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The Best of The Proclaimers [CD]

ProclaimersAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Since coming off the road after their last 95 date World tour which began at SXSW in Texas in 2009 and ended with another triumphant main-stage appearance at T In The Park in 2010, Craig and Charlie Reid then spent a year writing, subsequently recording their ninth studio album last autumn in Bath with producer Steve Evans at the helm. The album entitled ‘Like Comedy’ is released ... Read more in Amazon's Proclaimers Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 20, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000063984
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,527 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Letter From America
2. There's A Touch
3. Let's Get Married
4. I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
5. The Doodle Song
6. I'm On My Way
7. King Of The Road
8. Ghost Of Love
9. Throw The R Away
10. What Makes You Cry?
11. Sunshine On Leith
12. When You're In Love
13. Cap In Hand
14. I Want To Be A Christian
15. Act Of Remembrance
16. Lady Luck
17. Make MY Heart Fly
18. The Light
19. The Joyful Kilmarnock Blues
20. Oh Jean

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Product Description

20 track retrospective that highlights their hits since 1987. Mainly taken from four different albums, features are three new songs plus the popular cover of Roger Miller's 'King Of The Road'.

It's clear from this 20-track retrospective that the Proclaimers have not developed at all since they began recording. Craig and Charlie Reid seem to believe they got it right the first time, and it's difficult to argue otherwise. The Proclaimers have stuck doggedly to their guns, refusing to forsake their treacle-thick Scottish accents (a decision they sing about on "Throw the R Away") or their worldview (witness titles such as "I Want to Be a Christian" or "Let's Get Married"). In their perverse and obstinate way, the Proclaimers are about as rock & roll as it gets. These are simple and direct songs, but they're great simple and direct songs, performed with unashamedly earnest passion by two extraordinary singers whose harmonies merit comparison with those of the Louvin and Righteous Brothers. --Andrew Mueller

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars REAL music January 10, 2005
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As with The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, The Clash and many more, I first heard '500 Miles' on the radio. In less than a minute I thought,"WHO are these giys...?!" The song jumped out of my radio and my foot and butt were moving without giving it a music--pure emotion, energy, and so needed in the world today, JOY, unabashed joy. The boys harmonies are so clean, their songwriting interesting and well crafted--except for a couple of duds (I never liked 'King of the Road'--even when it was a hit 40 years ago) the CD is packed with pretty songs and upbeat mood-changers. I bought it for '500 Miles' (the louder the better!)and have played that song at least once a day for the last week or so, but there gems all over this CD. You can't lose!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection. A Must Have!!! October 4, 2002
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As Matt Lucas puts it on the CD jacket: it makes me laugh, it makes me cry, it makes me generally euphoric. This is an awesome collection. If you are not already a fan, you will be. The mix is perfect. I got so hooked. I own all of their CD's, but this one makes it easy to hear it all in one place. The notes these guys hit and the harmony they achieve is unmatchable. You will laugh, cry, sing along and smile a lot. You won't be sorry. From "Letter from America" to "Let's Get Married". You just can't get enough.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proclaimers Neither Gone nor Forgotten July 26, 2002
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Scottish folk duo and twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reed hit pay dirt with their newest "Best Of..." CD. Rediscover all the brothers staggering songs again in this newly remastered compilation guaranteed to leave your toes tappin' and your head boppin'.
Key tracks include "Letter from America," and of course their top 40s hit from "Sunshine on Leith" (and more popularly the 1993 film "Benny and Joon") - "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)." But, some of the best songs on this CD are the lesser-known tracks such as "Throw The `R' Away," one of the duos earliest songs and a defiant boot to the music business, which claimed they would never make it singing with their thick Scottish accents.
This isn't a greatest hit CD, so the pair have a valid excuse to include four new tracks including a bizarre cover, "The Doodle Song," a rocking version of another Scottish singer, Frankie Miller. Not to be missed is another cover, "King of the Road," which the twins had recorded for an Australian film way back when.
This is rock and roll at it's best!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive - Not Best June 24, 2004
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There are 20 tracks here and while the brightest of the Proclaimers songs are here they are mixed in with some of the real stinkers. Several other tracks from Sunshine on Leith were far superior to the Lady Luck or their rendition of King of the Road. You would be better off purchasing the two first albums "This is the Story" and "Sunshine on Leith" then buying this muddled compilation...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great album! December 17, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
My best friend is obsessed w/ the Proclaimers, and when I listened to this album I found out why. It's honest, unabashed, and upbeat. It has lovely melodies and touching lyrics, especially "Sunshine on Leith." I recommend this to everybody- It made me a fan in a week!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection - Worth the Money July 30, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Of course, everybody knows the song "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," and rightfully so. But this "Best Of" compilation is much more than that.
The 20 tracks on this wonderful CD give the listener a well rounded sample of the Proclaimers' harmonies, clever writing, and soul that are not often heard in popular music today. From the excellent cover of "King of the Road" to the heartfelt tribute to their father in "Act of Remembrance," this Scottish duo is, in all liklihood, one of the best kept secrets in the overpopulated world of music.
Trust me. I know these things. :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Selections of The Proclaimers BEST September 14, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is an excellent collection of some of The Proclaimers best music. Starting with Letter From America from their first album to the new songs, Doodle Song, Ghost of Love, and Lady Luck recorded just for this CD, it is a wonderful compilation of Craig and Charlie's GREAT music and lyrics.
A great range of music styles, lyrics about real life with absolutely raw honesty and great wit, and the fabulous Scottish accents makes this an experience you will always enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yowza Wowza!! April 10, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a fantastic album. My sister bought it and I instantly fell in love with it--simple lyrics, often humorous, and a funky beat you can dance to. I especially love "I'm On My Way" and "500 Miles" and.. well, all of them! I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves good, upbeat music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I like it too
My son really wanted this, so I got it for him. I like it too. They are quite good and very musical.
Published 2 days ago by Mary M Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love their music!
Published 27 days ago by Midolex
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I liked it.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Scheibel
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Scottish????????
Loved the idea they did not have to change their accent, yet still managed to be pretty successful in the USA
Published 12 months ago by June A. DeSilva
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome theme-song
These guys do the theme-song from "Benny and June" (Johnny Depp), and it's a TERRIFIC song: (I would walk) 500 Miles.
Published 22 months ago by Kathy
4.0 out of 5 stars Not well known in these recent times--try it, you might just like it.
Well priced , good delivery time. These Proclaimers are very good---just try it, it is different. My music collection is from the 50's to date---NO RAP !! Read more
Published on May 14, 2011 by Brian T. Millns
2.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Proclaimers
I bought this because it is where Celtic Thunder got their idea to record 500 Miles.

Most of the Scottish Folk Songs are not entertaining to me, but I am glad I have the... Read more
Published on July 9, 2010 by Charmaine Birdsall
5.0 out of 5 stars good old fashion songs.
It had great good oldfashion songs to hear and sing alone with. It is nice to hear good music whit out "Nasty sayings and Nasty word.
Published on October 29, 2009 by roxanne bledsoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Perseverance
I heard the song, "I'm Gonna Be 500 Miles" as the credits rolled for a film I watched. I loved the staccato of the beat. It took some time to find out who sang the song. Read more
Published on July 8, 2009 by juice10
4.0 out of 5 stars Proclaimers
I purchased this cd for the song "Im On My Way" which I first heard on the movie Shrek. I like upbeat music and liked the upbeat songs. Read more
Published on April 30, 2009 by Tootsie
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