2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Give EMI lots of cash ...,
This review is from: B-Sides + Rarities (Audio CD)
So, another Terrorvision compilation CD from EMI, conveniently timed to coincide with the band's current reformation shenanigans - altogether now ... "hmmmm".
Chances are, if you're reading this you're already a fan of Terrorvision, so you don't need me to tell me how good they are. If you're not, and looking to get into the 'Vision, you're probably best off with their "Whales and Dolphins" Best Of, or the "How To Make Friends ..." album. This album is basically aimed at the Terrorvision completist, with the bulk of the tracks taken from B-Sides of the band's early work (such as the "Thrive" EP, and "My House" single), which has been largely overlooked by EMI's 2 previous compilations, "Whales and Dolphins" and the much less imaginatively titled "The Essential Terrorvision".
It's a bit of a mixed bag, really. The album includes songs such as 'Pain Reliever', from the scarce "Thrive" EP, and the elusive 'Tea Dance' from the even rarer original release of "My House" (the later release had a funky 'magic-eye' sleeve and omitted the fan favourite 'Tea Dance'), and even includes a cover of David Bowie's 'Moonage Daydream'.
But, on the flip side, it's EMI blatantly trying to ride on the coat-tails of the band's recent resurgence by peddling devoted fans a few tracks from a band they unceremoniously dropped at the peak of their fame six years ago. However, I doubt the band will send back the royalty cheques heading their way, and despite the fact that most fans will, by hook or by crook, have the majority of songs anyway, there's still a few that raging completists like myself would sell their own mothers to own.
My conclusion therefore, is that the record's worth a punt for 6.99, despite the dubious reasons. Plus it's got a rather funky 'Pretend Best Friend'-esque cover.