Dexy's Midnight Runners

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Dexy's Midnight Runners - Too-Rye-Ay Too-Rye-Ay
Pop New - LP SRM-1-4069 Mercury
Sealed 1982 Original With Custom Inner Sleeve. Tiny Saw Cut. “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. 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." Ned Raggett, AMG.... more details
 
Dexy's Midnight Runners - Too-Rye-Ay Too-Rye-Ay
Pop Used - LP MERS 5 Mercury
Beautiful 1981 Original With Custom Inner Sleeve. Sadly Written Off As Many As One-Hit Wonders ("Come On Eileen"), The Band's Shambolic Mix Of Rock & Soul (And Celtic Fiddles) Made For Two Very Compelling Records. Highly Recommended, As Is The Band's Debut, "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels."... more details
 
Dexy's Midnight Runners - Don't Stand Me Down Don't Stand Me Down
Pop New - LP 822989 Polygram
Sealed, Hard-To-Find 1985 Original. Saw-Cut. “Utterly Overlooked Upon Release, Condemned And Chastised By Every Reviewer Who Came Within 50 Yards Of It, Dexy's Midnight Runners' Third Album Arrived In 1985 With The Band's Once-Illuminated Fame Looking Seriously Battered, Not Only By The Three Years That Kevin Rowland Kept Listeners Waiting, But Also By The Fact That He'd Seemingly Thrown Away Every Pop Classic Blueprint He'd Ever Laid His Hands On. Quite Frankly, The Album Was A Mess, With Half The Songs Sounding Like Extemporized Intros, And The Rest Seemingly Trapped Within Their Own Middle Eights. The Fact That The Smiths, To Name But One, Had Long Since Made A Virtue Of Such Intricacies Was Irrelevant — The World Wanted Another "Come On Eileen." Instead They Got "The Occasional Flicker," A Song-Cum-Ramble-Cum-Rant That Apparently Went Out Of Its Way To Disrupt Those Demands. Ah, But It's Such A Magnificent Disruption. Freed (In His Own Mind At Least) From The Tiresome Dictates Of The Band's Hitmaking Past, Rowland Conceived An Album That Drifts Past In A Blur Of Haunting And Sometimes Haunted Melodies, With The Vocal Lines Floating Almost Conversationally Over Them. Play The Album Once, Then Think Back On It Later, And All You Remember Is The Sheer Casual Joy Of It All, The Sense That Dexy's Gathered In The Studio For Fun As Much As Profit, And If Nobody Liked What They Did — Which They Didn't — Then So Be It. Listen Closer, However, And Even The Lackadaisical Swagger Is Expertly Crafted. "This Is What She's Like," Doomed To Become The Band's First Non-Charting Single Since "Liars A To E," Is An Absolute Corker Once You Give It A Chance To Sink Into Your Skull And, Track By Track, Don't Stand Me Down Unfolds To Become Not The Ugly Duckling Of Dexy's Midnight Runners' Hit-Packed Catalog, But The New Dawn That Could — Should — Have Finally Exorcised "Eileen" And Her Buddies. And When It Didn't, The Band Broke Up.” – Dave Thompson, All Music Guide... more details
 
Dexy's Midnight Runners - Searching For The Young Soul Rebels Searching For The Young Soul Rebels
Pop New - LP SW 17042 EMI
Sealed 1980 Original. Clean COH. “Although Changing Dexy's From A Nouveau American-Soul Band To An Ethnic Irish Folk Group May Make Singer/Mastermind Kevin Rowland Seem A Tad Fickle, His Singleminded Devotion To Whatever Direction He Selects Gives The Birmingham Group's First Two Albums A Powerful Sense Of Care And Dedication That Many Infinitely More Consistent Musicians Never Achieve. Searching For The Young Soul Rebels, Recorded By The Original Eight-Man Lineup, Boldly Challenged The Direction New Wave Had Taken In 1979 And '80, Long Before Soul Music And Horns Became Trendy. Taking Inspiration From Soul Men Like Sam & Dave And Geno Washington, Onetime Punk Singer Rowland Anted Up A Batch Of Emotionally Powerful Songs That Work Equally Well As Heartfelt Tributes And Modern Creations. Despite The Enormous Amount Of Image-Building That Surrounded It, Searching Is A Fine, Expressive Album With No Bad Tracks.” – Ira Robbins, Trosuerpress.Com... more details
 
Dexy's Midnight Runners - Searching For The Young Soul Rebels Searching For The Young Soul Rebels
Pop Audiophile - LP SVLP 154 Simply Vinyl
Sealed 1999 180gm HQ Reissue Of Their 1980 Recording. “Although Changing Dexy's From A Nouveau American-Soul Band To An Ethnic Irish Folk Group May Make Singer/Mastermind Kevin Rowland Seem A Tad Fickle, His Single-Minded Devotion To Whatever Direction He Selects Gives The Birmingham Group's First Two Albums A Powerful Sense Of Care And Dedication That Many Infinitely More Consistent Musicians Never Achieve. Searching For The Young Soul Rebels, Recorded By The Original Eight-Man Lineup, Boldly Challenged The Direction New Wave Had Taken In 1979 And '80, Long Before Soul Music And Horns Became Trendy. Taking Inspiration From Soul Men Like Sam & Dave And Geno Washington, Onetime Punk Singer Rowland Anted Up A Batch Of Emotionally Powerful Songs That Work Equally Well As Heartfelt Tributes And Modern Creations. Despite The Enormous Amount Of Image-Building That Surrounded It, Searching Is A Fine, Expressive Album With No Bad Tracks.” – Ira Robbins, Trosuerpress.... more details
 

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