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The Collection


Download links and information about The Collection by Prefab Sprout. This album was released in 2001 and it belongs to Rock, New Wave, Pop, Alternative genres. It contains 38 tracks with total duration of 02:34:41 minutes.

Artist: Prefab Sprout
Release date: 2001
Genre: Rock, New Wave, Pop, Alternative
Tracks: 38
Duration: 02:34:41
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No. Title Length
1. Lions In My Own Garden (Exit Someone) 2:36
2. Don't Sing 3:52
3. Couldn't Bear to Be Special 3:49
4. When Love Breaks Down 4:06
5. Faron Young 3:48
6. Appetite 3:54
7. Johnny Johnny 3:55
8. Cars and Girls 4:26
9. The King of Rock 'n' Roll 4:22
10. Hey Manhattan! 4:46
11. The Golden Calf 5:05
12. Looking for Atlantis 4:00
13. We Let the Stars Go 3:35
14. Carnival 2000 3:23
15. The Sound of Crying 4:43
16. If You Don't Love Me 3:42
17. Life of Surprises 4:04
18. A Prisoner of the Past 5:00
19. Electric Guitars 3:43
20. Cue Fanfare 4:06
21. Cruel 4:20
22. Bonny 3:44
23. Moving the River 3:58
24. Desire As 5:20
25. Horsin' Around 4:36
26. Pearly Gates 5:29
27. 'Til the Cows Come Home 4:09
28. Enchanted 3:46
29. I Remember That 4:14
30. Nightingales (Full Version) 5:52
31. Jordan: The Comeback 4:10
32. All the World Loves Lovers 3:50
33. Jesse James Bolero 4:09
34. Doo-Wop In Harlem 3:43
35. Life's a Miracle 3:42
36. Swans 2:34
37. Andromeda Heights 4:04
38. Where the Heart Is 2:06



A belated American release of a two-disc set released in England in 1999 as The 38-Carat Collection, The Collection is a sublime overview of Prefab Sprout's remarkable career. Disc one is all of the group's singles (minus 1983's "The Devil Has All the Best Tunes"), beginning with their self-released 1982 debut, "Lions in My Own Garden (Exit Someone)," and continuing through 1997's Beatles tribute "Electric Guitars." The decade-and-a-half's worth of singles chart Paddy McAloon's growth from an Elvis Costello disciple with a fondness for obscure religious metaphors to a gifted songsmith in his own right, whose occasional comparisons to Cole Porter and Paul McCartney are more than deserved. Whether as simple as the rueful adolescent misery of "Johnny Johnny" (called "Goodbye Lucille #1" on 1985's Steve McQueen) or as lush as the richly symphonic "We Let the Stars Go," these songs are brilliantly melodic and lyrically evocative gems. The second disc proves that McAloon's album tracks are in many cases better than his singles. Culling two to four tracks from each of Prefab Sprout's six 1984-1997 albums, this disc covers McAloon's more challenging or non-commercial material, from the opaque, knotty "Cue Fanfare" to the glorious "Andromeda Heights," possibly the most genuinely beautiful song of the group's oeuvre. Though no collection can truly cover all of Prefab Sprout's high points — at least three of their albums, Swoon, Steve McQueen, and Jordan: The Comeback, are simply essential — this set is much better than 1992's single-disc compilation A Life of Surprises, and it contains several songs from 1989's Protest Songs and 1997's Andromeda Heights, neither of which were ever released in the United States.