on 10 November 2005
A double LP and collection of most but not all those extra tracks which appeared on the "When The World Knows Your Name" and the "Raintown" singles which were issued after the 'Riches' LP was given its original limited edition release. It's a funny thing that when you put a lot of good sounding B-sides together in a double album format it suddenly sounds like a collection of 20 plus songs which didn't quite set the heather on fire. Following on from the success of the 'Four Bacharach And David Songs' EP reaching number two in the singles chart and the band headlining Glasgow's Big Day, despite being a collection of B-sides this one still peaked at number three in the album charts. A number of previously unreleased demos were remixed and overdubbed while new songs from a BBC TV production "Dreaming" also acted as a carrot to entice fans who had all the singles already to part with their cash once again. That said, CD player's remote controls ensure there is still plenty of unusual or good tracks here to make it enjoyable if you programme out the tracks which fail to make the grade! The band's performance from Glastonbury was broadcast live on Radio 1 before this collection was released and afterwards they undertook a short tour where they played the arenas for the last time accompanied by the Kick Horns. Years later Ricky looked back on this release as the band's "worst career move. It was just a collection of diverse songs that would be interesting for our fans."
on 24 August 2012
I recently reacquainted myself with this collection of songs after a twenty year gap and was pleasantly surprised that what I remembered as something of a mishmash of disconnected songs sounded much more cohesive - back in the day of its original release, Deacon Blue were massive following the desreved success of their masterwork, When The World Knows Your Name - and for good reason - strong songwriting combined with excellent delivery amply demonstrated here by Back Here in Beanoland, the epic Let Your Hearts Be Troubled, Circus Lights and Trampolene. Essential early 90's serious pop music.
on 20 September 2013
Wonderful atmospheric songs that I had on LP but needed on CD and to download to my new ipod, I know, yes, I have only just got around to getting one. Anyway, Zoverstocks were fantastic once again, cannot fault them. Great service.