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Album Review

Universal's Del Amitri Collection pales in comparison to 1998's Hatful of Rain: The Best of Del Amitri. While "Always the Last to Know" may be the popular Scottish alternative rock group's best known track, their long-term success came through a bevy of other chart-topping singles, many of which are curiously absent here. There's good stuff to be found here, but the absence of "Kiss This Thing Goodbye," "Just Like a Man" and "Cry to Be Found," as well as the inclusion of a live version of "Hatful of Rain" instead of the more familiar studio rendition, make this collection a poor starting point for new fans, and a disappointing walk down memory lane for longtime listeners.


Formed: 1982 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Rock

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

Del Amitri's easy blend of Beatlesque pop and country-rock has made them a worldwide road and radio staple since the mid-'80s. Formed in Scotland in 1982 by bassist/vocalist/songwriter Justin Currie and longtime guitarist and collaborator Ian Harvie, the duo released Sense Sickness on a small Glasgow indie label the following year. Through heavy touring and positive word of mouth, the band -- which now included drummer Paul Tyagi and guitar player Bryan Tolland -- managed to impress the suits at...
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