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Young Men Gone West / Book Early
City Boy
Young Men Gone West / Book Early
Genres: Pop, Rock
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #2

Two-fer featuring the third & fourth LPs by band featuring Streets guitarist Mike Slamer & production by Mutt Lange. Includes the U.K. hits 'I've Been Spun', 'She's Got Style', 'What A Night' and the smash ''. 22 t...  more »


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All Artists: City Boy
Title: Young Men Gone West / Book Early
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: Renaissance
Release Date: 4/7/1998
Genres: Pop, Rock
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPCs: 630428021723, 730428021720


Album Description
Two-fer featuring the third & fourth LPs by band featuring Streets guitarist Mike Slamer & production by Mutt Lange. Includes the U.K. hits 'I've Been Spun', 'She's Got Style', 'What A Night' and the smash ''. 22 tracks total. Also contains full lyrics and the original cover art of each. 'Young Men Gone West' (1977) & 'Book Early' (1978) were both first released on Mercury. 1998 Renaissance release. Double slimline jewel case.

CD Reviews

Two of My Favorite Albums
James Choma | 12/11/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"City Boy is a band whose music got better with every album. "Young Men Gone West" is one of my favorite albums. This band was light years ahead of its time and it beats most of the current music on the charts. Of course, that's a matter of opinion, but this music is so inventive. Best songs on the album are: Bordello Night
She's Got Style
Young Men Gone West
"Book Early", on the other hand, contains the band's biggest hit, "" It's often regarded by critics as the group's best effort. Personally, I like "YMGW" a little better - but not by much. Stand out songs are: Goodbye Laurelie
What a Night
Moving In Circles
Dangerous Ground
After listing to these two albums, you'll be asking yourself why this band never made it to the big time. Excellent stuff!"
Raised In The City
Robert B. Disner | Los Angeles, CA USA | 08/27/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In my estimation, I have probably listened to City Boy's Book Early over two thousand times, which must make me some kind of expert, I guess. I've even owned it on three different formats, including 8-track, LP, and this version backed with Young Men Gone West. And even after 20-plus-years of living with this album, I still get something out of it every time I give it a spin.I wouldn't even have known about this band if I hadn't been obsessed with recording the American Top 40 show (on my home Juliette 8-track deck) for one summer. Casey played "5705" exactly once (peaking at number 40), and I was hooked. Even that was a fluke in itself, since the song was originally released as "Turn On To Jesus," which I would not have been likely to do at the time as I was busy studying for my bar-mitzvah!Anyhow, I won't go in to every song, except to say that there is something outstanding in each one. Whether it is the shimmering vocal harmonies, blistering guitar work, or a clever turn of phrase, for one shining moment in the late '70s, these guys could do no wrong. Unfortunately, in America, sales-wise they could do no right, and Book Early went straight to the cut-out bin, where it has been sitting ever since.Young Men Gone West is also a fine album, although it lacks the cohesive style and punchy production that puts Book Early over the top in my book. There are nevertheless some great songs on this album as well, and it is interesting to contrast the two albums and see just how subtle the difference is between good rock and great rock. It is too bad that City Boy were unfairly compared to bands like Queen and 10CC during their time. Because back in 1978, when most bands were hitting their thumb with the hammer, these guys hit the nail on the head with Book Early."
Albums #3 and #4 on 1 set
eveoflove | North York, Ontario Canada | 02/18/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Made in USA in 1998, Serial# RMED-00217, Playing Time 82:01These albums were originally released back in 1977 and 1978, giving the band 4 albums in a little over 2 years. The music presented here is a logical progression from their first 2, with a little more commercial appeal, with "5-7-0-5" receiving a fair bit of radio airplay way back when.Their style is a bit difficult to describe, and the production has a nice polish, rich sounds, and crisp textures. It's rock with a touch of "art", where every song has its own personality.All I can do is suggest that you listen to some samples, and you'll be surprised at what you hear, not understanding why they didn't have a more successful career..."