The Collection

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
A belated American release of a two-disc set released in England in 1999 as The 38-Carat Collection, The Collection is a sublime overview of Prefab Sprout's remarkable career. Disc one is all of the group's singles minus 1983's "The Devil Has All the Best Tunes", beginning with their self-released 1982 debut, "Lions in My Own Garden Exit Someone," and continuing through 1997's Beatles tribute "Electric Guitars." The decade-and-a-half's worth of singles chart Paddy McAloon's growth from an Elvis Costello disciple with a fondness for obscure religious metaphors to a gifted songsmith in his own right, whose occasional comparisons to Cole Porter and Paul McCartney are more ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
A belated American release of a two-disc set released in England in 1999 as The 38-Carat Collection, The Collection is a sublime overview of Prefab Sprout's remarkable career. Disc one is all of the group's singles minus 1983's "The Devil Has All the Best Tunes", beginning with their self-released 1982 debut, "Lions in My Own Garden Exit Someone," and continuing through 1997's Beatles tribute "Electric Guitars." The decade-and-a-half's worth of singles chart Paddy McAloon's growth from an Elvis Costello disciple with a fondness for obscure religious metaphors to a gifted songsmith in his own right, whose occasional comparisons to Cole Porter and Paul McCartney are more than deserved. Whether as simple as the rueful adolescent misery of "Johnny Johnny" called "Goodbye Lucille #1" on 1985's Steve McQueen or as lush as the richly symphonic "We Let the Stars Go," these songs are brilliantly melodic and lyrically evocative gems. The second disc proves that McAloon's album tracks are in many cases better than his singles. Culling two to four tracks from each of Prefab Sprout's six 1984-1997 albums, this disc covers McAloon's more challenging or non-commercial material, from the opaque, knotty "Cue Fanfare" to the glorious "Andromeda Heights," possibly the most genuinely beautiful song of the group's oeuvre. Though no collection can truly cover all of Prefab Sprout's high points -- at least three of their albums, Swoon, Steve McQueen, and Jordan: The Comeback, are simply essential -- this set is much better than 1992's single-disc compilation A Life of Surprises, and it contains several songs from 1989's Protest Songs and 1997's Andromeda Heights, neither of which were ever released in the United States.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998532526
  • Catalog Number: 85325
  • Sales rank: 59,984

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lions in My Own Garden (2:36)
  2. 2 Don't Sing (3:52)
  3. 3 Couldn't Bear to Be Special (3:49)
  4. 4 When Love Breaks Down (4:06)
  5. 5 Faron Young (3:48)
  6. 6 Appetite (3:54)
  7. 7 Johnny Johnny (3:55)
  8. 8 Cars And Girls (4:26)
  9. 9 King of Rock 'n' Roll (4:22)
  10. 10 Hey Manhattan! (4:46)
  11. 11 The Golden Calf (5:05)
  12. 12 Looking For Atlantis (4:00)
  13. 13 We Let the Stars Go (3:35)
  14. 14 Carnival 2000 (3:23)
  15. 15 The Sound of Crying (4:43)
  16. 16 If You Don't Love Me (3:42)
  17. 17 Life of Surprises (4:04)
  18. 18 Prisoner of the Past (5:00)
  19. 19 Electric Guitars (3:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Cue Fanfare (4:06)
  2. 2 Cruel (4:20)
  3. 3 Bonny (3:44)
  4. 4 Movin' the River (3:58)
  5. 5 Desire As (5:20)
  6. 6 Horsin' Around (4:36)
  7. 7 Pearly Gates (5:29)
  8. 8 Til the Cows Come Home (4:09)
  9. 9 Enchanted (3:46)
  10. 10 I Remember That (4:14)
  11. 11 Nightingales (5:52)
  12. 12 Jordan: the Comeback (4:10)
  13. 13 All the World Loves Lovers (3:50)
  14. 14 Jesse James Bolero (4:09)
  15. 15 Doo-Wop in Harlem (3:43)
  16. 16 Life's a Miracle (3:42)
  17. 17 Swans (2:34)
  18. 18 Andromeda Heights (4:04)
  19. 19 Where the Heart Is (2:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Prefab Sprout Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Public Image Ltd. Composer
Paddy McAloon Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Every Prefab Sprout fans dream CD!

    If there was an option for a ten stars rating I'd give it. Every song is wonderfully crafted; every lyric chosen to paint a beautiful story touching all emotions and pertaining to everyone at some point of their life. For new and veteran PS fans it is the ultimate collection, for the poor unfortunates who have never heard PS welcome to great pop music you'll visit time and time again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better Than Burger Joint Pop!

    I first heard the music of Prefab Sprout playing over the sound system at Red Robin; a sit-down burger chain where I worked as a waiter in Southern California sometime in the mid eighties. The song "Cars and Girls" stuck with me long after I moved on and was living in Chicago, where I overheard my upstairs neighbor playing it one crisp, atumn day. Once I was introduced to the decadent pleasures of P.S., a full indoctrination on the prose of Paddy quickly ensued. Ever since I have sought secret refuge in the lush, nostalgic and sentimental atmospheres manufactured by McAloon and delivered to disc by Dobly. Nothing represents the wasted time and discarded dreams of my youth better than the disposable, artificial, pre-packaged, plastic wrap, assembly line fast-food frivolity of P.S.

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