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Losing Our Virginity [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: UMC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,666 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Tubular Bells (Two Sides Excerpt)Mike Oldfield13:27Album Only
Listen  2. KrautrockFaust11:45Album Only
Listen  3. The Pot Head PixiesGong 2:57Album Only
Listen  4. I'll Be HomeSteve York's Camelo Pardalis 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Woman's Lib SongSteve York's Camelo Pardalis 5:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Marlene (2010 Digital Remaster)Kevin Coyne 2:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Teenbeat (Reprise)Henry Cow 5:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Giggy SmileFaust 5:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Eastbourne LadiesKevin Coyne 5:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I'm So Glad, I'm So ProudLink Wray 4:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Never Glid BeforeGong 5:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Upon The My O MyCaptain Beefheart 2:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Some Velvet PhasingKlaus Schulze 8:240.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. I'm A BelieverRobert Wyatt 4:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Down (Like A Movie Star)Comus 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Glass c/w SteelFred Frith 5:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Yesterday ManRobert Wyatt 3:14Album Only
Listen  5. Let's Eat (Real Soon)Hatfield And The North 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. An Extract From 'Star's End'David Bedford 7:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Wring Out the Ground (Loosely Now)The Egg 8:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I Believe In BugsIvor Cutler 1:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mirror Man (Live)Captain Beefheart 4:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Road To MoroccoMallard 3:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sad SingTom Newman 2:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Extract From Clearlight Symphony Part OneClearlight 4:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Fitter Stoke Has A BathHatfield And The North 7:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Hip KissBoxer 3:050.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. The Salmon SongSteve Hillage 8:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. An Extract From White Noise IIWhite Noise 5:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. WarHenry Cow 2:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Freddie Are You ReadyWigwam 5:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Epsilon In Malaysian PaleEdgar Froese 3:55Album Only
Listen  6. The Rio Grande (From 'The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner')David Bedford 4:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Don't Treat Your Woman BadTom Newman 3:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Dirty DinnerIvor Cutler 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wise Man In Your HeartDaevid Allen11:27Album Only
Listen10. First ExcursionMike Oldfield 5:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. It's All Too MuchSteve Hillage 6:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Silent NightCan 3:16Album Only
Listen13. Don't Say NoCan 3:17Album Only

Product Description

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Losing Our Virginity pays tribute to the label’s opening releases and stops off at all the important artists and tracks of its pre-punk years. These were the days when Virgin hosted much of the most pioneering progressive work of the 1970s and was also home to some other truly maverick talents. From Krautrock to prog, avant-rock to pioneering synth-rock, ‘Losing Our Virginity’ is a fascinating journey through the birth of a legend. Key tracks include: Mike Oldfield "Tubular Bells" Kevin Coyne "Marlene" Faust "Giggy Smile" Gong "The Pot Head Pixies" Captain Beefheart "Upon The My-Oh-My"

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolute nostalgia. 5 Nov 2013
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I am inclined to agree with S Dinsdale; this is not without flaws. The sound in "shonky" in places and it lacks structure.
HAVING SAID THAT - it really took me back to a a special time, the birth of Virgin - the creativity, the craziness and the sheer audacity.
This is truly eclectic set and does reflects Virgins' attitude at the time. At times it is crazy and sublimely esoteric.
Hatfield and The North, Kevin Coyne, Henry Cow, Egg, Edgar Froese . . et al.
Of course it starts with the beginning - Mike Oldfield's extraordinary "Tubular Bells". Then you get Faust, Gong, Robert Wyatt.
The selection is erratic and the standard variable as one makes their way through this collection of diversity.
I really enjoyed hearing stuff that I'd not heard in years; David Bedford has several inclusions; slightly avant guard but these include some of Oldfields finest guitar work. Indeed "First Excursion" (Oldfield and Bedford), is a masterpiece in virtuosity, as Mikes holds some amazing notes, sustaining them for 10/20 seconds. On the subject of guitarists - Steve Hillage makes a couple of notable appearances, particularly his barnstorming version of George Harrison's "All Too Much"
To be honest, it is just so hard to review this objectively, there is so much going on.
It's not strange "Hippy Stuff" and "Hypnotic Brain Melt Music" - there are a few "commercial" bits and pieces like Robert Wyatt's interpretations of "I'm a Believer" and "Yesterday Man" and the strangely charming and folksy "Sad Sing" by Tom Newman.
I'm enjoying this but it is not easy listening. It does, however, capture a wonderful moment in time.
Actually - it might be an idea to listen to the samples first?
Yes, flawed and (perhaps), a little erratic, but, at times, compelling and absorbing! Perhaps for the over 40s??
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Virgin's 40th anniversary celebrations continue apace with this, the first of several 3CD sets celebrating one of the finest back catalogues in music. For this writer, the era covered here was very special indeed. Never had such a fine array of left-field talent been gathered together in one place, and thanks to the unexpected success of Mike Oldfield's `Tubular Bells', Simon Draper's A&R wish list could be bankrolled, with some fantastic results.

All the major early Virgin players are here, with the inexplicable and inexcusable exception of Tangerine Dream, whose `Phaedra' was a huge early seller for the company. The three discs are housed in an appealing digipak, and each disc reproduces the classic colour Roger Dean label artwork. (If it were me, I'd have used the early variations of the label, but not THAT much care has gone into this project, unfortunately).

The booklet is largely disappointing; perfunctory notes, a few random sleeves thrown into the mix (including `Manor Live' which is totally incidental to the story and sold about 5 copies), a poor quality picture of Mike Oldfield in case anyone has forgotten what he looks like... would it have been too much to ask for mini-reproductions of say, the first 100 Virgin releases as covered by this compilation ? Or at least a properly annotated track list ? Yet again the famous Virgin proof-reading department cocks up, this time on the Hatfields track "Fitter Stoke Has A Bath" titled here as "Fitter Stroke Has A Bath". It is one of the mysteries of life how people who are paid to research and compile these things do so with a lot less love and care than those who would, given the chance, do it for free.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but fascinating 14 Feb 2014
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Seems odd now, but there was a time when record labels really meant something. In the late 60s and early 70s I trusted Island, Harvest and Virgin. They didn’t have a sound, like Tamla, but they had an ethos, a spirit of experimentation. I cared about these labels. While inevitably each had duds, for a while the success rate was high, at least to my ears. And there’s a way to revisit each with CD sets: Island has the Strangely Strange compilation, Harvest the excellent but pricey Harvest Festival, and now we have this.

It’s a fascinating listen, a mix of old favourites with some tracks, indeed a couple of artists, I’ve never heard before (though I wouldn’t be upset if I didn’t hear Boxer again). Overall certainly worth getting for the nostalgia, and just about all of the early major artists on Virgin are represented. Looking down the list of early Virgin Releases there aren’t many that are missing from this compilation – the first is Chili Charles’s ‘Busy Corner’, and who bought that? Ok I did, but it wasn’t that great, and was soon deleted along with the Tom Newman LP and the Manor Live LP (both of which are represented here).

The Virginity set does have the appearance of having been cobbled together without much care.

The Hatfield and David Bedford tracks on Disk 2 have been swapped round so they are labelled incorrectly on the cover. The other HATN track is Fitter Stoke, not Stroke. A couple of tracks are from the Caroline label rather than Virgin (though I enjoyed hearing Egg again, and would have liked tracks from a couple of other Caroline releases that I bought on LP). I enjoyed hearing White Noise for the first time, but this is the name of the album not a band, it’s by David Vorhaus.
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