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A solid intoduction to Britpop, with 14 unreleased performances
on 14 July 2014
To anybody who already owns a boxset or even a single CD of Britpop music, the track listing here has a familar look to it.
On this new compilation, you have 44 classic hits, cherry picked by by the BBC Radio One's "Evening Session" presenters Steve Lamacq and Jo Whiley. Virtually all the bands you've expect to be featured can be found on the first two CDs with one song each, including Oasis, Blur, Ocean Colour Scene, Shed Seven, Ash and Cast to name six of my favourites. What you have in itself is an excellent compilation of songs known by people of all ages, and a great way to introduce a friend to the genre. To any established listener though, there should be very few surprises, and chances are you already own the majority of these songs on other compilations anyway, or indeed selected band's studio albums.
However, what makes this three disc set really special (and actually has relevance to the title), is that it collects 14 tracks on the third CD of important band's archival performances recorded for ''The Evening Session'', and features unreleased performances by Supergrass, Pulp, Suede and The Charlatans. These gems will be of interest to any avid fan, and considering you are paying the same price often recommended for a single CD, never mind a boxset, I think it is excellent value for money. Here's hoping an album devoted entirely to such unreleased material will come about some day.
'Britpop at the BBC' celebrates 20 years since the Britpop era, and is a solid reminder and souvenir of all the quality music which came from it.