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An Embarrassment of Riches!,
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I just want to echo the sentiments already expressed; it's a beautifully assembled collection, featuring all the key recordings. The best full length disc herein is, to my mind, the epochal Deceit. The use of tape montage to contrast the studio recording and live performance of Makeshift Swahili, is an audacious touch. The Fall did likewise on Spector Vs Rector (Dragnet), and The Dead C, following both examples, reiterated this disjunctive approach on Constellation (Harsh Seventies Reality). Another favourite, is the aqueous, melancholy Not Waving, from the first album, which so clearly recalls Robert Wyatt's Rock Bottom - an acknowledged influence. In short, this box, contains an embarrassment of Post Punk riches. It is galling though, to see review after rapturous review of dullards like Arcade Fire, when music of such glaring cultural import as This Heat gets a mere handful of responses! By the way, fans of this would do well to hear the excellent "All's Well" by Camberwell Now - the band Charles Hayward formed from the remnants of the final This Heat line-up.