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Listen On: THE BEST OF THE RAILWAY CHILDREN

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  • Audio CD (20 Feb. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Charisma
  • ASIN: B00000736T
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Anyone in their mid to late twenties will remember the classic indie melancholic anthem 'Every beat of the heart'. This greatest hits takes you back to the days of shuffling on polytechnic dance floors in the north of england. You'll be surprised at how many of the tunes you recognise. The perfect album for lazy sunday mornings!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best of.... Sort of 18 Dec. 2003
By Matt Crazed - Published on Amazon.com
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Listen On is a valid "Best of" collection in the sense that it contains The Railway Children's biggest singles and compiles songs from different albums. If you only get one album from TRC, you should probably get this one. If you become a big fan of the band, however, this CD alone will not do them justice. One omission that's almost unforgiveable (and there seems to be a consensus on this) is "A Pleasure", a highly compelling song from the Recurrence album.

The track selection for Listen On is, more or less, hit or miss. "Hours Go By" and "After The Rain", for instance, don't exactly epitomize the band's best moments. There are some pleasant surprises, nonetheless, for both diehard and novice fans. Substandard mixing and obvious production flaws on b-sides "What She Wants" and "Give It Away" somehow add character to the tracks, while re-introducing the rawness that was somewhat lacking during the Native Place sessions when the band took a more commercial direction. Furthermore, the featured single version of "Something So Good" conveys more of the band's trademark raw emotion than the originally released album version.

Of course, the cult classic "Every Beat Of The Heart" is included on this collection. That's the song that introduced me to The Railway Children. Hopefully Listen On will further expand TRC's fan base and provide many more music fans with a pleasurable listening experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Really a Best Of, But Still Essential 14 Dec. 2001
By Denmark Jensen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If this is the first Railway Children CD you buy (and its the only one that's easy to find new these days) then you should be warned that the title is a bit decieving. Sure the first track is incredible, but midway through track 2 you might be wondering " ... and this is their best?". Rather then being a "best of" collection, this is really a mixed bag of singles and b-sides with a few standout album tracks as well, but not nearly all of the good ones. In my opinion, every track on their first three albums is very very good. However, I can't say the same for some of the b-sides on this disc. While some of them have definitly grown on me, tracks 2, 3, 5, 7, and 8 on this CD, which are all b-sides from the "Native Place" singles, are worse than any of the tracks on any of their regular albums. This is a good thing, as it shows they did a good job of selecting the best material for the albums, but unfortunately all of those first three albums have gone out of print. So, as its easy to buy, this CD may be a good place to start listening to the Railway Children, but I highly recommend tracking down the original albums. "Native Place" is quite easy to find for sale used. Their first, "Reunion Wilderness" has been reissued and is available on the bands web site. "Recurrence" is currently the most difficult one to find, but may well be the best. But even if you do manage to find all three of these, this CD will still be important. The original version here of "Listen On" is quite different from the album version, and I like the this one better. This plus the post "Native Place" single, "So Right", along with the b-sides, make this a great CD to own even if you have the original albums. The really exciting news is that the band has a new single out supposedly soon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fugue in 3D 30 July 2000
By loteq - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With a classic beat-combo line-up (lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass, and drums), the Railway Children create a shimmering, melodic sound that reminds me of '80s bands like Smiths, Spandau Ballet, and Wire. "Listen on.." claims to be a sort of "Greatest hits" compilation, but RC aren't merely a singles band. The problem is that this disc only covers the "Virgin years", with nothing from RC's independent days at the Factory label ("Reunion wilderness"). And there's a couple of unnecessary remixes and demo versions here which clearly pale next to such great songs as "Somewhere south", "In the meantime", or "Something so good". Well, there isn't much to tell about "Listen on". It contains some great music, but I think RC's regular albums are much more cohesive. "Recurrence", their major label debut, is probably their best album, followed by 1990's "Native place". The latter one is available as a cut-out edition, and usually you can find RC's releases at second-hand shops. After a long lay-off, the band returned in 1999 with "Dream arcade", but they didn't experience any commercial success. Despite some shortcomings, "Listen on" is a must-have for anyone with a weakness for melodic guitar-pop, and a good place to start your RC collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crucial omissions but plenty of good music 6 Jan. 2005
By Paul Kendall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Must have been a licensing thing, as material from the Factory debut isn't included, well except for a demo of "Listen On". I think "Reunion Wilderness" was released in the US on Virgin though; whatever the case this isn't really a comprehensive best of.

Still, it's a good place to start if you are looking to give TRC a shot. This best of concentrates a bit much on the dancier side of the band. There are great songs around from the 2nd and 3rd CDs including some new unreleased tracks.

Check out "Everybody". Highly addictive guitar work. Most of the standards are included, the popular "Every Beat of the Heart", the wistful "Somewhere South" and "In the Meantime" and the dancier "Music Stop" and "Something So Good".
5.0 out of 5 stars pure pleasure 18 April 2012
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You can argue about whether this is truly a "best of" but to my ears that's nitpicking. The music on this collection is fabulous; sheer guitar-pop brilliance. Effervescent tunes that put you in a good mood and remind you of blissful days gone by. I still find the vocals thrilling and invigorating; musical tonic to perk you up. Another 80s band that deserved to be much, much bigger.
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