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The Best of The Proclaimers [Original recording remastered]

Proclaimers Audio CD
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Since coming off the road after their last 95 date World tour which began at SXSW in Texas in 2009 and ended with another triumphant main-stage appearance at T In The Park in 2010, Craig and Charlie Reid then spent a year writing, subsequently recording their ninth studio album last autumn in Bath with producer Steve Evans at the helm. The album entitled ‘Like Comedy’ is released ... Read more in Amazon's Proclaimers Store

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  • Audio CD (13 May 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000063984
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When the Scottish duo Craig and Charlie Reid appeared on the scene in 1987 they were immediately compared to The Everly Brothers. This comparison makes some sense considering their energetic, melodic folk rock but they didn’t truly sound like the Everlys. Instead, they were was a pop band, aggressively using their thick accents on sweet, infectiously melodic songs infused with a sense of humour were about love, politics, drinking, and life in Scotland. This ‘Best Of’ gleans the best of their 4 albums and 1 EP and 2 tracks, produced by Edwin Collins, written and recorded especially for this release.

Though The Proclaimers have been having hits since 1987, when "Letter from America" became an unlikely but welcome chart-topper, they have recorded only sporadically. So while the time feels right for a Best Of collection, this is mostly drawn from just four albums. In what is either an apology, or a genuine attempt to provide value for money, or both, three fine new songs are included, plus The Proclaimers' justly popular cover of Roger Miller's "King of The Road" (a collection of cover versions by The Proclaimers remains one of the best albums never made).

What is clear from this 20-track retrospective is that The Proclaimers have not developed at all since they first picked up guitars. Craig and Charlie Reid seem to believe they got it right the first time, and it's difficult to argue otherwise. Certainly, there has never been anyone else like them: The Proclaimers have stuck doggedly to their guns, refusing to forsake their treacle-thick Scottish accents (a decision they sang about on "Throw The R Away") or their worldview (how many self-proclaimed rock & roll outlaws would dare to sing a song called "I Want To Be A Christian" or "Let's Get Married"?). In their perverse and obstinate way, The Proclaimers are about as rock & roll as it gets.

These are simple and direct songs, but they're great simple and direct songs, performed with unashamedly earnest passion by two extraordinary singers--their harmonies merit comparison with those of the brothers Louvin or Righteous. The Reids' awkward appearance made them a staple of parodists, but the way they look should not distract anyone from the way they sound. Anyone who fails to weep at "Sunshine on Leith" is dead, or might as well be. --Andrew Mueller

