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The Best of the Proclaimers
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Album: The Best of the Proclaimers
# Song Title   Time
1)    Letter From America
2)    There's a Touch
3)    Let's Get Married
4)    I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
5)    Doodle Song, The
6)    I'm on My Way
7)    King of the Road
8)    Ghost of Love
9)    Throw the 'R' Away
10)    What Makes You Cry?
11)    Sunshine on Leith
12)    When You're in Love
13)    Cap in Hand
14)    I Want to Be a Christian
15)    Act of Remembrance
16)    Lady Luck
17)    Make My Heart Fly
18)    Light, The
19)    Joyful Kilmarnock Blues, The
20)    Oh Jean
 

Album: The Best of the Proclaimers
# Song Title   Time
1)    Letter From America
2)    There's a Touch
3)    Let's Get Married
4)    I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
5)    Doodle Song, The
6)    I'm on My Way
7)    King of the Road
8)    Ghost of Love
9)    Throw the 'R' Away
10)    What Makes You Cry?
11)    Sunshine on Leith
12)    When You're in Love
13)    Cap in Hand
14)    I Want to Be a Christian
15)    Act of Remembrance
16)    Lady Luck
17)    Make My Heart Fly
18)    Light, The
19)    Joyful Kilmarnock Blues, The
20)    Oh Jean
 
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Tracks

1. Letter From America

2. Theres A Touch

3. Lets Get Married

4. I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)

5. The Doodle Song

6. I'm On My Way

7. King Of The Road

8. Ghost Of Love

9. Throw The R Away

10. What Makes You Cry?

11. Sunshine On Leith

12. When Youre In Love

13. Cap In Hand

14. I Want To Be A Christian

15. Act Of Remembrance

16. Lady Luck

17. Make My Heart Fly

18. The Light

19. The Joyful Kilmarnock .....

20. Oh Jean

Performer Notes
  • The Proclaimers: Charlie Reid (vocals, acoustic guitar); Craig Reid (vocals, harmonica).
  • Additional personnel includes: Chuck Leavell, Gerry Rafferty, Peter Ostroushko.
  • Producers: John Williams, Gerry Rafferty, Hugh Murphy, Pete Wingfield, Chris Kimsey.
  • Recorded between 1987 & 2002. Includes liner notes by Charlie Reid.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • Personnel: Charlie Reid (vocals, acoustic guitar); Craig Reid (vocals, harmonica).
  • Audio Mixers: Chris Kimsey; Phil Bodger.
  • Liner Note Author: Matt Lucas.
  • Recording information: Chipping Norton Studios; Comforts Place; Mastermix Studios, Minneapolis, MN; REL Studios; The Strongroom; West Heath Yard, London, England.
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: Chuck Leavell; Da¡th¡ Sproule; Dave Mattacks; Vince Sullivan; Arran Ahmun; Phil Cranham; Raul d'Oliveira; Greg Leisz; Stuart Nisbet; Mick Dyche; Keith Burns; Ian Maldman; Paul Robinson; Nicole Bruce; Jerry Donahue; Kevin Bowe; Peter Ostroushko; Stevie Christie; Andy Dee; Kevin Wilkinson; Tim Renwick ; James "Hutch" Hutchinson; Steve Shaw; Gerry Hogan; Ross McFarlane; Dan Newton.
  • Since the Scottish Reid brothers' existing catalog consisted of four good but spotty albums as of this compilation's release in 2002, The Best of the Proclaimers is not only a near-perfect summary of their most significant songs, but is the only purchase any but die-hard fans will need. The 20-track collection runs 70 minutes and not only includes music from all of their albums, but additionally three new tunes recorded expressly for this release. Given that the brothers' style didn't alter substantially over the course of the 14-year span covered here, the non-chronological presentation works to the advantage of the listener. Of the new tunes, a cover of Frankie Miller's obscure "The Doodle Song" hits the mark in a rearranged version; "Ghost of Love" sounds like a great, lost Everly Brothers' ballad; and "Lady Luck" is a mid-tempo pop song that brings out their most soulful side. "I'm Going to Be (500 Miles)" was the duo's only big hit, yet the disc is valuable because it unearths excellent tracks that had been hidden on their uneven albums. In particular, "The Light" and "What Makes You Cry" from the underheard Hit the Highway release are well worth consideration for those who enjoy the Proclaimers' stomping folk-pop sound. Their version of Roger Miller's "King of the Road" is also a nifty and surprising addition. The sound is excellent, and the sequencing is well thought out, which results in a superb representation of the band, as well as a near faultless compilation. It makes the rest of their catalog necessary for completists only. [In 2007, an accompanying DVD called Best of 1987-2002 was issued.] ~ Hal Horowitz
Professional Reviews
Q (6/02, p.137) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Each of these 20 tracks are infused with a palpable enthusiasm...fresh and powerful..The proclaimers' music is possessed of an undeniable, quirky charm. Long may it continue."

Mojo (Publisher) (7/02, p.122) - "...For aspiring artists with strong regional accents, succour. For everyone else, top tunes..."
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