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Bay City Rollers: The Definitive Collection

13 Mar 2000 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 8 Feb 2000
  • Release Date: 8 Feb 2000
  • Label: Arista
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  • Total Length: 1:04:26
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  • ASIN: B001GS9SK8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,429 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
A non stop trip down memory lane, rembering Tartan-Clad youngsters with scarves draped over their wrists and Baseball boots to match. How I wish I could go back to the nostalgia of the 70's just for a moment!! If I ever got the chance to re-live that time again, this album would be at the forefront of my music collection.
FANTASTIC music then, now and always!!
June
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Allen on 26 Oct 2003
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great cd to add to anyone's collection,full of nostalgic records which when you hear will have you singing along ( well it did me).
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By bigian49 on 20 July 2013
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Happy memories from when my daughters were mad on them and the house was filled with the sounds of Bay City Rollers
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By voni60 on 21 Jun 2013
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Fantastic album, one of the best groups in the 70s...... Loved the Bay City Rollers, what else can i say.......
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
Men In Plaid 25 May 2000
By Steve Vrana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Before introducing the Bay City Rollers for the first time to an American sudience on "Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell" in 1975, Cosell posed the question: "Is it hype? Is it hope?" In hindsight it was probably both. For those who were led to believe this was the second coming of the Beatles, it was certainly the former. But after a string of successful U.S. hits, it gave hope to record buyers that yes there is life after disco.
This latest compilation succeeds on several levels:
1. The twenty tracks doubles the number of songs on 1991's Greatest Hits. Except for the most devoted fans, this is all you'll ever really need.
2. Unlike the previous Greatest Hits package, The Definitive Collection does not focus exclusively on the Rollers stateside career. They had six Top Ten singles and two No. 1 albums in England dating back to 1971--four years before they charted in America! So you get their lively cover of the Gentrys' hit "Keep on Dancin," such uptempo numbers as "Remember (Sha La La La)," "Shang-a-Lang" and a remake of the Four Seasons' "Bye Bye Baby."
3. The sound on this CD is excellent and the liner notes are thoroughly done.
The Rollers only topped the U.S. charts once with their million-seller "Saturday Night," but this and other power pop hits like "Money Honey, "Rock and Roll Love Letter" and a cover of the Dusty Springfield classic "I Only Want To Be With You" were infectious songs.
By 1977, however, they began drifting into Barry Manilow territory with string-laden songs like the Top Ten "You Make Me Believe In Magic," but the lush ballad "The Way I Feel Tonight" peaked at No. 24 and would be their last hit on either side of the Atlantic.
While critics almost unanimously dismissed them, I'm reminded of a quote from former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne: "A critic is someone who comes in after the battle is over and shoots the wounded." While Rollermania may not have caught on in a huge way in the U.S., they left behind a number of terrific pop singles. This CD is a reminder of just how fun pop music should be. RECOMMENDED
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Rock & Rollers. 19 April 2000
By "the-disco-kid" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
No offense, but I wonder if PC Fields (below) even LISTENed to this album at all. At any rate, his/her review(s) surely sound like he/she just glanced at the press release for it. Or something. Oh well, unfortunately the Rollers have always been subjected to that sort of dismissive attitude from critics, so why should it be any different now? Unless, of course, as in this case when we have before us the very first CD selection of the Rollers' songs which collects ALL of their U.K. and U.S. hits - the big, the small & the almost non-existent - onto one album. Arista certainly took their time doing this, but, given how this album fairly showcases the band's unfairly little heralded versatility, the wait seems certainly - almost - worth it. From the first U.K. single in 1971, the Jonathan King-produced "Keep On Dancing", to 1979's lost-in-action Power Pop gem "Turn On The Radio"; this is as good as it gets when we're talking pure, unpretentious, instantly