- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
NME Classics: 61 Classics Tracks from the History of NME Box set
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Firstly, don't get me wrong, there is very good stuff on here, but, this compilation is notable for what it lacks. Read morePublished on 26 Mar. 2008 by Jangly Mark
Maybe I'm just getting old (hey - we all are) but I find this latest NME CD just a little on the cynical side. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2008 by Lee Goodman