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Definitive Collection
Bay City Rollers
Definitive Collection
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock
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The mid-70s belonged to a group of hopelessly plaid Scotsmen who named themselves after a northern Michigan resort town. With an affect on fans that resembled Beatlemania in terms of screaming, fainting, and pledges of und...  more »


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All Artists: Bay City Rollers
Title: Definitive Collection
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Arista
Original Release Date: 2/8/2000
Release Date: 2/8/2000
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock
Styles: Europe, British Isles, Oldies, Power Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Definitive Collection
UPC: 078221461320

The mid-70s belonged to a group of hopelessly plaid Scotsmen who named themselves after a northern Michigan resort town. With an affect on fans that resembled Beatlemania in terms of screaming, fainting, and pledges of undying love, the Bay City Rollers enjoyed a string of U.K. pop hits along with modest American success. In retrospect, the band's music is still sugary enough to give listeners a toothache; however, there is a certain charming innocence to tunes like "Saturday Night," "Summer Love Sensation," and (of course) "Shang-a-Lang." Boy-band nostalgia, anyone? --S. Duda

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Men In Plaid
Steve Vrana | Aurora, NE | 05/25/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Before introducing the Bay City Rollers for the first time to an American sudience on "Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell" in 1975, Cosell posed the question: "Is it hype? Is it hope?" In hindsight it was probably both. For those who were led to believe this was the second coming of the Beatles, it was certainly the former. But after a string of successful U.S. hits, it gave hope to record buyers that yes there is life after disco.This latest compilation succeeds on several levels:1. The twenty tracks doubles the number of songs on 1991's Greatest Hits. Except for the most devoted fans, this is all you'll ever really need.2. Unlike the previous Greatest Hits package, The Definitive Collection does not focus exclusively on the Rollers stateside career. They had six Top Ten singles and two No. 1 albums in England dating back to 1971--four years before they charted in America! So you get their lively cover of the Gentrys' hit "Keep on Dancin," such uptempo numbers as "Remember (Sha La La La)," "Shang-a-Lang" and a remake of the Four Seasons' "Bye Bye Baby."3. The sound on this CD is excellent and the liner notes are thoroughly done.The Rollers only topped the U.S. charts once with their million-seller "Saturday Night," but this and other power pop hits like "Money Honey, "Rock and Roll Love Letter" and a cover of the Dusty Springfield classic "I Only Want To Be With You" were infectious songs.By 1977, however, they began drifting into Barry Manilow territory with string-laden songs like the Top Ten "You Make Me Believe In Magic," but the lush ballad "The Way I Feel Tonight" peaked at No. 24 and would be their last hit on either side of the Atlantic. While critics almost unanimously dismissed them, I'm reminded of a quote from former Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne: "A critic is someone who comes in after the battle is over and shoots the wounded." While Rollermania may not have caught on in a huge way in the U.S., they left behind a number of terrific pop singles. This CD is a reminder of just how fun pop music should be. RECOMMENDED"
Rock & Rollers.
the-disco-kid | Bay City, Babylon 7 | 04/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"No offense, but I wonder if PC Fields (below) even LISTENed to this album at all. At any rate, his/her review(s) surely sound like he/she just glanced at the press release for it. Or something. Oh well, unfortunately the Rollers have always been subjected to that sort of dismissive attitude from critics, so why should it be any different now? Unless, of course, as in this case when we have before us the very first CD selection of the Rollers' songs which collects ALL of their U.K. and U.S. hits - the big, the small & the almost non-existent - onto one album. Arista certainly took their time doing this, but, given how this album fairly showcases the band's unfairly little heralded versatility, the wait seems certainly - almost - worth it. From the first U.K. single in 1971, the Jonathan King-produced "Keep On Dancing", to 1979's lost-in-action Power Pop gem "Turn On The Radio"; this is as good as it gets when we're talking pure, unpretentious, instantly gratifacational 1970's pop music. Never mind Led Zeppelin, and forget the annoying BCR image - not to mention the hype and the scandals that still hover over the Bay City Rollers' name even today; if you only ever buy one BCR album in your whole life, this surely has got to be it. Minor nuances such as Arista's over-zealous, but maybe well-meaning, representation of its contents (The version of "Remember" here-in is not, like the booklet states, the original single version, but the later album version; and a 'single version' of "Turn On The Radio"? I think not. Such a thing never even existed to begin with!) and a few factual errors plus the odd misspelling of names in the otherwise obviously carefully written and researched liner notes, are only mildly and momentarily bugging since, as a result, the bigger picture is only that much more appealing. The selection of non-hit & album tracks is also somewhat satisfactory, although Arista's reasons for only choosing them from the band's originally written material, may be suspicious - and not fitting to air in a casual review such as this - to say the least. But when all is said and done, again, this is, at long last, the best BCR collection of its kind out there and now we're 'only' left needing & wanting for that long-awaited box set and the remastered original albums including all the B-sides & bonus tracks! But now I'm getting delusionally ahead of myself so I better just call it quits while I'm still - relatively - among the sound-minded and somewhat sane."
Tina Z. Will | Anaheim, CA United States | 03/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was a huge Bay City Rollers fan when I was in the sixth grade. I have all of their albums save for the last one, which I believe was Up The Elevator. I liked this collection because it contained a couple of songs, like "All of Me Loves All of You," that were not included on my vinyl collection. The only thing missing was any song from Strangers In The Wind, one of my favorite BCR albums. Except for that, this is a fine overview of the Rollers during their peak."