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Hailing out of Scotland as a sort of Soulful Indie band with great Rock tunes - I first heard del Amitri pump out "Kiss This Thing Goodbye" in the Summer of 1989 off their "Waking Hours" album. And that's when the love affair started. I've subsequently bought maybe twenty CD singles by them over the years - because like Love and Money, The Bible, The Fat Lady Sings, Deacon Blue, The Big Dish and The Silencers - their B-sides were often as good as (if not better than) the album tracks. Now fans are being treated to a "Re-Presents" reissue series of their three albums on A&M Records - "Waking Hours" (1989 and 1990), "Change Everything" (1992) and "Twisted" (1995). Here's the beer-stained/used-condom details...

UK Released 20 January 2014 - "Change Everything" on Universal/Mercury 3755684 (Barcode 602537556847) is a 2CD reissue (in a jewel case) of their 3rd album first issued on A&M Records 395 385 in June 1992 (50:58 minutes). Disc 2 (68:38 minutes) gathers up a whopping 18 non-album studio tracks from multiple variants of 4 single releases. The mastering has been done by GEOFF PESCHE at Abbey Road and the 16-page liner notes (which feature interviews with Justin Currie and Iain Harvey along with press clippings) are expertly handled by TERRY STAUNTON.

Like it's A&M predecessor "Waking Hours" - the 12-track "Change Everything" was chock-full of radio friendly hits. "Always The Last To Know" (May 1992), "Be My Downfall" (July 1992), "Just Like A Man" (September 1992) and "When We Were Young" (January 1993) were all released as singles with each sporting 7", 10", 12" and CD single formats. Unfortunately for die-hard fans (and unlike the "Waking Hours" reissue which has at least two tracks on it that were exclusive to vinyl) - all 16 on Disc 2 are from the CD singles. So if you're like me and you've collected the lot - all you're getting here is a slight sound upgrade. But as just under seventy minutes - Disc 2 is still stonking great value for money especially given their quality of the tunes. Even the live variants are fantastic with a really witty intro from Paul Whitehouse as mock DJ Mike Smash...

Speaking of the remaster on the album itself - it's hard to notice it. The original was a full-on live-in-the-studio feel recording and was beautifully produced by Gil Norton in the first place. A slight amping up is the best way to describe this version - nothing radical - but then like U2's "Achtung Baby" from 1991 - it doesn't need a remaster. What is impressive is the sheer song quality and sonic blast that accompanies them. Hooky as Hell and lyrically brilliant - lead singer, bassist and principal songwriter Justin Currie could pen a tune. Amongst the B-sides genius crops up four times - the "a girl who had a hundred ways to hurt you..." folksy jaunt that is "Whiskey Remorse", the band sounding like a Tom Petty outtake on "Don't Cry No Tears", the acoustic love song "The Verb To Love" and my absolute fave - the gorgeous "Long Journey Home" which could easily grace the end of a movie and leave you tingling as you leave the aisle (lyrics from it title this review). I even dig their cover of "Cindy Incidentally" - a band and time-period they clearly worshiped.

Never hip and somehow derided in some circles as a poor-man's Faces - I loved del Amitri with a passion. OK this reissue isn't going to set die-hard fans on fire - but they produced yet another corker in "Change Everything" and this cheap double CD re-boot is a reminder of that brilliance. Both an album and a band that deserve major reappraisal and a ten-spot of your hard-earned.

I'm off now to pine for girls who do you wrong and live on the wrong side of the London to Glasgow tracks...
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on 30 January 2000
I bought this off the back of the single "Always the last to know". However very soon it was clear that there are so many excellent tracks on this album and the lyrics are brilliant. Curries voice must be one of the most under rated in the business.
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on 13 March 2000
del amitri have always produced the goods for those prepared to give them a listen, and this album is no different.A good mixture of ballads and upbeat tunes.The best tunes by far are SOMETIMES I JUST HAVE TO SAY YOUR NAME, and BE MY DOWN FALL.Give it a listen and i,ll guarentee you,ll be after more of the same off their other excellent albums.
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on 5 September 2006
One of my favourite albums. The songs are great but the lyrics are fantastic - a real heartbreaker and just what is required when love has let you you down.

Most people will recognise the sentiments behind songs like "Be My Downfall" and "To Last a Lifetime". The up tempo "Just Like A Man" also covers its subject in a comprehensive fashion.

Jealousy, unrequited love, betrayal - all present and correct. The fact remains that if this album had been made by someone more critically lauded (or a male singer such as David Gray or similar) it would be hailed as a classic and sell millions.

Get it and wallow.
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on 15 March 2007
A third slice of the scottish rockers recorded history is a varied set of hard rocking pop songs with the icing that is Justin Currie's voice and thoughtful lyrics. The band is also becoming a tighter unit, with the guitars of Iain Harvie adding lots of hard and soft tones to the 12 songs here.

Highlights are the 3 hit singles "Always The Last To Know", "Be My Downfall" and "Just Like A Man", though songs like "When You Were Young" and "The Ones That You Love Lead You Nowhere" could also have been creditable singles.

The band develop their twin guitar sound and the drumming is more powerful than earlier albums, which peaks in the closing track "Sometimes I Just Have To Say Your Name", which has some excellent slide guitar and witty lyrics about anticipating meeting a loved one after time apart.

Well produced by Gil Norton too.
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on 24 October 2001
a c d to listen to when your feeling lonely . a real heartfelt album which makes you want to smile and cry at the same time . for anyone who has ever felt the pain of passion . songs that stay with you through the night .
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 29 September 2015
Glasgow formed pop/rock group Del Amitri are one of my relatively new favourite bands who, despite being rather underrated now, first achieved chart success in the very late '80s. 'Change Everything', their third album, was released in 1992 to much critical acclaim. It was certified gold after reaching no.2 in the UK charts.

The album is filled with soulful, perfect-for-driving rock-pop songs, with moving and heartfelt autobiographical lyrics which all tell realistic stories about relatable situations, including failed relationships and mistakes that have been made. Album only tracks like the stirring 'Surface of the Moon', with it's theme of hopeless realization, and the truthful wisdom of the beautiful 'The First Rule of Love', complement the more familiar hit singles like 'Always the Last to Know' and 'Just Like a Man'.

Very much masters of their craft, I am still relatively new to these boys, but enjoy the music of Del Amitri I have so far very much. If you like guitar-driven adult pop, along the same lines as the likes of Deacon Blue, Crowded House, and The Beautiful South, then you should investigate them immediately.
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on 11 March 2014
Been waiting YEARS for this to come out on CD. Every song ingrained into my very soul - plus, the bonus CD is as good as a brand new album, from a band at their peak. The covers are brilliant - Don't Cry No Tears, Cindy Incidentally...I've been deprived this stuff for 20 years.
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on 28 May 2010
Only bought this to replace an old audio tape album I bought years ago (about 1992 when it first came out I think).
Unmistakeable, deep lyrics & Justin's gravelly voice make this, IMHO, their best album.
I so wish these were still together.
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on 8 July 2010
This album is AMAZING! Every tune is brilliant!

My favourite tracks: To Last A Lifetime, As Soon AS the Tide Comes In and Behind the Fool.

In my opinion this is the best del Amitri album ever.
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