on 20 May 2008
This album is a collection of tracks from Some Bizarre artists that catches most, if not all of them at the high point of their careers. Like any good compilation album, there is a wide range of styles, yet it comes together as a unified whole. As a bonus most tracks are quite rare (they were initially exclusive for this album).
The artwork also reflects the Some Bizarre aesthetic of slickly packaging art that's somewhat disturbing and dangerous.
I own the LP version of this disc and it's been played many times over the years.
on 8 June 2011
As the 2nd Some Bizzarre sampler its business as usual for the label founded by Stephen Pierce who compiled the Electro charts for Sounds.
The label after years of inactivity has just been revived for some of the newer acts.
Some of the singles are impossibly rare-The The's Flesh & Bones which had as its B side Virginia Astley's Waiting to fall-about as out of place on this collections as Vera Lynn would be on a punk compilation.It actually came about more by accident than design as Anne Stephenson,Jocelyn Pook and Audrey Riley did sessions at the label and roped in their friend to record her new song.
There's pretty shocking unPC stuff here like the Australian artist Jim Thirlwell who named all his various projects with offensive names like Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel for a song called The Only Good Christian Is A Dead Christian
Meanwhile a lot of expense was employed to put this out-artwork horrible enough to be fascinating and the inserts inside with even the inner sleeve showing an airview of Some Bizzarre LPs and a green sticker outside.
What's shown here is only half of a sleeve loaded with detail
on 3 April 2000
Don't get me wrong, i'm quite an open minded guy when it comes to music, but this collection offends my ears in a disturbing way - it's hard to explain without hearing the damn CD, but i'm trying to make sure you don't have the misfortune to suffer as I did. There is a reasonable track in The The's "Flesh & Bones", but even Marc Almond who is normally in fine voice and who's songs convey both wit and emotion is somewhat mediocre on "Love Amongst The Ruined". Unfortunately there's nothing to recommend this release - even the artwork sucks!