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The Very Best of Dexys Midnight Runners

Dexy's Midnight Runners Audio CD
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Dexy's Midnight Runners are best known in America as one of new wave's ultimate one-hit wonders, thanks to their 1982 number-one smash "Come on Eileen," a distinctive fusion of '80s pop, Celtic folk, and blue-eyed soul. In the U.K., however, they earned a fair amount of critical acclaim, and made a greater impression on the public consciousness with their frequent changes ... Read more in Amazon's Dexy's Midnight Runners Store

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  • Audio CD (21 May 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram
  • ASIN: B000006Y6Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,248 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One hit wonders! 14 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Recently saw the Dexy's described as one hit wonders. Well, if 'Come on Eileen' is all you know this will show you how much you're missing. Don't expect the Celtic pop of 'Come On Eileen' though, their next best know song 'Geno' is far more representative of The Dexy's 80's update of righteous soul music - tight and punchy with the brass section upping the excitement. Best of all are Kevin Rowland's lyrics when you can make them out, and even when you can't his voice conveys the passion and drive that propelled the band; outsiders who knew their way was the right one.
"Let's Get the Straight", "Show Me", "Celtic Soul Brothers", "Liars A to E", "Geno", "Breakin' Down the Walls of Heartache", "Dance Stance", "Plan B" and "Keep It" all easily surpass "Come on Eileen". The Dexy's deserve to be remembered for more than that, and their best efforts laid down a blue print that sadly too few have followed.
Thanks Kevin.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding best-of that includes B-sides 2 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Everyone remembers "Geno" and "Come On Eileen", but the gems here are "Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache', "Show Me", "Liars A to E", Cliff Bennetts' "One Way Love', and "Plan B" (I wish RFTC would cover this one). These Non-LP tracks were hard to find, and these days are virtually non-existent (here in the U.S.A., anyways). It's great to see these all in one package - these were powerful singles and it's wonderful to hear them again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's Not To Like? 19 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD
The irony of calling this 'The Very Best...' wouldn't have gone unnoticed by dear old Kevin himself. Released, originally, as a cut-price cash-in on the success of 'Come On Eileen' and 'Jackie Wilson Said', the record company padded out the rest with off-cuts and b-sides, thereby ensuring that we - as devoted fans who've long since lost all our original vinyl - can buy these great tracks on one cd, without having to hunt for hours through secondhand record shops. This album is worth the price of Cliff Bennett's 'One Way Love' alone. 'Come On Eileen' we all know - it's been played to death - but it is still a great song. What's not to like about this one?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just how I remembered it 10 Mar 2012
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This just about sums up my feelings, "just how I rememnbered it", full of memeories not just of the msic but of the cloths and the hair.... well at least the music remains good!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Completists only 27 Nov 2011
By dynamitekid156 VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
In the late 70s and 80s, bands like Dexys Midnight Runners often would release non-album singles, either as stop-gaps, tests of new material or simply because the song was good enough to release on its own.

So aside from Dexys' three studio albums - one of which, Don't Stand Me Down, is all but unavailable since 2004 - there is a wealth of material that's difficult to find on CDs.

Deluxe editions of these studio albums are often prohibitively expensive so it falls to collections like The Very Best Of Dexys Midnight Runners to try and mop up non-album classics for collectors and completists.

Well, Very Best Of does kind of achieve that. Several of the songs on here are tricky to find elsewhere, more so when they came out in 1991. 'Soul Finger,' for example, and 'Breaking Down The Walls Of Heartache' were at the time more prized items to those without the original vinyl singles.

A lot of 1982's Too-Rye-Ay was released as individually as singles and Very Best also mops up a lot of these original versions of songs like 'Plan B', as well as 'Burn It Down' is now much more commonly known than its predecessor 'Dance Stance,' the latter of which is included here.

But the album trips up a lot. First of all, having come out in 1991, early CD mastering was still in force and so this entire disc sounds, frankly terrible - tinny, rubbish and not doing any justice to the rich, full sound that Dexys would showcase, featuring as it did brass, keyboards and strings on a regular basis.

Better yet, the only inclusion from Don't Stand Me Down, 1985's masterpiece, is the single edit of 'This Is What She's Like.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
What can one say. dexys and in particular Kevin Rowland were probably the most orginal and some say best band of the 1980S. The ability ( and again some say it was destructive) to re-invent themselves was superb and is shown clearly on the best of album. It is also worth buying the full albums as well as this to listen to music, particularly from the Geno era still sounds new and fresh
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