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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 (18 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B003ZJUIG4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,458 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  2. Tell Me When My Light Turns Green (2000 Remastered Version) 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. The Teams That Meet in Caffs (2000 Remastered Version) 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. I'm Just Looking (2000 Remastered Version) 4:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  8. Thankfully Not Living in Yorkshire It Doesn't Apply (2000 Remastered Version) 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Keep It (2000 Remastered Version) 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
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11. There There My Dear (2000 Remastered Version) 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 


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  2. I'm Just Looking (B-Side Version) (2010 Digital Remaster) 4:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache (2010 Remastered Version) 3:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. The Horse (2010 Remastered Version) 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Keep It Part 2 (Inferiority Part 1) (2010 Remastered Version) 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. One Way Love (2010 Remastered Version) 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Plan B (2010 Remastered Version) 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Soul Finger (2010 Remastered Version) 2:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Thankfully Not Living in Yorkshire It Doesn't Apply (Manchester Square Demo) 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
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11. Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache (Manchester Square Demo) 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. The Horse (Manchester Square Demo) 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. I Couldn't Help It If I Tried (Manchester Square Demo) 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Geno (John Peel Session) 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Tell Me When My Light Turns Green (John Peel Session) 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. The Horse (John Peel Session) 2:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache (John Peel Session) 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Geno (Kid Jensen Session) 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Respect (Kid Jensen Session) 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Dance Stance (Kid Jensen Session) 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
21. The Teams That Meet in Caffs (Kid Jensen Session) 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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Formed in Birmingham in 1978 and taking their name from Dexedrine, a popular amphetamine on the Northern soul scene, Dexys Midnight Runners went on to become one of the most successful bands of the early 80s, amassing 10 Top 40 singles (including two No 1s) and four Top 20 albums - and that's without mentioning ‘Come On Eileen'!

After stealing the master tapes to their debut album (and successfully renegotiating their record deal in the process) the band released Searching For The Young Soul Rebels in July 1980. To mark the 30th anniversary of this release, the original album has now been remastered and comes in deluxe packaging with an accompanying disc of bonus material. The extras comprise of all the non-album singles and b-sides, John Peel and Kid Jensen radio sessions (which are being released for the first time physically) and five previously unreleased early demos.

BBC Review

The first of the three disparate Dexys masterpieces and one of the greatest UK debuts ever, this was – with hindsight – the bridge between punk and new romanticism. Upon its 1980 release it just sounded weird: brazen yet beautiful, both lovingly retro and caustically original. Kevin Rowland had growled in Midlands punk bands but now felt an epiphany. Soul, he decided, was the best way to channel dissent and desire. He recruited musicians who could actually play – and play horns – and layered lyrics over shapes mapped out by Stax and Motown.

The pulsating result opened up new rooms in the house of groove, yet it’s Rowland’s persona which dominates. His stressed, committed vocals and tumbling torrents of words remind one how rarely we hear visionary auteurs in pop. Even in 2010, moments here scrape the dust from your ears. (A second disc offers numerous radio sessions and demos.) It just so happens that it’s the least brilliant of the hallowed Dexys triptych, yet Too-Rye-Ay and Don’t Stand Me Down reached giddying zeniths.

Rife with "you-talkin’-to-me?" attitude, its chart hits were staccato stomp Geno and the (superior) There, There My Dear, in which Rowland rants at an "anti-fashion" phoney who affects to like Sinatra. (Like many Rowland-isms, this was misunderstood – he loves Sinatra.) Burn It Down (nee Dance Stance) opens with a radio playing snippets of dinosaur rock, punk and even The Specials before it’s flicked off and the horn trio urge you to "welcome the new soul vision". Rowland is in his element railing against perceived sleights: his causes include the Irish, literature and a hunger for R-E-S-P-E-C-T. While the octet’s instrumentals and covers are sharp, the slower, introspective, narcissistic numbers are the bigger clue that here was a major voice. In I’m Just Looking and I Couldn’t Help It If I Tried, Rowland becomes a white existential Otis, chiefly by sheer willpower and self-belief.

Doubt was to disturb him, as it does all great artists. This though was the sound of a soul released from a straitjacket. While his then Two Tone rivals will always read as prose, this still blazes as poetry.

