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Edwyn Collins

Best known for his tenure fronting the Scottish pop revivalists Orange Juice as well as his international solo hit "A Girl Like You," singer Edwyn Collins was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1959. In 1976, he formed the Nu-Sonics, who resurfaced three years later as Orange Juice; the leading proponent of the Glasgow neo-pop scene, the band earned a devoted cult following but little commercial success, and by the early '80s Collins was the only remaining founding member. After a self-titled 1984 release failed to chart, Orange Juice disbanded, and Collins was freed from his contract with the group's label, Polydor. A solo career seemed imminent, but the singer struggled; dogged by a reputation as a stubborn, difficult perfectionist unmoved by prevailing commercial attitudes, Collins found no one willing to offer him a contract, and only after a pair of sold-out London performances did Creation's Alan McGee sign him to the label's Elevation subsidiary in 1986. The singles "Don't Shilly Shally" (produced by Cocteau Twin Robin Guthrie) and "My Beloved Girl" followed, but both failed to chart; in 1987, Elevation folded, and after Collins and McGee had a falling out, the singer was again left without a contract. Some months later, Collins accepted the opportunity to record at a small German studio run by a group of devoted Orange Juice fans; cut with the aid of producer Dennis Bovell as well as Aztec Camera frontman Roddy Frame, the resulting LP, Hope and Despair, a brooding, ambitious collection spotlighting Collins' smooth, soulful baritone, was eventually picked up by the Demon label and issued in 1989. The album proved quite successful on the independent charts, and soon Collins returned to the studio to record 1990's Spartan Hellbent on Compromise; when the LP failed to repeat its predecessor's good fortune, Demon dropped him from their ranks, and another long sabbatical followed. After spending much of the decade's first half in the producer's seat, overseeing sessions from artists including longtime pal Paul Quinn, the Rockingbirds, A House, and the Frank and Walters, Collins finally earned another shot as a performer: after signing with the tiny U.K. indie Setanta, he recorded 1994's Gorgeous George, a scathing, shimmering set of retro-pop highlighted by the single "A Girl Like You." Slowly, the song became a massive hit throughout Europe as well as the U.S. and returned Collins to the charts for the first time since the 1983 Orange Juice smash "Rip It Up," finally establishing the longstanding cult hero as something of a household name. In 2005, Collins was rushed to the hospital after suffering a severe cerebral hemorrhage; he would eventually spend six months recovering from brain surgery. The album that Collins had been recording prior to his illness was mixed after he was discharged from the hospital. Entitled Home Again, it was released on Heavenly Recordings in September 2007. In 2010 Collins released Losing Sleep, his first new collection of songs since his illness. The album featured guest appearances from a wide range of friends and admirers and showed that Collins was well along the road to recovery. As Collins continued to get stronger, he and James Endeacott, a former A&R man at Rough Trade, formed a new record label, Analogue Enhanced Digital, to release further records by Edwyn and also new artists the duo discovered. He also maintained a regular schedule of playing live shows, and in March of 2013 released a new album for AED, Understated. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Edwyn Collins

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Edwyn Collins

  1.   Song
  2.   A Girl Like You
  3.   The Campaign for Real Rock
  4.   Liberteenage Rag
  5.   Make Me Feel Again
  6.   Love's Been Good to Me
  7.   Means to an End
  8.   It's in Your Heart
  9.   One Is a Lonely Humber
  10.   It's a Reason
  11.   Low Expectations
  12.   Closing Time at the Punk Rock Hotel featuring Carwyn Ellis
  13.   Home Again
  14.   Rip It up (Intermediate Edit)
  15.   Down the Line
  16.   Too Bad (That's Sad)
  17.   31 Years
  18.   Carry On, Carry On
  19.   What Is My Role?
  20.   Searching for the Truth
  21.   Over The Hill
  22.   Losing Sleep
  23.   It Dawns on Me
  24.   I Still Believe In You
  25.   Do It Again
  26.   Bored
  27.   Then I Cried
  28.   Superstar Talking Blues
  29.   7th Son
  30.   You'll Never Know (My Love)
  31.   The Magic Piper (Of Love)
  32.   My Girl Has Gone
  33.   Graciously
  34.   It Might as Well Be You
  35.   You Poor Deluded Fool
  36.   I've Got It Bad
  37.   Gorgeous George
  38.   If You Could Love Me
  39.   Take Care of Yourself
  40.   Now That It's Love
  41.   One Note Wonder, Pt. 2 featuring Carwyn Ellis
  42.   What's the Big Idea?
  43.   Don't Shilly Shally featuring Barrie Cadogan
  44.   In the Now
  45.   Everything and More
  46.   Viewed from All Angles featuring Carwyn Ellis
  47.   Forsooth
  48.   All My Days
  49.   Leviathan
  50.   Quite Like Silver featuring Carwyn Ellis
  51.   Home Again Harmonies featuring Carwyn Ellis
  52.   Come Tomorrow, Come Today
  53.   Home Again
  54.   Two Steps Back featuring Carwyn Ellis
  55.   One Note Wonder, Pt. 1 featuring Carwyn Ellis
  56.   North of Heaven
  57.   Quite Like Silver (Piano Refrain) featuring Carwyn Ellis
  58.   Understated
  59.   One Track Mind
  60.   Written in Stone
  61.   Leviathan
  62.   Moron
  63.   Time of the Preacher/Long Time Gone
  64.   Someone Else Besides
  65.   It's Right in Front of You
  66.   Dilemna
  67.   Rockin' Roll Baby
  68.   Humble
  69.   Baby Jean
  70.   Welwyn Garden City
  71.   A Heavy Sigh
  72.   Forsaken
  73.   One Is a Lonely Number

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