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Shakin’ Stevens / Fire in the Blood: The Definitive Collection

Shakin Stevens / Fire in the Blood: The Definitive Collection 19CD box set

19 CD deluxe set • Signed by Shaky!

BMG will, in November, issue Fire in the Blood: The Definitive Collection, a massive career-spanning box set featuring the work of Welsh singer and songwriter Shakin’ Stevens.

The 19CD box set features all of Shaky’s albums as a solo artist, from his first signing and album on Track Records, to his latest studio album, Echoes Of Our Times and it also comes with four CDs of rarities.

Shaky was a chart sensation in the UK in the 1980s, in fact, he was the biggest selling singles artist of that decade – no mean feat when you consider how big groups like Wham! and Frankie Goes To Hollywood were. But he just kept going and they didn’t! Stevens enjoyed 15 British top ten hits in the 1980s and four UK number ones.


Fire in the Blood: The Definitive Collection is a 19CD box set

In total, this set contains 266 tracks and notable inclusions are a live concert recorded at the Paris Theatre, London for BBC Radio 1 in 1980 and the four rarities discs are packed with B-sides, 12-inch mixes, two previously unreleased tracks and more.

This CD box set comes packaged in a 12 x 12″ hardcover book and contains an extended essay by Paul Sexton. It also includes the following:

  • Reproduced promo poster
  • ‘Oh Julie’ sheet music
  • 3 X 12-inch art prints of Shakin’ Stevens
  • 36-page Bespoke Tour Programme
  • Autograph book, personally signed by Shakin’ Stevens

If you prefer your Shaky in bite-sized chunks there will also be a new compilation Singled Out, available on 3CD or 2LP. The former contains ALL his UK singles.

Fire in the Blood: The Definitive Collection will be released on 27 November 2020. You can pre-order from the official Shaky store, below.

Shakin’ Stevens
1. You Can’t Sit Down (Instrumental)
2. I’m Ready
3. So Glad You’re Mine
4. Let’s Dance
5. Till I Waltz Again With You
6. Such A Night
7. Justine
8. Baby Blue
9. Wait And See
10. Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave
11. a. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On
b. Jenny Jenny
c. Tutti Frutti

Take One!
1. Lovestruck
2. Hot Dog
3. Is A Bluebird Blue?
4. That’s Alright
5. Without A Love
6. Shame, Shame, Shame
7. Shotgun Boogie
8. I Got Burned
9. I Guess I Was A Fool
10. Ah, Poor Little Baby
11. Little Pigeon
12. Do WhatYouDid

This Ole House
1. Hey Mae
2. Baby If We Touch
3. Marie, Marie
4. Lonely Blue Boy
5. Make It Right Tonight
6. Move
7. Slippin’ And Slidin’
8. Shooting Gallery
9. Revenue Man
10. Make Me Know You’re Mine
11. This Ole House
12. Nobody
BONUS TRACK
13. Two Hearts

Shaky
1. Mona Lisa
2. You Drive Me Crazy
3. I’m Knockin’
4. It’s Raining
5. Don’t She Look Good
6. Green Door
7. Don’t Bug Me Baby
8. Don’t Tell Me Your Troubles
9. I’m Gonna Sit Write Down And Write Myself A Letter
10. This Time
11. Baby You’re A Child
12. Don’t Turn Your Back
13. Let Me Show You How
14. I’m Lookin’

Give Me Your Heart Tonight
1. Josephine
2. Give Me Your Heart Tonight
3. Sapphire
4. Oh Julie
5. I’ll Be Satisfied
6. Vanessa
7. Boppity Bop
8. Don’t Tell Me We’re Through
9. Shirley
10. You Never Talked About Me
11. Too Too Much
12. (Yeah) You’re Evil
13. Que Sera, Sera

The Bop Won’t Stop
1. The Bop Won’t Stop
2. Why Do You Treat Me This Way?
3. Diddle I
4. Don’t Be Two Faced
5. Livin’ Lovin’ Wreck
6. A Rockin’ Good Way (To Mess Around And Fall In Love)
7. Brand New Man
8. Cry Just A Little Bit
9. As Long As
10. A Love Worth Waiting For
11. Love Me Tonight
12. It’s Late

Lipstick Powder And Paint
1. Lipstick Powder And Paint
2. Bad Reputation
3. Don’t Lie To Me
4. I’m Leaving You
5. The Shape I’m In
6. Don’t Knock Upon My Door
7. Turning Away
8. Love You Out Loud
9. As Long As I Have You
10. With My Heart
11. Ain’t It A Shame (You Win Again)
12. So Long Baby Goodbye

