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Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine CD


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  • Audio CD (6 Nov 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Poptones
  • ASIN: B000050582
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,935 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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COSMIC ROUGH RIDERS Enjoy The Melodic Sunshine (2000 UK 15-track CD single featuring Revolution In The Summertime? fold-out digipak picture sleeve - still sealed MC5015CD)

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The spectacle of young men from Glasgow bashing out albums of sunny, impeccably harmonised guitar pop in deep hock to The Byrds and Big Star is hardly a new one. Indeed, since Teenage Fanclub broke cover with "Everything Flows" back in 1990, spawning legions of imitators, it has often seemed that nobody male under the age of 30 is doing anything except idly strumming rewrites of "September Gurls" to themselves on their second-hand Rickenbackers. Cosmic Rough Riders are certainly heirs to this lineage, but they have created a truly exceptional debut album with Enjoy The Melodic Sunshine, marked out from the herd not just by its unfailingly gorgeous melodies, but by the incorporation of an English folk sensibility evocative of Fairport Convention or The Strawbs. This pastoral tendency is illustrated by "Brothers Gather Round" and "Glastonbury Revisited"; their credentials as masters of the guitar pop form are emphasised by "Melanie" and "The Pain Inside". Altogether marvellous. --Andrew Mueller

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Gordy on 30 Aug 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm late in finding this album. I bought it because I love Daniel Wylie's latest album 'The High Cost of Happiness' and 'Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine' is almost as great, but not quite. Even so, I've given it five stars as it's still an amazing album. I only just found out Wylie was in CRR and I'm now on a mission to get all the Wylie era CRR albums. The stand out songs on 'Enjoy' for me are 'Have You Heard The News Today', 'The Loser', 'The Pain Inside' and 'Sometime'. These songs are as good as the songs of 'The High Cost of Happiness'. Unfortunately I also bout the latest CRR album that Wylie isn't on and it's dismal. It sounds like Embrace and in my book, that's not a compliment.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jonathon Jones on 18 Sep 2003
Format: Audio CD
Of the three Cosmics albums currently available, this is the one you need. It's a genuine ***** album while the others are good, they just don't match this for arrangement on the instrumental positions. This is an all timer, a real classic in every sense. The Pain Inside, Revolution In The Summertime, Baby You're So Free, You've Got me, Have You Heard The News Today, Sometime, Melanie, Loser, every one a classic. And there's a great Psychedelic vibe on The Gun Isn't Loaded, Glastonbury and Value Of Life. This has Variety and the vibe and mood changes give the album charachter that's sadly missing in the new version of the band. I'm glad they still have a new album out but this is the one I'll always go back to. I don't think this will ever be matched by any of the parties involved. The new Cosmic line up haven't matched this and it's doubtful Dan Wylie will either.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun 2002
Format: Audio CD
You all know the script by now, as there's been plenty of raving about this album. You've heard of the jangly guitars, sunshine, awesome pop etc. So I think I'll rave some more......
Teenage Fanclub have always been a decent, workmanlike band. But on this showing, the Cosmics are Zinedene Zidane to the Fannies Tommy Boyd!! And anyway, it's not a fair comparison.
Honestly, the songwriting and delivery here are world class. This is a better album than Pet Sounds in my opinion.
If you love music, and music enriches your life, you've simply GOT to get this.
I'll not bother to single out songs, but there are so many instant classics - oh alright then 'baby you're so free' is currently my own fave, and it includes the line "he was a lying hippie fiend - vegetarians you can't trust them" you just gotta hear it. Tho this is one of those albums where you're fave song will change from month to month, as it is so strong and full of great songs.
How sad that the charts are currently filled with horrendous drivel, mimed by innane cabaret acts, and the world at large is not exposed more to glorious, life affirming music such as this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By George Connor on 20 Nov 2002
Format: Audio CD
COmparisons with the Byrds, R.E.M. and The Jayhawks are the most accurate I can come up with. None of the songs outstays its welcome in your ears, although they may in your mind. You see, the quality of the craftsmanship on offer here is such that you will find yourself, inexplicably, humming "Baby You're So Free" to yourself as you stand in a queue at Sainsbury's. You'll catch yourself half-singing Brothers Gather Round" as you wait for the toaster in the morning. And, you will be unable to stop yourself repeatedly knocking out the chorus to "Sometime" whilst in the shower. It's no bad thing, but your friends and family may come to hate you.
This stuff is INFECTIOUS. And I heartily recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderfully tuneful album packed full of genuinely excellent songs. It's on a par with the best work of The Beatles and I'm not kidding.
Baby, You're So Free has an indian tabla vibe, similar to George Harrison but the melody is pure Lennon and McCartney.
If you haven't heard Revolution(in the summertime), then you're missing out on an all time classic pop song. The harmonies on the bit that goes,"sunshine brings love" are from heaven.
There are darker moments too, like Value Of Life, with lyrics about sticking your head in a hangman's noose to feel the value of life. Whoa!
If he keeps up this standard, Daniel Wylie looks like he's going to be one of the greatest songwriters of all time. In fact, he already is.
This album should be practicing medicine as it has the power to cure sickness.
You'll never be down with this disc in your machine.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cathy James (catmiaow@nme.com) on 13 Oct 2001
Format: Audio CD
I saw this band live and was completely blown away by them. The album hasn't got the same energy as the live show, but no one can replicate that. I think it's a volume thing, but the songs are up there with the greatest ever written, in fact, they're so good, I don't think they'll ever be able to follow it...although I live in hope.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By daniel_usher@hotmail.com on 20 Sep 2001
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album on the strength of four or five reviews, and what an album. Its packed with summer anthems. If you are a fan of gorgeous rising melodies and harmonious vocals in the vein of the Beach boys, Teenage Fanclub, and at times early Beatles, buy this record. The Rough Riders make everything seem alright, and even the track 'The Pain Inside' has an optimistic air to it. They are also great live, as i can testify after seeing them live in Portsmouth last week.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun 2001
Format: Audio CD
We don't need a Revolution in the Summertime! That's right! I often wondered if I'd ever find another great band to love in my lifetime(I'm 28), and resigned myself to looking backwards to discover anything remotely good. Ha! Then I discovered this brilliant record. Now me, I like tunes and intelligent lyrics, I like harmonies, I like jangly guitars, crunchy guitars, heck, I also like great artwork that goes with the music inside. Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine has everything I could possibly want, and the overall experience created by the whole package is nothing short of breathtaking. Listen out for "You've Got Me", "Value of Life", "The Pain Inside", "Revolution(in the summertime)" and, well, every track's a winner really. Buy it, and love it like you'd love a beautiful woman. It's words and music for the world, and everyone deserves to be this happy, Oh yeah, lordy lordy, AMEN.
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