Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Deacon Blue ‎Raintown Deluxe Edition



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The first thing to say about these reissues: this is how it should be done. Reissuing the original albums with just a handful of bonus tracks wouldn’t suit Edsel and they have really come up trumps. In some cases, the original album comes with two bonus discs And a Dvd. It basically collects everything and anything you wanted to know about Deacon Blue from their debut in 1987 to 2001. Add in a running commentary from mainman Ricky Ross and a nicely produced ‘media book’ with memorabilia and lyrics and your Deacon Blue Life is complete. Until now I hadn’t realised how prolific the band were during this period and how well crafted the songs. In fact, to be truthful, in the pantheon of Scottish pop rock of this period I had altogether overlooked Deacon Blue in favour of Love And Money, Hue And Cry - even Simple Minds. But I found some connection with Ross’ tunesmanship and that of James Grant of Love And Money, so it was a good enough starting point. (By way of further connection the band’s original bass player Ewen Vernal now plays bass with Love And Money). Deacon Blue also had an appealing and distinctive sound with Lorraine McIntosh occasionally stepping out of her backing and harmonising role to deliver the main vocal. This was also a bygone era of big label budgets and bands exposed to excess in all areas, as recounted by Ross in his informative liner notes. And of course, labels were always looking for the next hit single and, of course, Ross duly obliged in the early days. In truth, the band never really achieved the creative consistency of their debut Raintown which yielded the band’s best-known songs such as ‘Dignity’ and ‘Chocolate Girl’. Now it is expanded with two extra discs featuring B-sides and the 2006 reissue extras whilst a DVD includes their promo videos.

13 comments:

Dandyboy said...

Ah, fond memories of Deacon Blue. They were my first steps from pop into a bigger musical world, along with the likes of INXS and Def Leppard in about 1987. Would you have the deluxe edition of When The World Knows Your Name too?

Aid00 said...

Here Yer Go Dandyboy When The World Knows Your Name

https://mega.nz/#!mgN1gBDB!LpPOCTnO9GQCbHffE5lQuGs_5QkmcDPZKS0VHHUDnXE

Dandyboy said...

Top man as always Aid, many thanks. One little thing: disc 3 is missing tracks 8 and 9 (Undeveloped Heart (live) and Town To Be Blamed (live)), if you have them to hand I'd be grateful but no stress if you don't. Thanks again for the sterling work!

Aid00 said...

Hello Dandyboy This Is Itunes Version Of World Knows Your Name

Dandyboy said...

Many thanks Aid, didn't realise iTunes were short changing people on this one. Cheeky beggars didn't even renumber the files! Thanks again for all the great posts though.

Anonymous said...

Hello, thanks for your job. Please could you upload "When The World Knows Your Name" the 3 CDs, there is just the first one, It could be great to have the 3 Cds. Thanks in advance

Aid00 said...

Hello Anonymous Here's When The World Knows Your Name Deluxe Edition
http://textuploader.com/dr1ap

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this.

Any chance of Fellow Hoodlums Deluxe Edition and Whatever You Say, Say Nothing Deluxe Edition too, to complete the picture? Yours hopefully! Thanks.

Aid00 said...

Hello Anonymous Here's Hoodlums Deluxe Edition and Whatever You Say, Say Nothing Deluxe Editions

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Anonymous said...

Many thanks!

Anonymous said...

Cheers Aid00 .

Anyone have their excellent 2012 The Hipsters release ?

Aid00 said...

Hello Anonymous Here's Deacon Blue The Hipsters

http://www72.zippyshare.com/v/Dex4wWhD/file.html

Anonymous said...

Excellent stuff Aid00. Really got back into this band, it's like bumping into an old friend.

Really nice radio show of the stories behind Raintown on bbc iplayer for the next 20 days here :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08nrxbt

Thanks so much

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