Let’s Boogie
1. Come See About Me
2. Forever You
3. A Little Boogie Woogie (In The Back Of My Mind)
4. Because I Love You
5. What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For
6. The Hits Keep Coming Live Medley ’86
7. Cry Just A Little Bit
8. You Drive Me Crazy
9. A Rockin’ Good Way
10. Give Me Your Heart Tonight
11. A Love Worth Waiting For
12. Green Door
13. I’ll Be Satisfied
14. A Letter To You
15. Shirley
16. Oh Julie
17. It’s Late
18. Marie, Marie
19. It’s Raining
20. Hot Dog
21. Teardrops
22. This Ole House

Whole Lotta Shaky
1. What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For
2. How Many Tears Can You Hide
3. Jezebel
4. Sea Of Love
5. True Love
6. Just One Look
7. Oh Julie
8. Do You Really Love Me Too
9. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
10. Hello Josephine
11. Woman (What Have You Done To Me)
12. Heartbeat
13. Tired Of Toein’ The Line
14. Mona Lisa

There Are Two Kinds Of Music…Rock ‘n’ Roll!
1. Love Attack
2. I Might
3. Yes I Do
4. You Shake Me Up
5. Tell Me
6. Tear It Up
7. My Cutie Cutie
8. The Night Time Is The Right Time
9. Pink Champagne
10. If I Lose You
11. Queen Of The Hop
12. Rockin’ The Night Away

Merry Christmas Everyone
1. Rockin’ Little Christmas
2. White Christmas
3. Sure Won’t Seem Like Christmas
4. I’ll Be Home This Christmas
5. Merry Christmas Everyone
6. Silent Night
7. It’s Gonna Be A Lonely Christmas
8. The Best Christmas Of Them All
9. Merry Christmas Pretty Baby
10. Christmas Wish
11. Blue Christmas
12. So Long Christmas

BONUS TRACKS
13. Merry Christmas Everyone
14. Blue Christmas

Now Listen
1. Now Listen
2. Somewhere In The Night
3. Lonely Too Long
4. Got My Mind Set On You
5. Baby It’s You
6. Fire Down Below
7. How Could It Be Like That
8. It’s A Shame
9. Pump It Up
10. I Hear You Knockin’
11. Trouble
12. Get Together

Echoes Of Our Time
1. Down In The Hole
2. Echoes Of Our Times
3. Behind Those Secrets And Lies
4. To Spread The Word
5. The Fire In Her Blood
6. Down Into Muddy Water
7. Suffer Little Children
8. Train Of Time
9. Love The World
10. Last Man Alive

Shaky Live
FIRST EVER OFFICIAL LIVE CONCERT RELEASE
1. How Could It Be Like That
2. Turning Away
3. Give Me Your Heart Tonight
4. You Drive Me Crazy
5. I Got My Mind Set On You
6. Now Listen
7. Down Into Muddy Water
8. Cry Just A Little Bit
9. It’s Raining
10. Radio
11. A Letter To You
12. The Fire In Her Blood
13. Suffer Little Children
14. Marie, Marie
15. Oh Julie
16. Green Door
17. Train Of Time
18. Last Man Alive
19. This Old House
20. Fire Down Below

BBC – In Concert
FIRST EVER OFFICIAL BBC LIVE CONCERT RELEASE
1. a. Slippin’ And Slidin’
b. Make It Right Tonight
2. Don’t Bug Me Baby
3. Baby If We Touch
4. Shooting Gallery
5. Apron Strings
6. Little Pigeon
7. Lonely Blue Boy
8. Don’t Knock Upon My Door
9. Hey Mae
10. Shotgun Boogie
11. Make Me Know You’re Mine
12. Big Hunk Of Love
13. Hot Dog
14. Marie, Marie
15. Move

