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Carry On Up The Charts - The Best Of The Beautiful South Limited Edition

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Go! Discs
  • ASIN: B0000E5SQT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BEAUTIFUL SOUTH Carry On Up The Charts (1994 UK limited edition 28-track double CD compilation album featuring a collection of all their best loved hits including Song For Whoever A Little Time You Keep It All In and Everybodys Talkin housed in a slimline double jewel case with the illustrated picture / lyric booklet)

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I'll guide you through each song, but before I do I'd like to say Heaton is a genius!
1) SONG FOR WHOEVER: A nice opening to their greatest hits c.d, the first song the ever released back in 1989. It reached Number 2 in the charts, not bad eh? The song itself seems to be a mockery of mingy little pop-groups, something the South are often misrepresented as.. NO WAY!
2) YOU KEEP IT ALL IN: This has been and probably always will be my favourite tune. Something about it gets your feet tapping.. enough said! Again, released in 1989, this reached Number 8.
3) I'LL SAIL THIS SHIP ALONE: Reached Number 31 in 1989, but should have gotten higher. Maybe Heaton's lyrics are "too" subtle?!
4) A LITTLE TIME: A popular South song. The South's first Number 1, in 1990. And I can see/hear why!
5) MY BOOK: At Number 43 this was something of a let down.. but don't let that put you off the song! Its a fabulous deep and theological autobiography by Paul.
6) LET LOVE SPEAK UP ITSELF: One of the best in terms of lyrics. My favourite for a very long time!! Got to Number 51 in 1991, under-rated by far!
7) OLD RED EYES IS BACK: One of many South songs to come about alcoholics, and we wonder why? Very clever song. Reached Number 22 in 1992.
8) WE ARE EACH OTHER: Another clever song about a couple being so close to each other, they are each other! Brilliant! And a catchy tune too. Reached Number 30 in 1992.
9) BELL BOTTOMED TEAR: Reached Number 16 in 1992. This song gives a perfect melody of female and male vocals. Its superb!
10) 36D: Well what can I say? A song about prostitution and all round "shallowness." This is a catchysong that deseved higher than 46 in 1992.
11) GOOD AS GOLD (stupid as mud): After a year off, this reached Number 23 in 1994.
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I have had this cd for a few years and have loved the Beautiful South ever since I first heard "I'll Sail this Ship Alone". Now, so many years later I am addicted again. I call up friends and say "here, listen to this", or "let me read you these lyrics" and instead of brushing me off as an annoyance the response is "Wow, that is beautiful, who is it?". I cannot even begin to describe the intense joy and release I receive from these songs, it is an emotional and artistic experience that you will never forget. Buy this cd as an intro and you will immediatly return to buy the rest.
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THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH released this Limited Edition 2CD version of their first great "best of" collection concurrently with the single disc release. The second disc contains non-album B-sides and cover versions from the first discs' singles and maxi-singles. The group released a plethora of non-album B-sides, live tracks and cover versions on their single and maxi-single releases which are well worth tracking down. Here's the tune stack, all songs are by the group's Paul Heaton and Dave Rotherway unless noted otherwise......

1-1 Song For Whoever 4:06
1-2 You Keep It All In 2:54
1-3 I'll Sail This Ship Alone 4:07
1-4 A Little Time 3:00
1-5 My Book 2:53
1-6 Let Love Speak Up Itself 3:52
1-7 Old Red Eyes Is Back 3:35
1-8 We Are Each Other 3:37
1-9 Bell Bottomed Tear 4:35
1-10 36D 4:02
1-11 Good As Gold (Stupid As Mud) 3:49
1-12 Everybody's Talkin' (Fred Neil) 2:37
1-13 Prettiest Eyes 3:49
1-14 One Last Love Song 3:33

2-1 Diamonds (Mike Greaves) 2:27
2-2 They Used To Wear Black 3:07
2-3 Throw His Song Away 2:54
2-4 Trevor You're Bizarre 3:37
2-5 Love Wars (Womack & Womack) 3:41
2-6 You Just Can't Smile It Away (Bill Withers) 3:28
2-7 But 'Til Then 4:09
2-8 Size 3:24
2-9 Frank And Delores (M.G. Greaves) 3:39
2-10 I Started A Joke (Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb) 3:57
2-11 Woman In The Wall 5:17
2-12 Danielle Steele (The Enemy Within) 3:06
2-13 In Other Words I Hate You 1:52
2-14 His Time Ran Out 2:09
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What a wonderful album! I must admit that I like the earlier Beautiful South songs and not really interested in the later ones.
I have never heard some of these songs before but was addicted to them as soon as I heard them.
The problem with some of the 'souths' songs is that the words are not clear and that's where the CD's book comes in handy. Did I really hear the words "the camera man slipped, they later found him scolding a banana"?
Wacky lyrics to some songs. Excellent! But it now!
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By A Customer on 19 Jun. 2002
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Paul Heaton and Dave Rotheray of The Beautiful South are the second most successful songwriting duo in British Chart History (after Lennon/McCartney - just stop and think about that for a moment), and with this album, you can see why. A collection of beautiful, wonderous songs which happen to have lyrics that mean something, unlike most bands; what is often called "iron fist in a velvet glove". Everyone must know at least one of these tracks - Song For Whoever ("Jennifer, Alison, Philippa, Sue") is a marvellous satire into a songwriter's art (they're doing it for money, not love); I'll Sail This Ship Alone, a magnificently sung tune all about splitting up; A Little Time, a Number One hit single featuring a biting duet between the gorgeous Irish lilt of Briana Corrigan and the mild-mannered tones of Dave Hemingway: a man making excuses for being unfaithful and his wife having none of it; We Are Each Other, with a lovely guitar riff running through it; 36D, a catchy little rant against the tyranny of topless modelling ("Close your legs, open your mind..."); and the piano heavy Let Love Speak Up Itself, featuring Paul "NME-called-me-the-best-soul-singer-in-Britain" Heaton's best-ever, tortuous vocals.
The normal process with this band (and I didn't realise it happened to others until it had happened to me) is that you hear this album, and within two months you have bought every single other album they have done (I recommend "Quench" and "Miaow" by the way). This is the one to get first, though, and you shouldn't hesitate to buy it if you're not sure. You'll hate yourself if you do.
Oh, one last thing: the penultimate track on this CD, Prettiest Eyes, is the most beautifully perfect piece of music ever performed ever. Fact.
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