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North By North West (Compiled By Morley) [Limited Edition] Limited Edition, Box set

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  • Audio CD (19 Jun. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Limited Edition, Box set
  • Label: Korova
  • ASIN: B000FOPQ46
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Paul Morley is a hugely knowledgeable, perceptive if rather self-satisfied former musician, record label boss and now (again) critic. The idea of a compilation covering the simultaneous music scenes of two cities, so near but so far, at one of the most exciting and influential times in British music is a good one. However, the compilation is flawed for several reasons. Most significant is Morley's thinly disguised contempt for Liverpool and the musicians. I lost count how many times in the informative only for the informed liner notes Morley was quick to say that Liverpool was all mouth and no substance. There is a serious point to be developed about the sheer weight of expectation generated by the Beatles' legacy at which Morley only hints. There is a very interesting story about the differences between both cities (which will doubtless feature in Morley's forthcoming book on what is means to be northern) but the musical interaction, similarities and differences between both cities is much more complex than Morley states.

The next problem is the actual track listing. Each of the Manchester and Liverpool discs is broadly chronological from 1976-1984 and tends to focus on any one group's early output. Thus we get Buzzcocks' "Boredom", New Order's "Ceremony" and Echo & The Bunnymen's first two singles "Pictures on the Wall" and "Rescue". However, there is no absolute rule whereby each group's first single is played. This reaches absurd levels whereby the Smiths are represented by their seventh single, the admittedly great "How Soon is Now". I have to say that the natural cut off point of the compilation is 1980-81.
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Having grown up in Manchester as a teenager, and living breathing the post-punk, factory records, music scene, it was with great interest i stumbled upon this album. It was exciting to hear some of the tunes i had long since forgoten about.

Playing it had me reminiscing about hanging round record stalls in the underound market and Butter lane antiques Market wearing long rain coats, and queing up outside HMV, to buy 'Blue Monday' on its first day of release.

I agree with the previous reviewer whole heartedly regarding choice of tracks. Some were too obvious. Durutti Column 'sketch for summer' in particular, i'm sure they've done other tracks but every compilation of this kind has that track on it. Some were an unlikely choices, why put Will Sergent on it and 2 Bunnymen tracks? Some were missed, 'Revolutionary Spirit' by Wild Swans in particular. Also, not sure why John Cooper Clarke appears on, Manchester and Liverchest?

I would have also liked a more informative booklet than the one written by Morley. His pretentious ramblings were not up my street im afraid. I was hoping he was going to capture the mood of the time.
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Now this is very good. A CD set with some of the best post-punk material to come out of Liverpool and Manchester. there is unfortunately some great overlap with the Martin Hannett story CD but this set is overall more satisfying since it is more varied and also contains more stuff as well as a few rarities that everybody will appreciate. Indeed, in additioon to Buzzcocks, the Fall and New Order, which were obvious choices there are also some old favourites like Ludus, Crispy Ambulance and Big in Japan that merit to be heard. If you are interested in thie very special period in british music history then this is an essential acquisition.
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