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  • Audio CD (12 Jan. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0000245SK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,514 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. We Let The Stars Go 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Life Of Surprises 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Appetite 3:56£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. If You Don't Love Me 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
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CD Kitchenware, 471886 2, 1992 16 Track

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Though each of their studio albums is worth seeking out, this "best of" collection is a neat shorthand way of experiencing the technologically perfect, intellectually stimulating pop music Paddy McAloon and his cronies from Newcastle, England created during the second half of the 1980s. Two tracks, "The Sound of Crying" and "If You Don't Love Me" are previously unreleased. Since they have had little chart success, the rest are somebody's idea of what makes a great Prefab Sprout song. "The King of Rock 'n' Roll" has a lilting bounce; "Wild Horses" benefits from producer Thomas Dolby's computer wizardry as sounds pop up and out of the mix instantaneously; "We Let the Stars Go" is McAloon at his most emotionally sincere. --Rob O'Connor

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alan Burridge on 30 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
In this factory I worked in from 1981 to 1993, there was a staff restaurant with the social club bar adjacent to it. After eating, people would play darts or pool, or just sit and relax and talk. And every weekday for 6 months or more, this young kid would walk in, stick a 50 pence piece in the jukebox and the first record he'd play would be Prefab Sprout's 'The King Of Rock 'n' Roll.'
With it's laughably nursery rhyme / clever but throw-away lyrics, the track gradually became embedded into everyone's psyche, and it wasn't a bad tune, really. Feet would start tapping, I noticed, and it seemed to cheer people up. So, when the factory closed down, I happened to bump into this CD somewhere, (maybe here?), and I bought it just for track one on this compilation.
The balance of tracks are OK, easy listening and pleasant and ideal to have on as background music after the bombast and quirkiness when 'The King Of Rock 'n' Roll' has ended, of course.
Paddy McAloon may be remembered by his fans for many of the other tracks on here, as they are decent pop songs from the era, but for me, 'The King Of Rock 'n' Roll' will always be their 'Stairway To Heaven,' so that has to be a fair old doff of the cap, hasn't it. A corker!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Nov. 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album comprises all the originality produced by Prefab Sprout over their long and successful career. Lyrics such as 'Hot dogs jumping frogs' remain, to this day, a great achievement in songwriting. This album also includes such greats as Hey Manhattan, Carnival 2000 and Ice Maiden. The variety is both exciting and inspiring.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Oct. 2000
Format: Mini-Disc
"A Life Of Surprises" is the greatest hits album by one of the most underrated British bands of the eighties. With a style that was somewhere in the middle of the styles of the Smiths and the Style Council, the band had a few medium sized hits, but never really got the credit that their true brilliance deserved. Generally the album has two halves the first half featuring the more upbeat tracks they released in the eighties and the second half featuring the more mellow, dark and moody tracks they have released in the nineties. Overall the album is spectacular and includes their two biggest hits from their brilliant 1988 album "From Langley Park To Memphis", namely "Cars And Girls" and "The King Of Rock And Roll". The other highlights on this album include the brilliant "Life Of Surprises", "When Love Breaks Down" and "All The World Loves Lovers". Overall it's an excellent album and is highly recommended.
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By Leslie Coles on 29 May 2014
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The kids used to play these songs back in the day and it was good to hear them again although everyone has now left home. Delivery again ahead of schedule expected
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Good collection and two new songs. I'd like to say paddy & co serves only quality. Perfect pop songs if you can swallow bit of syrup.
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This is a really great Album with lots of familar favourites plus a few extras. This should please all Sprout fans....!
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By Gregory Cook on 18 Oct. 2013
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love listening to this; saw article on Paddy MacAloon which prompted me to look at early albums, bought this as 'introduction' although I do remember them from singles
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...with some great tunes playing. I had forgotten how much I liked Prefab Sprout. At this price you would be mad to miss out - serioulsy - order now!

Arrived VERY quickly in absolutely perfect condition, very happy with this purchase.
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