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.