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Let's Make This Precious: The Best Of Dexys Midnight Runners

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  • 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)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Geno
  2. The Celtic Soul Brothers (More Please Thank You)
  3. Come On Eileen
  4. Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)
  5. Because Of You
  6. Manhood
  7. Tell Me When My Light Turns Green
  8. Breakin' Down The Walls Of Heartache
  9. There There My Dear
  10. Plan B
  11. Show Me
  12. Let's Make This Precious
  13. Until I Believe In My Soul
  14. Let's Get This Straight (From The Start)
  15. This Is What She's Like
  16. My National Pride (Formerly Knowledge Of Beauty)
  17. I Love You (Listen To This)
  18. My Life In England

Product Description

Product Description

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)

BBC Review

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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Kevin Rowland returns to Dexys after a period in the wilderness & a few, sadly neglected, solo albums (1988's The Wanderer, 1999's My Beauty- the latter lambasted by media/audience who preferred the adventure of acts like MSP, Travis etc. Trad corporate indie music, made by people who want celebrity gfs...yawn); here we get a lovely selection of Dexys past and two new songs, great single Manhood & the touching My Life in England (Part One)- which is the kind of thing Morrissey failed at circa Your Arsenal.
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...
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What a superb CD this is! When I first heard Dexys (Geno, Come on Eileen)it was at school in the early 80's and I thought they were just 'one of those disco songs'. Much more recently I watched an archive TotP recording of them singing Geno and it struck me what a superb song this actually is, with all it's musical ideas and Kevin Rowland's distinctive voice and style. I then ordered this CD which arrived in good time, and it's a superb collection. The CD comes with some good sleeve notes; the sound quality is quite dynamic, if a little forward, as if everything is being thrown at you but the instruments come across quite clearly. If you like Dexys at all, and you want a taster, you won't be disappointed with this.
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A very worthy greatest hits compilation on a band that have been consistently reappraised over the years and currently enjoy high critical acclaim.With ever changing personnel, seemingly the only constant has been the focus and passionate vocals of Kevin Rowland (Dexy).The pop smashes are all here - as they should be -along with songs from interesting BBC sesions and several newies from the post Y2K era."Geno" and "Come On Eileen" are still, for many of us, key records in the jukebox of our adolescence. Buy & enjoy!!!
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If you wanted to you could be very petty and easily find fault with this, after all, there's no 'Dance Stance', 'Keep It', 'All In All (This One Last Wild Waltz)', 'Old' and 'Liars A To E', but let's face it, if you were to put every outstanding Dexy's song on a compilation there would be no need for their albums. In fact when you stop to think about it you realise that this compilation has been very well put together with a lot of love and care (I believe the great man Kevin Rowland had a big say as to what went on this). There's the hits, the much loved album tracks, a couple of excellent live recordings and even two new tracks - including 'Manhood', which on a personal note I can so relate to. So whether you're a casual fan or a diehard, there's something here for everyone.

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'.
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I have never been a big fan of Dexys but nor did I know a lot about their music. Like everyone else I loved ‘Come on Eileen’ & ‘Geno’. As I get older I am exploring a lot of different music and so after reading the reviews I took a chance with Dexys greatest hits.
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.
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Let's cut to the chase....i bought this for the two new songs (Manhood and My Time In England).Was it worth it? Without a shadow of a doubt.
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.
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