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Pavement mark the point when post-punk turned into alternative rock. When their first EP, Slay Tracks (1933-1969), was released in 1989, it sparked a back-to-the-garage movement in the American underground. While there were a number of hardcore and punk bands in the U.S. during the late '80s, Pavement brought guitar pop back into the underground lexicon. Combining ringing ... Read more in Amazon's Pavement Store

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  • Audio CD (8 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B0034LBD6C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Pavement were always a brilliantly awkward bunch and apparently remain so, having picked a very peculiar selection of tracks for this compilation, released to tie in with their imminent reformation tour, but overdue nonetheless.

Stephen Malkmus and co were simply too good a band for Quarantine the Past to actively flounder, but its early stages really are surprisingly hard work. Or maybe not that surprising, given that after propulsive opener Gold Soundz (the title track of sorts, featuring as it does the line “you can never quarantine the past”) the album lurches straight into abrasive non-album rarities Frontwards and Mellow Jazz Docent. They’re decent enough tracks, but they’re hardly the band’s finest hour, and the wryly anthemic blast of Stereo sounds a tad beleaguered when it comes round at track four, not nearly so effective as occupying pole position on 1997’s Brighten the Corners.

Even more bizarre, though, is the fact that at the seventh song – Cut Your Hair, Malkmus’s peerlessly snide ode to the MTV generation – Quarantine the Past suddenly decides to do what Best Ofs are supposed to do: present a varied, enjoyable and commercially minded selection of tracks communicating the artist’s greatness. In short order we get the sighingly pretty Shady Lane/Jay vs. S, the gorgeous shoegaze chug of Summer Babe (Winter Version) and the elegiac Range Life, aka the best country rock song about supporting grunge bands on tour, ever. Interspersed are a handful of album tracks that thoroughly vindicate Pavement’s towering reputation: the sorrowful Here, proto-Strokes roar of Unfair, heat-haze blur of Grounded, and guitarist Scott Kannburg’s rousing Date w/IKEA. Hit single Carrot Rope is an undeniably baffling omission, but you can forgive that when the final rarity is fan favourite The Unseen Power of the Picket Fence, Malkmus’s brilliantly mad ode to the early works of REM.

All-in-all, it’s a bizarre track sequencing, reading more like a gig setlist than an introduction to Pavement – but it scarcely seems credible that they’re going to play all these same songs every night on a six-month world tour. Still, it all clicks into gear by the end, and it perhaps bodes well that they appear to have worked out how to finish things on a high. --Andrzej Lukowski

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ElmoDelmo on 10 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a twisty-turny, non-chronological run through the recording career of one of the greatest bands ever. A collection that subverts the 'best of' genre: whilst containing some of their singles, 'Stereo', 'Trigger Cut', 'Range Life','Gold Soundz', 'Shady Lane' and the greatest pop song ever - 'Cut Your Hair',it also pitches quite a few curve balls along the way, 'Mellow Jazz Docent','Debris Slide' and 'Fight This Generation' for example. Domino Records launched a competition to guess the track listing prior to release which kind of sums it all up - you could pick anything and you'd get a fantastic career overview, but whatever you pick, it's still going to be different to the actual release! If you're new to Pavement, as opined in other reviews, this is a good place to start but if you like what you hear you should also check out their full albums. 'Slanted and Enchanted' and 'Crooked Rain Crooked Rain' can sit along side any classic album you care to metnion. My one reservation about this collection is that it doesn't contain any of their excellent b-sides such as 'Westy Can Drum' and 'Harness your hopes' which I feel would have fitted in nicely with the spirit of this retrospective. However, this is fabulous stuff!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. A. Goy on 20 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD
At least Domino are honest. This has been released to tie in with the tour, and I for one have no beef with my favourite band making a few bucks after the event. Hey, they even waited the 10 years promised, 'scool!

