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Del Amitri Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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At once influenced by roots rock and new wave, Glasgow's Del Amitri were signed to Chrysalis after tours with the Smiths and the Fall gained them legions of new fans. Their excellent 1985 debut, now available in U.S. after a 10-year absence, is expanded here with the singles Hammering Heart (version 1) and Sticks and Stones Girl plus their respective B-sides!

1. Heard Through A Wall
2. Hammering Heart
3. Former Owner
4. Sticks And Stones Girl
5. Deceive Yourself
6. I Was Here
7. Crows In The Wheatfield
8. Keepers
9. Ceasefire
10. Breaking Bread
11. This King Is Poor
12. The Difference Is
13. Lines Running North
14. Brown Eyed Girl

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 3, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Superfecta
  • ASIN: B00009L4V9
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Stephenson on December 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Truly, truly: one of the greatest albums of that era. I was the only person that I knew of who bought and listened to it, and the music literally was so deeply impressed upon my mind that I walked around for weeks while these songs played autonomously in my head. At the time, this music reminded me of "Gregory's Girl", a film by Scottish director Bill Forsyth. Justin Currie, who was all of but 16-18 years old when he wrote the lyrics, was, in his early years, a clever wordsmith but went on to write some of the most endearing "love-gained" and "love-lost" songs in my conspectus of the past 50 years of pop music. His lines have true literary merit... And you can dance to them!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ed Goodman on June 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The sound quality of this remaster is amazing. And the CD has ALL of the b-sides from the singles from this album. Can't write any more as i'm going to go listen to it again!
Here's the track list:
1. Heard Through A Wall
2. Hammering Heart
3. Former Owner
4. Sticks And Stones Girl
5. Deceive Yourself (In Ignorant Heaven)
6. I Was Here
7. Crows In The Wheatfield
8. Keepers
9. Ceasefire
10. Breaking Bread
11. This King Is Poor
12. Difference Is, The
13. Lines Running North
14. Brown Eyed Girl
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trisha Potter on June 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
if true art is something that communicates to its audience, then this is true art. a permanent top 10 lister, a desert island pick ... if you only remember one thing from your surfing session tonight, remember this: all the best musicians come from scotland.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have been waiting (nearly) 20 years for someone to figure out that this is one of the most under-rated brilliant albums ever released. While Del Amitri went on to great fame during their A&M career - nothing they ever did came close to matching the sheer pop brilliance of their self-titled debut album. Sadly fans of the band tend to distance themselves from this album because it's not nearly as AOR friendly as their subsequent hits - but what's a crying shame is that fans of Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe and Aztec Camera and The Smiths and The Church and The Sound and The Railway Children and Orange Juice haven't embraced this album. And god bless Superfecta for including the equally as brilliant b-sides (okay, let's be honest, it's a ... cover of "Brown Eyed Girl" but at least it's tongue-in-cheek). Do yourself a favor if you're a fan of early '80s pop music (before the words "new wave" and "alternative" came around and LONG before the words "pop music" became curse words) - and buy this album!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Palmer on September 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
about no choruses and too many words in these songs, but he's also right about the charm of this first album. This stuff isn't very sing-along-able (without a lot of listening and practice), despite the devotion to melody and harmonizing. Several of the songs are rapid-fire tongue-twisting soliloquies or jaded poetry rants molded by the beat and jangly guitars and a sort of punk attitude if not sound. Yet the music is lovely, poignant, affecting. Currie's younger voice is higher, more earnestly intense, but even here a talent to be appreciated. The long-winded lyrics are angry, agonized & naive sometimes but not stupid or (entirely) clueless. (I have no doubt "Crows in the Wheatfield" was inspired by Van Gogh's painting Wheatfield with Crows.) Already there are the plays on words and twists of meaning we've come to know and love in the Dels' songs.

I love the breathless adolescent rush of "Hammering Heart," "Sticks and Stones Girl" and "I Was Here"; the hopeless, sweet sadness of "Former Owner"; the biting, world-kicking, self-dissatisfied "Crows in the Wheatfield"; the hurt frustration of "Lines Running North"; and the beautiful but terrible "Keepers." Terrible in the sense of its subject, which isn't love but controlling, abusive obsession: "you may be bleeding though you're not dying, but you are dying to go/stop teasing me/I'm not seeing you leaving me."

All in all, this is a separate curiosity from the later Del CDs, is more than "mere" entertainment, but it has grown on me quite a bit since I first played it, and I go `round humming bits of this, too. The final bonus track of this reissue is a cover of Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl." It sort of grates on the ear and they're horsing around with it-can't quite tell whether they're sending it up or they like it (or both), but it leaves you smiling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By untypical1 on June 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my favorite albums ever. I love singing along with all the songs...so I'm especially glad that lyrics were included with this reissue. Del Amitri really conjure up a Scottish village of lovelorn souls in these sweet, complex, conflicted tunes. Now if only they'd reissue their second album with extra tracks...no, all of 'em...and tour again...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marquis on May 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'll admit that I came about this album by accident. I immediately fell in love with "Roll to Me" and after vaguely remembering that they had a tune a few years earlier that I also liked (Always the Last to Know) I went to the record store with the intention of buying the new CD (I am refering to Twisted which was new at the time). They only had this one in stock. I hesitated but ended up with it mostly because it was only a few bucks. Thank god. Every song kicks ass. Screw Roll to Me. These songs are incredible. One after another. My personal faves are Former Owner and Sticks and Stones, and Ceasefire. I put I Was Here and Keepers in a league with the best the eighties have to offer, period. The only tune I don't care for is the first one (Heard Through a Wall I believe is the title of it). Great stuff. Pick it up if you find it. One word of caution from a person that was subsequently disappointed. This is the only Del album that sounds like...well, like it does. They changed drastically and for the worse save a few one offs in this reviewer's op.
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