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For a Friend: The Best of Bronski Beat, The Communards & Jimmy Somerville CD


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  • Audio CD (15 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Music Club Deluxe
  • ASIN: B0026J8L7C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,372 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. SMALLTOWN BOY
2. WHY?
3. AIN'T NECESSARILY SO
4. I FEEL LOVE (MEDLEY WITH MARC ALMOND)
5. SCREAMING
6. RUN FROM LOVE
7. HARD RAIN
8. DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY
9. LA DOLAROSA
10. DISENCHANTED
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. VICTIMS
2. FOR A FRIEND
3. NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE (FREDDIE BASTONE'S SAN PAULO REMIX)
4. COMMENT TE ADIEU
5. YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL)
6. READ MY LIPS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH)
7. HEARTBEAT
8. BY YOUR SIDE
9. SAFE (SAFE SEX TODD TERRY SHORT SESSION)
10. TO LOVE SOMEBODY
See all 18 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Smalltown Boy was the first time anyone heard the voice of Jimmy Somerville; the voice of an
angel. When Jimmy Somerville first appeared on TV nobody could believe the voice came from
this tough, little, feisty Glaswegian who was always punching above his weight. Making the
message as important as the music was Jimmy's aim, yet fame was a burden that he's still trying
to unload; but he succeeded in three careers: as lead singer with Bronski Beat, then with The
Communards, and up to the present time as a solo artist. This compilation charts Jimmy's music
from agit prop to songs of love lost and found to raging, horny disco.
* A comprehensive collection spanning all three of Somerville's creative guises across a 25-year
period.
* Contains ten Top-20 singles and a host of album tracks and popular remixes.
* Artwork and track-listing created with the advice and approval of Jimmy Somerville.
* Sleevenotes written by renowned press officer Eugene Manzi, featuring an exclusive interview
with Jimmy Somerville himself.

Customer Reviews

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Jan 2011
Format: Audio CD
Since his Bronski Beat debut in 1984 with (the still
wonderful) 'Smalltown Boy' Jimmy Somerville has always been
true to himself. His music, his politics and his lifestyle
are inseperable. He is also a thoroughly decent chap.

His voice is a remarkable instrument. A true falsetto which
can act as both a salve and a sword. A gentle dragon of a
voice, instantly recognisable and still solid as a rock.

This fine 2 CD compilation is a worthy retrospective of
Mr Somerville's career (how can a quarter of a century have
passed by so quickly?!) and includes pretty much everything
you might wish to hear by way of an introduction to his
worthy and extensive back catalogue.

To hear The Communards' 'For A Friend' again is alone worth the
price of the album. This utterly beautiful, heartwrenching song
is Mr Somerville's finest moment. The emotional truth and power
of the composition remains one of the most affecting expressions
of love and loss ever to have drawn breath in the listening world.

There's a lot of fun to be had as well as the odd tear however.
The rendition of 'Never Can Say Goodbye' stokes up more energy
than a rampant herd of migrating wildebeest. The earth truly
shakes with the bouncy, bouncy exhilaration of it all! If you
don't feel like dancing to this track then you should not have
come to the party! Disco heaven continues in the shape of the
FABULOUS arrangements of Sylvester's 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty
Real' (the brass burns holes in the dancefloor!); 'Read My Lips
(Enough Is Enough)'(Hands In The Air Everyone!!); the magical
take on 'Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You' and the blissfully
uplifting 'Don't Leave Me This Way' (still packing a mighty
punch twenty-five years on!!)

Mr Somerville is a little hero in his own quiet way.

He should be proud.

Highly Recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jez on 10 Mar 2013
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Can't get enough of Jimmy's outstanding voice & arrangements. He's been accompanying on many of my recent journeys at the expence of Madge, Kylie, Scissors, Debbie H, and a host of others.

Beautifully balanced album and especially enjoy the second disc with most of his solo work on it.

Can't speak too highly of it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By craig on 24 Mar 2010
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Track 3 on Disc 2 is certainly NOT the San Paulo Remix of "Never Can Say Goodbye"! I bought this specifically to get that mix on CD, and was devastated to find it wasn't there!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Disco 72 on 7 Nov 2013
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Fabulous album. All the major classic hits from both bands and when he was a solo artist. A feel good cd.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tomsk on 9 Oct 2013
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What a wonderful thing - to have the awesome voice and music of the wonderful Jimmy Somerville back in my life again....how i've missed you, Jimmy!
This double disk set is just superb; sublime! Classic tracks from Bronski Beat, The Communards, and Jimmy Somerville. A very worthwhile purchase. The feisty little Glaswegian with a wonderfully angelic voice, really packs a punch. A nice range of musical styles and genres. A comprehensive look at the work of this very impressive, gay artist.
In short: bl**dy fantastic - just buy it! ...lots of really great feel-good tunes. ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Veena Shaunak on 2 May 2013
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Superb soulful sometimes haunting ...this CD is full of memories, beautifully evoked by Jimmy Somervilles stunning lyrics. As for the saxophone it pours into your ears like melted chocolate mmm ....
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rob on 20 April 2010
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This is probably the best of the three Bronski Beat/Communards/Jimmy Somerville compilations, spread over 2 CDs in nice presentation box with good sleeve notes too. These were radical songs in the 80s/90s pop charts, mainly because of the bold gay lyrics, sometimes political but more often love songs addressed to same-sex partners; still rare today and therefore of equal importance for the modern gay community. I bought this collection because of the more recent material included, such as the wonderful US Dance Chart topper "Heartbeat", the delicious "By Your Side" and the ultra-camp "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of you", plus the extended versions of major hits such as Don't Leave Me This Way and especially the excellent San Paulo mix of "Never Can Say Goodbye". Its a shame that Bronski Beat's terrific post-Jimmy song "Hit That Perfect Beat" (a big hit) and Jimmy's minor hit "Hurts So Good" aren't included, but this is the most comprehensive collection available to date. Even the less familar songs are very catchy, but the best material remains the early Bronski Beat songs, which have a darker and more soulful feel than the Communards and Jimmy's solo material. Very pleased by the inclusion of the Doors cover "People Are Strange" in which Jimmy loses his falsetto as he did in the early Bronski Beat song "Junk"; however I think his voice remains strong and possibly richer in the later recordings, although these are less well known.
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A great cd full f my old favourites plus a couple that were new to me, but really enjoyable. I good addition to my collection.
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