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B-Sides and Rarities, Vol. 1
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B-Sides and Rarities, Vol. 1

8 Nov. 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 8 Nov. 2012
  • Release Date: 8 Nov. 2012
  • Label: Absentee Recordings
  • Copyright: 2012 Absentee Recordings
  • Total Length: 44:21
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  • ASIN: B00A1A3ILM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,883 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Nov. 2012
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"We have never been a band that set out to write a b-side. We have always been a band that strives to write something better than what we have done before. With that in mind, people can listen to these songs as ones that were worked to the full in order to fit on an album, but for one of any number of reasons didn't make it...... The fact that these songs never made it onto an album is irrespective"

The above statement from the multinational members of the London based Boxer Rebellion could be viewed as a slice of high sincerity or a piece of very crafty marketing. Unfortunately it is often the case that the mopping up exercises of B sides and rarities collections rarely transcend the *couple of great tracks versus the high on filler factor". Granted Nathan Nicholson and his chums have rarely let the quality control go southward in their three officially released long players to date and these should be sort out post haste. It does however beg the question that if you are new to the Boxer Rebellion whether you would be best advised to purchase these two "new" CDs comprising some very decent songs at the price of a tenner or fork out a measly 2.95 for their 2009 masterwork "Union" or 1.98 for their cracking debut "Exits" (2005) on Amazon? "Simples" as they say, unless of course you are a connoisseur of the band then there is much in this collection to rouse curiosity and generally enjoy.

Volume 1 (3.5 Stars) of these rarities is almost entirely a snapshot of the band in 2003/2004 and in essence could be seen as as first cousin of "Exits" and includes versions of tracks already on that album such as ever present and wonderful "Watermelon".
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By Robson on 26 May 2013
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why *these* tracks?

First things first: Code Red! Palisade! In Pursuit!

As for the rest, the majority of the songs are unfinished demos, and reasonably rescuable at that - but we are instead treated to ear-wrenchingly mixed vocal tracks rather than the quality this band is capable of... I would single out the cuts of Watermelon and Don't Drag Your Dirty Feet here for needing heavy duty ear muffs.

It's almost inexcusable when you consider that an album-ready mix of the final track, In The Empire, exists and was shared digitally by the band some years ago, but you must pay for a tinny sketch of its power rather than give the Boxers a chance over the last 7-10 years to revisit and perfect it. On the plus side, it is full length, so fans finally get to hear part 2 of this song here.

Overall the songs are more cohesive than Volume 2, and it's probably worth on balance getting this album and a few tracks from Vol 2 rather than the whole second disc.
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