gratifacational 1970's pop music. Never mind Led Zeppelin, and forget the annoying BCR image - not to mention the hype and the scandals that still hover over the Bay City Rollers' name even today; if you only ever buy one BCR album in your whole life, this surely has got to be it. Minor nuances such as Arista's over-zealous, but maybe well-meaning, representation of its contents (The version of "Remember" here-in is not, like the booklet states, the original single version, but the later album version; and a 'single version' of "Turn On The Radio"? I think not. Such a thing never even existed to begin with!) and a few factual errors plus the odd misspelling of names in the otherwise obviously carefully written and researched liner notes, are only mildly and momentarily bugging since, as a result, the bigger picture is only that much more appealing. The selection of non-hit & album tracks is also somewhat satisfactory, although Arista's reasons for only choosing them from the band's originally written material, may be suspicious - and not fitting to air in a casual review such as this - to say the least. But when all is said and done, again, this is, at long last, the best BCR collection of its kind out there and now we're 'only' left needing & wanting for that long-awaited box set and the remastered original albums including all the B-sides & bonus tracks! But now I'm getting delusionally ahead of myself so I better just call it quits while I'm still - relatively - among the sound-minded and somewhat sane.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The underrated guilty pleasure of pure melodic pop 25 Jan 2006
By Ludwig J. Pluralist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Like Rodney Dangerfield, the Bay City Rollers never earned much respect; arguably they deserved at least some. They were tagged as a mere teenybopper (with a loyal legion of tartan scarf waving girl fans) or bubblegum band, soft, mindless and manufactured, as if there is something wrong with bubblegum. As a matter of fact, late 1960s-based bubblegum pop (The Archies, The Cowsills, 1910 Fruitgum Company, Tommy James and the Shondells, etc.), and its early 70s, slightly more British cousin, glitter pop (Sweet, Gary Glitter, Mud, David Essex, etc.) are two of the seminal genres of rock/pop music history. Bands like the Ramones, REM and Talking Heads have all admitted to being influenced by glitter/bubblegum. The boundaries of glitter pop and glitter rock (i.e., David Bowie, Mott the Hoople, T-Rex, NY Dolls, early Queen, etc.) have certainly not always been so clear. The Bay City Rollers, then, were as much as anything, victims of bad timing; coming about in the mid 70s, they kind of missed the boat of the early 70s glitter invasion, but were too early to cash in on the early 80s, MTV fueled pop renaissance (ala Duran Duran, Culture Club, Flock of Seagulls, Wham, etc.); of course, they might have had to change their sound, somewhat.

Listening to this collection, which contains all their big hits, including the song they are best known for, Saturday Night, as well as such pure pop pleasures as their cover of Dusty Springfield's I Only Want To Be With You, and what may be their greatest song ever, the wonderful tune Rock and Roll Love Letter (I once heard Yo La Tengo playfully cover this, and do it justice, at an all covers show of theirs), you come to realize that the Bay City Rollers had a true knock for very catchy, very melodic pop music. Call it a guilty pleasure, but this stuff sounds better than I think anyone might have expected it to, all these years later.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A THOROUGH REVIEW 1 Mar 2002
By Tina Z. Will - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was a huge Bay City Rollers fan when I was in the sixth grade. I have all of their albums save for the last one, which I believe was Up The Elevator. I liked this collection because it contained a couple of songs, like "All of Me Loves All of You," that were not included on my vinyl collection. The only thing missing was any song from Strangers In The Wind, one of my favorite BCR albums. Except for that, this is a fine overview of the Rollers during their peak.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
if you don't like it, don't listen 26 Oct 2004
By David White - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Yes, I liked BCR in the 70's, and still enjoy hearing certain feel-good songs again. If you liked BCR back when, or want to hear something fun, give it a shot, Rock and Roll Love Letter, Saturday Night or whatever. But if you don't own the album, or simply want to show how cool you are by saying you couldn't possibly listen to this, then please, don't listen. If you have nothing informative to say other than how uncool the music is, save your time and ours. No, it's not Beethoven or Bob Dylan, but it is fun; lighten up.
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