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The Very Best of Jimmy Somerville, Bronski Beat & The Communards [Original recording remastered]

Jimmy Somerville Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Sep 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005O0Q6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,664 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Smalltown BoyBronski Beat 4:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Don't Leave Me This Way (with Sarah Jane Morris)The Communards 4:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Why?Bronski Beat 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)Jimmy Somerville 3:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. DisenchantedThe Communards 4:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Never Can Say GoodbyeThe Communards 4:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. So Cold The NightCommunards, The 4:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. To Love SomebodyJimmy Somerville 4:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. There's More To Love (Than Boy Meets Girl)Communards, The 3:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Comment Te Dire AdieuJimmy Somerville With June Miles Kingston 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. You Are My WorldThe Communards 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Feel Love/Johnny Remember MeBronski Beat And Marc Almond 5:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. TomorrowThe Communards 4:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Hurt So Good (Radio Edit)Jimmy Somerville 3:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Read My Lips (Enough Is Enough)Jimmy Somerville 4:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. For A FriendThe Communards 4:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Ain't Necessarily SoBronski Beat 4:060.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

When little Jimmy quit Glasgow for the alleged bright lights of London back in the early 1980s, little did he or the rest of the country know the huge impact he would have on British life. His debut work with Bronski Beat ("Smalltown Boy" and "Why") accomplished the previously unthinkable: mixing overtly gay lyrics with catchy melodies, while at the same time becoming substantive Top Ten hits. Quitting the band at their peak (following their smash re-working of "I Feel Love" with Marc Almond), Somerville hooked up with Richard Coles to form The Communards. Although success wasn't immediate for the new pairing, Somerville and Coles achieved their first UK No. 1 in 1986 with their cover of another disco classic "Don't Leave Me This Way". The Communards rise also coincided with HIV/Aids entering popular consciousness, resulting in a unique mix of socialism, disco and torch songs ("For a Friend", "You Are My World" and "So Cold the Night"). By the end of the 80s Jimmy had decided to go it alone and his solo work continued the musical styles he had previously helped establish ("Comment Te Dire Adieu", "Read My Lips (Enough is Enough)" and "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)"). As is demonstrated by this collection, the cover versions may have provided Somerville with his biggest hits, but the original material is still truly unique and powerful. An accessible, popular musical account of 80s lifestyle politics, and the radical potential music has for social and cultural change. --John Galilee

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You are my World 27 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
Danceable, defiant and never knowingly understated; this collection of hits from the diminutive Scottish disco queen is a real treat from start to finish. What I love about Somerville's music is that he always gives his all and never worries about his vocal shortcomings. Smalltown Boy; that autobiographical tale of a gay man in a strange world remains as haunting as it did in 1984, whilst tracks such as Why and Run from Love burn the disco torch with verve and passion. The Communards' back catalogue is also fine, and they at least made their cover versions of old songs different from the originals. A must have album and a great testament to a unique talent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Party album extraordinaire 29 Oct 2010
By R. A. Mansfield VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
For someone who was so ubiquitous in the pop charts throughout the 80s, it's mystifying how quickly Jimmy Somerville fell out of favour.

As part of Bronski Beat, The Communards and finally as a solo artist, Somerville released some of the most memorable tracks of the decade, including fantastic covers of Don't Leave Me This Way, I Feel Love and Never Can Say Goodbye, the poignant Smalltown Boy, the brilliant So Cold The Night, Why? and many more.

