Deacon Blue - Raintown

180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Reissue

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Raintown is the debut album by Scottish pop band Deacon Blue, originally released in May 1987 by Columbia Records.

Taking their name from the Steely Dan song "Deacon Blues", Deacon Blue were formed in 1985 following Ricky Ross's move from Dundee to Glasgow. They were one of the top-selling UK bands of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Along with Ross, the group consisted of Lorraine McIntosh, James Prime, Dougie Vipond, Ewen Vernal and Graeme Kelling. Ross, a former school teacher was the group's frontman, penning the majority of their songs.

Raintown, widely praised as Deacon Blue's finest work, has the overtones of a concept album relating to the struggles of urban life in the inner city - the city being unmistakably Glasgow, referenced by the roots of the band and by the famous images by photographer Oscar Marzaroli on the cover of the album.

The short intro, "Born In A Storm", melodic and interspersed with an unmistakably gloomy atmosphere created by the name, launches into the title track "Raintown", a natural extension of this plot. The weather remains a feature of the atmosphere of the album, reflecting the epitome of the Scots word dreich. Played out in the course of the album is the struggle with money ("Loaded"), unemployment, dreams of something better ("Dignity", "The Very Thing"), culminating in an angry attack upon urban life ("Town To Be Blamed").

The album does feature lighter experiences though, with the love songs ("Chocolate Girl") and "Love's Great Fears" - a track that Ross has often cited as his all-time favourite, featuring a searing slide guitar outro by Chris Rea.

Raintown proved a commercial success and has to date sold around a million copies, peaking in the UK album chart at 14 and remaining in the charts for a year and a half.

Check out the singles: Dignity; Chocolate Girl and Loaded.

This LP reissue on 180 gram audiophile vinyl is pressed in Europe by Music On Vinyl.

Musicians

Deacon Blue

  • Ricky Ross – Lead Vocals
  • Lorraine McIntosh – Backing & Harmony Vocals
  • Graeme Kelling – Guitar, Low Voice
  • James Prime – Keyboards, Backing Vocals
  • Ewen Vernal – Bass, Backing Vocals
  • Dougie Vipond – Drums, Percussion

Additional musicians

  • Chris Rea (Slide Guitar on "Love's Great Fears")
  • B.J. Cole (Pedal Steel Guitar on "Chocolate Girl")
  • Jimmy Helms, George Chandler, Jimmy Chambers (Londonbeat) (Backing Vocals on "When Will You (Make My Telephone Ring)")

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Born In A Storm

1:33

A2

Raintown

3:50

A3

Ragman

3:08

A4

He Looks Like Spencer Tracy Now

3:50

A5

Loaded

4:29

A6

When Will You (Make My Telephone Ring)

    (Backing Vocals – Londonbeat)

5:05

B1

Chocolate Girl

    (Pedal Steel Guitar – BJ Cole)

3:18

B2

Dignity

4:00

B3

The Very Thing

3:34

B4

Love’s Great Fears

    (Slide Guitar – Chris Rea)

3:42

B5

Town To Be Blamed

5:19

SKU 8719262000377
Record Label Sony Music
Label / Model # Music On Vinyl
Catalogue Number MOVLP1605
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 08 August 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 01 May 1987
Barcode # 8719262000377
Shipping Weight 0.2850kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Pop
Genre Rock
Genre Synth-Pop
Format VINYL LP

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