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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
Raintown
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on 24 September 2017
Fantastic band. I bought this cd to replace one that I wore out listening to constantly. Loved them since the 80’s and will continue to love them. This was their first album and by far my favourite.
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on 12 April 2017
Great album. Couple of personal favourites on there. Which to buy next?...
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on 20 April 2017
Just buy it, great release, hail the vinyl.
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on 10 May 2017
Delighted to add this classic to my collection again with songs which take me back to my bachelor pad in Glasgow.
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on 12 May 2017
Great album. As good now as it was when it was released 30 years ago
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on 1 August 2017
Fine Album by a Fine Band, & seems to stand the test of time.
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on 4 May 2017
Amazing!! Just as good as first time round.
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on 20 August 2017
a classic
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on 26 October 2012
Nice little package this. How do you make an already brilliant album even better? - Add 38 extra music tracks and 6 tracks on DVD.
Yes thats right in total there are 49 tracks here including some live tracks and remixes plus the 6 promo dvd's all for the pre order price of £13.

It is also well presented - a strong hardback front and back gatefold and sandwiched inbetween there is a glossy booklet containing photos, credits, a piece written by Ricky in May 2012 and lyrics to all the songs here, including the B sides.

Raintown the album in its day, 1987 was a classic.

25 years on Raintown the special deluxe edition is still a classic.

No need to review the album - you all know the tracks - superbly composed from the start, Born in a storm to the end Town To Be Blamed with all the classics, Loaded, Dignity, Chocholate Girl in between.

If nothing else this package just reminds you
1) How good Raintown is
2) How good Deacon Blue sound live
3) How good their B sides were

Go buy it and whilst you are there the When the World Knows Your Name special delux edition aint half bad either
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on 27 March 2017
‘Work, work, work; rain, rain, rain; home, home, home; again, again, again’. It’s not exactly the most upbeat and pithiest way to sell Glasgow and I doubt Ricky Ross was top of its tourism board’s Christmas card list but the ending of this eighties masterpiece captures the humdrum essence of life in a dreary unemployment-riddled Scottish city 30 years ago.  Town to Blame’s bleak, haunting keyboard introduction gives way to maniacal, near-crazed vocals from Ross and Lorraine McIntosh that resound of the sheer pointlessness and frustration of an existence with little or no hope. ‘Work, work, work’… Not that Raintown is a necessarily dark or gloomy album. Its creation was actually in the wake of celebration: CBS Records signed Ross and his hastily established ensemble earlier in ’86 and armed with a Big Fat Record Deal they headed south to AIR Studios on Oxford Circus that winter to cut their debut offering (the surrounds incidentally providing the inspiration for Circus Lights on the sophomore effort When the World Knows Your Name). This release includes the original album with added 21st Century remastering, b-sides, demos and live tracks from the era together with all the videos. One may retrospectively question three versions of Dignity, but I’m sure it made sense at the time… ‘Rain, rain, rain’… From the opening track, Born in a Storm, the elements loom large. The rain and the ‘tired eyes’, ‘tears’ and ‘frowns’ seem to stare out from every corner as Ross navigates his way through another Glaswegian day. He bears an unflattering resemblance to a ragman as he does and ably assisted by Jim Prime’s sweeping, soaring keyboard riff he finds himself in a small world but one in which he feels somehow content. Who wouldn’t do when you have a song like Loaded in your repertoire with its glee-like refrains and uplifting melodies? ‘Home, home, home’…  The singles Chocolate Girl and When Will You (Make my Telephone Ring)? are classic love songs of the era aided by sublime special guest appearances (from BJ Cole and the outrageously talented Jimmy Helms respectively) which really strengthen the core material. If there’s one Deacon Blue track anyone knows it’s the one about that ship called Dignity and it sets sail here in all its resplendent working man glory. The Deacon Blue appeal is large part rooted in the McIntosh/Ross vocal contrast – to appreciate this you need to listen to the demos sans Lorraine. Whilst not representing their commercial zenith, this is a time capsule of a moment in Scottish time with a timeless quality. ‘Again, again, again’...
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