Non LP 1 – Rarities
1. Never (Single)
2. You Always Hurt The One You Love (B-Side)
3. Somebody Touched Me (Single)
4. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans (B-Side)
5. Treat Her Right (Single)
6. I Don’t Want No Other Baby (B-Side “Treat Her Right”)
7. Endless Sleep (Single)
8. Fire (B-Side “Endless Sleep”)
9. Spooky (Single)
10. Hot Dog (Single Version)
11. Apron Strings (B-Side “Hot Dog”)
12. You And I Were Meant To Be (B-Side “It’s Raining”)
13. I’m For You (B-Side “Shirley”)
14. Thinkin’ Of You (B-Side of “Give Me Your Heart”)
15. Josephine (B-Side “Blue Christmas”) (Live)
16. Lawdy Miss Clawdy (B-Side “Blue Christmas”) (Live)
17. Que Sera (B-Side “Blue Christmas”) (Live)
18. Don’t Be Late (Miss Kate) (B-Side ” I’ll Be Satisfied”)
19. It’s Good For You (Baby) (B-Side “It’s Late”)
20. Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night (B-Side “Cry Just A Little Bit” 12″)
21. The Bop Won’t Stop (B-Side ” A Rockin’ Good Way” 12″) (Live)
22. Why Do You Treat Me This Way (B-Side ” A Rockin’ Good Way”) (Live)
23. Don’t Tell Me We’re Through (B-Side “A Love Worth Waiting For”) (Live)
24. As Long As (B-Side “A Love Worth Waiting For” 12″) (Live)

Non LP 2 – Rarities
1. A Letter To You (Single)
2. Come Back And Love Me (B-Side “A Letter To You”)
3. Cry Just A Little Bit (Luongo’s Remix) (B-Side “A Letter” 12″)
4. Teardrops (Single )
5. You Shake Me Up (B-Side “Teardrops”)
6. Teardrops (Extended Version) (12″)
7. Breakin’ Up My Heart (Single)
8. I’ll Give You My Heart (B-Side “Breaking Up My Heart’’)
9. Break Up My Heart (Extended Remix) (12″)
10. I’ll Give You My Heart (Remix) (B-Side “Lipstick Powder And Paint”)
11. Turning Away (Extended Remix) (12″)
12. Because I Love You (Extended Version) (12″)
13. Tell Me One More Time (B-Side “Because I Love You”)
14. If You’re Gonna Cry (B-Side “A Little Boogie Woogie”)
15. A Little Boogie Woogie (In The Back Of My Mind) (Boogie Mix) (12″)
16. Come See About Me (Extended remix) (12” Single)

Non LP 3 – Rarities
1. Feel The Need In Me (Single)
2. If I Can’t Have You (B-Side “Feel The Need”)
3. Feel The Need In Me (Dance Mix) (12″)
4. If I Really Knew (B-Side “How Many Tears”)
5. How Many Tears Can You Hide (Dance Mix) (12″)
6. True Love (Extended Version) (12″)
7. Come On Little Girl (Chrome Sitar) (B-Side “True Love”)
8. Jezebel (7″ Re-mix) (Single)
9. As Long As I Have You (Live) (B-Side “Jezebel”) (Live)
10. Jezebel (Monster Re-mix) (12”)
11 Love Attack (7″)
12. Love Attack (Extended Version) (12″)
13. I Might (Extended Version) (12″)
14. Love Won’t Stop (B-Side “I Might”)
15. Yes I Do (Extended Version) (12″)
16. Dizzy Miss Lizzy (Live)
17. With My Heart (B-Side “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”) (Live)

Non LP 4 – Rarities
1. You Shake Me Up (Remix)
2. Radio (Single)
3. Oh Baby Don’t (Out-take) (B-Side “Radio”)
4. Radio (Acoustic Version) (B-Side “Radio” CD)
5. I Can Help (Single)
6. Calling You (B-Side)
7. I Need You Now (UNRELEASED)
8. Wild At Heart (UNRELEASED)
9. Now Listen (Acoustic Mix) (B-Side “Now Listen”)
10. Trouble (Live) (B-Side “Now Listen”)
11. Down In The Hole (Radio Mix) (Single)
12. Down Into Muddy Water (Radio Mix) (Single)
13. Last Man Alive (Radio Mix) (Single)
14. Down In The Hole (The Blues Show with Paul Jones – BBC)
15. Down Into Muddy Water (The Blues Show with Paul Jones – BBC)
16. The Fire In Her Blood (The Blues Show with Paul Jones – BBC)
17. Last Man Alive (The Blues Show with Paul Jones – BBC)
18. To Spread The Word (The Blues Show with Paul Jones – BBC)
19. Echoes Of Merry Christmas Everyone (Single)

95 responses to Shakin’ Stevens / Fire in the Blood: The Definitive Collection

  1. M.Hindberg says:

    Have seen many good concerts and the latest concert is here as a bonus *
    plus there is a concert from the early days .. fun to compare those 2 . Finally we get rare and new songs* I NEED YOU KNOW * and WILD AT HEART* those two songs sounds promising for the next new studio album.
    Great Christmas Gift for your Mum & Dad , Brother & Sisters , Kids and Friends.
    All together a very good box-set which covers what Shaky does the best ..
    Sing and perform some brillant songs..
    GOOD LUCK SHAKY & THE FAB BAND * YOU STILL DO A FAB JOB *