It's exactly what it says, an overview, and probably how the live set lists will look - I'd guess way too many crowd pleasers for the die-hard fans' liking and some real oddballs thrown in. A reviewer above moans at the lack of B-sides etc but we have Shoot the Singer from an EP (gorgeous) and Picket Fence, some freaky homage to REM from the No Alternative comp back in '92 or '93, heh. I think it has the right balance, the moods seem to flow well enough (I can hear this record without hearing it, ok!) and it ends on a freaky album track prog-out.

Of course, it's needless if you're a fan, and rather like the recent Radiohead Best-Of, they weren't a singles band so this is a little jarring for the long-termers. What it will do, hopefully, is lead to people spotting favourite tracks, finding that the albums have very clear personalities, and then going for one of the brilliant album re-releases, complete with all odds and ends from the same period.

As a final note, S&E's re-release ends with early Peel sessions and the Brixton '91 gig supporting Sonic Youth, and it's awesome. I'd say THAT's the Pavement that made people fall in love, a good insight to the early band and a logical progression from older, interesting and do-it-your-own-way bands like the Fall, Chrome (!), early Mary Chain, Zappa, and I think it's this that secures their place. Their contemporaries don't hold up in retrospect, and I don't think anyone's advanced further since.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD
With hindsight it was no great surprise that when Damien Albarn tired of the rat race that had become Britpop he turned his focus to Pavement possibly the greatest American band (along with Wilco) of the past 20 years. The subsequent album "Blur" did indeed caused significant tensions between one time friends Albarn and the creative genius behind Pavement, rocks answer to Einstein, Stephen Malkmus. No need to recount the feud here suffice it to say that I would give up every Blur album I own if it came down to a straight choice to retaining any one of the following three Pavement albums namely "Brighten the Corners", "Slanted & Enchanted" or "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" by Pavement.

Why is such an endearingly shambolic band so loved? After all some of their incoherent performances were legendary and generated such antagonism that they were often booed off stage. Indeed at one time they revelled in the self appointed label of "The Band That Ruined Lollapallooza" as a result of a particularly anarchic performance. It was because of this that they were often dubbed the American "Wire" or more precisely the American "Fall"/ These are comparisons that in this reviewers eyes can only be viewed as wonderful compliments to reputation of an already great band and you will do no wrong checking out Pavements cover of Mark E Smith's "The Classical".

"Quarantine the past" is a thorough if rather badly sequenced "best of" (what do you expect?) and contains enough delights to keep both old and new Pavement fans roundly satisfied.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. H Chinaski on 12 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD
I will always have fond memories of the day I discovered the wonders of the Californian alt.rockers Pavement. My brother burst into the family home shouting about an album he'd just heard and how all music up to this point (including our beloved Nirvana) was now worthless. He was only slightly over-estimating.

The albums' title? 'Slanted & Enchanted', which to the ears of a 14 year old in 1992 who'd been groomed on the wonders of Jimi Hendrix & Neil Young, sounded fresh, exciting and something my generation could legitematly claim as our own. THIS IS DYLAN TO ME!!!. And what about 'Slanted & Enchanted's legacy?, well here we are 18 years later and it is still on constant rotation in my house and the greatness of tracks such as 'In The Mouth A Desert', 'Here' and 'Two States' has only galvanized through age. To me they now sound like standards, the sort of track you might have heard Woody Guthrie or Johnny Cash try their hand at. Comparisons to british post-punk band the Fall were made (with Mark E. Smith being especially critical, calling them a 'rip-off' of his wonderful group) but the album also shared a ramshackle quality with early Sonic Youth or Ohio's pin-ups Guided By Voices. Despite the obvious influences 'Slanted & Enchanted' became a landmark release which band's as far a-field as The Animal Collective and The Silver Jews still cite as a major influence and one in which no 'Top 100 Album' list would be complete without.

But the Pavement story didn't end there (although it very nearly did, with original drummer Gary Young's departure from the group, to be replaced by 'non-drummer' Steve West) when in 1994 Stephen Malkmus and co managed to release the truly incredible follow-up album 'Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain'.
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