Too-Rye-Ay

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Too-Rye-Ay
Dexys Midnight Runners Too-Rye-Ay.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1982
RecordedDecember 1981 – March 1982
Studio Genetic Studios, Streatley, Berkshire [1]
Genre Blue-eyed soul, Celtic folk
Length40:37
Label Mercury
Producer Kevin Rowland
Clive Langer
Alan Winstanley
Dexys Midnight Runners chronology
Searching for the Young Soul Rebels
(1980)
Too-Rye-Ay
(1982)
Don't Stand Me Down
(1985)
Singles from Too-Rye-Ay
  1. "The Celtic Soul Brothers"
    Released: March 1982
  2. "Come On Eileen"
    Released: 25 June 1982
  3. "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)"
    Released: August 1982
  4. "The Celtic Soul Brothers"
    Released: March 1983 (re-release)
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Review scores
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Blender Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [4]
NME 8/10 [5]
Q Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [6]
Record Collector Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [7]
The Village Voice B+ [8]

Too-Rye-Ay is the second album by Dexys Midnight Runners, released in July 1982. The album is best known for the hit single "Come On Eileen", which included the lyrics "too-rye-ay" that inspired the album's title.

Album collection of recorded music, words, sounds

An album is a collection of audio recordings issued as a collection on compact disc (CD), vinyl, audio tape, or another medium. Albums of recorded music were developed in the early 20th century as individual 78-rpm records collected in a bound book resembling a photograph album; this format evolved after 1948 into single vinyl LP records played at ​33 13 rpm. Vinyl LPs are still issued, though album sales in the 21st-century have mostly focused on CD and MP3 formats. The audio cassette was a format widely used alongside vinyl from the 1970s into the first decade of the 2000s.

Dexys Midnight Runners band

Dexys Midnight Runners are an English pop band with soul influences from Birmingham, who achieved major commercial success in the early to mid-1980s. They are best known in the UK for their songs "Come On Eileen" and "Geno", both of which peaked at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, as well as six other top-20 singles. "Come On Eileen" also topped the US Billboard Hot 100, and with extensive airplay on MTV they are associated with the Second British Invasion.

Come On Eileen 1982 song by Dexys Midnight Runners

"Come On Eileen" is a song by English group Dexys Midnight Runners, released in the United Kingdom on 25 June 1982 as a single from their album Too-Rye-Ay. It reached number one in the United States, and was their second number one hit in the UK, following 1980's "Geno". The song was written by Kevin Rowland, Jim Paterson and Billy Adams, and was produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley.

Contents

Background

Shortly before recording this album, Dexys' bandleader Kevin Rowland had decided to add a violin section to the band's existing horn section, which had contributed strings (viola and cello) to the band's previous single, "Liars A to E". However, after violinists Helen O'Hara and Steve Brennan joined the band, the three members of the horn section, including Dexys' co-leader and album co-composer "Big" Jim Paterson, decided to leave Dexys and become an independent horn band (ultimately known as The TKO Horns). Rowland convinced them to stay with the band long enough to record the album and to perform in a kick-off concert debuting the album on BBC Radio One in June 1982.

Kevin Rowland English singer-songwriter

Kevin Rowland is an English singer-songwriter of Irish descent and frontman for the pop band Dexys Midnight Runners, which had several hits in the early 1980s, the most notable being "Geno" and "Come On Eileen", both of which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart.

Helen O'Hara is a British musician, formerly a member and violinist of the band Dexys Midnight Runners between 1982 and 1987, including performing on songs such as "Come on Eileen" from the Too-Rye-Ay album.

The TKO Horns were a horn section formed in 1982 when Big Jim Paterson (trombone), Paul Speare and Brian Maurice left Dexys Midnight Runners. After a brief spell touring with Paul Young's Q Tips they began performing on a regular basis with Elvis Costello. Another former Dexy's sax player, Geoff Blythe, soon replaced Maurice and Dave Plews (trumpet) was added as The TKO Horns featured prominently on Costello's 1983 album Punch The Clock.

All the songs on the album were rearranged to add strings, which caused Dexys to re-record the 1981 singles "Plan B", "Liars A to E", and "Soon". During the rearrangement process, "Soon" was revised into the opening section of "Plan B"; since both songs were written by Rowland and Paterson, the merged songs are credited on the album simply as "Plan B".

