Melting Pot (The Charlatans album)

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Melting Pot
Greatest hits album by The Charlatans
Released 23 February 1998
Recorded 1990–1997
Genre Alternative rock, Madchester
Length 74:15
Label Beggars Banquet
Producer Chris Nagle, David Allen, Flood, Steve Hillage, Dave Charles, The Charlatans
The Charlatans chronology
Tellin' Stories
(1997)
Melting Pot
(1998)
Us and Us Only
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (8.2/10)[2]
Select 4/5 stars[3]

Melting Pot is a greatest hits album by the British alternative rock band The Charlatans (known in the United States as The Charlatans UK). Featuring tracks from their time on Beggars Banquet Records between 1990 and 1997 the album was released on 23 February 1998. The cover features a picture of The Weaverdale cafe (now renamed The Melting Pot) in Northwich, the site of the group's first meeting after signing to Beggars in 1990. The song "Opportunity Three" is a remix by Flood of the song "Opportunity" from the Some Friendly album that otherwise only appeared on the Over Rising EP.

The album was re-released on 20 May 2002 with a slipcase to match the artwork of b-sides compilation Songs from the Other Side. No changes were made to the album artwork or tracklisting.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Blunt, Brookes, Burgess, M. Collins, R. Collins unless otherwise stated. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Only One I Know"   Baker, Blunt, Brookes, Burgess, R. Collins 4:00
2. "Then"     4:14
3. "Opportunity Three" (from Over Rising EP) Blunt, Brookes, Burgess 7:28
4. "Over Rising" (from Over Rising EP) Baker, Blunt, Brookes, Burgess, R. Collins 3:40
5. "Sproston Green (US version)" (1991 Non-Album Single and B-Side to "Weirdo") Baker, Blunt, Brookes, Burgess, R. Collins 4:20
6. "Weirdo"   Blunt, Brookes, Burgess, R. Collins 3:45
7. "Theme from the Wish" (B-Side of "Weirdo") Blunt, Brookes, Burgess, M. Collins, R. Collins 3:33
8. "Patrol (The Chemical Brothers mix)" (B-Side of "Jesus Hairdo")   7:00
9. "Can't Get Out of Bed"     3:12
10. "I Never Want an Easy Life If Me and He Were Ever to Get There"     4:13
11. "Jesus Hairdo"     3:13
12. "Crashin' In"     5:02
13. "Just Lookin'"     3:51
14. "Here Comes a Soul Saver"     3:25
15. "Just When You're Thinkin' Things Over"     4:55
16. "One to Another"     4:30
17. "North Country Boy"     4:03

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review: Melting Pot – The Charlatans UK". Allmusic. Retrieved 30 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  3. ^ Harris, John. "Review: The Charlatans – Melting Pot, Beggars Banquet". Select (EMAP Metro) (March 1998): 83. 
  • Willis, D. The Charlatans : the authorised history, Virgin Books, 1999. ISBN 0-7535-0194-5
  • "Link". Official Charlatans website. Retrieved 24 December 2005.