The Best of the Proclaimers

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/2002
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724353868222
  • Catalog Number: 386825
  • Sales rank: 42,074

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Proclaimers Primary Artist
Gerry Rafferty Choir, Chorus
Kenny Mac Donald Choir, Chorus
Charlie Reid Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Craig Reid Harmonica, Vocals
Technical Credits
Gerry Rafferty Producer
Jerry Donahue Contributor
Tim Renwick Contributor
Peter Ostroushko Contributor
Daíthí Sproule Contributor
Edwyn Collins Producer
Arran Ahmun Contributor
Phil Bodger Engineer
Nicole Bruce Contributor
Phil Cranham Contributor
Raul d'Oliveira Contributor
Mick Dyche Contributor
Barry Hammond Engineer
Gerry Hogan Contributor
James "Hutch" Hutchinson Contributor
Chris Kimsey Producer
Chuck Leavell Contributor
Greg Leisz Contributor
Dave Mattacks Contributor
Hugh Murphy Producer
Dan Newton Contributor
Stuart Nisbet Contributor
Charlie Reid Composer
Craig Reid Composer
Paul Robinson Contributor
Vince Sullivan Contributor
Kevin Wilkinson Contributor
John Williams Producer
Pete Wingfield Producer
Martyn Heyes Engineer
Ian Maldman Contributor
Ross McFarlane Contributor
Steve Shaw Contributor
Andy Dee Contributor
Keith Burns Contributor
Kevin Bowe Contributor
Seb Lewsley Engineer
Stevie Christie Contributor
Richard Hollywood Engineer
Matt Lucas Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HAS THE COOLEST SONG!!

    I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) is such an fun song! it is so cool i listen to it over and over its so fun to sing to!!! listen to it!!!!

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