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  • Audio CD (18 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Grapefruit
  • ASIN: B0052T7KLG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,470 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Now We're Thru' 2:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. There Are Some 2:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. That's The Way It's Gotta Be 2:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. I'll Cry With The Moon 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. I Am So Blue 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. I Love Her Still 1:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Call Again 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Some Things I Can't Forget 1:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Baby Don't You Do It 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. I'll Come Home 2:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Wooden Spoon 2:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. In Your Tower 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 

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· Mean, moody and utterly magnificent, in 1964 the Poets were the best thing to come out of Scotland since Denis Law. Managed and produced by Rolling Stones svengali Andrew Loog Oldham, between October 1964 and January 1966 the group released a quintet of classic singles, ranging from the aggressive mod pop of `That's The Way It's Got To Be' and `Baby Don't You Do It' to the Top Forty hit `Now We're Thru'', whose haunting minor key melody, edgy lead vocal, eerie Celtic drone, clanging acoustic twelve-string guitar, keening backing vocals and general air of quiet menace encapsulated the Poets' unique, spellbinding appeal.

· Without the massive hit single that their excellence deserved, the Poets fragmented in early 1966 after the departure of lead singer and chief songwriter George Gallacher. However, a revised line-up bounced back in fine style the following year with `Wooden Spoon' b/w `In Your Tower' - another unaccountable flop, but now widely acknowledged as a seminal British freakbeat/psychedelic record.

· Taken from the Decca and Immediate archives, this first-ever official Poets anthology features the group's entire released output during their 1964-67 glory days, proving beyond any shadow of doubt that, despite their relative lack of commercial success, the Poets were one of the most vital bands to emerge from the British beat boom.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. F. G. Ballinger on 16 Sept. 2011
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It may have only reached number 31, but The Poets' debut single, 'Now We're Thru', was one of the more unusual records to break into the UK Top 40 during 1964, a period when the charts vibrated to the sounds of Merseybeat and rhythm and blues. Rolling Stones manager Andrew Oldham clearly felt that The Poets' haunting sound presented something different, signing the band to Decca Records and bringing them to London from Glasgow.

In what is yet another welcome release from the Grapefruit label, we get the A- and B-sides of all six Poets singles, and although this CD offers just 28 minutes of music, it works out a lot cheaper than trying to track down original copies of these 45s, which apart from 'Now We're Thru' all failed to chart; a shame, as there is worthy stuff here.

While the band's third single, 'I am So Blue', continued the echoey, forlorn direction of the debut, other singles like 'That's The Way It's Got To Be' and the highly collectable 'Wooden Spoon' pursued a harder-edged course, clearly falling under the banner of what has come to be known as Freakbeat: 'Wooden Spoon''s flip-side, 'In Your Tower', with its Indian flute embellishments, is an example of that genre's quest to seek out unusual sounds and wed them to ostensibly commercial songs. Apparently, The Poets' excellent cover of Marvin Gaye's 'Baby Don't You Do It' was produced by Paul Raven - aka Gary Glitter - and although the group felt that he remixed it without their approval, the record's ghostly backing vocals, distant-sounding guitar breaks and propulsive beat create an infectious blend all the same; I think it's my favourite on here, despite the band's misgivings.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. Olsen on 31 Aug. 2011
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Five stars - at least - for the music, but there is so much missing. Try seek out their "In Your Tower" CD on Strike 001 from 1995 instead. It has 20 tracks, including all those here. And although it reveals how they finally ended up sounding much like so many other groups, their charm was still there.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By LizD on 22 July 2011
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For those of us of a certain age The Poets were part of our growing up. Remember the tracks are approximately 45 years old and without the benefits of modern recording technology they still have an utterly unique sound that stands up well against modern offerings. Give The Poets a serious listen.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 19 July 2012
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Here's everything ever recorded by one of the most distinctive and unjustly overlooked 60s groups. The guitar interplay is stunning, the vocals heartfelt, the rhythm section dynamic, the lyrics poetic (pun intended) and the tunes memorable. Only "In your tower" doesn't do it for me (psychedelia by numbers) but the other tracks more than make up. The sound is Caledonian Byrds, but that's trite and intended only to help the uninitiated. Once you know them, you'll know they were far more than that. They deserved so much better than to fall foul of that idiot Oldham. If you like The Byrds, The Kinks, The Left Banke & The Beau Brummels & don't know the Poets, you know what to do. Huge recommendation.
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Who can re beer them? Not rated by many. Sad, because they were brilliant.
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