  2. Tony says:

    What’s all the fuss about this collection?
    Shaky has released very little New material since the early 90’s and that’s what fans want not material that’s been out before. Why didn’t he release a CD of tracks that he performs at his bits like I ain’t never or True love travels down a travel road?
    When or if he ever does then that’s were celebrating and making a fuss about but don’t all good your breath as it’s never gonna happen

  3. Topi says:

    Where´s the Shaky & the Sunsets complete boxset,that´s the one people are waiting,not this re-packaged stuff,but hey,the man himself almost refuses to admit he´d done any recordings before solocareer…absolutely would prefer 20 cd box by the Shaky & the Sunsets instead of this.

  4. DennyE says:

    Fabulous as his Epic box set is hard to get now? Do we know Paul if this set has been remastered again? The last set suffered from brickwalling? Great job!

  5. Paul Anthony says:

    Just wanted to add one small correction here Paul – all formats are actually released November 27th and not 13th,

    Cheers

  6. MARK LEVY says:

    Decided to get the EPIC MASTERS boxed set instead rather than wait for this. I know it doesn’t include the Christmas album but I only like Merry Christmas Everyone off that anyway. Also, it doesn’t take up so much room.

    • Paul Anthony says:

      I’d be interested to here how much you coughed up for that?. These days, it goes for well over £100,

      I guess it comes down to how much of a fan you are, but the Epic Masters only features 9 solo albums. It’s nowhere near as comprehensive as this new box set is going to be – 19 Discs verses 10,

      For £80, it’s a no brainier for Shaky fans!

      Like I say, don’t know what you payed for Epic Masters set, but you likely payed over the odds for only half of the story!

  7. Bernard O'Hara says:

    I put his Definitive Collection on Spotify as I was doing the batch cooking on Sunday – absolutely great! I had forgotten he had so many good songs. Boxset ordered! Fantastic value for the content and plenty of rare / unreleased stuff

  8. Oliver Marten says:

    Really great stuff! What a surprise!
    But what about the live songs from the last tour (CD: Shaky Live
    FIRST EVER OFFICIAL LIVE CONCERT RELEASE) like “It keeps rainin (tears from my eyes)”, “You never talked about me” or “Have you ever seen the rain” ?
    And all the songs from Track-Records like “Rebound” or “Gotta lotta livin to do”.
    My order of alle the new Shaky things are confirmed…I`m looking forward to the release date!
    Can`t wait! Keep shakin` :-)

  9. Fred says:

    A real treasure box with a real good price… for all fans of rock and roll ! Like Shaky said, there are two kind of music : Rock and Roll

  10. Larry Davis says:

    Like selling snow to Eskimos, you would think…the Shakey conundrum of selling someone a little too “obvious” to the States on the 80s reminds me of Capitol/Virgin trying to break Robbie Williams in the US in the 00s…or even the Manics in the 90s onward, you would think would be dead easy, music tailored for the US market, is not exactly the case…I guess Americanized British pop music is not an easy sell, so how do you do it?? Anyone??

    • Quante says:

      Hi Larry,

      The answer is not to bother trying. America loved British pop, rock and prog rock groups in their droves in the sixties and seventies, and then took to the British pop bands of the early eighties. I’m sure part of the appeal is that they were different to what American acts were doing at that time. Who’d of thought Boy George could have been such a big star in the USA?

      It’s the same in reverse. The likes of Madonna was a hit in the UK as she was so exciting in the eighties, and nothing else like her existed.

      The stranger phenomenon is when a British group does better in America than it does at home. Def Leppard couldn’t buy a hit in the UK during the Pyromania period and the UK rock scene was snooty about them, at a time when they were mega stars in America. Many Americans have had more success in the UK than they’ve ever had in the USA.

  11. Stevie T says:

    What with this release, and the Donna Summer, Bob Mould and Manson sets, is it time, Paul, for you to ‘upgrade’ your site to UBE – Uber Deluxe Edition. This one has to be the greatest value ever offered to fans, though I have just noticed the Brick box set from Ben Folds at £52 for 13 cds. I recall Shaky on totp back in the day, where one of his trouser legs had got caught under the tongue of his boot, and I swear he was shakin that leg even more vigorously than usual, in a vain effort to release it. Keep up the good work mate.

