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Album Review

Handpicked by charismatic, bespectacled Scottish siblings Craig and Charlie Reid, the 30 tracks that make up this two-disc greatest-hits compilation represent the cream of the crop from all nine of the Proclaimers' studio albums, from 1987's gutsy, stripped-down This Is the Story to 2012's sugary and infinitely more settled Like Comedy. Listeners who recoil upon hearing the churning, palm-muted guitar line that opens their most notable pop culture offering, 1988's near perfect folk-pop earworm "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)," will retreat into the shadows even further at the thought of enduring nearly two hours of like-minded whimsy, but longtime fans, many of whom consider tracks like "Sunshine on Leith," "Letter from America," "Throw the 'R' Away," and "Oh Jean" to be far superior examples of why the Reid brothers are so beloved, both at home and abroad, will thrill to the idea of having almost (where is the magnificent "Over & Done With"?) all of their favorites, many of which have been remastered, together in one place.

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Great album

I love this album it has so many good songs in it


Formed: 1986 in Leith, Scotland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

When the Scottish duo of Craig and Charlie Reid emerged in 1987, they were immediately compared to the Everly Brothers. Considering their energetic, melodic folk-rock, the comparison made some sense, even though the Proclaimers didn't really sound like the Everlys. Instead, the two were a post-punk pop band, aggressively displaying their thick accents on sweet, infectiously melodic songs about love, politics, and life in Scotland. After two albums in the late '80s (This Is the Story [1987], Sunshine...
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