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The Beautiful South - Gold [International Version]

Album: The Beautiful South - Gold [International Version]
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Song For Whoever Single Version More Info... 4:04
2)    A Little Time More Info... 2:58
3)    Prettiest Eyes More Info... 3:47
4)    Don't Marry Her More Info... 3:22
5)    Alone More Info... 4:58
6)    The Table More Info... 3:08
7)    Old Red Eyes Is Back More Info... 3:33
8)    Window Shopping For Blinds More Info... 4:06
9)    Good As Gold (Stupid As Mud) More Info... 3:47
10)    Closer Than Most More Info... 3:07
11)    Baby Please Go More Info... 2:44
12)    You Keep It All In More Info... 2:52
13)    Dumb Album Version More Info... 3:46
14)    36D Short Version More Info... 4:00
15)    From Under The Covers More Info... 4:04
16)    Let Love Speak Up Itself Paul Heaton Version More Info... 4:18
17)    Masculine Eclipse More Info... 3:54
18)    Perfect 10 More Info... 3:39
  Disc 2
1)    Rotterdam (Or Anywhere) Album Version More Info... 3:36
2)    Let Go With The Flow More Info... 3:12
3)    Bell Bottomed Tear More Info... 4:33
4)    I'll Sail This Ship Alone Single Version More Info... 4:04
5)    Just A Few Things That I Ain't More Info... 2:46
6)    Liars' Bar More Info... 5:48
7)    Have You Ever Been Away More Info... 5:11
8)    We Are Each Other More Info... 3:37
9)    The Root Of All Evil More Info... 2:39
10)    Hit Parade More Info... 3:43
11)    My Book Single Version More Info... 2:50
12)    Losing Things More Info... 3:25
13)    Everybody's Talkin' More Info... 2:35
14)    Property Quiz More Info... 3:49
15)    One Last Love Song More Info... 3:33
16)    Mirror More Info... 4:03
17)    One God More Info... 4:07
18)    Blackbird On The Wire Radio Edit More Info... 3:12
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Performer Notes
  • Annotator Daryl Easlea begins his liner notes to the Beautiful South's entry in Universal Music International's discount-priced Gold series of double-CD compilations by commenting on the surprising fact that the best-selling album in the U.K. in the 1990s was the group's 1994 hits collection, Carry on Up the Charts, and it is therefore worth noting that all 14 of the tracks on that disc are repeated among the 36 on this one. (In the U.S., a 15th track was added to Carry on Up the Charts, a cover of "Dream a Little Dream of Me"; that song is not contained here.) Easlea ends his essay by describing Gold as "Packed with all their major hits and album tracks from their first decade," a statement that is only true if you don't count the missing "Pretenders to the Throne" (which reached number 18 in the U.K.), "How Long's a Tear Take to Dry?" (number 12), and "The River/Just Checkin'" (number 59); all three, not coincidentally, no doubt, are included on 2002's Solid Bronze: Great Hits. That album was criticized at the time of its release as an imperfect follow-up compilation to Carry on Up the Charts, and Gold, which in addition to being incomplete is sequenced randomly, is not ideal, either. Probably, one can no longer blame that on the group, which decamped its original label, Go! Discs, in 2003, after Universal had acquired it in 1998. Even if a few favorites are missing, however, Gold is still a good gathering of what is arguably some of the most popular British pop music of the 1990s (and given Paul Heaton's black-humored lyrics, that's saying something), presented at a reasonable price. (These statements, of course, apply primarily to Great Britain. The album was not released in the U.S., where the Beautiful South's profile, never high, was practically nonexistent in 2006.) ~ William Ruhlmann
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