  12. Donnie Biscuits says:

    The comments about him not making it in the States are interesting. I suppose that would be like selling snow to Eskimos; they invented Elvis so a perceived imitator was always going to be a hard sell. He did some great covers and original songs and I’ll always have a soft spot for his version of ‘It’s raining’.
    It’s a shame the videos are missing, I seem to remember one that was an ‘homage’ to Mad Max 2 with an identical set and a vague memory of some of the same extras from the film? What was that song?

  13. Kauwgompie says:

    I decided to go for this. I’m only a casual fan but it’s quite cheap and one thing I learnt from this site is that when you keep an open mind, you will be positively surprised. Its a bit overkill but I have a feeling I will end up liking this. His singles are excellent. I doubt his album tracks are all crap. This guy carries a certain quality over his music. And I love that the 12”es are included!!

  14. Fogarrach says:

    In terms of value and career coverage, I’d like to nominate this box set for one of your SDE awards.

    Well done shakey.

    And as I write this “it’s raining” …..

    It is a dream of mine to see something similar from Jackie leven.

  15. TOM RICHARDSON says:

    Admittedly a bit cheesy but there’s no denying the quality of some of his songs and performances. Because I Love You in particular is a genuinely superb song! May be a little bit too much Shaky for me but I love the idea of all the 12 inch mixes – i’m a sucker for 1980s 12 inch versions. And a mention about the three disc version – to include all of his singles is a great package. How annoying is it when greatest hits album are released lacking certain singles or worse still adding non-singles?!

  16. What a great Christmas gift. That’s a very fine Collection wirh all the Singles and Alben. Also in Vinyl. This is his musical life’s work .
    Thanks!
    Joerg Zaenker from Germany

  17. Rett Russell says:

    I bought one of his albums in the 80’s and loved the performance/songs, etc. but it was mastered so “hot” it distracted mightily from the experience/enjoyment.

  18. Tony O says:

    looks like a great set especially with an autograph, I am probably not the only person to know that he is a massive tool, rude to fans and children, but hey, thats what happens when success goes to their heads.

  19. Stephen says:

    Ordered; soundtrack to the 80s and many a school disco. Happy memories of seeing him live at the Empire in Liverpool. I love it when an artists gets it right – excellent boxed set at the right price.

  20. Clinton Horton says:

    I really can’t wait, i feel like a kid at Christmas even though this set is released in November. I would like to say a big thank you to Shaky and everyone involved in this amazing set.

  21. Branny says:

    Good price and great set if you’re a fan. Not for me though. My Dad spent the last three years of the 70s playing nothing but Elvis so a 50s throwback was the last thing I wanted to see in the 80s.

  22. Tim says:

    Have to say my heart used to sink when he came on the Television/Radio. Imagine being the PR person given the job of selling this to America. A nice guy and good luck to him for having such a successful career and what looks like an excellent package but this is a substandard 50’s impersonation with ghastly 80’s production. I deserve to make this comment for all the hours I lost waiting for the next record to come on.

  23. GAZMAN says:

    Shakin Stevens is Undoubtedly One of The Greatest Rockers of All Time,

    NOW FINALLY Here in Full form offering All Massive Hits plus Rarities, 12 Mixes etc Is an Absolute Must for ALL Die Hard Fans,

    This is The Holy Grail Rockers Collection,

    “Greatest Thanks” To All Who Made This Possible. Especially Paul Sinclair, and of Course to “SHAKIN STEVENS” Rockin My World 30 Years Strong.

    This Truly Is The Greatest Blessing,

    Much Love From Down Under

  24. Don says:

    Holy crap… 19 CDs?!? I live in the US, so for me, Shakin’ Stevens was a guy we saw in one video on MTV.

    I think the song was “You Drive Me Crazy”, and in it, Stevens was dancing around what looked like the abandoned gas works where Kubrick filmed the second half of “Full Metal Jacket”. He would go up on his toes like Michael Jackson. The only reason I remember this at all is because my brother mercilessly made fun of this video when we were kids, especially the toe dancing thing.

    Anyway, for Shakin’ Stevens fans, this seems like one hell of an awesome set.

  25. Jarmo Keranen says:

    All the tracks that someone has done before him are much better in their original form. Just listen The Blasters original Marie Marie and you don’t never want to listen Shaky’s version anymore. Buy The Blasters Testament Complete Slash Recordings double cd instead of this!

    • Paul Anthony says:

      Lol – of course your joking right?. Shaky’s version is slick with a brilliant rock n roll vocal, not to mention the fact , some of the best and finest backing musicians including the great Albert Lee,

      You stick to your double Blasters cd – They couldn’t live with Shaky’s success, that’s why their best of is a near double cd and shaky has 19 discs worth (and more)

      Shaky was more successful and musically consistent than the Blasters could of ever been!

