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The Singles

Inspiral Carpets Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (15 Sep 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cow
  • ASIN: B000026ZKS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,792 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Singles

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4.3 out of 5 stars
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, all the way through. 4 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
We all remember "this is how it feels" by this group and I must confess that I only bought this disc for this track. After overdosing myself with the track for over an hour, I sat back and listened to the rest of the disc. What a shock! It is fantastic. There is not a poor track on the whole album. I would say their music is like a mix of the Jam and the Stranglers. It is almost like very mild rock. A truly stunning album that I would recommend to any one who likes music with real instruments with real songs.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally Under-rated But Inspirational. 15 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Inspiral Carpets lived in the shadows cast by [the mighty] Stone Roses and the [criminally over-rated] Happy Mondays. Yet, despite this they managed to flourish, recording 4 albums and loads of singles. They provided a raw but melodic underbelly to the Madchester scene.
For those unfamiliar with their music, The Inspiral Carpets started out peddling a rough brand of farsifa organ driven garage rock influenced by the likes of ? & The Mysterians [they even covered 96 Tears on an early tape]. Though cruder than the Stone Roses their songs are imaginative, melody-driven and energetic.
With each subsequent release they became more polished and, to be honest, as their career progressed their music became less interesting to my ears at least. However they still managed to turn out the odd pseudo-psych-pop gem.
This singles collection on the whole captures the band at their best. "This Is How It Feels" is perhaps their most memorable track, but many of these songs are as strong and equally deserving of your ear. Whilst I would advocate caution in exploring their catalogue I thoroughly recommend this collection. They were never really in step with the blossoming rave culture of the time and perhaps this was responsible for their relatively limited success. Yet at their best they were brilliant and deserve to stand proud on the podium next to the Stone Roses as the 2nd best band to come out of Manchester in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Give this one a blast.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The next best thing to a GIG in your living room 13 Dec 2000
Format:Audio CD
Having seen the inspirals in concert a couple of times, and picking up one or two singles along the road, I decided that this compilation album would be worth a look, and boy was I right. This Is How It Feels never fails to send shivers up and down your spine, and when placed alongside tracks such as Joe and Bitches Brew it only serves to amplify this terrific group. A definate buy...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When i'm flying so high 11 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
What a great album - bought it mainly for Dragging Me Down but have discovered many other gems like Joe and Saturn 5. One of the top Madchester bands and criminally overlooked at the time, theres a prominent use of 60s style organ alongside fuzz-toned guitar and melodic bass and if you like the early works of the Charlatans or Stranglers then you should like this.
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