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Raintown CD+DVD, Box set


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Product details

  • Audio CD (22 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: CD+DVD, Box set
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B008XZTPZ0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,208 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Born In A Storm
2. Raintown
3. Ragman
4. He Looks Like Spencer
5. Loaded
6. When Will You (Make My
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Dignity [Bob Clearmountain version]
2. Long Distance From Just Across The Road
3. When Will You (Make My Telephone Ring)? [extended 12 version]
4. Town To Be Blamed [live]
5. Ronnie Spector
6. Dignity [extended 12 version]
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Born In A Storm [live at Glasgow Art School 1987]
2. Raintown [live at The Marquee 1986]
3. Ragman [demo version]
4. He Looks Like Spencer Tracy Now [live at The Marquee 1986]
5. Loaded [demo version]
6. When Will You (Make My Telephone Ring)? [AIR Studio vocal mix]
See all 13 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Formed in Glasgow in 1985, Deacon Blue recorded this debut album in London in early 1987. The album features some of the band s bestknown songs in Dignity , Chocolate Girl and When Will You (Make My Telephone Ring) . Issued in June 1987, the album reached # 14 and achieved Platinum status in the UK alone (300,000 sales).

This Deluxe 3 CD and DVD casebound book reissue adds all of the original bonus album Riches , all the remaining b-sides and all the tracks from the 2006 reissue bonus album, along with a DVD featuring the promo videos.

The booklet features a newly-written note by Ricky Ross, all the lyrics to his songs, and ephemera and photos from his own collection.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Aug. 2000
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 By A Customer on 25 Oct. 2000
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F. Smith on 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bazman on 26 Oct. 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Geoff Smith on 23 Feb. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was 17 in 1987 and joined the Army along with a load of guys from Scotland who introduced me to Deacon Blue. I loved them then and saw them in Newcastle in around 2008 and they were great then too. Forgot how much I had missed them when I got this CD on a whim, as the last time I owned it was on tape. Fantastic classic tunes.
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