      Just saying, but fact is fact!

      • Jarmo Keranen says:

        I have to admit that the players on Shaky’s records are great. But Shaky himself is so slick. Blasters guitarist and writer of Marie Marie Dave Alvin must be glad when he got his royalty check for this song!

  26. Larry Davis says:

    Yes, an absolute bargain indeed…I never owned a Shaky record in my life (I’m in the US…I do recall Epic trying to promote him here but it didn’t take…I guess 50s rockabilly revival in the 80s was just slotted for the Stray Cats)…a friend of mine loves his stuff though & has tons of his records so this box does have me curious…if he’s like Chris Isaak, I’m game…if any copies left by end of October, I’ll go for it (cruise payment, Prince, Bob Mould, TFF & Elton John come first)…but yes I do agree that a DVD of his vidclips & TOTP appearances shoulda been included…with a name like Shakin’ Stevens, part of the appeal is visual yes…I’m glad he’s getting respect because he easily coulda been considered quite corny or a joke…but he musta been considered quite sincere and “4Real” & loved his fans, it’s obvious, so it’s 2-way

  27. John MC cann says:

    Yes Paul,but I would say it comes down to who looked better in a denim jacket,both commited the cardinal sin of double denim,my votes with the Welsh guy!

  28. Sergio says:

    When can it be ordered … and what has to be done because I don’t see any page that has it for sale …

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I hope this is some kind of a joke, because it has been a long day for me.

      • Kevin says:

        I sympathize, Paul. People don’t fully read my emails at my job, either. It’s to the point where I’m pretty much eschewing paragraphs altogether and giving each sentence its own line.

        For real.

    • Ian Ellis says:

      Hi Sergio, Yeah, it’s really difficult to track that information down isn’t it. But Paul has provided a link in the product description. If you click on that, it takes you to another “webpage” and you can press on another link there to order it right now. Good luck! You will need a credit card or a paypal account as they required the spondulix upfront.

  29. Peter Stanton says:

    Great to see all these comments, which, as someone has said below, I hope turn into sales and Shaky makes a few bob.

    Again, see below, I saw him a number of times pre 80s fame in a tiny venue and he was great AND seemed like a really nice bloke too.

    Pete

  30. Gary Hunter says:

    I’m not a fan, but what a fantastic deal for fans of his music, shame other artists/record companies don’t take note of the pricing on this set.

  31. Neil says:

    Shakey (and King Crimson) showing the Prince and Zappa estates how to give value on the super deluxe front.

  32. Col. says:

    A whole lot of Shaky Going on! He was big in the 80’s and wisely held off the release of Merry Christmas Everyone for 12 months so it didn’t clash with Band Aid. That was probably his biggest hit, although he did have approx 5 number ones in total. I’m still searching for the withdrawn edition of his first solo Greatest Hits (Ole House, Green Door etc) and some of his albums with the sunsets fetch a decent price. I had WDYWMTEAMF? on a signed 7″ that I sold for £10 so this set is more for the loyal fans, not the collector I feel.

  33. Phil Cohen says:

    Shakin’ Stevens’ only-ecer U.S.A. release was a 10″ E.P of Rockabilly music released by EPIC Records in 1980. He is totally unknown here. But, then again, Marc Bolan had only one hit in America, and Cliff Richard had only 6 hits (versus more than 100 in the UK)

    • John MC cann says:

      Well Bolan had I more hit in the states than the boomtown rats had , Mondays was no 1 in 31 countries, but radio stations refused to play it in case they where sued by Brenda Spencer’s parents,,,,,,wot a missed opportunity as the rats would have been bigger than their fellow countrymen U2!,

    • Steve Bliss says:

      >> Shakin’ Stevens’ only-ecer U.S.A. release was a 10″ E.P of Rockabilly music released by EPIC Records in 1980

      And that is the only vinyl that I have of him. I’ve collected most Epic’s NU-DISK releases, just missing Gary Glitter and The Clash disc; although I’ve got Black Market Clash both on the 12″ re-release and the much later RSD 10″ from Drastic Plastic. Would really love to get one of the original Epic 10″, but I’m too cheap to pay the price!

      Anyway, this looks like a great box for the fans – all the albums, a bit of stuff, and all the desired bonus material. Sure there’s no visuals or hi-res/surround sound. But at this price, who cares? Fantastic!

  34. paul wren says:

    I always thought Neil Young was known as Shaky. I didn’t know he had a competitor Shaky to think about.

