Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine

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Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine
Compilation album by Cosmic Rough Riders
Released November 2000
Recorded 1998–2000
Genre Alternative rock
Length 41:15
Label Poptones MC5 015 CD
Producer Daniel Wylie, Stephen Flemming
Cosmic Rough Riders chronology
Panorama
(2000)
Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine
(2000)
Pure Escapism
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine is a collection of songs by Cosmic Rough Riders, featuring tracks from their first two self-financed albums as well as three new tracks. The album was put together by Alan McGee's Poptones label as a starting point for mainstream listeners (as they would later do for The Hives with Your New Favourite Band). The album spawned four singles including the UK Top 40 hits "Revolution (In the Summertime?)" and "The Pain Inside".

History[edit]

Most of the tracks on the album were recorded by Wylie and Fleming in a community funded recording studio in Glasgow's Castlemilk housing scheme and released on two self-financed albums; Deliverance (1999) and Panorama (2000).[2] These albums were critically well received and sold out their initial pressings but the limited distribution and lack of promotion meant they did not cross over to a wide audience. On hearing Panorama, Alan McGee signed the band to a one-album deal.[3] The album would take the best of the first two albums as well as some new tracks.

Track listing[edit]

The album is mostly made up with ten of the fourteen tracks from Panorama with two tracks from Deliverance ("Glastonbury Revisited" and "Emily Darling") and three new tracks ("Sometime", "Morning Sun" and "Baby, You're So Free" - itself a reworked version of Deliverance track "Baby").

  1. "Brothers Gather Round" - 1:12
  2. "The Gun Isn't Loaded" - 2:51
  3. "Glastonbury Revisited" - 2:46
  4. "Baby, You're So Free" - 3:45
  5. "Value of Life" - 2:38
  6. "Revolution (In the Summertime?)" - 3:20
  7. "Have You Heard the News Today?" - 2:51
  8. "Sometime" - 3:31
  9. "Melanie" - 3:23
  10. "The Pain Inside" - 3:22
  11. "The Charm" - 2:03
  12. "The Loser" - 2:24
  13. "You've Got Me" - 3:10
  14. "Emily Darling" - 2:47
  15. "Morning Sun" - 0:56

Singles and chart performance[edit]

Although never reaching the UK Top 50, the album spent 17 weeks on the Top 200 in 2001, peaking at #82. Steady sales meant that by the end of 2001, the album had achieved silver status (sales of 60,000) in the UK and it was named by Q magazine as one of the 50 best albums of the year. It would go on to achieve sales of over 100,000.

Four singles were released on Poptones in 2001 starting with "Melanie" in February (UK #111) and "Baby, You're So Free" in April (UK #76). Their next single, "Revolution (In the Summertime?)" released in July, became their first Top 40 hit, reaching #35[4] and gave them their debut on BBC Television's Top of the Pops. The final single "The Pain Inside" also broke the Top 40, reaching #36 in September.

Critical reception[edit]

Q listed Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine as one of the best 50 albums of 2001.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Biography by Stanton Swihart". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Artist info - Cosmic Rough Riders". Last.fm. Retrieved 26 September 2009. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 122. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ "The Best 50 Albums of 2001". Q. December 2001. pp. 60–65.