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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You may remember 'Letter from America' as a novelty chart hit, but to judge the Proclaimers solely on the strength of that would be like judging Van Morrison on 'Brown Eyed Girl' - great, but only the tip of the iceberg. And this iceberg bears a lot further comparison. These brothers Reid may appear to be at the other end of the musical spectrum from their namesakes in the Jesus and Mary Chain - reverent where they're irreverent, light where they're dark, optimistic where they're cynical. But consider this: both have stuck to their musical and philosophical guns as doggedly and determinedly as the other. It may not sound like rebellion, but overtly Christian singer-songwriters who espouse socio-political issues with such fire and passion are hardly thick on the ground, are they? There has to be room in your ears for tunes of the strength of 'Cap in hand', 'Make my heart fly', 'Joyful Kilmarnock Blues', and the sweeping, moving, aching sweetness of 'Sunshine on Leith'. Okay, so it might be music you listen to more on your own than in company - but don't tell me you don't have a few discs like that which you really, really love. And you will really, really love this one, if you can bring yourself to audition it. Do yourself a favour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scotland at it's best! 24 Sep 2005
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I went to see the Proclaimers live 2 years ago in Falkirk (and i'm English!) and they sound exactly the same as theirs albums. As previous reviewers have said, there are some great songs on this "Best of....". We all know "500 miles" and "Letter From America", but there is still songs on here that put the hairs up on the back of your neck. So who cares if they sound quite similar...............don't fix what isn't broken. It's a pity that Scotland didn't export these much beter than they did! Excellant band and not ashamed to keep that "Scottish twang" in their songs.
I live back in England now and if they ever come my way I would have no hesitation to go see them again. So I will just have to "make do" with their album..............not that i'm complaining!!
Go buy it, it's brill!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with nostalgia AND full of surprises 28 Sep 2002
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OK, so how can an album by The Proclaimers possibly be full of surprises? It's true, as Amazon's reviewer says, that the Reid brothers' musical style was apparently born fully formed and timeless but for those many people who only knew the hits, there's a lot to discover here. My French wife had never heard of The Proclaimers at all (La Pauvre) but when she came in on "I'm on My Way" she started dancing round the room in seconds.
I admit to buying this album as being the quickest means of finding CD copies of five or six vinyl 45"s. That's no bad reason for buying the album as it happens - anyone who once owned "Letter to America", "Sunshine on Leith", "I'm Gonna Be", etc. on vinyl is unlikely to want to forgo them on CD. However once you start listening to the less famous songs, you may well want to run out and buy the original albums as well: go for it - there are only four, choose quality over quantity every time.
This is a rich, well-balanced selection of highly unusual music - strong melodies, lyrics that run the gamut all the way from jolly to poignant, deeply personal to sing-along party time and it deserves the widest possible audience. BUT remember you may well find yourself buying the other four CDs the same day this Best of selection arrives, you have been warned! Oh, and a special mention: the sleeve notes are first class too!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Och, Ah'm No Too Sure... 16 Sep 2005
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I love the Proclaimers, and fully sign up to their passion, commitment and loyalty to Scotland. This CD contains plenty of great moments - everything from "Sunshine on Leith", the early tracks "Letter from America", "Make My Heart Fly", "Throw the R Away" were genuinely innovative and excellent songs. "King of the Road" is one of those rare things - a cover that's better than the original.
The remaining tracks just kind of drifted by, though - not that they were terrible, but didn't make such a strong impression as those mentioned above. I don't believe Craig and Charlie have ever made a dreadful record, but they set the bar very high with "Sunshine on Leith" and didn't always make it over the bar in later years.
My fantasy Proclaimers compilation then would be: all of the Sunshine on Leith album, the above early acoustic tracks and "King of the Road". You can't fault their integrity, artistry and commitment one bit, though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beating the Blues 4 Aug 2006
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One of the best CDs ever for beating the blues. Just infectious tunes that carry you along - the Proclaimers have never been fashionable but they're extremely good at what they do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joy 11 Oct 2004
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Sometimes you listen to music and the feeling you get from it is just sheer joy. This is what this album did to me. I admit, I did not know much Proclaimers stuff apart from the Letter From America and 500 Miles, both of which had been played to death on the radio. But listening to this cannot fail to move you in some way. I found myself (without realising it) wearing a huge grin as the album played and at it's conclusion I just felt a little bit better about the world and everything in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I would walk 500 miles (to buy this album)! 2 Sep 2002
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I was just a youngun during the Proclaimers haydays! Originally a skeptic of Letter From America, I love the track now upon reflection!, The Proclaimers' music (including their 80's material) has an ageless quality that can hold it's own in today's pop world! The best tracks are perhaps the most commerical in my opinion, Letter From America, I'm Gonna Be (500 miles), I'm On My Way & King Of The Road. Perhaps their music has not developed but one feels that it has evolved from it's primitive state! The tracks incoporate a subtle blend of celtic roots with rock, country and particularly with I'm on My Way (which I discovered upon purchasing the Shrek soundtrack!)50's rock and roll that wouldn't have been out of place in Elvis' time! If you are either a hardcore Proclaimers fan or someone in search of something a bit different, check this album out!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Samey
Bought it mainly for two songs and in the hope that I would enjoy more than those two songs. No such luck, it's all a bit samey
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Saw the Proclaimers in concert last year and wanted to hear more. This is a great compilation and has led me to buy more of their CDs.
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