  35. Andrew R says:

    I can but only applaud you for track listing 19 cd’s / 266 Shakin Stevens tracks clap clap clap

  36. MARK LEVY says:

    Sony didn’t see this coming

  37. Jack Evans says:

    Is this going to available to general retail such as HMV and amazon or is it only going to be available via Shaky’s official store

  38. Ian Ellis says:

    He’s one notch below “national treasure”. This is a bargain and I hope he shifts loads and makes a decent payday. Plus, it must be very satisfying to have his legacy collected like that in one huge box. Fair play all round.

  39. Peter Muscutt says:

    Nice to see some reasonably priced ‘big’ box sets coming through…the Mansun set at 26-discs and this one are both reasonably priced (although the Mansun set is a fair wadge dearer than Shaky!) but both offer wonderful amounts of content for a price that doesn’t make the eyes water too much…!

    • Alessandro says:

      I’d love a similar box for Prefab Sprout (from Swoon to Crimson/Red, possibly with extra tracks) and New Order (featuring all the Warner-owned albums which were remastered in 2015 but they’re available for streaming/download only, with or without an expanded/remastered “Substance” which I would eventually purchase separately).

  40. John MC cann says:

    Is he still in the business?

  41. Steve White says:

    Lovely stuff.

  42. Fogarrach says:

    Shakin Stevens on top of the pops. I wasn’t a fan yet the songs were catchy.
    And I have strong memories of thinking that he was a nice, decent guy.
    What a great fans edition. I sincerely wish him luck.
    And yes, another post touches on the truth when he says that shakey deserves some airplay.

    Maybe it will be up to Liza tarbuck on BBC radio two. It’s the best show on at the moment and leaves the two so-called morning and drive time flagship shows standing still.

    Now what was that thing behind the green door?

  43. Simon says:

    £80 is an absolute bargain. Worth buying a copy and squirrelling away somewhere for a few years, surely.

  44. Shawn C says:

    Interesting to read about the number of hits he had in the UK during the 1980s. I’m guessing he must have never had one here in the U.S., as I had never heard of him. Not interested in the box, but seems like a great set for fans – certainly a great career retrospective at a reasonable price.

  45. Nigel says:

    No, no, no. Where is the blu ray containing all of Shaky’s digitally remastered promo videos?
    Soooo disappointed that this isn’t really much better than box set I previously purchased containing all his CDs with bonus tracks and all enclosed in a slipcase.
    We want to relive our memories with vision as well as sound.
    Get Shaking Shaky and insert at least the greatest videos dvd from
    The Shakin Stevens Collection [CD + DVD] https://amzn.to/3mLSloM
    Please complete this new awesome boxset with a dvd.

    • Ricky Aron says:

      This new set is a million times better than the original box set you mention . Loads more content featured here , Live album from 1980 never released , live album from the 2019 uk tour , unreleased material , and loads more including shakys very first solo album from 1978 which has never been released on cd till now .

    • Lefty says:

      Fantastic news – I’ve been a big Shaky fan since the very early days and seen him live a number of times, always puts on a great show. This box set is exceptional value for money in my opinion, and is much more complete than the Epic Masters set from 2010,

      The promo videos have been out on dvd in 2005, don’t really need them on blu ray as well. I didn’t waste anytime in pre ordering this

  46. Paul Kent says:

    Those knocking Shaky should check out his last album, Echoes Of Our Time. It was in my end of year top 10 for 2016. An absolute revelation – rootsy, brooding and poignant, it bears no similarities to his r’n’r canon. I highly recommend it.

    • Gareth Pugh says:

      Paul Kent, I remember hearing a BBC radio documentary about that album when it came out and being struck by how different it sounded from the light-but-likeable pop I associated with him from years of seeing him on TOTP. It was a fascinating listen, and I’m sure that album is too. I also remember being struck then by how thoughtful and intelligent he was about his material, just as in the 1980s I recall him being interviewed in Smash Hits and being very good humoured and gracious about how mocked he generally was. Fair play, with this set, to him and his fanbase.

  47. SANDY COWAN says:

    not a fan myself but i sense a lot of respect for the man in the jovial replies to this post. as for the landfill comment,that’ s a man’s life’s work. if this is a music fans site show a wee bit of respect.

  48. STEPHEN COPPENHALL says:

    Omg this is what we have been waiting live cds and rarities cds xmas has come early.

  49. Ryan says:

    You know what, I’ll take the GH on vinyl (he did have a few ‘golden’ hits in his time). Don’t think I could personally get through a studio album though, let alone 19 of them….

