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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: BGO Records
  • ASIN: B00005A7UD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,666 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introducing 'The Best Years'
2. The Mad, Mad Moonlight
3. Mr Raffles
4. It Wasn't Me
5. Panorama
6. Make Me Smile
7. Back To The Farm
8. 49th Parallel
9. The Best Years of Our Lives

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark Sach on 23 Jun. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It's been a great couple of years for us Harley fans. First up was the 'Cavaliers' box set which was the first two CR albums given the 'deluxe' treatment with added demos, BBC Sessions & Concert, then more recently we have had the 'Birmingham' CD & DVD set, again showcasing the first two CR albums, plus a few gems added to the set list, then finally we have this 'definitive' 4 CD version of 'Best Years', the most successful of Steve's albums ever. Regarding the album itself, it has been mastered superbly and sounds stunning in all it's glory for it. It forms CD 1 along with a few 'bonus' tracks. 'Another Journey', which continued a string of excellent 'b' sides that most artists would die for, and something that Steve would continue to do for a few albums more. Then we the single mix of 'Mr Raffles' which I always preferred to the album cut simply because the second verse of the album cut sounded almost too bare with Duncan's piano not as fully fleshed out. I always did love the little synth flourish though that came after he sings 'dream machine' which turned up again during 'Understand' on 'Timeless Flight'. Then we get two alternate versions of two key cuts. A 'rough mix' of 'Come Up & See Me' which features a different lead vocal, a couple of lyrical changes, and quite surprisingly a lovely bit of brass during one of the verses, an idea that was sadly dropped (or mixed very low) as it does add some flavour. Then finally an 'acoustic' version of the title track which I thought may have been just been the acoustic guitar & vocal isolated from the main mix, but no, this is almost a first take demo with lots of lyrical changes and a major couplet reversed.Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Van Vleck on 22 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
TBYOOL, recorded with the second incarnation of Cockney Rebel, had a hard act to follow. The previous line up had been awarded a Gold Star for Outstanding New Act of 1974 and their second album, Psychomodo, was a work of brilliance.
This album has a distinctly different flavour than Harley's more folk-flavoured previous works. It leans closer to pop and glam rock, hence the electric violin has been cut back and in its place is electric guitar, played by the excellent Jim Cregan. However, the fantastical lyrics and sneering voice of Harley ensure that his signiature sound is not dulled with these changes.
TBYOOL is a superb album, mixing the more upbeat pop tracks (Mad Mad Moonlight) with the darker songs (Back To The Farm, It Wasn't Me) which peppered The Psychomodo. Whatever you may think of Harley's unusual lyrics (which can all make sense in their own context), he certainly paints his imagery vividly and with the utmost conviction. This third album remains one of his best, even against his two previous works. Even if you are not a fan, you may well appreciate this well-crafted album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By tomba on 8 Dec. 2007
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Undoubtedly the most successful Steve Harley (& Cockney Rebel) Album. I recall in 1975 rushing out with all my pocket money to buy the vinyl....the grooves were worn thin due to constant playing! The Best Years.....yip, i guess they were...and Harley was instrumental in making them so. I recall Make Me Smile getting to No.1 in February....such personal joy...."MY GROUP" at No. 1! 30 years on it's still a firm favourite at clubs and on the radio. Best track on the album? not MMS but Mad, Mad, Moonlight! play it loud...sit back and soak up the quality of a line up of some of the best musicians and tracks of the era (and since!).........
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By ratsgod1@earthlink.net on 12 Aug. 2000
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I first heard this album around 1980 and am very pleased to see it is still available after so many years. The depth of emotion that Steve Harley can put into music is well known, and this album is one for the kind. It is at the same time hypnotic and rousing. If you have not heard this one, buy it now.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By F. Samara on 11 Aug. 2005
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Its the summer of 2005 and this 70's classic sounds FRESH! I couldn't stop playing it and it can still give all the Britpop pretenders of the current era something to aspire to. Yes, it ofcourse has the most famous of the Cockney Rebel songs, the delicious "Come Up and See Me (make me smile)", but there is an edge of irony and a savage pleasure in life that hangs about almost every song on this album. Almost all these tracks show consumate music making skill and would be able to succeed as commercial singles if released in today's less adventurous musical climate. This music SNEERS with its own self-assured brilliance. And that is saying something given the sneering vocals of the lead, Steve Harley at the height of his powers. The tortured and slightly - well, Cockney - accent is almost unique, the vocabulary of the lyrics is poetry - and too clever by half, thus rendering it almost camp (with relish, Mr. Harley drawls the lines on 'Mr Raffles': "I didn't see you had a gun - until you shot that Spanish Dancer!" while castanetas click bizarelly in the background...). Its an acquired taste, but not too hard to acquire, and the overly mannered style sizzles on a hot pan of sexual energy and thwarted male charisma. Listening to this makes you feel a little bit more groovy, baby, yeah, than you ever really thought you could be...
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