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on 12 April 2016
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After the absolutely amazing "steve mcqeen" the album "langley park to memphis" sees the beloved sprouts trying new sounds..some work some dont!

the album opens with "king of rock and roll" the sprouts only top 10 single..and im afraid to say one of the few tracks i dont particularly like..the inane chorus (although so catchy you hear it once you will never forget it) ruins it..or makes it...the verses are great paddy but then a nonsensical chorus...you cant help but sing along but there is no depth!

"cars and girls" was the first single and stalled in the charts at no.44 it has the trademarks of a great prefab track and sounds a lot more like the singles from "steve mcqueen"...one of my favourites!!!

"i remember that" "enchanted" and "hey manhattan" are full of the trademark prefab sound of summer and great tracks...""nightingales" is another strong track it has a christmas feel to it a.k.a "whams 'last christmas!'

the last 4 tracks are more experimental..where they branching out or getting lost in the dream to break the usa? "knock on wood" with its reggae feel doesnt feel right.."golden calf" has some great guitar riffs but something is missing..."nancy" is a pretty lovesong but forgettable..."venus" sounds like a showtune...very nice but nothing wondeful!

this may have been the best selling prefab sprout but it is by no means the best....still a good album but after "steve mcqueen" a disappointment!
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on 27 August 2013
Always liked the album when I first bought it on vinyl.This purchase was on a whim but I still very much enjoy it
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on 26 March 2001
Prefab Sprout are one of the best pop bands of all time (including the fantastic Beatles, yes...), mostly because of the superb lyrics of Paddy McAloon. This album is their most explicit "Pop-Album" and, next to Steve McQueen (the best album EVER) it's their best record. If you like good moments in company of nice pop sounds, you MUST buy "From Langley Park To Memphis" and all the other records of Prefab Sprout.
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on 14 March 2002
As much as I love Prefab Sprout, and have done ever since I first heard "Don't Sing", this is a difficult album to like. It's their "Rattle and Hum", it's Paddy playing with his showbiz mates - Stevie Wonder, Pete Townshend - and the songs are inconsistent. Hey Manhattan!, Cars and Girls, I Remember That, Enchanted - all sublime. The rest, filler, pretty much. If you don't have any Sprout in your collection, start with "Jordan", then get "Steve McQueen" (although the CD sounds thin and weedy), and then "The Gunman".
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on 5 March 2004
This album was the first Prefab Sprout album I owned and since then I've acquired there 38 Carat Collection but From Langley Park To Memphis is my favourite. There is'nt one track on it I dislike. It has some clever ballads such as "Nancy" and "The Venus Of The Soup Kitchen". This album is what makes Prefab Sprout appeal to everyone and in so doing makes them special!.
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on 12 December 2000
eighties naff dross. Quite appalling, and exceptionally dated. I would actually rather listen to abba. Well, maybe not. DIRGE.
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