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Raintown [CD]

Deacon Blue Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Dec 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B000025SAA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,555 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Born In A Storm
2. Raintown
3. Ragman
4. He Looks Like Spencer Tracy Now
5. Loaded
6. When Will You (Make My Telephone Ring)?
7. Chocolate Girl
8. Dignity
9. The Very Thing
10. Love's Great Fears
11. Town To Be Blamed
12. Riches
13. Kings Of The Western World

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Deacon Blue never really achieved the U2-style fame for which they were obviously being groomed, and after their split in the early Nineties, they have pretty much fallen through the trapdoor of history. Less lyrical than Elvis Costello, less bombastic than Springsteen and less awful than Big Country--but not a million miles away from any of them--the band made four albums (plus 2 b-sides sets and a "Best of" compilation), of which Raintown is the first and most accomplished. Containing a number of singles including "When Will You (Make My Telephone Ring)" and the original version of perhaps their best-known song, "Dignity", this is an album of unashamedly proper, thoughtful, grown-up pop, which deserves more recognition than the mere footnote in history the band eventually achieved. --Ronita Dutta

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CD CBS, 450549 2, 1987 13 Track

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favourite album...ever! 15 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In 1987 I was fourteen years old. I lived in Glasgow. Raintown came out, I loved it then, and I love it still. Deacon Blue manage - perhaps more than anyone else but in the mould of Van Morrison, Brian Kennedy, Steely Dan, to evoke the world from which the come. A mix of blues, folk, and good good songs, Raintown defined the mood of a nation with Dignity, an anthem for ordinary folk, and When Will You ( Make My Phone Ring) the plea for the unloved. These songs are about love and politics; clever but not obtrusively so, deep but not pretentious. Different things in this album have defined my life as time has elapsed, but the songs are so rich in human life that something will always knaw at the heart. I'm getting older; the old songs are changing with me, but they're fresh and new too.
This edition includes songs from the special ed album Riches which, in its original format as a rare collectors item. Sometimes Deacon Dlue B sides are better than the record company pleasing singles, and Shifting Sands and Ribbons and Bows are tiny gems which dreams are made of. It's 2000 now and I'm still wating for an album I like as much as this one. I live in the south and hope for the north, and I think of the title track.
Youre in the suburbs waiting for somewhere to go/ I'm down here working on some dumb show. Raintown.
Dougie Vipond, come off of your travels. Ricky Ross, get the band together. Graeme, Lorraine, Jim, play for us. We'd love to see you now.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music I was lucky enough to grow up with... 25 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard Deacon Blue back in the late 80's I was really taken with the strength of the lyrics and the way that images were evoked by them. I have to agree that Raintown is like taking a journey to the North that I spent a long time in. But with Dignity, I see myself going from one stage of my life to another. If a bands music is a key part of your life then it is always with mixed emotions that you play their music. Thats why Deacon Blue will always be a part of my memories and perhaps a hope that in the future some sort of comeback will happen. But in some way, it might be like going back to the town you grew up in only to find that the character and spirit had gone to be replaced by bland commercial hype. Like the first pub you ever drank in, got drunk in and met your first girlfriend in, being knocked down and replaced with a wine bar or McDonalds? Perhaps this is a question for Ricky Ross and the others to answer.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have some Dignity 26 Oct 2012
By Bazman
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Nice little package this. How do you make an already brilliant album even better? - Add 38 extra music tracks and 6 tracks on DVD.
Yes thats right in total there are 49 tracks here including some live tracks and remixes plus the 6 promo dvd's all for the pre order price of 13.

It is also well presented - a strong hardback front and back gatefold and sandwiched inbetween there is a glossy booklet containing photos, credits, a piece written by Ricky in May 2012 and lyrics to all the songs here, including the B sides.

Raintown the album in its day, 1987 was a classic.

25 years on Raintown the special deluxe edition is still a classic.

