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Alternative 90's

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Product details

  • Audio CD (9 Sept. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony Music TV
  • ASIN: B00006GF8A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,162 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Oasis - Live Forever
  2. Primal Scream - Movin' On Up
  3. The Charlatans - Can't Get Out of Bed
  4. Suede - Animal Nitrate
  5. Inspiral Carpets - She Comes in the Fall
  6. Faith No More - We Care A Lot
  7. Lemonheads - It's a Shame About Ray
  8. Teenage Fanclub - What You Do To Me
  9. Ned's Atomic Dustbin - Happy
  10. Senseless Things - Too Much Kissing
  11. Sultans of Ping FC - Where's Me Jumper?
  12. The Levellers - One Way
  13. Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven
  14. Sugar - If I Can't Change Your Mind
  15. Paul Weller - Wildwood
  16. Buffalo Tom - Tailights Fade
  17. Jellyfish - Now She Knows She's Wrong
  18. Carter USM - Sheriff Fatman
  19. The LA's - There She Goes
  20. The Wonderstuff - Size of a Cow

Disc: 2

  1. Happy Mondays - Step On
  2. Utah Saints - What Can You Do For Me
  3. Stereo MCs - Connected
  4. Prodigy - Charly
  5. The Mock Turtles - Can U Dig It
  6. Adamski - Killer
  7. The Soup Dragons - I'm Free
  8. Jamiroquai - Too Young To Die
  9. St Etienne - Only Love Can Break Your Heart
  10. The House of Love - Shine On
  11. Lush - Single Girl
  12. Leftfield - Open Up
  13. Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence
  14. The Shamen - Move Any Mountain
  15. World of Twist - She's a Rainbow
  16. Dee Lite - Groove is in the Heart
  17. Pop Will Ear Itself - Can U Dig It?
  18. The Breeders - Cannonball
  19. James - Come Home

Customer Reviews

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Format: Audio CD
When you realise that half the tracks on here are on the 2 Unbelievable collections and that many of these made the mainstream pop charts this collection falls flat on its face.
The most obvious ones missed off are the Family Cat who were founded in 1989 when they had a single and LP on the Indie charts but in the 90s there were many more like Steamroller-a 7 minute plus blast of solid rock which is comparable to Hey Jude.The track was included on one of the Beechwood LPs and the Cat would go on to make 2 further albums.
Surely there's enough little known Indie from bands formed at the end of the 80s without going into Oasis or Blur.
So why call it Alternative 90s?
This is a comp which has had no thought behind it and is not worth a pig's ass
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All credit should be given for so much as an attempt to make a CD of alternative 90s music.
Part of the problem, though, stems from the sheer complexity of the 90s music scene. The term 'alternative' is so vague and encompasses so much, that to make a successful compilation needs a lot more thought than appears to have gone into this.
'Alternative' in 90s terms could mean anything from Grunge to Madchester, from Dreampop to Grebo, and from Britpop to the Britpop hangover acts of the very late 90s. And trying to represent them all on one album like this creates a bit of an awkward mish-mash that doesn't quite seem to work. Basically, this album isn't really sure what it's trying to be. Just when you think you're listening to a baggy Madchester retro soundtrack a la "Unbelievable", a unexpected bit of grunge or a Depeche Mode track from 1986 comes and slaps you in the face. Finally, you're thrown to the ground by Paul Weller and stabbed in the chest by Jamiroquai.
Basically, this album would work better if it was more focused. There is much to like on it - the Madchester tracks, and even dare I say it, the Wonderstuff, can all be very pleased with themselves. But, for all their greatness, I couldn't help wondering whether the world really needs another compilation of the same early 90s student drinking songs. What with the fantastic "Unbelievable" series released last year, the Madchester and Grebo genres are already excellently catered for (indeed, the makers of Alternative 90s seem to have scabbed most of the tracks from that very source - even the oddball Depeche Mode track).
What I really would like to have seen this album do is veer more towards early 90s grunge and dreampop.
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The best thing about this compilation is the packaging - ripping off the seminal 90s album "Blue Lines" by Massive Attack (who surprisingly don't feature on here) - but the actual contents don't fulfil the name. The tracks cover the years 1989 to 1994, and as for "alternative" - what we do get is a rambling mix of indie, baggy, britpop, sub-grunge, chart and rave tunes. It starts off well enough with the 90s defining Oasis classic "Live Forever" followed by "Movin' on Up" from Primal Screams' amazing 'Screamadelica'. There's plenty of other good songs on here, great to see Ned's Atomic Dustbin, but the impact is lost by extremely poor ordering, and ill-advised clashes of genre - the annoying kiddy rave of the Prodigys' "Charly" next to the indie-jaggle of "Can You Dig It?" by the Mock Turtles. There are far too many one-hit wonders - and what was "alternative" about "Killer" by Adamski?? This could have been a great chance to showcase the best bands/tracks of the 90s. Where are Blur, Boo Radleys, Ride, Stone Roses, Verve, Manics, Radiohead, Nirvana, Dinsosaur Jr, Beck, Smashing Pumpkins, Portishead, Tricky.... you get the picture.
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The great thing about this album is that it covers the music you would hear in most Alternative clubs in England in the early 90's VERY well. This point is perhaps missed by the majority of people who have foolishly bought it assuming it would be another 'Best of Britpop' album. Another point missed is that the album is subtitled 'The Early Years' on the spine - the music here isn't 'obscure', maybe you're just too young to remember it. This could easily have been a 4, or 5 CD collection and included the likes of 'There's No Other Way', 'The Only One I Know' and 'Waterfall', but then this CD collection more effectively concentrates on the tracks you would hear clubbing rather than the stuff that was overplayed on the radio or on EVERY other indie compilation. Still... could've lived without Lush - 'Single Girl'!
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Anything with Neds on deserves 5 Stars!

I can't understand people that give CD's bad ratings and complain about the track list when they can see full well before buying what songs are on the disk.

Makes no sense to me.

The range of songs on this compilation is superb and there are tunes by some bands that you just don't see or hear anything of these days.

All in all a superb compilation and a real blast from the past for TRUE Pop kids out there!
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There are some real hard to finds gems on this album that do not appear on typical budget compilations. I would call this a definitive collection and well worth purchasing.
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