His falsetto may be grating to some, but this for me is pop at it's most infectious. Impossible not to sing along to, it's a cracking album to add to your collection and guaranteed to get a party going.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 13 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is excellent. It is a slightly updated version of the Singles Collection which is my favourite cd. So many recognisable tunes. Songs that I don't think have dated. A good one for the car to sing along to. A good one for the gym to get exercising to. From the Bronski Beat days thru' the Communards, then as a solo artist, an excellent collection - for so many people this will be their introduction to this music ...and they get all the best songs on one cd!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't deny yourself this CD a minute longer! 28 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
God, I love this CD! This music was always in the background of my childhood, and I have vivid memories of Jimmy's numerous hits right through the 80's and early 90's. I don't know why I waited whole *months* after this compilation came out to buy it! I listen to it as I walk into work, and it's the best antidote to grey, dismal days and pouring rain: I just walk along encased in my very own private disco! Just get it: you know you need it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 29 April 2012
By Darvi
Format:Audio CD
All the songs you remember from their later days of the1980 and the 1990 well worth the money will use again
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album! 8 May 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Another fantastic album! Jimmy Sommerville at his best. My personal fave is The Harold Melvin cover "Don't Leave Me This Way", awesome track, and the rest of the album doesn't disappoint either. Can't recommend it highly enough!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 80's Music at its Best 23 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
A masterpiece of 80's music from Jimmy Sommerville. From the soulful ballads to the up beat pop, he delivers on all accounts. A must buy for all those 80's music lovers
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Britain's best eighties pop singers 15 Mar 2005
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
The eighties are not my favorite decade when it comes to pop music. Nevertheless, some great pop music was recorded during those years, some of it by Jimmy Somerville, who was lead singer of Bronski Beat and, later, the Communards. Both of those groups are represented here but there are also some of Jimmy's solo songs, too. Jimmy's distinctive falsetto voice could not be mistaken for any other. It is worth pointing out that Jimmy was gay and this is reflected in the lyrics of many of the original songs. I'm not sure how well Jimmy's music did in America but he was, for a while, an important singer on the British scene.

Bronski Beat had six UK hits but only the first four are included here. Hit that perfect beat (a top three hit) and Come on come on, both recorded after Jimmy left the group, are missing (presumably because this is a compilation of Jimmy's music). Two of the others also made the top three, these being Small town boy and an unlikely medley (with Marc Almond) of I feel love (Donna Summer) and Johnny remember me (John Leyton). Why made it to number six while It ain't necessarily so made the top twenty.

The Communards had a UK number one hit with Don't leave me this way, a cover of a song that had been a hit in the seventies for two different singers - Thelma Houston and Harold Melvin. Harold's version charted higher in the UK but Thelma's version went to number one in America. I enjoy all three versions but the Communards' version features not only Jimmy's excellent lead singing but also excellent vocal support by Sarah Jane Morris, a singer otherwise unknown to me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 17 days ago by dirtybirdlips
4.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Somerville ... The Best of
A mixture of records during his career as a group singer and soloist, been too long since I heard them, but now my youthful days bring back happy memories
Published 1 month ago by CTMJ49
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Like the harmonics what ever happened to them? I listen to the CD from time to time and the music is timeless takes me back to my youth.
Published 4 months ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best Of Bronksi Beat And The Communards.
From Smalltown Boy, Why, It Ain't Necessarily So, with Don't Leave Me This Way, Never Can Say Goodbye I love having a combined album of Bronski Beat and The Communards without... Read more
Published 5 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
love jimmi somerville n def buy again. been playing it most of the time, love his music. highly recommended xxx
Published 5 months ago by wendy holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars OFF THE WALL CD !!
I love This CD it takes me back a few years when music was at its best. its up beat and makes you feel good I love all the tracks I would Recommend this CD its just fab !!
Published 6 months ago by Jackie w
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT OLD TUNES
Published 7 months ago by ALEX L
5.0 out of 5 stars The 80's revisited!
Every song is magical, singing is great, music is great, feel good songs, with great lyrics!
I'd been looking for music of this Genre for quite some time, so, thank you... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Psycho666
5.0 out of 5 stars Communards
Loved the music of jimmy Somerville and bronski beat, and the communards, so just had to get this one, sounds great in the car with the volume turned up.
Published 7 months ago by MR DAVID WRIGHT
2.0 out of 5 stars Great music but many tracks stop early.
Great music but many tracks stop early, sometimes by tens of seconds. Very disappointing as I otherwise love the convenience of mp3 purchases.
Published 8 months ago by Timothy Corbett-Clark
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