Too-Rye-Ay [Germany Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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: 1/5/1999
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 731451483929
  • Catalog Number: 5148392
  • Sales rank: 49,586

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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