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Listen on [Best of, Import]

Railway Children Audio CD
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1. Every Beat Of The Heart
2. Everybody
3. Give It Away
4. Music Stop
5. What She Wants
6. Something So Good
7. Hours Go By
8. After The Rain
9. You're Young
10. Collide
11. Somewhere South
12. Listen On
13. Over And Over (Full Remix)
14. A Gentle Sound (Original Demo)
15. Monica's Light
16. So Right (Dakeyne Full Length Mix)
17. In The Meantime

Product Description

2004 compilation featuring 17 tracks. Virgin.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Best of.... Sort of Dec 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is a valid "Best of.." collection in the sense that it contains The Railway Children's biggest singles and compiles songs from different albums. If you're only going to buy one album from The Railway Children, you should probably get this one. If you're a big fan or become a big fan of the group, this cd will not do them justice by itself. One omission that's almost unforgiveable (and there seems to be a consensus on this) is "A Pleasure". On the other hand, there are several tracks that don't show the band at their best, such as "Hours Go By" and "After The Rain". I personally like "What She Wants" and "Give It Away", which are b-sides from Native Place. I think the mixing is bad on these songs, but the poor mixing somehow adds character. There are alternate versions of some of the songs included. I actually like the version of "Something So Good" better on this cd; it has more of raw edge that further brings out the emotion of the song. The full-remix version of "Over And Over", however, in my opinion is not as good as the album version. Of course, "Every Beat Of The Heart", a cult classic, is included on the cd. That's the song that introduced me to this great band. Hopefully this collection will introduce many more listeners to The Railway Children.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Really a Best Of, But Still Essential Dec 14 2001
Format:Audio CD
If this is the first Railway Children CD you buy (and its the only one that's easy to find new these days) then you should be warned that the title is a bit decieving. Sure the first track is incredible, but midway through track 2 you might be wondering " ... and this is their best?". Rather then being a "best of" collection, this is really a mixed bag of singles and b-sides with a few standout album tracks as well, but not nearly all of the good ones. In my opinion, every track on their first three albums is very very good. However, I can't say the same for some of the b-sides on this disc. While some of them have definitly grown on me, tracks 2, 3, 5, 7, and 8 on this CD, which are all b-sides from the "Native Place" singles, are worse than any of the tracks on any of their regular albums. This is a good thing, as it shows they did a good job of selecting the best material for the albums, but unfortunately all of those first three albums have gone out of print. So, as its easy to buy, this CD may be a good place to start listening to the Railway Children, but I highly recommend tracking down the original albums. "Native Place" is quite easy to find for sale used. Their first, "Reunion Wilderness" has been reissued and is available on the bands web site. "Recurrence" is currently the most difficult one to find, but may well be the best. But even if you do manage to find all three of these, this CD will still be important. The original version here of "Listen On" is quite different from the album version, and I like the this one better. This plus the post "Native Place" single, "So Right", along with the b-sides, make this a great CD to own even if you have the original albums. The really exciting news is that the band has a new single out supposedly soon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fugue in 3D July 30 2000
By loteq
Format:Audio CD
With a classic beat-combo line-up (lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass, and drums), the Railway Children create a shimmering, melodic sound that reminds me of '80s bands like Smiths, Spandau Ballet, and Wire. "Listen on.." claims to be a sort of "Greatest hits" compilation, but RC aren't merely a singles band. The problem is that this disc only covers the "Virgin years", with nothing from RC's independent days at the Factory label ("Reunion wilderness"). And there's a couple of unnecessary remixes and demo versions here which clearly pale next to such great songs as "Somewhere south", "In the meantime", or "Something so good". Well, there isn't much to tell about "Listen on". It contains some great music, but I think RC's regular albums are much more cohesive. "Recurrence", their major label debut, is probably their best album, followed by 1990's "Native place". The latter one is available as a cut-out edition, and usually you can find RC's releases at second-hand shops. After a long lay-off, the band returned in 1999 with "Dream arcade", but they didn't experience any commercial success. Despite some shortcomings, "Listen on" is a must-have for anyone with a weakness for melodic guitar-pop, and a good place to start your RC collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Totally Great and Highly Recommended!! Dec 8 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a super cd highlighting the best of this cool band. From the opening chords of "Every Beat of My Heart" all the way through the collection you get a neat feeling. "Monica's Light", "Collide", "In the Meantime", "Hours Go By" are all super songs. Gary Newby and his gang are true songsmiths. They have style. Too bad they didn't get the recognition they deserved in the States. Highly recommended to anyone a fan of true pop music that was pre-Nirvana.
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