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Too-Rye-Ay (Remastered)

Dexy's Midnight Runners

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Album Review

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. Both the song and its video were such hits that years later, ska/punk band Save Ferris made a minor splash with its own version of the tune, while Garth Brooks appeared in a Saturday Night Live skit dressed as the capering, bedraggled Rowland. 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." [A German version of the CD included bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews

Shame

This is a fantastic, genre stradling album. However buy the CD as iTunes offers only a partial job here. No Plan B, no album. Buy this and your missing out.

Definitely deserves 4 stars!

I've loved this album since I was really young and my parents played it to me. It's really infectious. My favourite tracks are definitely Come on Eileen, The Celtic Soul Brothers and Jackie Wilson Said. Definitely worth a listen. X

Jocky Wilson Said

Shoot the reviewer! - who the cares about Garth Brookes, This is UK history - Jocky Wilson said so!

Biography

Formed: July, 1978 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '00s, '10s

Dexys Midnight Runners are best known in America as one of new wave's ultimate one-hit wonders, thanks to their 1982 number one smash "Come on Eileen," a distinctive fusion of '80s pop, Celtic folk, and blue-eyed soul. In the U.K., however, they earned a fair amount of critical acclaim and made a greater...
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