Carry On up the Charts

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Carry on up the Charts: The Best of The Beautiful South
Greatest hits album by The Beautiful South
Released November, 1994 (UK) October, 1995 (US)
Recorded 1994
Genre Alternative rock
Label GO! Discs
Producer Jon Kelly, The Beautiful South
The Beautiful South chronology
Miaow (album)
(1994)
Carry on up the Charts: The Best of The Beautiful South
(1994)
Blue Is the Colour
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Carry On up the Charts: The Best of The Beautiful South is an album by UK band The Beautiful South. It is the group's fifth album and their first greatest hits collection. It was a major commercial success.

Release[edit]

Carry On up the Charts was released in November 1994, the same year as the band's previous album Miaow, with its only single, "One Last Love Song", being released in October 1994, only two months after "Prettiest Eyes"; the last single to be taken from Miaow. "One Last Love Song" reached number 14 in the UK charts.

The album includes all of the single releases from The South's first five years in order of their release. Its title is a reference to the Carry On film series.

Chart performance[edit]

Released at a time when the group's album sales had been waning, it proved to be a surprise success.[2] The album reached #1 on the UK Albums Chart on 3 December 1994 and went on to become the second biggest selling album of 1994. By the summer of 1995 it was certified as 5x platinum in the UK.[2] Such was the album's popularity, it was claimed that one in seven British households owned a copy.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Song for Whoever"
  2. "You Keep It All In"
  3. "I'll Sail This Ship Alone"
  4. "A Little Time"
  5. "My Book"
  6. "Let Love Speak Up Itself"
  7. "Old Red Eyes Is Back"
  8. "We Are Each Other"
  9. "Bell Bottomed Tear"
  10. "36D"
  11. "Good As Gold (Stupid as Mud)"
  12. "Everybody's Talkin'"
  13. "Prettiest Eyes"
  14. "One Last Love Song"
  • Initial copies of the double CD pack had the demo version of Let Love Speak Up Itself with Jacqueline Abbott on vocals instead of the single version with Paul Heaton.
  • Copies of the Canadian release also include the album tracks "I Think the Answer's Yes" and "I'm Your No.1 Fan".
  • The US release also includes a cover of "Dream a Little Dream of Me".

Limited Edition disc listing[edit]

  1. "Diamonds" from "Old Red Eyes is Back"
  2. "They Used to Wear Black" from "Bell Bottomed Tear"
  3. "Throw His Song Away" from "36D"
  4. "Trevor You're Bizarre" from "36D"
  5. "Love Wars" from "Let Love Speak Up Itself"
  6. "You Just Can't Smile It Away" from "You Keep it All In"
  7. "But 'Til Then" from "I'll Sail This Ship Alone"
  8. "Size" from "Prettiest Eyes"
  9. "Frank and Delores" from "Good as Gold (Stupid as Mud)
  10. "I Started a Joke" from "We Are Each Other"
  11. "Woman in the Wall" originally on Welcome to the Beautiful South
  12. "Danielle Steele" from "Let Love Speak Up Itself"
  13. "In Other Words I Hate You" from "A Little Time"
  14. "His Time Ran Out" from "We Are Each Other"
  • Copies of the Canadian release also include "Fleet St. BC" and "Mr. Obsession".
Preceded by
Cross Road by Bon Jovi
Live at the BBC by The Beatles
UK number one album
3 December 1994 – 9 December 1994
17 December 1994 – 26 January 1995
Succeeded by
Live at the BBC by The Beatles
The Colour of My Love by Celine Dion

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine (1995-10-09). "Carry on Up the Charts: The Best of the Beautiful South - The Beautiful South". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  3. ^ Sutherland, Ben (2007-02-01). "The South's bitter-sweet legacy". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-02-28.