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The Railway Children – Reunion Wilderness [1987]

The Railway Children – Reunion Wilderness [1987]
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Nice LP from a UK indie band I useta like a lot back in the eighties. This was their rather good debut released on Manchester’s Factory Label.

When younger, I also liked the 1970 movie – after which they are named – also! Mmmmm … Jenny Agutter!!

In 1984, Gary Newby, Brian Bateman, Guy Keegan, and Stephen Hull formed The Railway Children. Factory Records recorded this, their debut album, Reunion Wilderness in 1987, which topped the UK independent chart along with their second single ‘Brighter’.

They left Factory shortly after and were signed to Virgin Records.

The next year, the band released their second album, Recurrence, to little commercial success. In 1990, they released Native Place, an album that incorporated some elements of the current club music trends in England at the time. “Every Beat of the Heart” became a Top 40 hit in the UK with a peak at #24, and the song became a #1 hit on the newly-founded Modern Rock Tracks chart in the U.S.

In 1992, EMI took over Virgin Records, and the band left the label. Two years later, the original line-up broke up, leaving Newby to continue alone. Newby has since released two albums as The Railway Children: “Dream Arcade” (1997 Ether Records) and Gentle Sound (2002 Ether Records) as well as a “Rarities” album in 2007 available only by download from his official site:

AS for the other members – Keegan later had a spell in the Wigan based folk-rock band, The Tansads while Gary Newby now resides in Japan, writing/arranging music and lyrics for several major Japanese artists including Anna Tsuchiya and Every Little Thing.

When the members were still teenagers, the group began releasing singles on Factory Records. Recalling the intricate guitar pop of the Smiths, their singles evoked the ringing hooks of `60s British pop and the post-punk pop attitude of the `80s. The band released their debut album, Reunion Wilderness, in 1987; the album led to a contract with Virgin Records – this is the re-mastered reissue of that album with two bonus trax.


A swooning, melancholy guitar pop band of the first order… who were meant to be Factory Records answer to the Smiths… they weren’t, but they were The Railway Children and that is nothing to live down. Every doomed small town poet who looked great in a raincoat… starts here. (Brighter)


Best Discovery…The Railway Children. A tremendous late-80s/early 90s Factory act, with enough Smiths influence to make you miss the real Johnny Marr less. I highly recommend their debut “Reunion Wilderness”, especially if you can track down the 2001 re-release.



01 – Another Town
02 – First Notebook
03 – Railroad Side
04 – Careful
05 – Brighter
06 – Big Hands of Freedom
07 – Listen On
08 – Gentle Sound
09 – Content

Here she be;…..w.rar.html

Thanks Paulo X

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