This Is the Story

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This Is the Story
Studio album by The Proclaimers
Released 27 April 1987
Recorded 1986–1987
Genre Folk rock
Length 40:36
Label Chrysalis
Producer John Williams, Gerry Rafferty, Hugh Murphy
The Proclaimers chronology
This Is the Story
Sunshine on Leith
(1988)Sunshine on Leith1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

This Is the Story is the debut studio album from The Proclaimers, released in 1987. It was originally released with 12 tracks but after the success of the Gerry Rafferty-produced full band version of "Letter from America", which reached number 3 in the UK Single Chart, it was re-pressed later that year with that track added.

The album was re-issued in 2001. It was rated second best Scottish album ever by The Scotsman newspaper in 2003. A remastered edition was released in 2011.

All songs written by Charlie Reid and Craig Reid unless otherwise noted.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Throw The 'R' Away" 2:44
2. "Over And Done With" 2:47
3. "Misty Blue" 3:35
4. "The Part That Really Matters" 2:42
5. "(I'm Gonna) Burn Your Playhouse Down" (written by Lester Blackwell) 1:59
6. "Letter from America" (Acoustic Version) 4:03
7. "Sky Takes The Soul" 2:22
8. "It Broke My Heart" 2:25
9. "The First Attack" 3:58
10. "Make My Heart Fly" 2:28
11. "Beautiful Truth" 4:26
12. "The Joyful Kilmarnock Blues" 3:04
13. "Letter from America" (Band Version) 4:00


The Proclaimers
  • Produced by John Williams
  • Track 13 produced by Gerry Rafferty and Hugh Murphy
  • Engineered and mixed by Phil Bodger
  • Assistant Engineering (Strongroom Studios): Danton Supple
  • Assistant Engineering (Air Studios): Matt Howe
  • Photography by Nick Knight
  • Design by John Pasche