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The Charlatans Audio CD
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For more than two decades now, The Charlatans have been an inspirational force in British rock. As they celebrate their twentieth anniversary with some very special gigs, they remain as exciting and relevant now, as when they first broke through to the immortal strains of ‘The Only One I Know’ – if not, more so, as a new generation of young bands and fans today hail them as ... Read more in Amazon's The Charlatans Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B000006NTR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You're Not Very Well
2. White Shirt
3. Only One I Know
4. Opportunity
5. Then
6. 109
7. Polar Bear
8. Believe You Me
9. Flower
10. Sonic
11. Sproston Green

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Regarded at the time as the runts of the baggy litter, the Charlatans have proved many doubters wrong by living through traumas that would have split many bands up (arrests, nervous breakdowns and even the death of keyboard player Rob Collins), and are still together when their original peers are caricatures (the Mondays), revered memories (the Roses), or half-remembered jokes (the Inspiral Carpets, Northside). However, despite the longevity that was to come, this is a only mediocre debut offering, with little matching the impact of singles "The Only One I Know" and "Then". All the ingredients are in place: Tim Burgess' nasal drone, Collins' Hammond Organ and the groovy bass-lines, but it was only with 1994's Up To Our Hips that the band applied their undoubted mastery of the single to a longer work, and 1998's Melting Pot compilation is their most essential release. --Ronita Dutta

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4.0 out of 5 stars a CLASSIC album... 27 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Charlatans exploded into the UK music scene near the death throes of the "baggy" scene with this excellent debut album. Although not everybody's cup of tea this album contains the classic "The Only One I Know" as well as the fantastic "Then" and "Sproston Green". The dark and addictive bass line of "Flower" is yet another excellent track, along with the strange Hammond influenced tracks of "polar bear", "Believe you me" and the racier "White shirt". Worth buying for the classics alone, you may also find these "baggy" tracks equally enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars an album packed with good tunes 9 Mar 2001
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Format:Audio CD
The Charlatans as heard on this, their debut album, are a different proposition from the Charlatans of 'Tellin' Stories' fame. Along with 'the Stone Roses' and 'Pills 'N' Thrills and Bellyaches', this album epitomises the Madchester scene of the early nineties. And, although it does not flow with the same genius as the Roses' album, or reverberate with the raw energy of the Mondays', it is a very good album. 'The only one I know' is a classic, and the album would be worth buying for that song alone. However, there is more to this album than just one song. It is impossible to sit still to tracks like 'you're not very well' and 'white shirt' - they have a real vibe about them. Although the album lulls very slightly in the middle, if there is a better ending to an album than the fantastic 'Sproston Green' I am yet to hear it. It is a good enough song for the band to have finished their live shows with it, even after 'Tellin' Stories'. Not an album that defines its era, as 'The Stone Roses' does, but still an album packed with good tunes, and sprinkled with a couple of great ones.
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4.0 out of 5 stars out of this cosmic 31 Dec 2011
By joker
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being new to the band. see in them on tv music show. doing an acoustic set. i brought cd on inpulse. and oh boy was i surprized. this is well worth buying for anybody new to the band. well ths or melting pot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Madchester Must Have 8 April 2009
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This is definitely one of the albums you definitely must own if you are or were in to Madchester music of the late 80's, early 90's. One of the best songs of the era, 'The Only One I Know' is on there along with some excellent psychedelic tracks like 'Opportunity', 'Flower' & '109 Pt2' (Pt1 is on the b side to 'The Only One I Know' single). If you like Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets then this is a must have. I especially love the Hammond Organ sound, which I think The Charlatans miss in some of their later albums, due to the untimely death of keyboard player, Rob Collins, in 1996.
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