MP3 
14. Hurt So Good (Radio Edit)Jimmy Somerville 3:50£0.89  Buy MP3 
15. Read My Lips (Enough Is Enough)Jimmy Somerville 4:59£0.89  Buy MP3 
16. For A FriendThe Communards 4:35£0.89  Buy MP3 
17. Ain't Necessarily SoBronski Beat 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 

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When little Jimmy quit Glasgow for the alleged bright lights of London back in the early 1980s, little did he or the rest of the country know the huge impact he would have on British life. His debut work with Bronski Beat ("Smalltown Boy" and "Why") accomplished the previously unthinkable: mixing overtly gay lyrics with catchy melodies, while at the same time becoming substantive Top Ten hits. Quitting the band at their peak (following their smash re-working of "I Feel Love" with Marc Almond), Somerville hooked up with Richard Coles to form The Communards. Although success wasn't immediate for the new pairing, Somerville and Coles achieved their first UK No. 1 in 1986 with their cover of another disco classic "Don't Leave Me This Way". The Communards rise also coincided with HIV/Aids entering popular consciousness, resulting in a unique mix of socialism, disco and torch songs ("For a Friend", "You Are My World" and "So Cold the Night"). By the end of the 80s Jimmy had decided to go it alone and his solo work continued the musical styles he had previously helped establish ("Comment Te Dire Adieu", "Read My Lips (Enough is Enough)" and "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)"). As is demonstrated by this collection, the cover versions may have provided Somerville with his biggest hits, but the original material is still truly unique and powerful. An accessible, popular musical account of 80s lifestyle politics, and the radical potential music has for social and cultural change. --John Galilee

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 27 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
Danceable, defiant and never knowingly understated; this collection of hits from the diminutive Scottish disco queen is a real treat from start to finish. What I love about Somerville's music is that he always gives his all and never worries about his vocal shortcomings. Smalltown Boy; that autobiographical tale of a gay man in a strange world remains as haunting as it did in 1984, whilst tracks such as Why and Run from Love burn the disco torch with verve and passion. The Communards' back catalogue is also fine, and they at least made their cover versions of old songs different from the originals. A must have album and a great testament to a unique talent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Mansfield VINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
For someone who was so ubiquitous in the pop charts throughout the 80s, it's mystifying how quickly Jimmy Somerville fell out of favour.

As part of Bronski Beat, The Communards and finally as a solo artist, Somerville released some of the most memorable tracks of the decade, including fantastic covers of Don't Leave Me This Way, I Feel Love and Never Can Say Goodbye, the poignant Smalltown Boy, the brilliant So Cold The Night, Why? and many more.

His falsetto may be grating to some, but this for me is pop at it's most infectious. Impossible not to sing along to, it's a cracking album to add to your collection and guaranteed to get a party going.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Sept. 2001
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This album is excellent. It is a slightly updated version of the Singles Collection which is my favourite cd. So many recognisable tunes. Songs that I don't think have dated. A good one for the car to sing along to. A good one for the gym to get exercising to. From the Bronski Beat days thru' the Communards, then as a solo artist, an excellent collection - for so many people this will be their introduction to this music ...and they get all the best songs on one cd!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "pollypostie on 8 May 2011
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Another fantastic album! Jimmy Sommerville at his best. My personal fave is The Harold Melvin cover "Don't Leave Me This Way", awesome track, and the rest of the album doesn't disappoint either. Can't recommend it highly enough!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Oct. 2004
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God, I love this CD! This music was always in the background of my childhood, and I have vivid memories of Jimmy's numerous hits right through the 80's and early 90's. I don't know why I waited whole *months* after this compilation came out to buy it! I listen to it as I walk into work, and it's the best antidote to grey, dismal days and pouring rain: I just walk along encased in my very own private disco! Just get it: you know you need it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darvi on 29 April 2012
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All the songs you remember from their later days of the1980 and the 1990 well worth the money will use again
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
The eighties are not my favorite decade when it comes to pop music. Nevertheless, some great pop music was recorded during those years, some of it by Jimmy Somerville, who was lead singer of Bronski Beat and, later, the Communards. Both of those groups are represented here but there are also some of Jimmy's solo songs, too. Jimmy's distinctive falsetto voice could not be mistaken for any other. It is worth pointing out that Jimmy was gay and this is reflected in the lyrics of many of the original songs. I'm not sure how well Jimmy's music did in America but he was, for a while, an important singer on the British scene.

Bronski Beat had six UK hits but only the first four are included here. Hit that perfect beat (a top three hit) and Come on come on, both recorded after Jimmy left the group, are missing (presumably because this is a compilation of Jimmy's music). Two of the others also made the top three, these being Small town boy and an unlikely medley (with Marc Almond) of I feel love (Donna Summer) and Johnny remember me (John Leyton). Why made it to number six while It ain't necessarily so made the top twenty.

The Communards had a UK number one hit with Don't leave me this way, a cover of a song that had been a hit in the seventies for two different singers - Thelma Houston and Harold Melvin. Harold's version charted higher in the UK but Thelma's version went to number one in America. I enjoy all three versions but the Communards' version features not only Jimmy's excellent lead singing but also excellent vocal support by Sarah Jane Morris, a singer otherwise unknown to me.
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There is a better five star edition of this release, read on...

I don't usually sing the praises of compilation albums or greatest hits collections. There is always one track missing or they've used a short radio edit instead of the better album mix. This one is an exception. Covering the releases for London Records by Bronski Beat, Communards and Jimmy Somerville this Very Best Of includes all the hit singles one would expect on such a title. There are two editions of this collection, the single disc featured on this page and "The Very Best of Jimmy Somerville", a two cd set featuring a bonus disc of extended versions and remixes. What follows comes from my review for that 2cd set...

As of July 2012, the first Bronski Beat album "Age Of Consent", the two albums by Communards and Jimmy's first two solo albums have been re-released in two disc deluxe editions with heaps of extra tracks, nice packaging and expanded booklets. They're worth checking out if you're a fan, however, there were some glaring omissions from these new editions. "Age Of Consent" is missing the original 12" versions of the two major hits "Smalltown Boy" & "Why?". The first Communards album, issued in 1986, had extended versions of the four singles on the compact disc and cassette. The new reissue "Communards" reverts the track listing to the original vinyl release with much shorter versions of the hits for the main album and alternative mixes of the hits as bonus tracks.
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