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Collection [Original recording remastered]

Prefab Sprout Audio CD

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Disc: 1
1. Lions In My Own Garden (Exit Someone)
2. Don't Sing
3. Couldn't Bear To Be Special
4. When Love Breaks Down
5. Faron Young
6. Appetite
7. Johnny Johnny
8. Cars And Girls
9. The King Of Rock 'N' Roll
10. Hey Manhattan!
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Cue Fanfare
2. Cruel
3. Bonny
4. Moving The River
5. Desire As
6. Horsin' Around
7. Pearly Gates
8. 'Til The Cows Come Home
9. Enchanted
10. I Remember That
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better late than never - and eminently tasteful 14 Feb 2001
By Kevin O'Conner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Collection is the US release of 1999's 38 Carat Collection with ever-so-slightly altered title and cover art. This two-disc set contains the band's 19 UK singles, and adds 19 key album tracks.
To a certain extent, The Collection effectively renders half the Prefab Sprout back catalog redundant. Steve McQueen and From Langley Park To Memphis are represented by eight and nine tracks, respectively. However, it's good to see that Epic/Legacy has kept the set intact; given the general lack of awareness of Prefab Sprout's existence in the U.S.,the label could have made a case for whittling things down to a single disc, or passing altogether on its release.
The usual highlights are present, from "When love breaks down" to "The sound of crying", with "Faron Young", "Appetite", "Cars and girls", "Hey Manhattan!", "Looking for Atlantis" and "We let the stars go", among others, in between. A bonus for the American enthusiast is the inclusion of five songs from 1997's Andromeda Heights, which Epic declined to release in the U.S.
The only real disappointments here are the absence of "Wild horses", which was included on 1992's best-of, Life Of Surprises, and "Jesse James symphony", without which "Jesse James bolero" sounds strangely incomplete, as if one had walked into the theatre halfway through the movie.
Still, this collection shouldn't be passed up. Prefab Sprout has consistently managed to combine tasteful arrangements and emotional content without coming across as either too restrained or too mushy. Hopefully, Epic will see fit to release their forthcoming album, The Gunman And Other Stories, in the States this time.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Pop From Prefab Sprout! 15 Feb 2001
By Kevinduran - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Prefab Sprout really never caught in the U.S. That may be an understatement! I would venture to say that a lot of people have never heard of them, which is truly unfortunate. They graced the pages of the 80's teen magazine STAR HITS constantly- it may be why that magazine closed down- it was just too hip for the room- at least in the U.S. Maybe that is a good description for Prefab Sprout. This hits collections contains 2 discs full of smartly crafted pop confections. I would not say that they are overtly British, but they are obviously not American. Disc one contains the "hits" (they were hits in the U.K.); Disc two contains "B-sides" (although some of the songs are just random album tracks that were used as B-sides- they aren't B-sides in the sense that they are hard to find.) A lot of the songs here were produced by Thomas Dolby- but be aware that Prefab Sprout were NOT blinded by science! (Their music does not sound like Mr. Dolby's!) Great retrospective from an overlooked 80's gem of a band.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and compact (but in a good way) 13 Feb 2001
By Heidi Tandy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's much easier to put this into your car's cd changer and have space for other cds (maybe some Crowded House, an old EBTG, something from Roddy Frame) than it is to give up all 6 spaces to Sprout CDs, and since all the best songs are represented on this 2 disc set, you don't even feel like you're losing anything (unless you have a strong devotion to Nancy Let Your Hair Down for Me) in the process. It is identical to 38 Carat Collection, and as of this writing, is also a few dollars cheaper.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TREASURE: 10 STARS 13 Sep 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is pop music of the very highest order: immensely literate and lyrical, sophisticated, hip, subtle, inspiring, joyous....I could go on and on, but let me just say this: it really restores your faith in human creativity. I must confess that I had never listened to this group before acquiring this CD a week ago. WOW, was I missing out!! McAloon is a indeed a GENIUS. No doubt about it. The comparisons to the great Cole Porter made by critics are well-founded. His work makes that of 99% of the rest of the pack look shabby, shallow, tired, and juvenile. Listening to this CD is the pop music equivalent of watching Renoir's Rules of the Game or reading Rilke's Duino Elegies. You feel uplifted. McAloon's music is that outstanding and it is a real pity that it has not received much more recognition from the public! If I were a Broadway producer looking to put on a musical with truly original music, I would go straight to McAloon. Paddy, where are you? (I have already gone out and bought another one of Prefab's CDs and cannot wait to sink my ears into it!)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great place to start 3 Feb 2005
By Paul Kendall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Prefab Sprout, a band that just ages very well. Thomas Dolby's footprints are all over this recording.

While this CD lacks "Wild Horses", it contains just about every song any fan could wish for. Hands down, it beats the Life of Surprises compilation with its inclusions of "Lions in My Own Garden" and other material from Swoon, as well as such gems such as "The Golden Calf" (a personal favorite of mine) off From Langley Park to Memphis as well as the wonderful "Bonny" from Steve McQueen/Two Wheels Good.

I think I could listen to this CD for weeks on end and never tire of such greats as "Life of Suprises", "The Sound Of Crying", "Carnival 2000", "Appetite" and so many others.

Yes, you could go buy all the Sprout's stuff (which I recommend highly). Still, this is a great way to savor one of the most wonderful bands out there.
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