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Rough Trade [Box set, Limited Edition, Import]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (10 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition, Import
  • Label: Mute U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005BJJ8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,668,025 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pandora's Box Of Indie 2 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
Have you ever been in need of a compilation that, no matter what's on it, will give you that smug sense of coolness that you've long been hankering for? Well, bin those old Shine CDs and any Now collections (apart from Now 8, because I like that one) and let the Rough Trade compilation sit atop your record pile, gleaming bright as the ultimate expression of indie.
Culled from a massive choice of personal highlights that arouse during the existence of the Rough Trade shop, this compilation is not only the coolest, but perhaps the most eclectic record you will ever hear. Reggae, punk, grunge, techno, noise and even an anti-Christian bombast (cheers for that, Crass) all have a home here and, in this big diverse world we live in, the Rough Trade compilation is a true reflection of the mass of influences which, thankfully, makes up this country's record-buying public.
But hang on - you want to know about the music. Well, glance at the tracklisting yourself. Half the names you'll know and will be familiar with - The Smiths, Pixies, Cornershop (their best track, if you ask me), Buzzcocks, Chemical Brothers and Talking Heads to name but a few - but the true beauty in this box-set lies not only it's eclecticism, but it's longevity. You see, not only will it take you (literally) longer to listen to than probably any other album you have, but as you give it repeated listens you'll discover bands and songs you would have never have considered, let alone heard of, before you bought this 4CD set. In the short time I've had this, I've already discovered Le Tigre, Stereolab, Stiff Little Fingers and The Raincoats, all bands I'd previously dismissed. Call it an expensive way of sampling if you will, but the joy of finding a track buried deep in a compilation knows no bounds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic introduction 5 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
I'm reminded of the existence of this compilation every time that I hear talk of the artists featured within, as this was key to my musical education. The box set offers some seminal, some less obvious, tracks that have clearly influenced and inspired the staff at Rough Trade, and a great whistle-stop tour of modern alternative music to boot. Post-punk is featured heavily. Covered within is a bewildering range of musical styles (Boards of Canada AND Television Personalities??), but the chronological method of compiling means that a similar mood is often shared between adjacent tracks, and that the end result is not a bunch of hip songs chucked into some kind of crazy blender. Yet hip this most certainly is. For anyone who hasn't heard of most of these artists and fancies a dip: hugely recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 25 Years of Shopping for Rarities 21 April 2001
Format:Audio CD
This value-packed boxed set offers a cross-section of alternative music over the last 25 years. Whilst themeless, repeated listening does make you think of the differences and commonality between the tracks. As far as I'm concerned, the highlights are the Pixies' Bone Machine, Scritti Politti's Sweetest Girl and The Fall's "How I wrote Elastic Man" - try getting hold of any of these tracks for less than the price of this box set . . . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds from the streets . 16 Mar 2001
By P. D. Laffey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Rough Trade is a legendary independant record shop based in London that has always been able to supply the clued up record collector with the latest cutting edge singles .
The cultural significence of this shop is immense as it has always fanned the flames for new musical directions whether this was punk , or cool Jamaican roots reggae in the seventies , or the cutting edge sounds of today .
This 4 cd box set has been released to celebrate 25 years of Rough Trade shops and it certainly does the company justice . Unknown artists sit side by side with musical legends like Pere Ubu , Joy Division , a young Bjork , The Pixies , Lee "Scrath" Perry , and The Smiths ( whose legendary legacy was released on the Rough Trade record label ) . The only thing that links the eclectic music on this collection ( apart from the quality ) is that all the songs were recorded by musical mavericks who were keen to push the sonic envelope back . If you want to hear four hours of exciting , groundbreaking music at a criminally cheap price . START HERE!
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good starting point 25 Jun 2001
By Jacob Marshall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Obviously with a compilation that covers so many musical epochs and genres there is going to be a lot of material you don't like. Indeed there are quite a few of the 56 songs here that I just don't care for, but there are just as many songs on here that I love that have introduced me to some artists that I mightn't have otherwise heard: Spacemen 3, Pere Ubu, Cabaret Voltaire, The Chills etc; this 4 disc set is like meeting someone with a great punk and indie record collection and having them play a whole bunch of stuff for you. Some of it you might have heard before, but there'll always be some songs that passed you by that you'll want to own. Don't be put off by the price either, for four discs of such classic music it's well worth the admission fee.
