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The Singles

Bluetones Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (8 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000063DNJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,412 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Are You Blue Or Are You Blind? 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Bluetonic 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Slight Return 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Cut Some Rug 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Marblehead Johnson 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Solomon Bites The Worm 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. If... 5:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sleazy Bed Track 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. 4-Day Weekend 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Keep The Home Fires Burning 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Autophilia Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love My Car 5:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mudslide 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. After Hours 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Freeze Dried Pop (Dumb It Up) 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Persuasion 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Bluetones Big Score 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping The Home Fires Burning 13 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
Of the Britpop explosion circa 1994/5, The Bluetones were perhaps the dark horses. Although a brilliant working unit, with the excellent Mark Morris on vocals, with witty lyrics and jangly-catchy riffs and jaunt-along semi-anthems, the bands apparent lack of bite and, dare I say it, ‘attitude’ denied them the opportunity to be as successful as some of their counterparts. Judging by this 16 track collection this is a band that should/could have been bigger had they actually pushed themselves a little harder. Although only three albums down the line, two of which are excellent, a singles collection does seem to work in this case as there are so many songs constantly drifting through the airwaves that people know but generally forget are by The Bluetones. Opening with the punchy, well-harmonised ‘Are You Blue Or Are You Blind?’, and continuing through the humorous ‘Marblehead Johnson’, the dark love number ‘Sleazy Bed Track’ and ending with some of their newer material; the ultra-catchy ‘Freeze Dried Pop’ and the extremely British ‘After Hours’. Everybody knows The Bluetones as that band that did ‘Slight Return’, here as track number three, a wonderfully naive catchy pop number that makes you realise why we all the needed the Britpop burst, but there is a lot more to this band than meets the eye. Their music is catchy, but not cheesy, nice, but not embarrassing. This CD is a perfect collection of wonderfully crafted indie-pop – go on, put it on and feel good! The music industry needs bands like The Bluetones.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hounslow's finest 8 April 2002
A great collection of singles from a band who write near-perfect guitar pop. This marks the transition from the early gems of 1995/1996 with their very distinctive sound, through to the Mexican influence of the (much under-rated) second album, and then to the third album, by which time they were trying lots of different approaches to retain the popularity that seemed to be fading when, by rights, they should have become a national treasure; through to the four new songs, which are all fine examples of what makes the band so appealling, with Persuation and The Bluetones Big Score standing out.
A gripe is that the excellent Castle Rock, double A-side with Cut Some Rug, is inexplicably ommitted, especially as it's one of the tracks not available on any other album. And although clearly a great album, to have realeased a 'best of' instead of 'singles collection' might have allowed them to have included a few classic album tracks, such as Putting Out Fires, Ames and Tiger Lily, which deserve a second outing, and even some of their many superb B-sides, such as I was A Teenage Jesus (although perhpas they can all be released simultaneously as another collection). The band has such a consistently rich output that just releasing the singles seems a bit of a shame.
Minor gripes aside, it's still brilliant to hear classics such as Bluetonic, Slight Return, Marblehead Johnson, Sleazy Bed Track and If... and Keep the Homefires Burning on the same album. Also, the limited-edition single 4-day Weekend, from 1998, is included and that can only be a good thing. It would be great to think that people will take this album to their hearts and give the band the support to continue long into the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What A Great Singles Band 26 Sep 2002
By craigk1984 VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Ever since Slight Return peaked at No.2 in early '96, the Bluetones have been a downward spiral as far as commercial success is concerned. However, on the basis of this singles collection there is no reason to suggest why. Possibly always overlooked as an album band despite 3 cracking albums, the Bluetones' forte has always been their singles as this collection shows.
Listed in chronological order as most of these collections tend to be nowadays the cd kicks off with the great Are You Blue Or Are You Blind and never lets up from here on in. Every song had it's own irresistible melody which are instantly catchy as well as witty and strange lyrics that you remember because of this but they make for great singalong songs. All their singles are included (with the exception of Castle Rock which was the double A side to Cut Some Rug) as well as four new tracks. Every song on here is a gem with my personal favourites being Autophilia, Solomon Bites The Worm and the amazinf If but there is no duff song here and all suggest of what a huge band they could have been with no real lack of quality as they have progressed with their new songs being just as good as their biggest hits. This a great collection for a casual fan of the band and a lover of great music to see what they've been missing.
The CD also includes a bonus disc with cover versions as well as the lead single from the collection After Hours (which is also on the main album). These songs are good too.
All in all a brilliant album showing what a class band the Bluetones really are and a must buy and if you ever get the chance - see them live as well.
Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it or consider yourself a fool 14 Oct 2002
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The Bluetones' popularity simply beggars my belief. Ever since I saw them live back in 1998 I've considered them one of the most underrated bands of our time. And this album simply proves my point emphatically. From the quick-paced 'Are You Blue Or Are You Blind' through the funky 'Solomon Bites The Worm' to the great new track 'The Bluetones Big Score' this album is faultless. A prime example of how great the indie scene really could be and testimony to just why The Bluetones have such staying power despite their small commercial popularity. May it continue for many more years.
This is a fantastic album that anyone who considers themselves a true music lover should at least be familiar with if not own. Get yer credit card out and roll on their next album!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 month ago by arran fletcher
2.0 out of 5 stars not overly impressed tbh, all songs sound really similar ...
not overly impressed tbh,all songs sound really similar.maybe its a grower but it came quickly and was in really god condition.
Published 2 months ago by mr m mccombs
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 out of 10 cool cats prefer the Bluetones.
For me, the Bluetones stood for all that was good about late 90's British pop music.
Yet Sadly they seemed to get squished by the Brit-Pop juggernaut and were left... Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2006 by Ms. Rebekah Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute cracker
The Bluetones must be the best band of the past ten years. With slicker marketing, they would have blown away the likes of Oasis, Coldplay, Blur etc. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2005 by Mr. K. Das
5.0 out of 5 stars The best band no one's heard of
The Bluetones' lack of success just goes to show how bloated and disgusting the music industry has become. Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2005 by Matt Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars The best off The Bluetones.
I hadn't heard of The Bluetones before, but after seeing their video for 'Slight return' i thought i would check them out, and i have no regrets. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2004 by "roweeeeena"
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute gold mine - buy it and treasure it!!!!!!
I had heard a few Bluetones records on the radio but never bought a thing, then I saw them live at V2002 at Stafford. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2002 by James M. Buttler
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best!
The bluetones release the very finest selection of tracks from their already fantastic past three albums. Read more
Published on 9 July 2002 by G. J. Colwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
To all old & new fans - U MUST BUY THIS!
With some classic old & new songs this is a must, the highly under rated Bluetones have produced some excellent catchy melodies over... Read more
Published on 9 April 2002 by tomfunn@thedrains.freeserve.co.uk
5.0 out of 5 stars You bring me fine champagne.
The Bluetones are in serious danger of becoming the finest british band I have had the pleasure of listening to. Read more
Published on 9 April 2002 by "arsenyst"
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