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5.0 out of 5 stars A bird's eye view..., 11 Aug 2009
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This review is from: Touch And Go: Anthology 02.78 - 06.81 (Audio CD)
The combination of some of the sharpest and most quotable lyrics ever ("I've got a good face for memories") together with some of the most compelling musicianship of the time (like the guitar playing of the late John McGeogh) always put Magazine on a level above most of their contemporaries. Now, 30 years later, they've held their ground up there.

Inevitably for a compilation album, there are some odd choices here - the inclusion of a couple of singles and B-sides means the exclusion of some amazing album tracks - like the stunning 'Philadelphia' from The Correct Use of Soap. Then again, it also means we get a glorious re-mastered 'Give Me Everything' which never appeared on any original album.

At the time of writing the remaining members of Magazine have reformed for some live gigs, including one at the Royal Festival Hall. If you can't make the gigs (or are just too afraid of being disappointed) then their brilliance is re-captured here in all its re-mastered glory. New listeners should regard this as a crash course however, there are more gems still waiting to be discovered on the other albums!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all fans of good music, 12 Feb 2009
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This review is from: Touch And Go: Anthology 02.78 - 06.81 (Audio CD)
Magazine were light years ahead of the competition back in the late 70's/early 80's - quality, experimentation, ground breaking and challenging. They have to be one of the most criminally under-rated bands of the last 30 years. They should have been enormous but then again, if they had been, they probably wouldn't have remained the seminal amazing band they were. While containing nothing that hasn't been on other CDs, this anthology pulls together most of their best songs and is a must for anyone who just wants a flavour of this amazing band. For those of us who have everything anyway, its a great compilation to have anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little bit of everything, 15 July 2014
This review is from: Touch And Go: Anthology 02.78 - 06.81 (Audio CD)
A quick review about this the most recent Magazine compilation.

Magazine were and (judging by the new material and tour performance I caught in Bath a couple of years ago) are still great. They've had a bunch of compilations over the years, 1987's Rays and Hail and 2000's Where The Power Is are still available and are similar but decent single-disc run-throughs. Touch and Go however may be your best bet since it offers value for money, thirty tracks in all, plus its been remastered. Weirdly its been put together in rather a strange manner collecting all of the group's singles and all of the original b-sides (of which The Book and I Love You, You Big Dummy are very welcome). Which is fine if you've skipped purchasing the remasters of the studio albums, but makes for an odd listening experience and misses out a few of their brightest album tracks (You Never Knew Me, Motorcade, The Great Man's Secrets). Equally strange is the album's lack of liner-notes or photographs of any kind. Those sorts of touches would have elevated the compilation a bit. As it stands the music that is here is fantastic with each member turning in brilliant and distinctive performances. Everyone seems to shine, no member ever seems anonymous in the mix.

If you're coming in cold to Magazine pick up a cheap copy of Rays and Hail or Where The Power Is, otherwise get this unusual set that digs quite a bit deeper. (Plus anyone with any interest in post-punk should own Shot By Both Sides, Parade, The Lights Pours Out of Me, Back to Nature, Permafrost, A Song From Under the Floorboards, Because You're Frightened and About the Weather)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still sounds unique 30 years on ......, 31 July 2009
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This review is from: Touch And Go: Anthology 02.78 - 06.81 (Audio CD)
Remember buying their albums in the seventies and still have them on vinyl somewhere in the attic! Thought this was worth a listen particularly at the price on offer. Can honestly say their sound does not at all seem dated and would destroy some of the current popular indie bands. Highly recommended.
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