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Now this is more like it!
on 13 November 2010
Whoever compiled this really knew what they were doing!
It's a 6 CD compilation that focusses on the songs - in pop, rock and dance categories - that really matter to people, that really made a difference. Songs that weren't even necessarily hits - the emphasis is on quality. Well, having said that, there's a sprinkling of "cheese" there too - but very little, just enough to add "flavour".
All the discs are nearly or actually full to the brim, and there are a few extended/alternate mixes thrown in (e.g when "Two Tribes" appears it's not the standard-issue version, but one with no middle-eight and some dub-type fadeout/echo business at various points).
Great to see so many songs that seldom if ever get compiled, but are nevertheless engraved on the memories of a lot of people - Carmel's "Bad Day", Primal Scream's "Imperial", Then Jerico's "The Motive", both of Voice Of The Beehive's big hits, both of the Radio Heart & Gary Numan chart entries.
Personal faves include Echo & The Bunnymen's seldom-compiled "The Game", two B-Movie tracks (!), three Jesus & Mary Chain items, two Yes items (!), the Cars' oft-overlooked "Since You're Gone", the Dream Academy's version of "Please Please Please...", two from John Foxx...
And there are some oft-neglected gems at the cheesier end of the spectrum too: "I Can't Wait", "Self-Control", "Heartache Avenue"...two of the three Red Box hits (pity they couldn't make it a hat trick), and a Strawberry Switchblade track which isn't "Since Yestarday" (hurrah! It's "Jolene" - would've been even better if they'd thrown in "Sunday Morning" as well, or the original version of "Tress...", maybe next time)
In fact the only criticisms I have are the token megahits - e.g: do we need another copy of "Blue Monday" or "True Faith", how about a less overexposed NO number? And why include the repetitive extended version of "Walk Out To Winter" (Aztec Camera) instead of the extended with-extra-verses version of "This Corrosion" (Sisters of Mercy)? And these are minor blemishes on a terrific compilation, one which actually serves a purpose.