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The Very Best Of Jimmy Somerville, Bronski Beat And The Communards

The Very Best Of Jimmy Somerville, Bronski Beat And The Communards

3 Sep 2001
4.8 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 3 Sept. 2001
  • Release Date: 3 Sept. 2001
  • Label: London Records
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  • Total Length: 1:14:54
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  • ASIN: B0044A3BJY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,787 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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I don't usually sing the praises of compilation albums or greatest hits collections. There is always one track missing or they've used a short radio edit instead of the better album mix. This one is an exception. Covering the releases for London Records by Bronski Beat, Communards and Jimmy Somerville this Very Best Of includes all the hit singles one would expect on such a title. There are two editions of this collection, the single disc version "The Very Best of Jimmy Somerville, Bronski Beat & The Communards" and the two disc set this review is about. If you want details of the first disc check out the reviews on that titles Amazon page. I'm singing the praises of the two disc edition in particular the 10 track second disc.

As of July 2012, the first Bronski Beat album "Age Of Consent", the two albums by Communards and Jimmy's first two solo albums have been re-released in two disc deluxe editions with heaps of extra tracks, very nice packaging and expanded booklets. They're worth checking out if you're a fan, however, there are some glaring omissions from these new editions. "Age Of Consent" is missing the original 12" versions of the two major hits "Smalltown Boy" & "Why?". The first Communards album, issued in 1986, had extended versions of the four singles on the compact disc and cassette. The new reissue "Communards" reverts the track listing to the original vinyl release with much shorter versions of the hits for the main album and alternative mixes of the hits as bonus tracks.
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This album is excellent. It is a slightly updated version of the Singles Collection which is my favourite cd. So many recognisable tunes. Songs that I don't think have dated. A good one for the car to sing along to. A good one for the gym to get exercising to. From the Bronski Beat days thru' the Communards, then as a solo artist, an excellent collection - for so many people this will be their introduction to this music ...and they get all the best songs on one cd!
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Danceable, defiant and never knowingly understated; this collection of hits from the diminutive Scottish disco queen is a real treat from start to finish. What I love about Somerville's music is that he always gives his all and never worries about his vocal shortcomings. Smalltown Boy; that autobiographical tale of a gay man in a strange world remains as haunting as it did in 1984, whilst tracks such as Why and Run from Love burn the disco torch with verve and passion. The Communards' back catalogue is also fine, and they at least made their cover versions of old songs different from the originals. A must have album and a great testament to a unique talent.
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God, I love this CD! This music was always in the background of my childhood, and I have vivid memories of Jimmy's numerous hits right through the 80's and early 90's. I don't know why I waited whole *months* after this compilation came out to buy it! I listen to it as I walk into work, and it's the best antidote to grey, dismal days and pouring rain: I just walk along encased in my very own private disco! Just get it: you know you need it.
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For someone who was so ubiquitous in the pop charts throughout the 80s, it's mystifying how quickly Jimmy Somerville fell out of favour.

As part of Bronski Beat, The Communards and finally as a solo artist, Somerville released some of the most memorable tracks of the decade, including fantastic covers of Don't Leave Me This Way, I Feel Love and Never Can Say Goodbye, the poignant Smalltown Boy, the brilliant So Cold The Night, Why? and many more.

His falsetto may be grating to some, but this for me is pop at it's most infectious. Impossible not to sing along to, it's a cracking album to add to your collection and guaranteed to get a party going.
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The eighties are not my favorite decade when it comes to pop music. Nevertheless, some great pop music was recorded during those years, some of it by Jimmy Somerville, who was lead singer of Bronski Beat and, later, the Communards. Both of those groups are represented here but there are also some of Jimmy's solo songs, too. Jimmy's distinctive falsetto voice could not be mistaken for any other. It is worth pointing out that Jimmy was gay and this is reflected in the lyrics of many of the original songs. I'm not sure how well Jimmy's music did in America but he was, for a while, an important singer on the British scene.

Bronski Beat had six UK hits but only the first four are included here. Hit that perfect beat (a top three hit) and Come on come on, both recorded after Jimmy left the group, are missing (presumably because this is a compilation of Jimmy's music). Two of the others also made the top three, these being Small town boy and an unlikely medley (with Marc Almond) of I feel love (Donna Summer) and Johnny remember me (John Leyton). Why made it to number six while It ain't necessarily so made the top twenty.

The Communards had a UK number one hit with Don't leave me this way, a cover of a song that had been a hit in the seventies for two different singers - Thelma Houston and Harold Melvin. Harold's version charted higher in the UK but Thelma's version went to number one in America. I enjoy all three versions but the Communards' version features not only Jimmy's excellent lead singing but also excellent vocal support by Sarah Jane Morris, a singer otherwise unknown to me.
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