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Blue Skies & Free-Rides: The Best of 1986-1989


Download links and information about Blue Skies & Free-Rides: The Best of 1986-1989 by The Weather Prophets. This album was released in 1986 and it belongs to Rock, Pop, Alternative genres. It contains 20 tracks with total duration of 01:04:24 minutes.

Artist: The Weather Prophets
Release date: 1986
Genre: Rock, Pop, Alternative
Tracks: 20
Duration: 01:04:24
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No. Title Length
1. Worm In My Brain 3:43
2. Almost Prayed 2:40
3. The Key to My Love 3:08
4. Like Frankie Lymon 3:38
5. Mayflower 3:09
6. Joe Schmo and the Eskimo 3:43
7. Hollow Heart 3:05
8. Always the Light 3:02
9. Chinese Cadillac 2:56
10. Your Heartbeat Breathes Life Into Me 3:48
11. Sleep 3:06
12. Can't Keep My Mind Off You 3:11
13. You're My Ambulance 2:40
14. In My Room 3:31
15. Stones In My Passway 2:41
16. Poison Mind 4:05
17. Blue Rooftop 4:14
18. Odds and Ends 2:05
19. She Comes from the Rain 3:06
20. Naked As the Day You Were Born 2:53



The Weather Prophets were one of the least heralded bands to record for Creation in the '80s, maybe because they jumped to the short-lived Creation-fed/Warner Bros.-financed Elevation imprint, or maybe because they didn't overflow with flash like the Primals or mess with heads like My Bloody Valentine. They just played their straightforward indie pop songs with a minimum of fuss and left the scene, doomed to be forgotten and undervalued. Chief songwriter/vocalist Pete Astor wrote and played at a level just below Lloyd Cole and Edwyn Collins, the band was proficient but not inventive, and they had a few hits but no smashes — just the kind of band that is due for a second look through the rose-colored microscope of nostalgia. Blue Skies & Free Rides: The Best of 1986-1989 is a 20-track collection of their finest singles and album tracks that gives indie poppers a chance to do some rediscovery. In 2004 the tunes sound fresh and uncluttered. The best of the bunch, like "Almost Prayed," "Always the Light," "You're My Ambulance," "In My Room," and "Your Heartbeat Breathes the Life into Me," are simple songs with a big heart and a clever knack for turning a phrase. Astor has a wonderfully conversational voice, occasionally capable of breaking your heart, as on the acoustic "She Comes from the Rain." If you missed out on them the first time, you should take a chance on them. If you like smart, hooky guitar pop, you won't be disappointed. If you were there at the time and have forgotten just how good the Weather Prophets were, shame on you. As penance, you need to get this disc and remember. Thank Cherry Red for giving you the chance at redemption.