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Proof Of Excellence
on 24 October 2014
Although established and having a career of longevity, The Charlatans never made it into massiveness, it must be annoying as they've come close more than once. They have a charismatic frontman who also happens to be a great singer and lyricist. All the girlies want to shag Tim Burgess, he's really pretty, and he's also firmly one of the lads. The band consistently wrote great songs and singles which charted with regularity, the evidence is here going back to debut hit 'The Only One I Know'. They play well, they look good but it must grate that they never reached the heights of Blur or Oasis when they are far more worthy. I use that comparison as they were lumped in with Britpop just as they had been with 'Baggy' a few years earlier. I worry for the band, they don't get their dues and are definitely dogged by tragedy, just when we'd recovered from the death of Rob Collins, last year saw the passing of drummer and eternal sweetheart John Brookes. They should have reached a position of comfort, enjoying down time whilst catching their royalty cheques as they fall through their letterboxes. Instead Tim is reduced to playing small gigs round the country to raise money for their next album!
Let's forget the baggage for now and dwell on the content of this mighty fine compilation. Many people have commented whilst perusing my copy of the album how they never realised how prolific they were. More often than not they know, not recognise but know many of the tunes. What strikes you as you listen is the sheer consistency in quality, these are great songs! The latter portion highlights how heavily they're influenced by Jimmy Miller production era Stones. 'Just When You're Thinking ..', 'North Country Boy', 'Can't Get Out Of Bed' would all have been welcome on 'Exile On Main Street'. I'm surprised I never noticed before, especially as I always viewed Tim and Mark Collins as an indie Mick n Keef, and not just because of Tim's lips. They seem tight with each other whilst emanating that uber cool star quality.
This is an excellent compilation, all the hits are there in chronological order which helps focus on the fact that they just got better and better. This album should convince the doubters of The Charlatans greatness, pop it in and play, it's all the evidence you'll need.