--Chris Roberts

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD
From the disillusioned, distortion-filled radio flicking that precedes the triumphant cry, "for Godsake Burn It Down" on the opening track, you get the feeling that here is a band not prepared to hide their innermost emotions, but instead, through the vocal pyrotechnics of enigmatic frontman Kevin Rowland, thrust the listener in amongst their largely dissatisfied thoughts through a barrage of musically and lyrically distinctive tracks. The complexity of the musical arrangements is evident from the off, and continues throughout - there's anger at unfulfilment in Tell Me When The Lights Turn Green, salutes to inspirational heroes such as in Geno, even poetic lines of anti-love in Love Part One, and to top it all a ferocious cry to wannabe hipsters in "There There My Dear", to whom Rowland chaotically explains, "You Know The Only Way To Change Things Is To Shoot Men Who Arrange Things".
It's startling, and a little worrying, to think that such a ridiculously unique and musically innovative band will mostly be remembered for their later smash "Come On Eileen" - this album truly belongs in any collection.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tim Younger on 2 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
No reviews have mentioned that the enhanced 2000 reissue CD also contains the 5 singles and their B-sides, plus lyrics and photos:
- Dance Stance / I'm Just Looking
- Geno / Breakin' Down The Walls Of Heartache
- There There My Dear / The Horse
- Keep It Part Two (Inferiority Part One) / One Way Love
- Plan B / Soul Finger

The music is hidden on the enhanced section. EMI have presented this very badly by not giving any indication that this tracks are available. You'd only find them accidentally if you were looking for the videos (Geno and There There My Dear). Unfortunately, they can only be played through a computer, not on a regular CD player.

To get there, find the CD on your desktop, and open the CD folder (instead of playing it). Then click on START.EXE to open the enhanced content.

You'll have a choice of RECORDS or VIDEOS - select RECORDS. This displays a screen with the album cover and tracklisting. At the top, there's a heading RECORDS with left and right arrows next to it. Use these arrows to move between the album and the five singles.

To play tracks from the singles, select A-SIDE or B-SIDE at the bottom of the screen. This should bring up a picture of a record player, with the relevant track title and a PLAY button.

Press PLAY, sit back, and enjoy!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
While never questioning the brilliance of the surge of artists that came out of the two tone movement there was at one time in the early 80s when the ska bandwagon so big it could have rivalled Eddie Stobbart. Not that Dexys Midnight Runners ever fully jumped on it, as Kevin Rowland announced in 1980 "we didn't want to become part of anyone else's movement. We'd rather be our own movement". Over a career characterised by risk taking on a epic scale this band produced a range of brilliant albums and mutated through images ranging from "on the waterfront chic" - this album, the raggle taggle gypsy look - "Too Rye Aye" to an American preppy college assemblage - "Don't stand me down" (Rowland's outfit on "My Beauty" will pass without comment here!). The music changed with the look and was on occasions wilfully perverse yet never dull or safe.

Dexys were a music collective subject to the exercise of almost totalitarian discipline and control by Rowland that paid off in terms of commitment and passion. Dexys missionary zeal for what they did was only matched by the Clash. This was a band that effortlessly took the raw energy and fury of punk rock and stirred it in a very large pot containing everything from ska to Caledonian soul, from rootsy R & B to rock and punk to Irish folk. In this sense the iconic album cover acknowledged Rowland's Irish roots by setting out a photo of a young boy carrying his belongings in a suitcase as a result of the Belfast evictions in 1969.

Was it 30 years ago that that blast of British soul assaulted us and left us wanting more? Still today the sheer brazen confidence of "Burn it down" (formerly Dance Stance) starting with a scan across a crackling radio station playing respectively Deep Purple, The Sex Pistols and then the Specials is inspiring.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kirkus on 27 Feb. 2001
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This album is one of my all time favourate's and with good cause. Kevin Rowland created a type of music on these tracks that in my view, has never been repeated, but boy oh boy, could we use it!! A type of dirty, heart felt, gut wrenching soul, with its roots deeply in Northern Soul. Buy it, please, you will not reget it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. L. EVANS on 25 April 2002
Format: Vinyl
I'm now on my third Vinyl copy of the LP. It's the only record I've ever managed to wear out. The lyrics are angry and cutting at times as well as fervent - a good word to describe Kevin Rowland's approach. Rowland's vocals are mercurial - at times the modulation grates, but the passion carries it through.
The whole album is carried by a super-powerful horn section that emulates (but, for me, surpasses) the Stax sound. It was the springboard to the commercial success of 'Too Rye Aye' and the fantastically under-rated 'Don't Stand Me Down' - the only LP that I've ever come across that was a commercial failure but has a sizeable following who hold it to be "The Greatest Album in the World - Ever".
Buy this. And buy the other two as well - if you can find them.
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