  50. kid992 says:

    Whole Lotta Shaky Goin’ On

  51. Alan says:

    Fantastic value. And it includes the missing 12” mixes from the last box. All looks lovely. Definite buy for me. Makes my old box set redundant!

  52. WayneUK says:

    Bargain if you love Shaky. Not for me. But his fans will think it’s Xmas come early

  53. Peter Stanton says:

    I lived in Islington in the 70s and Shaky would play the Hope and Anchor. He was never really ‘cool’, but he was brilliant and I had some great nights at his gigs.

    Pete

  54. Donnie Biscuits says:

    That IS a whole lot of shaky going on. Not for me but that is how a career box should be done and no pointless vinyl box for £££s to accompany it. It’s a shame there is no additional DVD box set of videos and over 50 TOTP appearances.

  55. Stan Butler says:

    Great to see Shaky get a little recognition. You’d think that 80 radio stations would play his hits, but no. Sadly, he has been virtually written out of pop history.
    Another fact is that he made more Top of The Pops appearances in the 1980s than any other artist.

  56. Malcy says:

    Thanks for the heads-up Paul.
    Have snagged a signed copy. Very reasonably priced given amount of content.
    Listening will remind me of my mum as she loved listening to Shaky in the 80s. Bought most of his records for her at the time.
    As noted sold the most singles in the 80s as just worked so incredibly hard plus as a solo artist no band mates to fall out with.

  57. Anthony Grice says:

    I honestly didn’t realise he’d made so many records. Bargain price for his fans

  58. At last someone has responded to the incessant drone of millions of people demanding a 19CD Shaky box set! Beyond the very niche diehard fan, this is just manufactured landfill.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      It’s not really supposed to appeal “beyond the niche diehard fan” so if they get their numbers right it won’t be “manufactured landfill”

    • Stephen says:

      Bit of a snobbish comment there, Neville.

      Why not just be happy for fans that this exists, as you or I are happy when someone creates a box we can get excited about?

    • Big Rin says:

      Glad you put this guy right Paul, I can’t see the point in coming on a Shaky thread to make snide comments about the release. I know a lot of that goes on here and far enough commenting on content, packaging, price, etc but if you just don’t like the artist, ignore it. I think it’s great value and has been put together with some thought and importantly, Shaky’s input. I’m sure Neville thinks his own tastes infinitely superior.

    • Keith Spedding says:

      His last Record Store Day release on red vinyl sold out on the day and he’s played all the time on the BBC’s Saturday night rock’n’roll show in the east of England. Last tour a sell-out – still a LOT of love for the man. And, just as Joe Brown’s box did last year, this looks to be made with care. Now let’s have Billy Fury receive such treatment in his 80th year.

  59. John Orr says:

    Ye cannae beat a bit o shaky. In saying that, also not my cup of tea, though remember him back in the 80’s too. Absolute bargain for his fans, how it should be done.

  60. Andrew Scoffin says:

    Not on my radar but have to say that is some package for £80.

    £11.50 p&p to add though

    • Malcy says:

      It’s £11.50 delivery as a large heavy box and they are sending TNT Express which is next day courier delivery. Royal Mail charge £5 for 2 day delivery of much smaller items.

  61. Dickie says:

    Now that’s the way to do it.

  62. Chris Squires says:

    I think there will be quite a few here who will look at this and maybe think firstly “Who is this?” particularly as I am not sure Shaky made much of an impact elsewhere in the world other than good ole blighty, very happy to be proved wrong on that one. Secondly they will probably be thinking “You lucky Bastards” to all those who are fan enough to want this. It looks, at face value, superb.

    19 Discs, two live unreleased concerts, 4 x rarities discs, autographed, not too much pointless ephemera (no crap) – £80! (dear old Paul McCartney wouldn’t let you have 4 half-empty discs for that – but I suppose horses for courses). Can you imagine what a 19 disc Macca box would set you back?
    A late contender for Box-set of the year if the musical snobbery can be dismantled. I am not sure American Prince fans (or any Prince fans come to think of it) will agree.

  63. Strangely Brown says:

    Fuck Derek & Dominoes bring on the Shaky

  64. Auntie Sabrina says:

    19 CDs for £80 is some bargsin. Not my cup of tea but I’m sure his many fans will love this.

  65. Gareth Jones says:

    All of that for £80?? Absolute bargain. I’d be knocking down the green door to get my hands on a copy at that price!

  66. SeanL says:

    No intention of buying this but £80 with an autograph! Absolute bargain for Shaky fans :)

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