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Album Review

It's likely that a large portion of the audience Del Amitri won with the lightly infectious, incessantly catchy "Roll to Me" thought of the Scottish group as a new band, not an outfit that had been recording for over a decade. That may be one of the reasons why Hatful of Rain: The Best of Del Amitri was released in 1998, a mere three years after "Roll to Me" climbed into the Top Ten. (It could also be that the follow-up, Some Other Sucker's Parade, stiffed on the charts.) In any case, Hatful of Rain is an excellent overview of Del Amitri's career, containing no less than 17 tracks, including all of their American and British hits. It may overlook their early independent singles, yet the consistency of their major-label work in the '80s and '90s gives the collection a sense of cohesion, even if it is sequenced out of chronological order. What matters is that Hatful of Rain contains everything that a casual fan could want while reconfirming their stature as a solid singles band to their core constituents — and that's everything a good greatest-hits album should do.

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Emotions in a Hat

Saw them live in 1992 having heard Spit in the Rain playing in the Nurses Home where I lived as a stoned out but very happy student nurse. After seeing them live I had to have all their albums, and the release of this Album bought together everything that was emotional about their music. Always makes me feel good whatever my mood. A fantastic collection of all things Del Amitri.

Not just another compilation

If you've only got room on your ipod for a bit of the Dels, this is as good a cross section of their work as you're going to get. These boys just had a knack of writing infectious songs. There is not a duff track on here.

past and present

remembering my past in the north east with a girl called shelley collier if your out there with this album your always in the present, stunning tunes from a fine band.

Biography

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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