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A Childs Christmas in Wales comes early!,
This review is from: Songbook The Singles (Audio CD)
I'm always a little cynical of 'best ofs' or 'singles collections'. Best ofs are usually badly compiled point missing misnomers and singles collections can often be a little more than a chronological collection of hits with a few pointless 'new recordings' or remixes in place of essential rarities ans oddities.
This, however is a real gem & an essential purchase for anyone who treasures the giddy buzz of genre defying eccentric guitar music (I hate to use the terms 'indie' or 'pop' but then again 'guitar music' is a similarly shallow pidgeon-hole). But call it what you will - space pop, garage glam rock or new wave acid folk, it's all here & it's certainly one of the most complete & flawless collections in many a years.
Although the Super Furries have produced at least three essential long players (Fuzzy Logic, Radiator & Mwng), I've always seen them as one of the last truly great singles band of the 90s & this is perhaps the defining factor of why this 'singles' collection scrapes it's shaggy wayward head above the rest and more recent dissapointments. Where The Primals' boring & predictable major-label Xmas-rush collection Dirty Hits completely neglected the first phase of the band's career (instead check out the Jap-only More Dirty Hits) and The Supergrass & Suede comps were marred by under-average 'new' tunes, Songbook does what it says on the box.
What you get is every single piece of 45 playing plastic that SFA have issued and that includes non-album singles (The Man Dont Give A F**k), rarer early singles (Something 4 The Weekend, Hometown Unicorn) & a track each from their 2 early pre-Creation EPs - Llanfair.....in Space & Moog Droog. Which is great going & especially gracious of Epic who could have quite happily missed off some of the Welsh language tracks in favour of more stuff from Rings Around The World & Phantom Power. But, this CD definately has the positive aroma of 'band intervention' about it & does utter utter justice as a result. In fact, I am completely grateful to this compilation for making me change my mind about Juxtaposed With U, It's Not The End Of The World & Northern Lites which I honestly couldn't stand in their album settings but presented here amidst this bizarre cooking pot of oddness seem somehow much more satisfying and relevant.
All in all an unbelievable testament to a one-off musical enigma!
Altogether now -
"Whatever you have to do, do it now and pay later!...."