- Audio CD (22 Sept. 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: EMI Records
- ASIN: B0000AXL2G
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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Let's Make This Precious: The Best Of Dexys Midnight Runners
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DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS Lets Make This Precious (2003 UK CD album comprising 18 classic hits including the singles Come On Eileen and Geno BBC Sessions plus 2 previously unreleased recordings comes with a picture booklet containing extensivesleevenotes and track credits)
He looks like my dad in early 70s holiday photos. He has one of the greatest voices in British popular music. As mavericks go, he's one of pop's finest; magpie-ing his influences; a true reinterpreter of the records that moulded him. The fact that he always wandered a fine line between madness and passion allowed his moon-barking a deep resonance and, at times, painful authenticity. And he knew how to walk the talk and sport the cloth. His wilderness years, cocaine habit and comeback cross-dressing have become rich myths in pop's repetitious folklore, dwarfing his recorded body of work, which although spanning 25 years, comprises of roughly 70 songs. He really loved emotional rock; Bryan Ferry, Roxy Music, Van Morrison and made a soul music that was his own; he is Kevin Rowland. His outfit is called Dexys Midnight Runners.
There has been never been a more scintillating marriage of punk, soul and Irish showband. There was no Q-Tips-like good time nature to their densely packed horn symphonies. They would have been most unwelcome at a wedding reception; they would have terrorised the family and made off not only with the bridesmaids but very possibly the bride too. And remarkably, for such a bunch of wild-hearted outsiders, they managed to notch up two UK (and, of course, one US) No.1 singles.
So, the fifth Dexys compilation to date wanders down the overview route, packing in all the hits, but not all the singles. Compiled by Rowland himself, the collection begins with the big hitters, so as not to put off the garage forecourt transients with ''This Is What She's Like'' at the top of the tracklist. Given his continual reappraisal of the group's work, at the moment, ''Dance Stance'', one of the most confrontational debut singles of all time is out, as is the nervous-breakdown-in-sound ''Keep It Part Two'', ''Liars A To E'', ''Old and One Way Love'', replaced with half of the ever-flowering Don't Stand Me Down album.
''There There My Dear'' is even more salient today as it was in 1980, with its weary eye being cast across the chancers and poseurs (what an 80s rock paper word) that populate pops nether regions. ''Plan B'' is still one of the most economical singles ever there is not an ounce of flab in its two-and-a-half-minutes, and the BBC session versions of ''Let's Make This Precious'' and ''Until I Believe in My Soul'' brings the beauty of the 81 pre-fiddle funky monks to the widest audience yet.
After the big punch of the first three albums -even the much maligned Too Rye Aye kicks ass here -Kevin seemed to take The Bluebells' ''Young At Heart'' as a template and created these Aero-lite country 'n' Irish vignettes (which reached their apogee on The Wanderer). The two new songs, ''Manhood'' and ''My Life In England'' suffer somewhat from this lightness in execution but the subject matter and the beauty of the melodies show there is much more life in the old dog yet. Let's trust the Reinvention tour is the success that everyone is hoping for and more new material follows. Soon.
And on top of all this, the big hits are on here, too. A truly precious collection. --Daryl Easlea
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Top Customer Reviews
The running order is quite linear, though I'm sure it made sense to Rowland (who selected it)- yes, compromise is present and we get the theme to Brush Strokes, the quite charming Because of You. There's a fair representation of masterpiece# 1- 1980's Searching for the Young Soul Rebels (white Irish-guys playing soul music, predating The Commitments by a good decade or so!): #1 single Geno, great ballad Tell Me When My Lights...& the wonderful There, There My Dear (a Marvin reference). Of course, as with the two later Dexys albums, you need the complete thing!- but this is a GREAT primer. Dexys MEANT IT, which is novel- where we are given nonsense like The Darkness (just a lame exercise in postmodern irony & corporate marketing)- we have DEXYS, who were punk as hell. Dexys meant it...and you may laugh, but that mattered more - though Dexys were in their own world- somewhere above and between such acts as Scritti Politti and The Specials (probably their nearest relatives, please don't mention Jo Boxers, just because I did...I'll never get over that school disco in 1982, I guess...Read more ›
Also whilst listening to this again recently, it struck me how contempory their sound is at the moment, because if you're into bands like Kaiser Chiefs, Hard-Fi and The Ordinary Boys, you would love the tracks lifted from 'Searching For The Young Soul Rebels' plus all the other early 80's big brass tunes like 'Show Me' and 'Plan B' etc. Also if you're into bands like The Feeling and The Magic Numbers, you may like the more melodic and mellow sounds of 'Too-Rye-Ay' and 'Don't Stand Me Down'.
No one can say that they‘ve been prolific album producers but I was surprised to see how often that they’d charted with the few albums that they had done.
I love the sound of ‘horns’ or a brass section on tracks and so really liked a lot of these tracks. The album is really easy to listen to with many fine songs. Yes – I really liked it. So much so that I’ve ordered their latest album as I quite like some of the covers on it.
Two works of staggering genius wich stand head and shoulders above anything else released in the last few years.Still,it 's hearbreaking that there's been no new album lately because the songs are immense , beautifully played by the band and Kevin is on top,top form.What the hell are record companies thinking of nowadays?
The rest of the compilation is the same old (glorious) stuff which we've adored for years ,the only omission i can moan about is Reminisce(part2) from the sublime Don't Stand Me Down album a track which can still bring a tear to my eye and a lump to my throat and that's from a 40 year old big strapping bloke.That's the power of Kevin Rowland.A genius and a legend...i love you man.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the beat albums I have bought in quite a while stirring stuffPublished 2 months ago by Mr. A. F. Jessop
Not a big fan of Dexys Midnight Runners but this is a very good album. Enjoyed two or three tracts especially.Published 3 months ago by Dela
Again threw away all albums I had, Cd's make up for loss just in no more GR8 listening but not as good as the odd minor scratches lol.Published 6 months ago by Ecky Watson