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Don't Stand Me Down (The Director's Cut)

Dexy's Midnight Runners Audio CD
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Dexy's Midnight Runners are best known in America as one of new wave's ultimate one-hit wonders, thanks to their 1982 number-one smash "Come on Eileen," a distinctive fusion of '80s pop, Celtic folk, and blue-eyed soul. In the U.K., however, they earned a fair amount of critical acclaim, and made a greater impression on the public consciousness with their frequent changes ... Read more in Amazon's Dexy's Midnight Runners Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Feb 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B000083GOA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,941 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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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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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to this! 12 Dec 2003
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
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?...you 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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's make this pure 23 Sep 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
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all true..... 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous
Tremendous stuff from the genius Mr Rowland-ahead of it's time and timeless.The most I have ever paid for a CD in my life-but worth it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by martin connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't stand me Down(Dexys best album to date)
Ok so i decided to collected the Dexys Albums on CD.Having already heard them back in the day on vinyl. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Luke A Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars An underated classic
I overlooked this when it came out but am so glad I made an effort to get this and give it my time, it really grows on you and is every bit the equal of Dexys' other albums.
Published 6 months ago by Mr Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Dexys at their best
There isn't a bad track on this album, it is one of the "must listen to albums. I can't believe I left it so long before I bought it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jim Fearns
4.0 out of 5 stars Something unique
There isn't much like this out there in music land. Some of it's better than I remembered some of it worse. Read more
Published 11 months ago by W. Angelo
1.0 out of 5 stars The Ego Has Landed
A massive pratfall by the most annoying band in 1980s pop, this album represents the moment when it became clear that Rowland was not, after all, a visionary genius as he inflicted... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ian B
5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark Dexys LP
Bought this album on tape when it was released in 1985, and loved it then, I know it turned many Dexys fans off with the change of tack from earlier recordings but Rowlands lyrics... Read more
Published on 17 July 2012 by Mrs. T. S. Howarth
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Classic that deserves to be reissued
This album is probably the one I have played more times than any other. Having just purchased the latest Dexys 2012 album I felt I had to remind folks about this album and... Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2012 by Asmodeous
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album I Own
I cannot really add much to the several wordy reviews but this album does deserve another review of 5 stars. Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2012 by buono
5.0 out of 5 stars Passion Of The Soul
Dexy's Midnight Runners' third album Don't Stand Me Down, released in 1985, represented the next stage in band supremo Kevin Rowland's plan for world domination (albeit via the... Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2012 by Keith M
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