19 Aug 2007
Railway Children rarities album 
A 10-song album of unreleased Railway Children rarities is available for download only direct from railwaychildren.co.uk, the official site run by Gary Newby (who lives in Japan).

The full tracklisting is:

Shopping Around
Dream Arcade (original version)
Like No Other
Railroad Side (original version)
Wait For The Worthless
Can't Follow The World
Darkness and Colour (original version)
Ready Amber
Sunflower Room
Because (live version)

The complete download (available in 192 kbps zipped mp3 format) costs only USD 9.99 and payment is via Paypal only.

Thanks to Tokoloshe Man on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board for spotting.

Gary is also looking for musicians living in the Tokyo or Saitama area of Japan. Get in touch via his site if you are interested.



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