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Tellin Stories

The Charlatans UKAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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For more than two decades now, The Charlatans have been an inspirational force in British rock. As they celebrate their twentieth anniversary with some very special gigs, they remain as exciting and relevant now, as when they first broke through to the immortal strains of ‘The Only One I Know’ – if not, more so, as a new generation of young bands and fans today hail them as ... Read more in Amazon's The Charlatans UK Store

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  • Audio CD (June 17, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca Dist Corp
  • ASIN: B000002P6D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,776 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. With No Shoes
2. North Country Boy
3. Tellin' Stories
4. One To Another
5. You're A Big Girl Now
6. How Can You Leave Us
7. Area 51
8. How High
9. Only Teethin'
10. Get On It
11. Title Fight
12. Two Of Us
13. Rob's Theme

Editorial Reviews

Like Blur, England's Charlatans started out as seemingly slight "Madchester" wannabes: Remember the organ-driven hit "The Only One I Know," which nicked its hook from Deep Purple's "Hush"? But the group has matured over the last seven years, becoming a gutsy rock band with a penchant for psychedelicized blues, not unlike the Rolling Stones of Aftermath and Between the Buttons. Sadly, organist Rob Collins was killed in a car crash in Wales in July, 1996, midway through recording this album. His bandmates drew on their pain to complete a cathartic set of songs such as "With No Shoes" and "How Can You Leave Us," which serve as a fitting tribute. --Jim Derogatis

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Charlatan's masterwork May 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
With "Tellin' Stories", The Charlatans have entered what may be called the "classic album" period or just matured period of their career. Their previous albums have all been average with a few stand out songs on each album (Such as "Weirdo" and "Here Comes A Soul Saver.") They have triumphed with "Tellin' Stories" creating an album where each song, stands on its own and different from the other songs. The Charlatans sound like a real mature band now, not trying to be a The Stone Roses wannabe band like the million other bands that exploded out of Manchester at the time. "Tellin' Stories" would also be a tragic chapter for The Charlatans as they had to deal with the death of Rob Collins but we don't get anything sappy or false but an album which sparkles and is a celebration of life. The opening "With No Shoes" shows The Charlatans mastering their famous organ and rock jam free-flowing style. "North Country Boy" may be their best single to date and is a crowd-pleaser. The album's title track, "Tellin' Stories" is in revival with "Get On It" for best song on the album. "You're A Big Girl Now" is a perfect acoustic melody that isn't spoiled by melodramatic singer-songwritter tendencies. "How High?" was the song that made me buy this album and it is a classic loud feel-good single.
I would also like to note the lyrics. The lyrics on "Tellin' Stories" are finally equal to standard good lyrics, very few throwaway lines and all create some kind of image or feeling. No stupid no brainier trying to be slick lyrics here. The lyrics fit the music perfectly. "Get On It" is the perfect example, blending a soulful harmonica and lyrics about going through life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best thing since the early Stone Roses May 23, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
A simply superb offering from the 'real' Manchester band. This cd will blow your head off and will have you captivated from start to finish with its beautiful lyrics and full flowing acoustic and electric guitar and keyboard. The highlights on this album include 'North Country Boy', 'One to Another', 'How High' and one of my favourites the sur real 'Rob's theme' which is a tribute to band member Rob Collins who sadly died during the making of this record. However, all the tracks do support each other and you are left with an album which flows perfectly.
Do yourself a favour and stay a way from the mainstream indie (ie Blur and Cast) and instead buy an album which you will end up gluing to your cd system. Simply the best thing to come out of England since the early Stone Roses.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant August 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
One of the best British bands, and criminally underrated. One to Another is one of the best rock/indie records you will ever hear in your life and demonstrates the class of this band. They have a fantastic, distinctive sound and are one of the few in the indie genre that I actually rate highly.
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"Tellin Stories," which must have been a difficult album to complete after organist Rob Collins died in a car crash, contains two of the the Charlatans U.K.'s best songs: The lusciously textured, almost Moody Bluish, title track, and the rocking "One to Another," which contains an amazingly infectious riff. In fact, the first four songs ("With No Shoes," "Country Boy," "Tellin' Stories," and "One To Another") are so good, that at that point in the album, I would easily rate it five stars. As most fans I'm sure would agree, the remainder of the album isn't quite as remarkable, but still matches, for example, the band's prior self-titled album, to which I gave four stars, which is why I rated "Tellin' Stories" four and half stars, overall.

While perhaps one or two songs towards the end of "Tellin' Stories" might have been shorter, or even omitted, the album never loses steam, and is generally a pleasure to listen to. And, as I said, the songs "Tellin' Stories" and "One to Another" which conveniently appear consecutively on the album, are among the best work the band ever did, both musically and lyrically. I also appreciate the fact that the band dedicated much of the album to Collins, who was an integral component to the Charlatans general sound with his ever-present organ, which became more subtle after the band's first two albums.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Wanna Go Where The Sun Goes September 17, 2000
By EriKa
Format:Audio CD
"I could be alone with you, while all the pretty people watch the years go by..." In Charlies songs, there is always a line or a verse that gets to me and sticks in my head. This particular line comes from "You're a Big Girl Now" one of the superior tracks on this album.
The songs here are mature, vivid, hopeful, but a bit on the melancholy side (although the Charlatans have always had that cynical "sod off" edge). I particularly enjoy tracks 3 (the title track "Tellin'Stories"), 5 ("You're a Big Girl Now"), and then 8, 11, and 12.
While I don't feel that this album is as flawless as previous Charlatans albums the lapse is forgiveable in light of the tragedy the group suffered during the recording of this album. Of course, this is not to say that this album is anything less than brilliant. It is brilliant, entertaining, and full of new insight into the make-up and resilience of Charlatans, definitely one of the most underrated bands of the 1990s.
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