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A complete history of Del Amitri singles on one CD
on 4 December 2001
This is a good way for a newcomer to Del Amitri (or an occasional fan) to collect all their best tracks on one disc. Long-time fans will already have 14 of these 17 tracks on the original albums. Only 3 of the songs haven't been previously released on one of the 5 albums which span this collection, from '89-'98. In other words, if there was a Del Amitri single you liked or loved, you'll find it on here.
Del Amitri have never achieved the commercial success to match the critical acclaim they receive. As songwriters they are among a small group who consistently turn out well-crafted songs with memorable tunes and thought-provoking lyrics which often reflect real-world cynicism and dark humour, rather than fluffy candyfloss pop. If this is pop, it's adult pop for true music fans who are weary of boy bands and dance music.
This is an album which will be far more familiar when you actually listen to it than when you read the track listing. All their best known releases are here - Nothing ever happens, Kiss this thing goodbye, Always the last to know, Not where it's at & Move away Jimmy Blue. You even get their France '98 anthem for the Scottish World Cup squad - Don't come home too soon! (Yes, quality songwriting and humour have even reached the barren territory of football songs, courtesy of Del Amitri).
This is first class ballad/folk/rock from one of Scotland's finest. A worthy addition to almost any music collection. Highly recommended.