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What do you get? Everything!,
This review is from: Inventory (Audio CD)
Well, where do I start? Inventory is a gorgeous 14 CD box set containing all of the Buzzcocks' singles from 1977's seminal Spiral Scratch to the last single from the original lineup, What Do You Know? Also thrown in for good measure if the US only single of I Believe, in its original edited form. The sleeve for this is stunning and for me, well worth the price of the set alone.
The great thing about this set rather than the standard "best of's" that get released is that you get a mini version of each single to look at, complete with original sleeve design. There was much more to the Buzzcocks than just their records, their sleeves were also an integral part of their image. Malcolm Garrett did the Lads proud too, as his sleeve designs are superb. Take a look at the sleeves to Love You More, Harmony In My Head, Ever Fallen In Love, etc and you'll begin to realise that this stuff could be hung on your wall as well as placed on your turntable.
What about the songs? No one did power-pop romance as good as the Buzzcocks. In fact, no one else did power-pop romance. There were always two sides to the bands music, Shelley's Mills & Boon novellas and Diggle's intense Ulysses monologues. They had different styles, but both complemented each other perfect. Take one of them away and the Buzzcocks sound would have disintegrated.
Highlights are the hit singles Ever Fallen In Love, Promises, Everybody's Happy Nowadays and Harmony In My Head, but of course there's a lot more to discover, such as the heartrending Love You More and the under rated I Don't Mind.
Maybe this set is only for completists as you could buy all these tracks for less than half the price on other compilations, but this set is just so special due to the inclusion of the sleeves.
Angular images indeed.