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In six tumultuous years, Orange Juice, led by Edwyn Collins, blazed a trail of self-reliance with the legendary Postcard label, ran in conjunction with then-manager Alan Horne, and greatly expanded the palette of independent music at the start of the ‘80s with their brand of literate pop songwriting that both pre-saged the coming of The Smiths and kickstarted a renaissance in Scottish ... Read more in Amazon's Orange Juice Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (8 Nov. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B0040ZTO8A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,316 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

It is impossible to overstate the importance of Orange Juice, and even though part of their project was to puncture the pomp and seriousness of the rock canon, they must now be regarded as an enormously significant band which proved pivotal not once but twice. First, in providing a bridge between dour post-punk and the shiny early-80s "new pop" of ABC, Heaven 17 et al; and then in pointing a way out of that funky cul de sac by re-embracing guitar music, just as The Smiths were asserting their faith in classic rock principles at the height of new romantic synthmania. 

In many ways, Orange Juice – with that deceptively innocuous name, so evocative of their aesthetic – were superior to The Smiths, more multifaceted and complex (they hailed their lack of worldliness but were nothing if not knowing). And their frontman Edwyn Collins was like Morrissey only with a more advanced sense of irony and a better, more varied record collection. Morrissey’s raffish wit and arch olde-worlde language were already in place on those early Orange Juice singles for Postcard – where Moz sang Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now, Edwyn exclaimed, "Ye gods, I’m simply thrilled, honey" – while Johnny Marr’s Byrds fetish was pre-empted by the charged jangle of Blue Boy et al.

On this massive anthology – comprising 130 tracks, including dozens of excellent unreleased tracks and previously unavailable material, plus a DVD of videos and TV/live performances – you get a sense of the breadth of Orange Juice’s remit during their six-year career. Disc one begins with the (ironically) naive exuberance of Falling and Laughing from early 1980, when Collins and company were making radical claims to being equal parts Velvet Underground and Chic, but it’s not till Poor Old Soul that the guitars become funkily rhythmic. You have to wait until the end of disc two and the bonus cuts tacked on after the You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever album to see their full transformation from indie guitar band to the electro-pop hitmakers of Rip It Up, their top 10 single from 1983.

Together, these six CDs tell a story, and by the end of each you get a glimpse of the next chapter (rockabilly energy on disc four’s Texas Fever; enervated rock-soul by disc five’s final self-titled affair). Meanwhile, the DVD shows how great OJ looked, whether in their early days, when Edwyn sported his Roger McGuinn fringe, or during their brief chart phase, when he again beat Morrissey, this time to the quiff. A timely reminder of all that rings true.

--Paul Lester

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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful By nigeyb on 10 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I do not yet own this box set. I am interested in buying this box set despite already having everything Orange Juice previously released. I looked at this Amazon page to look at the track-listing and, at the time of writing, the tracks are not in the product information. I tried to update the Amazon page to add in the tracks, but to no avail. This review is mainly to give other customers the chance to see what's on it. I'm rating the box set 5 stars because I am familiar with most of what's on it and, in my opinion, it's all wonderful. From the proto-indie soul of the Postcard years, through to the funk & eclecticism of their final flourish. Fabulous stuff. Congratulations to Domino for putting out such a comprehensive box set. Having read Christian Fletcher's customer review I'm relieved to hear that Domino have also done a good job on the sound, and not compressed it. Now I've seen what's on it, I'm going to be buying it. In the meantime, for those who also want to know what's on it, feast your eyes on these mouth-watering selections....

Disc One: The Glasgow School
01. Falling And Laughing
02. Moscow
03. Moscow Olympics
04. Felicity (live)
05. Blue Boy
06. Lovesick
07. Simply Thrilled Honey
08. Breakfast Time
09. Poor Old Soul, Pt. 1
10. Poor Old Soul, Pt. 2
11. Louise Louise
12. Three Cheers for Our Side
13. (To Put It in A) Nutshell
14. Satellite City
15. Consolation Prize
16. Holiday Hymn
17. Intuition Told Me, Pt. 1
18. Intuition Told Me, Pt. 2
19. Wan Light
20. Dying Day
21. Texas Fever
22. Tender Object
23. Poor Old Soul (French version)
24. Poor Old Soul (instrumental version)
25. Simply Thrilled Honey (live)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martyslayer on 27 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
...I bought this as I was a bit of a fan of this band for a short period...I found it a fantastic set of songs...liner notes were excellent and it was good to hear proper music from the 80's..not the Culture Club/Duran sanitised version of the 80's that is peddled out there now...I strongly recommend this....
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Evers on 18 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of Orange Juice and would place them in my top 10 of favourite bands. However, for the last 10 years or so their music has only existed for me inside my head.

I emigrated from the UK and could not take my vinyl or cassettes with me and so had to get rid of my Orange Juice collection mainly via eBay. In the years since I have found it strangely difficult to re-buy this stuff on CD - until now.

First the good: this box has all the original LPs and they sound great and are reasonably well packaged with a fairly standard rock biog text thing. It has been quite a joy to listen to these properly again after so long. there is also a DVD to watch which I haven't actually seen yet as I do not usually like these things much (I find watching music a bit boring) but others very well may enjoy.

Now the bad: In creating this box set I can only imagine that Domino have decided to include every single thing Orange Juice ever did. I find it hard to believe there is anything left over. While some of this bonus content is nice indeed it is a shame that it has to all be tagged on to other albums CD space, so you end up listening to repeated versions of the same tracks and sometimes it is impossible to tell the versions apart. Worse still are the 80's 12" extended remixes. These were popular in the 80s and made some kind of sense for dance music but always looked stupid for guitar based rock.

So, for me this set is good-but-could-have-been-great. The Radio 1 sessions have been pooled together into a separate CD rather than being liberally splashed around the other CDs so that is some consolation.

I think they should have left the LPs as they were, and put together a single CD of the singles excluding 12" remixes and live versions.
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