1. Burn It Down
2. Tell Me When My Light Turns Green
3. The Teams That Meet In Caffs
4. I'm Just Looking
6. Seven Days Too Long
7. I Couldn't Help If I Tried
8. Thankfully Not Living In
9. Yorkshire It Doesn't Apply
10. Keep It
11. Love Part One
12. There There My Dear
- Dexy's Midnight Runners: Kevin Rowland (vocals, guitar); Steve Spooner (alto saxophone); J.B. (tenor saxophone); Big Jim Patterson (trombone); Pete Williams, Pete Saunders (piano, organ); Bobby Junior (drums).
- Remastered U.K. edition includes enhanced features and two videos.
- Recording information: 04/1980.
- Led by the abrasive and single-minded Kevin Rowland, Dexy's Midnight Runners spoke for an all-night culture immersed in northern soul. SEARCHING FOR THE YOUNG SOUL REBELS captures the original eight-piece group infusing passionate self-belief into songs based on 60s mentors Geno Washington and Jimmy James. Rowland's expressive voice is perfectly matched by pumping horns and punchy rhythms, but the intensity of their performance ensures the set never falls into pastiche. Each song bears the stamp of a manifesto, one that was largely Rowland's, a myopic vision that brought this line-up to an acrimonious, premature end. His commitment, however, ensured the lasting qualities of this album.
Q (1/01, p.95) - Included in Q's "5 Best Re-Issues of 2000".
Q (6/00, p.62) - Ranked #85 in Q's "100 Greatest British Albums" - "...Rowland had more emotions than locations: anger, bitterness, even a little anti-love. Still extraordinary today."
Melody Maker (9/12/00, p.52) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...The best white soul band of all time....This album is still [a] new testament in truth and communication, clear ideas finding their perfect expression..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.118) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With an] explosion of '60s Stax Revue-like energy, passion and post-punk attitude..."
Mojo (Publisher) (9/00, p.112) - "...The most incandescent and refreshing record of the year : an energetic mix of pop, Northern soul and punkish attitude..."
NME (Magazine) (12/30/00, p.79) - Ranked #1 in NME's "Top 5 Reissues Of The Year".
NME (Magazine) (9/25/93, p.19) - Ranked #12 in NME's list of the `50 Greatest Albums Of The '80s.'
NME (Magazine) (10/2/93, p.29) - Ranked #84 in NME's list of the `Greatest Albums Of All Time.'
Record Collector (magazine) (p.80) - 5 star out of 5 -- "[I]ts blend of post-punk ferocity and bygone soul struck a match under pop music and arguably reignited other wordy and worldly artists."
Uncut (magazine) (p.111) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[S]ome truly soul-scorching music....At 30 years of age, SEARCHING FOR THE YOUNG SOUL REBELS continues to burn."