Engaging and enduring, the songs of Prefab Sprout’s Paddy McAloon provided a springboard for the band to become critical darlings in the Eighties and helped them sell a lot of albums. Their sole top 10 single was the one which lends its name to this collection: The King Of Rock & Roll, but there is a host of material worth hearing on this 37-song double-disc set, including Breaks Down, Cars And Girls and the wonderful Appetite.
Q, March 2008
“Geordie quartet collected over two CDs”
Loved more by music journalists than the general public, Prefab Sprout were too smug to break through. These 37 songs omit their finest moment, Lions In My Own Garden (Exit Someone), but there’s still enough to showcase their strengths and weaknesses. Looking For Atlantis, Faron Young and the gorgeous We Let The Stars Go are slices of Paddy McAloon’s songwriterly craft, but when he started snipping at Bruce Springsteen on Cars & Girls and pretending to be American on Hey Manhattan! there was no way back.