Release

The album's "Come On Eileen" became a number one hit in both the UK and the US. Dexys Midnight Runners is best known as a one hit wonder in the US ("Come On Eileen" was also the first US single release by Dexys), but in the UK, "Geno" had previously reached number one, and "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)" and "The Celtic Soul Brothers" were also UK hits.

Geno (song) 1980 song by Dexys Midnight Runners

"Geno" is a 1980 single by Dexys Midnight Runners. Written by Kevin Archer and Kevin Rowland, it was the band's second single and their first UK number one, staying at the top of the Singles Chart for two weeks. The song charted at number two in Ireland.

The Celtic Soul Brothers 1982 single by Dexys Midnight Runners

"The Celtic Soul Brothers" is a song written by Mickey Billingham, Jimmy Paterson and Kevin Rowland of Dexys Midnight Runners that was first released by the band in March 1982 as a single and was also the first song on the band's 1982 album Too-Rye-Ay. It reached #45 in the UK on its initial release, and #20 in the UK and #86 in the US when re-released in March 1983. The song also reached #13 on the Irish charts.

Before "Come On Eileen", Dexys' only North American single was the Northern Soul classic "Seven Days Too Long", which Dexys' previous label EMI America had released only in Canada (with "Geno" as the B-side). [9] However, on the strength of "Come On Eileen", Too-Rye-Ay reached number 14 in the US. [10] Dexys' success in US was not maintained; the best performer of the band's follow-up singles in the US was "The Celtic Soul Runners", which peaked at number 86. [10]

Different releases of Too-Rye-Ay featured different versions of "Come On Eileen". Certain editions of the album featured a version beginning with a solo fiddle playing the first line of the folk song "Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms" and ending with a simple fadeout (length: 4:07). [11] [12] [13] This version of the song is the one featured on the single release. Other editions of the album (including many of the "re-releases") featured a version without the violin intro and including a tag of Kevin Rowland singing "Young Charms" at the end, while the digital version offered by Spotify includes both front and end "Young Charms" tags (length: approximately 4:32). [14] [15] [16] [17] In addition, the most common release of the album features "Come On Eileen" as the final track, while the original US release features the tune as the opening track on Side 2. [18]

"Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms" is a popular song written in 1808 by Irish poet Thomas Moore using a traditional Irish air. Moore's young wife had been stricken and worried that she would lose her looks. He wrote the words to reassure her.

Spotify Music streaming service

Spotify Technology S.A. is a media-services provider founded in 2006 in Sweden and now incorporated in Luxembourg. The company's primary business is its audio streaming platform that provides DRM-protected music and podcasts from record labels and media companies. As a freemium service, basic features are free with advertisements or automatic music videos, while additional features, such as improved streaming quality, are offered via paid subscriptions.

The album was re-released in 1996 on CD with 8 bonus tracks. In 2000 an enhanced edition was released with the music videos for "Come On Eileen" and "Jackie Wilson Said" as bonus material. In 2002 a US edition with bonus tracks was released. Marking its 25th Anniversary, a 2007 2-CD Deluxe Edition was released, which included the entire 14-song album kickoff performance on BBC Radio 1 that had previously been released (without "I'll Show You") as BBC Radio One Live in Concert .

<i>BBC Radio One Live in Concert</i> (Dexys Midnight Runners album) 1995 live album by Dexys Midnight Runners

BBC Radio One Live in Concert was a live album by Dexys Midnight Runners, recorded for the BBC in 1982 and released in 1995. It was the group's first official live album and remained their only official live album until the release of The Projected Passion Revue in 2007. The album is unique as it is Dexys' only live recording where the members of The Projected Passion Revue horn section are present alongside the Too-Rye-Ay strings. Immediately after this concert, the horn section left the group and formed The TKO Horns.

Track listing

Side One [19]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Celtic Soul Brothers (More Please)" Kevin Rowland, Jim Paterson, Mickey Billingham3:07
2."Let's Make This Precious"Rowland, Paterson4:03
3."All in All (This One Last Wild Waltz)"Rowland, Paterson4:08
4."Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)" Van Morrison 3:06
5."Old"Rowland, Paterson5:00
Side Two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Plan B"Rowland, Paterson5:04
7."I'll Show You"Rowland, Paterson2:41
8."Liars A to E"Rowland, Paterson, Steve Torch4:10
9."Until I Believe in My Soul"Rowland, Paterson7:00
10."Come On Eileen"Rowland, Paterson, Billy Adams4:35

Personnel

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