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Lifes Rich Pageant
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop
Mid-priced reissue of the foreign edition of their 1986 top 30 album with six bonus tracks added, 'Tired Of Singing Trouble', 'Rotary Ten', their cover of Aerosmith's 'Toys In The Attic', 'Just A Touch' (Live In The Studio... more »
Mid-priced reissue of the foreign edition of their 1986 top 30 album with six bonus tracks added, 'Tired Of Singing Trouble', 'Rotary Ten', their cover of Aerosmith's 'Toys In The Attic', 'Just A Touch' (Live In The Studio), their cover of the Everly Brothers hit 'Dream (All I Have To Do Is)' and 'Swan Swan H' (Acoustic). 18 tracks, also including the chart hit 'Fall On Me' and the college radio staples 'Superman' & 'Begin The Begin'. 1993 release.
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