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Product details

  • Audio CD (23 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: CD+DVD, Box set
  • Label: CHRYSALIS RECORDS
  • ASIN: B00JZSKHHE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,044 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Introducing 'The Best Years' (2014 Remastered Version)
  2. The Mad Mad Moonlight (2014 Remastered Version)
  3. Mr Raffles (Man, It Was Mean) [2014 Remastered Version]
  4. It Wasn't Me (2014 Remastered Version)
  5. Panorama (2014 Remastered Version)
  6. Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) [2014 Remastered Version]
  7. Back To The Farm (2014 Remastered Version)
  8. 49th Parallel (2014 Remastered Version)
  9. The Best Years Of Our Lives (2014 Remastered Version)
  10. Another Journey (2014 Remastered Version)
  11. Mr Raffles (Man, It Was Mean) [Single Version] (2014 Remastered Version)
  12. Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) [Rough Mix]
  13. The Best Years Of Our Lives (Acoustic Version)

Disc: 2

  1. The Mad, Mad Moonlight (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th April 1975) [2014 Remastered Version]
  2. Hideaway (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th April 1975)
  3. Panorama (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th April 1975)
  4. Medley (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th April 1975)
  5. Sebastian (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th April 1975) [2014 Remastered Version]
  6. Mr. Raffles (Man, It Was Mean) [Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th April 1975]
  7. Back To The Farm (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th April 1975)

Disc: 3

  1. 49th Parallel (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th April 1975)
  2. Death Trip (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th April 1975)
  3. Judy Teen (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th April 1975)
  4. Mr. Soft (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th April 1975)
  5. The Best Years Of Our Lives (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th April 1975)
  6. Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) [Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th April 1975]
  7. Tumbling Down (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th April 1975)

Disc: 4

  1. Introduction (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th April 1975)
  2. Bed In The Corner (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th April 1975)
  3. Sling It! (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th April 1975)
  4. Sebastian (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th April 1975)
  5. The Best Years Of Our Lives (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th April 1975)
  6. Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) [Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th April 1975]
  7. Tumbling Down (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London, 14th April 1975)

Product Description

DELUXE EDITION : 4 x disc set. Remastered in 2014! Smash 1975 album reissued with 18 rare BONUS tracks of B-sides, alternate versions and rarities including a complete live show from Hammersmith Odeon in London in April 1975, plus DVD of 7 songs from the concert.

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It's been a great couple of years for us Harley fans. First up was the 'Cavaliers' box set which was the first two CR albums given the 'deluxe' treatment with added demos, BBC Sessions & Concert, then more recently we have had the 'Birmingham' CD & DVD set, again showcasing the first two CR albums, plus a few gems added to the set list, then finally we have this 'definitive' 4 CD version of 'Best Years', the most successful of Steve's albums ever. Regarding the album itself, it has been mastered superbly and sounds stunning in all it's glory for it. It forms CD 1 along with a few 'bonus' tracks. 'Another Journey', which continued a string of excellent 'b' sides that most artists would die for, and something that Steve would continue to do for a few albums more. Then we the single mix of 'Mr Raffles' which I always preferred to the album cut simply because the second verse of the album cut sounded almost too bare with Duncan's piano not as fully fleshed out. I always did love the little synth flourish though that came after he sings 'dream machine' which turned up again during 'Understand' on 'Timeless Flight'. Then we get two alternate versions of two key cuts. A 'rough mix' of 'Come Up & See Me' which features a different lead vocal, a couple of lyrical changes, and quite surprisingly a lovely bit of brass during one of the verses, an idea that was sadly dropped (or mixed very low) as it does add some flavour. Then finally an 'acoustic' version of the title track which I thought may have been just been the acoustic guitar & vocal isolated from the main mix, but no, this is almost a first take demo with lots of lyrical changes and a major couplet reversed.Read more ›
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TBYOOL, recorded with the second incarnation of Cockney Rebel, had a hard act to follow. The previous line up had been awarded a Gold Star for Outstanding New Act of 1974 and their second album, Psychomodo, was a work of brilliance.
This album has a distinctly different flavour than Harley's more folk-flavoured previous works. It leans closer to pop and glam rock, hence the electric violin has been cut back and in its place is electric guitar, played by the excellent Jim Cregan. However, the fantastical lyrics and sneering voice of Harley ensure that his signiature sound is not dulled with these changes.
TBYOOL is a superb album, mixing the more upbeat pop tracks (Mad Mad Moonlight) with the darker songs (Back To The Farm, It Wasn't Me) which peppered The Psychomodo. Whatever you may think of Harley's unusual lyrics (which can all make sense in their own context), he certainly paints his imagery vividly and with the utmost conviction. This third album remains one of his best, even against his two previous works. Even if you are not a fan, you may well appreciate this well-crafted album.
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Undoubtedly the most successful Steve Harley (& Cockney Rebel) Album. I recall in 1975 rushing out with all my pocket money to buy the vinyl....the grooves were worn thin due to constant playing! The Best Years.....yip, i guess they were...and Harley was instrumental in making them so. I recall Make Me Smile getting to No.1 in February....such personal joy...."MY GROUP" at No. 1! 30 years on it's still a firm favourite at clubs and on the radio. Best track on the album? not MMS but Mad, Mad, Moonlight! play it loud...sit back and soak up the quality of a line up of some of the best musicians and tracks of the era (and since!).........
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I first heard this album around 1980 and am very pleased to see it is still available after so many years. The depth of emotion that Steve Harley can put into music is well known, and this album is one for the kind. It is at the same time hypnotic and rousing. If you have not heard this one, buy it now.
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I first found out about Steve Harley through the music of T. Rex. Finding Cockney Rebel was a true musical blessing. "Best Years of Our Lives" is the definitive Cockney Rebel album. If you've never heard of the band before, that won't mean much, so let me put things into perspective. Cockney Rebel came onto the UK music scene in the early 70's. Their music could be described as touching on elements of T.Rex, David Bowie, and Roxy Music, but over time they were able to craft their own signature sound. With Cockney Rebel, you got a lot of variety: rock, jazz, opera, and avante garde -- quite a wide style range! They were very big for a time in the UK, but never really made a dent in the USA.
This album contains one of their biggest hits, "Make Me Smile," (which has been covered by a ton of bands and shows up in a bunch of movie soundtracks) but the album as a whole provides the perfect listening experience from beginning to end. My favorite tracks are "Mad, Mad Moonlight," "Best Years of Our Lives," "Make Me Smile," and "Panorama."
Steve Harley is still around and performs several dates a year in the UK. The man can still put on an excellent show and still retains a devoted fan following. If you are a fan of Steve Harley or 70's Glam Rock, do not pass this album up. This is a definite entry on my top ten desert island discs.
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