James William Somerville (born 22 June 1961) is a Scottish pop singer and songwriter. He sang in the 1980s with the pop groups Bronski Beat and The Communards, and has also had a solo career. He is known in particular for his powerful and soulful countertenor/falsetto singing voice. He is openly gay; many of his songs, such as “Smalltown Boy”, contain political commentary on gay-related issues.
The Very Best of Jimmy Somerville, Bronski Beat and The Communards is a compilation album covering Jimmy Somerville’s career in Bronski Beat, The Communards and as a solo artist. It was released in 2001 and reached number 29 in the UK Albums Chart.
The album features mostly the same tracks, although in a different order, to the 1990 compilation The Singles Collection 1984/1990. Only one track from that album, “Run from Love”, isn’t featured on The Very Best and is replaced with the newer track “Hurt So Good”.
Although Bronski Beat had three UK top 40 hits after Sommerville’s departure (“Hit That Perfect Beat”, “C’mon C’mon” and “Cha Cha Heels”) they are not included on the compilation as it is intended as a retrospective of Somerville’s career.
You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
To Love Somebody
Comment Te Dire Adieu
Hurt So Good
Can’t take My Eyes Off You (Almighty Definitive Mix)
I Feel Love
It Aint Necessarily So
Could It Be Love
Heaven here on Earth
A Dream Gone Wrong
Back To Me
So there we go folks – 15 of Jimmy Somerville’s best – were you a fan also? What were your best tracks.