Too-Rye-Ay [Germany Bonus Tracks]

Too-Rye-Ay [Germany Bonus Tracks]

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by Kevin Rowland
     
 

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For one brief moment, Dexy's exploded into America's consciousness -- and what a song to do it with! "Come on Eileen" combines ramalama rock & roll, soul delivery, and Celtic/country flavor into a perfect musical fusion and an irresistible U.K. and U.S. number one hit. Both the song and its video were such hits that years later, ska/punk bandSee more details below

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For one brief moment, Dexy's exploded into America's consciousness -- and what a song to do it with! "Come on Eileen" combines ramalama rock & roll, soul delivery, and Celtic/country flavor into a perfect musical fusion and an irresistible U.K. and U.S. number one hit. Both the song and its video were such hits that years later, ska/punk band Save Ferris made a minor splash with its own version of the tune, while Garth Brooks appeared in a Saturday Night Live skit dressed as the capering, bedraggled Rowland. The rest of the album is nearly as successful, with quite a few numbers that should have matched "Come on Eileen"'s fame. Given that song's obvious debt to Van Morrison's similar fusions, it's no surprise that Dexy's tipped their hat with a great cover of Morrison's "Jackie Wilson Said," another big British single. Throughout the album, Rowland's distinct, unique voice takes the fore, but the revamped Dexy's lineup proves it was the original version's equal, if not better. Given that only trombonist Big Jimmy Patterson remained, and even then only for two tracks, recruiting a new band able to create the "Celtic soul" Rowland dreamed about turned out to be exactly the right move. Excellently produced by Rowland and the legendary Clive Langer/Alan Winstanley production team, Too-Rye-Ay sounds like an old soul revue recorded on-stage, no doubt an intentional goal. Other highlights include the opening jaunt "The Celtic Soul Brothers," which just about says it all both in title and delivery; the slow swirl of "All in All," and the vicious ballad "Liars A to E." [A German version of the CD included bonus tracks.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/05/1999
Label:
Universal I.S.
UPC:
0731451483929
catalogNumber:
5148392

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kevin Rowland   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Mickey Billingham   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards
Steve Brennan   Fiddle,Violin
Sam Brown   Vocals
Carol Kenyon   Vocals
Giorgio Kilkenny   Bass,Bass Guitar
Katie Kissoon   Vocals
Brian Morris   Saxophone
Helen O'Hara   Fiddle,Violin
Jimmy Paterson   Horn
Seb Shelton   Drums
Paul Speare   Flute,Saxophone,Whistle (Instrument)
Maurice Brian   Saxophone
Emerald Express   Fiddle
Sisters of Scarlet   Vocals
Steve Wynn   Bass
Billy Adams   Banjo,Guitar
Dexys Midnight Runners   Indexed Contributor

Technical Credits

Clive Langer   Producer
Kevin Rowland   Producer
Roger Wake   Remastering
Alan Winstanley   Producer

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