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"Best" of the reformed Smokie
on 12 October 2010
This album is a compilation of original 70's Smokie tracks, re-recorded with the late Alan Barton, plus new arrangements as the group now has a keyboard player and a new drummer on this album.
In addition to the classic tracks, there are a number of tracks that many people who only like the original smokie won't be familiar with. These are taken from 2 albums "All Fired Up" and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" - neither were big sellers in the UK.
This album was also released as "18 Carat Gold"
Interesting Fact: "Rock Away Your Teardrops" was originally recorded by Chris Norman on his debut solo album.
I personally like the new arrangements, and I picked up a copy of this CD back in 1995, as it was playing in the CD Shop I was in. I Had to have it. Bear in mind however, I had not heard the original versions of these songs at the time.
As a seperate recommendation, if you like the newer songs, The album "All Fired Up" was re-released as "Rock Away Your Teardrops" - at a bargain price. Complete your collection by buying the actual albums!!!