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NME Classics: 61 Classics Tracks from the History of NME Box set

3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (10 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Virgin TV
  • ASIN: B0012R08GG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The MC5 - Kick Out The Jams
  2. Velvet Underground - I'm Waiting For The Man
  3. The Stooges - No Fun
  4. The Doors - L.A. Woman
  5. The New York Dolls - Jet Boy
  6. Patti Smith - Gloria
  7. The Damned - Neat Neat Neat
  8. X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage Up Yours!
  9. Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Blank Generation
  10. Dead Boys - Sonic Reducer
  11. Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
  12. The Saints - This Perfect Day
  13. Ramones - Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
  14. The Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet
  15. Siouxsie & The Banshees - Hong Kong Garden
  16. Blondie - One Way Or Another
  17. Magazine - Shot By Both Sides
  18. Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)?
  19. XTC - This Is Pop?
  20. Television - Marquee Moon
  21. David Bowie - Heroes

Disc: 2

  1. The Clash - I Fought The Law
  2. Stiff Little Fingers - Suspect Device
  3. The Jam - Going Underground
  4. The Vapors - Turning Japanese
  5. Generation X - Kiss Me Deadly
  6. The Pretenders - Brass In Pocket
  7. The Selecter - On My Radio
  8. The Beat - Mirror In The Bathroom
  9. Madness - One Step Beyond
  10. Bad Manners - Special Brew
  11. The Specials - Ghost Town
  12. The Cure - The Lovecats
  13. Talking Heads - Psycho Killer (Live)
  14. Kraftwerk - Tour De France
  15. Malcolm McLaren - Buffalo Gals
  16. New Order - Blue Monday
  17. Echo & The Bunnymen - The Back Of Love
  18. Aztec Camera - Walk Out To Winter
  19. The Jesus & Mary Chain - Just Like Honey
  20. Prince - Sign \x{2018}O\x{2019} The Times
  21. Joy Division - Atmosphere

Disc: 3

  1. Morrissey - Suedehead
  2. The Stone Roses - She Bangs The Drums
  3. Happy Mondays - Step On
  4. Inspiral Carpets - This Is How It Feels
  5. Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence
  6. Orbital - Chime
  7. Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
  8. Primal Scream - Movin' On Up
  9. Suede - Animal Nitrate
  10. Oasis - Live Forever
  11. R.E.M. - What\x{2019}s The Frequency, Kenneth?
  12. Ash - Girl From Mars
  13. Supergrass - Caught By The Fuzz
  14. Radiohead - Just
  15. Pulp - Common People
  16. The Chemical Brothers - Setting Sun
  17. Blur - Song 2
  18. Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life
  19. The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony

Product description

Product Description

NME Classics spans three musical decades - 70s / 80s and 90s and brings together the most inspirational and most influential artists of their time, from the really defining moment of NME with punk singles from bands such as The Clash, Happy Mondays, Oasis and REM to name but a few. It also brilliantly encompasses the numerous musical genres of those times from the heady sounds of Punk in the 70s and New Wave in the early 80s, to Two Tone, Indie, Brit Pop and Rave.

Focussing on the classic rock biased tracks, NME Classics is the perfect nostalgia trip for lads and Dads (from the first time around) and Festival goers. It includes a special booklet which includes photographs from the magazine from those decades, together with sleeve notes from editors of the time.

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All compilations have their duds and this is no exception, but this is a terrific selection of some of the great alternative music from the mid-70s onwards. For the money (at least when I bought it, though the price has since gone up), there's very little to fault. There's some great music here.

Yet the claim that it's the best music of the 70s, 80s and 90s reveals the astonishing prejudice of the NME, which is less flexible in its opinions than the Catholic church. The sleeve notes reveal the pathetic and slavish orthodoxy that successive generations of NME journalists have had to learn since 1978: music began with the release of the first Clash album. No earlier music is worth acknowledging, let alone listening to, unless it's a precursor of punk. And the only precursors of punk they remember are American bands like the Stooges, Television, the MC5 and the New York Dolls (quite how the Doors slipped in is a bit of a mystery). Chairman Mao is alive and well and living in NME Towers. If the early punks - fans of Hawkwind, Neu! and the Pink Fairies - had been as narrow-minded as the NME, punk would never have happened.

Then we have Disc 3, with its procession of Landfill Indie, betraying a nostalgia for the days when Oasis were fresh and exciting.

There's a lot of good music here - buy it at the right price - but don't read the sleeve notes unless you want a laugh.
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I am amazed that the reviewers who gave this such a slating bought it considering the contents are clearly displayed and that these contents do not fulfill their particular agenda, if indeed they did. A review should be given following the purchase of an item and with a sense of fairness, or appreciation for the intention of the people behind its release. To accuse the makers of blatantly selling out is as valid as saying Wild Man Fisher did it for the money.

I bought this knowing that the tracks contained therin bascally sum up listening to John Peel and Dave Fanning(RTE Radio) over the years and as such let me get some stuff on cd that I would not be willing to buy the full albums for, or to replace aged cassette recordings made at the time.

Like any such trawl through the past nostalgia looms large, so what! I enjoyed these tracks at the time and I am quite willing to admit I still like them now.

As a handy one stop collection of tracks that were broadcast on Radio One during the last 40 years I salute it.
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a long time ago along with Sounds NME was essential weekly reading because it spoke to the reader on their level and featured the bands we were listening to and not some false prog rock s*** or manufactured pop...this covers the best of those days....
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Brilliant cd for anyone looking for a journey through musical genres, loads of songs everyone knows, loads I didn't know, fantastic all the same.
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