The Prisoners

In From The Cold

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Due to popular demand Acid Jazz present the legendary album ‘In From The Cold’ on CD. 

Before there was Acid Jazz, there was Countdown Records and before The James Taylor Quartet there were The Prisoners. Countdown was the label that Eddie Piller set up with Maxine Conroy and Terry Rawlings in the mid-80s to document that era’s generation of 60s and mod influenced groups and in its short lifetime it proved to be highly influential. 

The Prisoners were simply one of the great bands. Coruscating live performances, incredible songs, an abiding influence on those that followed and a tendency to slag off their own records The Prisoners had it all. Between 1981 and 1986 they released four albums and criticised at least three of them despite them being a clever amalgam of their influences which ranged from punk through The Who, Small Faces, Kinks and The Pretty Things.

Of all their albums the one that they liked the least was ‘In From The Cold’. The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess says “The Prisoners came around at a formative time in my musical education and ‘In From The Cold’ was a cherished part of my record collection.” It ranges from the balls out aggression of ’The More That I Teach You’ or ‘Deceiving Eye’, through the soulful introspection of ‘Wish The Rain’ or ‘Mourn My Health’ to the exuberance of their cover of Jimi Hendrix’ ‘Ain’t No Telling’


All You Gotta Do Is Say
Come Closer
The More That I Teach You
Mourn My Health
I Know How To Please You
Deceiving Eye
In From The Cold
Wish The Rain
Be On Your Way
Find and Seek
Ain’t No Telling Main Title Theme (The Lesser Evil)