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Product details

  • Audio CD (24 Feb. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00008CLOB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 862,635 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kevin Rowlands 13th Time
2. The Occasional Flicker
3. This Is What She's Like
4. My National Pride
5. One Of Those Things
6. Reminisce (Part Two)
7. I Love You (Listen To This)
8. The Waltz

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 12 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Don't Stand Me Down easily ranks up there with albums that flopped in their era, yet remain one of the greatest albums regardless (see also Third/Sister Lovers, All Shook Down, I, Laughing Stock...). Here we get the final reissue of DSMD, with an improved sound over the prior Creation reissue & the cover of The Way You Look Tonight is taken off and replaced with Kevin Rowland's 13th Time (which gives the album that Sgt Pepper/Smile feel in terms of cohesion).The remaining seven tracks stem from 1985's neglected album that is easily as great (yet as different) as the first two Dexys albums.
The Occasional Flicker gets straight to the point,"No, I don't want sympathy/I just want somewhere for these sins to go/Compromise is the devil talking...I was right the first time/I'll put it right with thirst now". Here the Van Morrison-influences most apparent on a track like Until I Believe in My Soul are advanced on; Rowland & co veer off into soulful abandon. Next up is the pearl of the album, the epic This is What She's Like- which is somewhere around 15 minutes in duration, not a second wasted. It opens with a droll conversation between Billy Adams & Rowland (sort of Mike Leigh does Ogden's Nut Gone Flake, with a hint of absurdity) & the song bursts into life as Rowland attempts the impossible taske of putting into words what she's like. Rowland, like Mark E Smith, Morrissey & Elvis Costello lays into certain kinds of people in our country: "Well you know how the English upper classes are thick & ignorant?...You're familiar with the scum from Notting Hill and Moseley, the CND? know the new wealthy peasants with their homebars and hifis?...You know the ones who parade all their possessions & put fabulous and super in each sentence?
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
'Compromise is the devil talking' shrieks Kevin Rowland on opening track 'The Occasional Flicker'. Rarely has one line so aptly and succinctly described the sentiments of its creator. With Dexys Midnight Runners, Rowland constantly shifted (and expanded) his musical vision, incorporating frequent and reputedly ruthless line-up changes. 'Don't Stand Me Down' was the final Dexys album - a heartwrenching, intensely beautiful statement initially derided by baffled critics. It's fair to say that this is one of the most cruelly overlooked records of the eighties, its incredible depth and authority being ignored in favour of more immediate thrills. Now, it gets a second reissue (following the 1996 Creation edition that Rowland now admits was not definitive)and is finally restored to its intended running order.
For those who have already purchased the Creation edition - there are some benefits to investing again. Rowland has removed the 'stereo-enhancer' used in remastering the Creation edition, claiming that it resulted in a sound unfaithful to that of the original recordings. The difference is notable, the sound being more dry and less polished that on the Creation counterpart, but unless you're a real sound buff, you probably won't care. The real return here comes with the additional opening track 'Kevin Rowland's 13th time', at least as passionate and humorous as anything else on the record and set to a driving, soulful groove. This package also takes full advantage of recent technological developments, offering three videos in addition to the album itself.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By TheJonesBoy VINE VOICE on 23 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Two types of people will buy this LP. Those that have the vinyl and CD version (possibly two - original and reissue). They'll probably get it even if I say I can't instantly hear massive differences between the Creation version and Kevin's re-mastered one - so I'll talk to the other type. Maybe you've heard other Dexy's stuff or not but you need to be aware what this LP is all about. Brave, beautiful and bold. This LP stands alongside anything I have, from Stevie Wonder classics through Otis Redding and the Who - Brother Kevin means this. This LP is a gem. The strings, the horns all sound trademark Dexy's. The lyrics and themes explored put Rowland instantly into Van the Man territory. The first Dexy's LP spoke about cherishing records, holding them dear to your heart. I do that will all of the DMR's releases, but none more so than this one. When people speak of classic, groundbreaking and timeless LPs this should be right up there. Do not miss this, cherish it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samson Briggs on 28 Oct. 2003
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Can only agree with the previous reviewer. I've been a fan of Kevin Rowland since the first album Dexys made, and have never understood how it is that Geno and Come On Eileen are the only songs that most people know. There is some strange industry silence around Kevin Rowland, despite the fact that he is one of the few artists in the history of, for want of a better word, 'pop', to really do what he does for it's own sake. His writing, voice and approach were responsible more than anybody for me picking a guitar up for the first time. This album was not a commercial success because, for what were in hindsight a myriad of reasons it seems, Kevin didn't write a hit single this time and didn't play the game. Somehow the album is even better for it though. Where Too Rye Ay arguably suffers from having such an overplayed song on it, this album benefits from it's anonymity. As the last reviewer said, it is a revelation, and if he was unaware of the depth of Dexys until rather late in the day, it must have been exceptionally so.
I can only urge you to buy this, and the other albums, and the new best of, and The Bridge video if you can find it, and discover the band that burned brighter than any other, if only for the shortest time.
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