Dexys Midnight Runners / Too-Rye-Ay ‘as it should have sounded’ 40th anniversary reissue

3CD box set and vinyl editions

Universal Music will issue 40th anniversary editions of Dexys Midnight Runners 1982 album Too-Rye-Ay in October.

The reissues feature a newly mixed version of the record, dubbed the ‘as it should have sounded’ version. This is because Kevin Rowland was apparently “never happy” with the final mix, despite its success (the album reached #2 in the UK and #14 in the US). He says the following:

The songs and performances are great, but I always felt the mixes could be better. It’s my most successful album, but it doesn’t sound as good as the others. This is the director’s cut and it’s how it should have sounded…

Another change is the cover of the album which has been ‘remodelled’ using the image from the ‘Come On Eileen single sleeve’.

The 3CD edition is presented as an A5 hardcover book (click image to enlarge)

There are two retail versions of this reissue. A 3CD edition is housed in an A5 hardcover book set with a 12-page booklet including new interviews and liner notes, rare archive photos and memorabilia. CD 1 is the ‘as it should have sounded’ version of the album, CD 2 features B-sides, rarities and three previously unreleased outtakes, while the final disc offers 16 tracks from the live shows at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre, in October 1982.

The black vinyl edition offers just the album (‘as it should have sounded’). There is a 4LP version that is D2C only but it costs £140 (along with a coloured vinyl pressing).

Too-Rye-Ay as it should have sounded is released on 14 October 2022.

Kevin Rowland explains his thinking behind the new album mix


Too-Rye-Ay ‘As It Should Have Sounded’ Dexys Midnight Runners /

    • CD 1: The 1982 album – ‘as it should have sounded’
      1. The Celtic Soul Brothers
      2. Let’s Make This Precious
      3. All In All (This One Last Wild Waltz)
      4. Jackie Wilson Said (I’m In Heaven When You Smile)
      5. Old
      6. Plan B
      7. I’ll Show You
      8. Liars A To E
      9. Until I Believe In My Soul
      10. Come On Eileen
    • CD 2: Bonus tracks – B-Sides / Out-Takes
      1. Show Me (Single A-side – 1981)
      2. Soon (B-side of Show Me single – 1981)
      3. …And Yes We Must Remain The Wildhearted Outsiders (B-side of Liars A to E single – 1981)
      4. Love Part 2 (B-side of The Celtic Soul Brothers single – 1982)
      5. Let’s Make This Precious (‘Original Version’ – from Too-Rye-Ay (2CD deluxe))
      6. Come On Eileen (Single Edit – 1982)
      7. Dubious (B-side of Come On Eileen single – 1982)
      8. T.S.O.P. (B-side of Jackie Wilson Said.. 12” single – 1982)
      9. Let’s Get This Straight From The Start (Non-album single – 1982)
      10. Reminisce (Part 1)(B-side of The Celtic Soul Brothers 12″ single – 1983)
      11. Let’s Make This Precious (Out-Take – Previously Unreleased)
      12. ‘Smoke Your Own’ (AKA Liars A To E, 1981) (Out-Take – Previously Unreleased)
      13. Until I Believe In My Soul (Out-Take – Previously Unreleased)
    • CD 3: Live at the Shaftesbury Theatre – October 1982
      1. Old
      2. Geno
      3. Let’s Get This Straight From the Start
      4. All in All (This One Last Wild Waltz)
      5. Tell Me When My Light Turns Green
      6. Plan B
      7. Let’s Make This Precious
      8. I Couldn’t Help If I Tried
      9. Until I Believe in My Soul
      10. Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)
      11. Respect
      12. There, There, My Dear
      13. Come on Eileen
      14. Seven Days Too Long
      15. The Celtic Soul Brothers
      16. I’m Just Looking

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