No need to review the album - you all know the tracks - superbly composed from the start, Born in a storm to the end Town To Be Blamed with all the classics, Loaded, Dignity, Chocholate Girl in between.

If nothing else this package just reminds you
1) How good Raintown is
2) How good Deacon Blue sound live
3) How good their B sides were

Go buy it and whilst you are there the When the World Knows Your Name special delux edition aint half bad either
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is music!! 14 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
I only got into Deacon Blue about 6-8 weeks ago and not only has this band impressed me so much that this album is now at the top of my CD rack but i have listened to it constantly and i mean like everyday! Great song after great song after great song as simple as that could easily be a greatest hits album!
It will be a long long time before i get tired of this an absolute must for any music fan.. go get it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to my teenage years 13 Jan 2013
By Claire
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
Listening to this again brought me back to the 80's in my bedroom listening to this on my record player! I have this on vinyl still. Sounds as good as ever, great band and great songs. Love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Pop Made in Scotland 10 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
Don't be put off by the fact that Deacon Blue were never particularly hip. So what? This is a brilliant album that fuses epic melodrama with boy / girl love songs, white pop sensibility with soul leanings and a little bit of Springsteen for extra flavour. Led by Ricky Ross, lead singer and main songwriter the album spawned 3 hit singles and the album consequently followed into the charts.

The album opens with the bare piano chords of 'Born in a Storm' before the clouds crack and they burst into Raintown. Did they ever have a better moment on record than the opening to this album? Lots more to enjoy though. Songs like 'Chocolate Girl' and The Very Thing were pure pop but they wore their soul influences on their sleeves with 'When will you make my telephone ring', a song that sooo wanted to be sung by Al Green whilst their Scottish working class, socialist values permeated numbers like 'Dignity', 'This Town to be Blamed' and the title track.

The original album in its single CD or vinyl format is one of the albums of the eighties and an overlooked classic. This should have been the springboard for mega stardom but if they didn't quite get there this was a deserved hit and they had a good few years. Ricky Ross was a prolific songwriter in those days and the decision to release it with the free album Riches to emphasise this was a classic case of quantity exceeding quality. Okay but unmemorable. But the original album....ahhh. Perfect!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
the best version of raintown yet and excellent packaging loads to hear. a new old classic.
Published 23 days ago by as gillies
5.0 out of 5 stars blue vinyl edition
very impressed with the sound quality nice and sharp very clean. demon records do a superb vinyl press. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. E. G. Buckingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back and i love it!
I was 17 in 1987 and joined the Army along with a load of guys from Scotland who introduced me to Deacon Blue. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr Geoff Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A Deacon Blue classic
My favourite Deacon Blue album - all the tracks are absolute classics - Loaded, Dignity, Chocolate Girl and When will you make my phone ring. Absolutely brilliant.
Published 5 months ago by JM
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
i got the tape great music great pic on case. great to get on cd. amazing group all round. great songs
Published 6 months ago by Mr. R. Hudson
3.0 out of 5 stars BLUE VINYL EDITION - Looks nice, but sound isn't very good, minimal...
This is one of my favourite albums, which of itself I would rate higher than three stars. As for the actual product, this is not great. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mike the Fish
3.0 out of 5 stars High quality vinyl
Not as good quality as some that I have, quite a poor quality recording - but a very pretty record...
Published 8 months ago by S. Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 1st Album
In my opinion the 80's wasn't a particularly good period for British music with a few notable exceptions - U2, Icicle Works, The Men They Couldn't hang and of course the wonderful... Read more
Published 12 months ago by P. Hindhaugh
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware - the packaging can damage the discs (Great music)
I've bought a number of the Deacon Blue re-issues as well as the Everything But the Girl re-issues. Musically, and as a concept, they're exceptional, however, the packaging isn't... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Downloaded this recently and forgot about how good this album and deacon blue were cant wait to see them live
Published 13 months ago by ps74
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