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5.0 out of 5 stars Beats searching the back street record shops..., 7 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Cleaning Out The Ashtrays: Collected B-Sides & Rarities 1989-2006 (Audio CD)
I'm a very big Lloyd Cole fan. I used to hunt for rare Lloyd Cole b sides in record shops all over the country in my mid 20's. (Well you couldn't really tell before the Internet came along if you definitely had *everything*) No I'm not actually mad. Obsessive maybe, but not mad. Two of my good friends also like Lloyd Cole but never actually spent all of their time and money searching out all the CD singles (or albums for that matter) to complete their collection. Why? Because they knew they could get them off me - not true Lloyd Cole fans you see. One of them used to send me postcards from various holidays he went on and would always leave a p.s. at the foot saying something like 'Been looking in old bric a brac stores for Lloyd Cole b sides but no luck' etc.

I'm in my late thirties now but back in my mid twenties I went to stay with one of these two friends in London - they told me they had a real treat for me and had found a new Lloyd Cole b side in a backstreet London record store. Excitedly I sat down and waited for the musical feast to begin. It turned out that they were taking the proverbial 'Michael' and had actually recorded the track themselves with an mouthorgan and set of drums.

The point of telling you these things is to hopefully get you to understand why this is a must have item for any true obsessive Lloyd Cole fan. It neatly packages together all of his unreleased and rare material since he split from the Commotions in 1989, all in one neat box with a lovely commentary from Lloyd himself about what the tracks are doing there.

I won't miss searching through those back street record stores - I know I've got all his b sides now! If you are a fan of Lloyd Cole then this box set will complete your collection...

...for now
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Initial post: 13 Mar 2009 15:49:57 GMT
Timbob says:
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Posted on 14 Mar 2009 15:19:55 GMT
Thanks for that!!
Ive spent many years searching..now its all here!
:)

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Mar 2009 19:38:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Mar 2009 19:40:45 GMT
ah what a shame you had to waste 20 seconds of your life reading it - you're obviously not a Lloyd Cole fan anyway so go away

Posted on 23 Mar 2009 17:06:21 GMT
Just what a review should be about, great stuff! I was always a big Lloyd Cole and and being slightly older than you - early 40's - I bought the stuff as it came out. Some of my favourite solo Cole tracks are hidden away on those old CD singles: Weird On Me, Shelley I do and my favourite, Wild Orphan Child..."and she looked a little like Jody Foster..."

Not got round to getting this just yet, but roll on pay day!

Posted on 3 Aug 2009 20:04:48 BDT
Ah yes, but where is 'Every single day'? Love that song but the only time I saw it for sale it was in a CD shop in southern Norway as part of a Japanese CD EP (I stand to be corrected here). Bizarrely I was going to Oslo from Edinburgh the next week but it didn't fit the itenerary. Yes, I know, I obviously am not a committed enough fan...

Posted on 10 Mar 2010 01:05:59 GMT
G. Crystal says:
Good review and liked the back story behind it, made it more interesting, nice one.

Posted on 30 Nov 2010 21:54:43 GMT
Stevie Dal says:
Lovely review and i know what you mean - i'm the same with Morrissey B-sides !
Got back into lloyd this year via Broken Record so i may just give this a wee try.....
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