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Searching for the Young Soul Rebels [Bonus Disc]
     

Searching for the Young Soul Rebels [Bonus Disc]

by Dexys Midnight Runners
 

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The crackling stations being switched on the radio and the gang shout followed by the spoken injunction to "burn it down" sound like they should be starting off a Sham 69 record. Then "Burn It Down" actually starts, with its horn section, Hammond organ and Kevin Rowland's utterly unconventional soul vocals. The cult of Dexy

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The crackling stations being switched on the radio and the gang shout followed by the spoken injunction to "burn it down" sound like they should be starting off a Sham 69 record. Then "Burn It Down" actually starts, with its horn section, Hammond organ and Kevin Rowland's utterly unconventional soul vocals. The cult of Dexy's, and this album in particular, were worshipped as the return of "soul" to English rock music at the dawn of Thatcherism. Exploring the myth that this album holds, especially in Brit music terms, can be a strange prospect: 20 years on it doesn't sound revolutionary, it just sounds good. And good it is, quite good, compared to where Paul Weller ended up, i.e., too reverential by half. This is vibrant, alive, and unconcerned with perfection. Rowland takes a role that Morrissey would have in 1985 and Jarvis Cocker in 1995 -- the unexpected but perfect voice to capture a time and moment in the U.K. His slightly strangled wail and sly, wry lyrics and song titles ("Tell Me When My Light Turns Green," "Thankfully Not Living in Yorkshire It Doesn't Apply") make this album in many ways. Musically, the group lays down R&B grooves and brassy hooks with aplomb, as on the brilliant "Seven Days Too Long" and the number one single "Geno," but throw in film noir touches, John Barry-writing-for-James Bond fare and more just as ably. The liner notes have a fun description of the group's origins and brief notes for most of the tunes -- the best for the finale, "There, There, My Dear": "P.S. Old clothes do not make a tortured artist." The 2000 reissue contains a slew of extra tracks and B-sides, making it the version to find.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2013
Label:
Emi Import
UPC:
5099972511527
catalogNumber:
7251152
Rank:
17051

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Performance Credits

Dexys Midnight Runners   Primary Artist
Andy Leek   Organ
Archer   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Blythe   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mick Talbot   Organ
Big Jim Paterson   Trombone
Kevin Rowland   Vocals
Seb Shelton   Drums
Paul Speare   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Spooner   Alto Saxophone
Pete Williams   Bass,Vocals
Bobby Ward   Drums
Steve Wynne   Bass
Kevin Archer   Guitar,Vocals
Brian Maurice   Alto Saxophone
Billy Adams   Guitar
Micky Billingham   Organ,Piano
Pete Saunders   Organ,Piano
Carlo Rolan   Vocals

Technical Credits

Otis Redding   Composer
Bob Sargeant   Producer
Jeff Blythe   Composer
Barry Hammond   Engineer
Big Jim Paterson   Composer
Mike Robinson   Engineer
Kevin Rowland   Composer,Producer
Alan Shacklock   Producer
Pete Wingfield   Composer,Director,Producer
Kevin Archer   Composer,Producer
Nigel Reeve   Project Compiler
Daryl Easlea   Liner Notes
Scott Minshall   Reissue Art
Fly by Night   Artwork
Harrell   Composer
Dave Flower   Engineer
Pete Saunders   Composer
Foote and Mouth   Producer

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