Quarantine the Past: The Best of Pavement
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Why is such an endearingly shambolic band so loved? After all some of their incoherent performances were legendary and generated such antagonism that they were often booed off stage. Indeed at one time they revelled in the self appointed label of "The Band That Ruined Lollapallooza" as a result of a particularly anarchic performance. It was because of this that they were often dubbed the American "Wire" or more precisely the American "Fall"/ These are comparisons that in this reviewers eyes can only be viewed as wonderful compliments to reputation of an already great band and you will do no wrong checking out Pavements cover of Mark E Smith's "The Classical".
"Quarantine the past" is a thorough if rather badly sequenced "best of" (what do you expect?) and contains enough delights to keep both old and new Pavement fans roundly satisfied.Read more ›
It's exactly what it says, an overview, and probably how the live set lists will look - I'd guess way too many crowd pleasers for the die-hard fans' liking and some real oddballs thrown in. A reviewer above moans at the lack of B-sides etc but we have Shoot the Singer from an EP (gorgeous) and Picket Fence, some freaky homage to REM from the No Alternative comp back in '92 or '93, heh. I think it has the right balance, the moods seem to flow well enough (I can hear this record without hearing it, ok!) and it ends on a freaky album track prog-out.
Of course, it's needless if you're a fan, and rather like the recent Radiohead Best-Of, they weren't a singles band so this is a little jarring for the long-termers. What it will do, hopefully, is lead to people spotting favourite tracks, finding that the albums have very clear personalities, and then going for one of the brilliant album re-releases, complete with all odds and ends from the same period.
As a final note, S&E's re-release ends with early Peel sessions and the Brixton '91 gig supporting Sonic Youth, and it's awesome. I'd say THAT's the Pavement that made people fall in love, a good insight to the early band and a logical progression from older, interesting and do-it-your-own-way bands like the Fall, Chrome (!), early Mary Chain, Zappa, and I think it's this that secures their place. Their contemporaries don't hold up in retrospect, and I don't think anyone's advanced further since.
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Before buying this, I had only heard one Pavement song and I thought I'd better hear more.
Pretty good on first listen. Read more
Between the demise of The Pixies and the "The Year Punk Broke" (1991, with Nirvana's Nevermind), Pavement released their first LP Slanted and Enchanted (Luxe & Reduxe 2CD Edition)... Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2010 by Stan FREDO
After several reissues of their most important albums Pavement finally put together a collection of the best from each. Read morePublished on 26 April 2010 by wobbly_tourist
Esteemed reviewers above have covered all the major points so just to add.... "no RAttled by the rush!!!!!" And you know why? Read morePublished on 10 April 2010 by blodwynswayze
I will always have fond memories of the day I discovered the wonders of the Californian alt.rockers Pavement. Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2010 by Mr. H Chinaski