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Given a rather patchy collection of albums, Pete Wylie's The Mighty Wah (and their multiple name changes) are more ripe than most for cherry-picking on to a compilation. Having said that two near-80 minute CDs seems a little extreme. Beginning in the advent of post-punk, on early singles 'Better Scream' and 'Seven Minutes To Midnight', Wylie approached the intensity and urgency of The Jam and the attendant B-sides are also worth a listen. 'Forget The Down' signalled, rather worryingly, a new synth-driven direction which led to longer, more anthemic material. Much of the best is picked out here with 'Story Of The Blues (Pt 1)' and 'Hope (I Wish You'd Believe Me)' remaining powerful, uplifting singles. Not the most commercially successful artist, 'Sinful' from 1986 has been his only hit since but this too is an endearing track. Much of the second CD is made up of his over-earnest, breast-beating work which, despite plenty of self-indulgence, occasionally produced a great epic such as 'The Kerry Baby'. It is, however, the wonderful 'Heart As Big As Liverpool' which could be his epitaph because, despite his flaws, no one could deny his sincerity and pride.
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  CD1 Track Listing
01 Better Scream
02 Hey (Disco) Joe
Standout Track Seven Minutes To Midnight
04 Don't Step On The Cracks
05 Forget The Down
06 Otherboys
07 Some Say
08 The 7000 Names Of Wah!
09 The Death Of Wah!
10 Remember
11 The Story Of The Blues (Part I)
12 Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory
13 Hope (I Wish You'd Believe Me)
14 Sleep (A Lullaby For Josie)
15 Come Back
16 Weekends
17 In The Bleak/Body And Soul/Midwinter
18 I Know There Was Something

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  CD2 Track Listing
01 Sinful
02 Diamond Girl
03 If I Love You
04 Never Fall For A Whore
05 Fourelevenforty four
06 Don't Lose Your Dreams (Excerpts From A Teenage Opera Pt 154)
07 Circle Of Salt
08 The Kerry Baby
09 Long Tall Scally (The Ballad Thereof)
10 Getting Out Of It
11 Heart As Big As Liverpool
12 Talkin' Blues (Story Of The Blues Pt 2)
13 Sinful (Tribal Mix)

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