5.0 out of 5 stars All that is good in UK modern music listening 19 May 2013
By Chris bct - Published on Amazon.com
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If you can go from Throbbing Gristle or E., harsh noise bands, to the simpleist, most gentle and loving really, Young Marble Giants and have the Buzzcocks great pop punk and Stiff Little Fingers great plain ole punk yer listening to a wide range, bands that'll show up in the great UK music magazines, Mojo and Uncut (none of their 60's or 70's bands here). It's a musical world that Rolling Stone and American radio barely know exist. Kids in the UK and even as they grow up into adults (you should see the From the Jam live dvd which is wonderful, the Jam - 1 regrouped, the audience is chock full of guys like me, only ever so slightly younger like they're all 35 to 50! it's crazy, but we still love our great tunes) they've had access to this musical world on their radios. Even with the Internet and college radio which, in the U.S. has been kind to a lot of these bands but it's darned hard to hear at least in non big university towns like San Diego and I'm sure many others, UK rock/punk/alternative music lovers have had a wide range of musical styles to feast on and what Rough Trade Shops has been great at it culling out the high quality music. It really is like walking into one of your favorite record shops (do I have to say, 'Do you remember them?' Go to one in yer town or git over to Amoeba in Hollywood or S.F. or Berkeley, they rule and there are still some left but precious few eh) and hearing some great tunes as you shop and then you ask the folks behind the counter, 'What is that playing?' and suddenly you can turn on to bands you'd never heard before that turn out to be great cuz the music fiends at the record shops typically don't wanna play anything awful and there is a ton out there that's great and that's the task really, how do you separate the wheat from the chaff? Well, let a record shop employee help you and, fortunately for all of us, RTS's made these comps for us. I doubt any single person is going to love every single song. I know I don't. Really, amazon, with it's listening sample buttons (if not on the audio cd screen they are often on the mp3 one) gives us the fair chance to sample something before we buy it and there's really what the shops did for us when they played music constantly from opening to closing and some even had/have places you can hear select new cd releases. I'm sorry, I lagged with actually listening to 8 track and cassette and vinyl and gave away my cassette collection to a punk 20 years younger than me and finally got into cds and am glad i did cuz then there's no cracks and pops like on vinyl tho there does seem to be some smidgen if richer listening from vinyl and there's no question the discs and covers and inserts are bigger which makes for way better graphic presentations. Now my young adult daughter laughs at me (gently) as she has no cds, only mp3's or downloads or who knows what, that darned rascally itunes or something which i can't bear. But, in whatever format you get this release, if you have any musical courage or curiosity or wanna know how the Brits have had it for since the late 70's which is what this covers, buy this. I'm glad I did. I can always hit the button and go to the next track. There's a book in the bible that says everything is meaningless, well, except for where we end up, with God or, uh, not. They've got a point if eternal life is a reality don't they? Thanks Rough Trade Shops for your efforts. I look forward to popping these into my mobile listening station (my vehicle) and finally hearing many of these bands that I've read about for years in Mojo and Uncut, mags I love, and never heard like Joy Division and the Fall. Hay, they're here. Ciao kids.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Now that's what I call eclectic! 11 May 2001
By Rob Hymer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is interesting - I think it must represent what Rough Trade had on their shelves at some time in the last 25 years (Has it been that long?) An interesting selection, though by know means a great one. Worth the cost of entry is 'Final Day' by Young Marble Giants, which I hadn't heard in 19 years (and it's still splendid)and the Television Personalities 'Part time Punks', neither of which, I'm almost certain, ever appeared on CD before. At the other end of the scale, Einsturzende Neubaten sound characteristically like a group of drunks trying to get home from the pub through a scrapyard, and the female lead of ...And The Native Hipsters has the most annoying voice of any human being in history. (I feel like sueing the group for the four minutes of my life that they claimed from me). For the rest, although there's a lot of filler in there, there should be something that everyone will like. Good luck, Rough Trade, I hope I'm around for the 50th Anniversary compilation. It's just a big pity you had to put the Native Hipsters on there.
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