- Audio CD (7 July 2003)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Mute
- ASIN: B00009QEON
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. I Found That Essence Rare - Gang Of Four|
|2. Georges Five - Les Georges Leningrad|
|3. We Are All Prostitutes - The Pop Group|
|4. Die Matrosen - Liliput|
|5. Out Of The Races And Onto The Tracks - The Rapture|
|6. Mind Your Own Business - Delta 5|
|7. Shoplifting - The Slits|
|8. Delayed Reaction - The Rogers Sisters|
|9. Sunny Day - Pigbag|
|10. You're No Good - ESG|
See all 22 tracks on this disc
|1. Too Many Creeps - Bush Tetras|
|2. Robot - The Futureheads|
|3. Contort Yourself (Original Version) - James White And The Blacks|
|4. Asbestos Lead Asbestos - World Domination Enterprises|
|5. The Fish Needs A Bike - Blurt|
|6. Debbie Harry - Family Fodder|
|7. Like You - Gramme|
|8. Definitive Gaze - Magazine|
|9. Lola - The Raincoats|
|10. Sink - bIG flame|
See all 22 tracks on this disc
It starts with an absolute classic from one of the most innovative bands of the last...well ever. After 2 listens i was worryingly singing along madly to I found that essence rare by the gang of four.
A good start then, the rest of the compilation is a mixture of catchy, punky material and more lo-fi,experimental songs from the early 80s - and in some cases, modern bands like the rapture and futureheads (whom already sound out of date compared to their predecessors).
This compilation has so many great moments, from the political 'We Are All Prostitutes' by the Pop Group and the always different Swell Maps with one of their classics 'Another Song' to pure love (or unloved) of different kinds such as 'Searching For Mr Right' by the Young Marble Giants(One of my personal favourite bands) and 'I, Bloodbrother Be' by Shockhead Peters there is something for all the purists and self indulgant music lovers.
And who can complain with the always brilliant bands like the Slits, LiliPUT, ESG, Wire, Au Pairs, Scritti Politti, XTC and, of course, my fave's The Fall accompanying more obscure bands like Les Georges Leningrad and Blurt.
Along with additional linear notes about the compilers opinions of the songs they put on, its an almost perfect selection which sits nicely on my shelf next to all the other rough trade compilations. Heres hoping all those '02' compilations are just as tastefull.
I believe that a lot of the tracks you find on this album can not be found elsewhere, so just for the rareness of the material on this album it is worth owning.
There are many differing styles, so I'm sure my favourites or hated tracks would not be of much interest to people who purchase this for reasons other than mine.
All I can say is this is not a great album, but there are enough gems hidden away in this collection to make it worth owning.
I doubt anyone will like everything on this album, but the next time you are sitting at home thinking to yourself "It's years since I've listed to Asbestos Lead Asbestos", you can dig out this CD and remind yourself of your youth, when you had "World Domination Enterprises" scribbled on your college bag and only those in the know had any idea what it meant!