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I'M YOUR No1 FRAN; SOULED OUT - THEY ARE THE ARTISTS WHO HAVE LINGERED LONGEST IN THE TOP 75RTISTS WHO HAVE LINGERED LONGEST IN THE TOP 75 Travis top the all-time Scots album chart.

Byline: By John Dingwall

TRAVIS have topped the charts with the most successful Scottish album of all time.

According to the Guinness Book Of British Hit Singles And Albums, the band's The Man Who spent nine weeks at the top of the UK album chart and 102 weeks in the top 75.

The Glasgow group came top in the first chart of the nation's all-time album hits, compiled exclusively for the Daily Record by Guinness.

Wet Wet Wet's best-of package End Of Part One took second place in the chart.

The Wets' effort spent five weeks at No1 and 67 weeks in the chart, ahead of the Bay City Rollers' Rollin', which was No1 for four weeks and in the charts for 62 weeks.

Travis also came fourth in the chart with their follow-up to The Man Who, called The Invisible Band.

The Book Of British Hit Singles And Albums chart's main surprise inclusion is former child star Neil Reid's self-titled album which came eighth.

The 12-year-old, from Motherwell, Lanarkshire, who shot to fame after winning Opportunity Knocks, enjoyed a No1 single in 1972 before dropping out of showbusiness

The chart is dominated by the Wets and Simple Minds, both of whom have four entries.

In addition to Travis, The Bay City Rollers, Annie Lennox, Texas and Deacon Blue have more than one recording in the chart.

# THE albums, listed on the opposite page, are ranked in order of weeks at No1. Where there is a tie, total weeks in the chart are taken into account

1

The Man Who TravisFeatured Why Does It Always Rain On Me. (9 weeks at No1/102 weeks in chart

2

End of Part One Wet Wet Wet Featuring classics such as Angel Eyes and Wishing I Was Lucky. (5/67

3

Rollin' Bay City Rollers Rollermania swept the world as teenage girls and music lovers alike wept - for very different reasons. (4/62

4

The Invisible Band Travis Another chart-topper for Fran Healy's band with hits such as Flowers In The Window and Sing. (4/54

5

Picture This Wet Wet Wet This album spawned Love Is All Around, the single which spent 15 weeks at No1. (3/45

6

Glittering Prize 81/92 Simple Minds Contains hits from Minds albums Sons And Fascination through to Real Life. (3/39

7

Once Upon A Star Bay City Rollers This huge seller includes classics such as Bye Bye Baby and Keep On Dancin'. (3/37

8

Neil Reid Neil Reid He won Opportunity Knocks when Pop Idol was just a twinkle in Simon Cowell's eye. (3/16

9

White On Blonde Texas Texas finally hit paydirt with hits including Black Eyed Boy, Say What You Want and Halo. (2/102

10

Diva Annie Lennox This was released in 1992 and included top 10 hit singles Why and Walking On Broken Glass. (2/80

11

When The World Knows Your Name Deacon Blue This 1989 cracker features Real Gone Kid and Wages Day. (2/54

12

The Greatest Hits Texas Hits like I Don't Want A Lover, Summer Sun and Say What You Want made this record a winner. (2/51

13

Our Town Deacon Blue This greatest hits collection, which included Dignity and Chocolate Girl, scaled the heights of the chart. (2/38

14

High On The Happy Side Wet Wet Wet Released in 1992, it featured the classic single Goodnight Girl. (2/25

15

Once Upon A Time Simple Minds A true classic, it features thumping hits Sanctify Yourself and Alive And Kicking. (1/83

16

Popped In Souled Out Wet Wet Wet The band's debut contained a raft of hits including Sweet Little Mystery. (1/72

17

Sparkle In The Rain Simple Minds Released in February 1984, it features Up On The Catwalk and Waterfront. (1/57

18

Medusa Annie Lennox Former Eurythmics star Annie's 1995 album of cover versions included No More I Love Yous. (1/49

19

Misplaced Childhood Marillion Rocker Fish's band enjoyed success with this effort featuring the hit single Kayleigh. (1/41

20

Street Fighting Years Simple Minds Released in May 1989, it features Mandela Day and Belfast Child. (1/28
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 12, 2005
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