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Rough Trade Shops - 25 Years Box set

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  • Audio CD (5 Mar. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00005A0XY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,284 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 30 Seconds Over Tokyo - Pere Ubu
  2. Boredom - Buzzcocks
  3. Fisherman - The Congos
  4. Nag Nag Nag - Cabaret Voltaire
  5. T.V.O.D. - The Normal
  6. Suspect Device - Stiff Little Fingers
  7. United - Throbbing Gristle
  8. Ambition - Subway Sect
  9. Part Time Punks - Television Personalities
  10. Fairytale In The Supermarket - The Raincoats
  11. Reality Asylum - Crass
  12. Transmission - Joy Division
  13. People Say - The Go Betweens
  14. Let's Build A Car - Swell Maps

Disc: 2

  1. Final Day - Young Marble Giants
  2. How I Wrote Elastic Man - The Fall
  3. Mr Clarinet - The Birthday Party
  4. There Goes Concorde Again - ...And The Native Hipsters
  5. The Sweetest Girl - Scritti Politti
  6. Shipbuilding - Robert Wyatt
  7. Gums Bleed - Foetus
  8. Hand In Glove - The Smiths
  9. Sugar Hiccup - Cocteau Twins
  10. Krieg In Den Stadten - Einst - rzende Neubauten
  11. Tupelo - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  12. Road To Nowhere - Talking Heads
  13. Death Valley '69 (w. Lydia Lunch) - Sonic Youth
  14. Hard Left - Tackhead

Disc: 3

  1. Jungle - Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Dub Syndicate
  2. Birthday - The Sugarcubes
  3. Bone Machine - Pixies
  4. Touch Me I'm Silk - Mudhoney
  5. Revolution - Spacemen 3
  6. Different Drum - Lemonheads
  7. Further Back The Faster - Coil
  8. The Light that Will Cease To Fail - Steriolab
  9. Her Jazz - Huggy Bear
  10. Fade Into You - Mazzy Star
  11. Song To The Siren - The Chemical Brothers
  12. Pink Frost - The Chills
  13. Soaky - In The Pooper
  14. Sciew Spoc - Gescom

Disc: 4

  1. Plastique (Video Mix) - Plastikman
  2. Gak 4 - Gak
  3. 6am Jullander Shere - Cornershop
  4. Presha III - Studio Pressure
  5. Everything You Do Is A Balloon - Boards Of Canada
  6. Flashlegs - Echoboy
  7. As The Rain (Adrian Sherwood On-U Sound - Jeb Loy Nichols
  8. Monkey On Your Back - Clinic
  9. Hot Topic - Le Tigre
  10. To You - I Am Kloot
  11. In The Bath - Lemon Jelly
  12. F**k The Pain Away - Peaches
  13. My Winding Wheel - Ryan Adams
  14. Talk To Me (91 Version) - Tindersticks

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The very idea of a Greatest Hits Of Rough Trade--the very indiest of all of London's independent record stores--should have seemed, in theory, about as risible as the compiling of a Led Zeppelin singles collection. In practice, though, this anniversary compilation is nigh on essential. After 25 years of catering to London's most clued-up punters, Rough Trade has achieved a very respectable legacy of eclecticism; while other lesser independent record shops have tended more towards the traditional, guitar-led music that's come to epitomise modern indie, this compilation offers laudably impressive scope, collecting together a number of the chain's most popular sellers and sequencing them in a loosely chronological order. It certainly throws up some interesting juxtapositions: the caustic riot grrrl of Huggy Bear's "Her Jazz" rubbing up against futuristic avant-pop of Stereolab's "The Light That Will Cease To Fail"; the super-political anarcho-punk of Crass's "Reality Asylum" mere moments from the twee jangle-pop of The Raincoats' "Fairytale In The Supermarket"; or the cobwebbed dub of Lee "Scratch" Perry's "Jungle" that's a massive cultural leap from the loopy Icelandic pop explosion of The Sugarcubes' "Birthday". Taking risks, but seldom putting a foot wrong--really, it doesn't matter if you've ever browsed the rack of Rough Trade, as this compilation is as good an alternative pop encyclopaedia that you'll find. --Louis Pattison

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Have you ever been in need of a compilation that, no matter what's on it, will give you that smug sense of coolness that you've long been hankering for? Well, bin those old Shine CDs and any Now collections (apart from Now 8, because I like that one) and let the Rough Trade compilation sit atop your record pile, gleaming bright as the ultimate expression of indie.
Culled from a massive choice of personal highlights that arouse during the existence of the Rough Trade shop, this compilation is not only the coolest, but perhaps the most eclectic record you will ever hear. Reggae, punk, grunge, techno, noise and even an anti-Christian bombast (cheers for that, Crass) all have a home here and, in this big diverse world we live in, the Rough Trade compilation is a true reflection of the mass of influences which, thankfully, makes up this country's record-buying public.
But hang on - you want to know about the music. Well, glance at the tracklisting yourself. Half the names you'll know and will be familiar with - The Smiths, Pixies, Cornershop (their best track, if you ask me), Buzzcocks, Chemical Brothers and Talking Heads to name but a few - but the true beauty in this box-set lies not only it's eclecticism, but it's longevity. You see, not only will it take you (literally) longer to listen to than probably any other album you have, but as you give it repeated listens you'll discover bands and songs you would have never have considered, let alone heard of, before you bought this 4CD set. In the short time I've had this, I've already discovered Le Tigre, Stereolab, Stiff Little Fingers and The Raincoats, all bands I'd previously dismissed. Call it an expensive way of sampling if you will, but the joy of finding a track buried deep in a compilation knows no bounds.
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By A Customer on 5 Feb. 2006
I'm reminded of the existence of this compilation every time that I hear talk of the artists featured within, as this was key to my musical education. The box set offers some seminal, some less obvious, tracks that have clearly influenced and inspired the staff at Rough Trade, and a great whistle-stop tour of modern alternative music to boot. Post-punk is featured heavily. Covered within is a bewildering range of musical styles (Boards of Canada AND Television Personalities??), but the chronological method of compiling means that a similar mood is often shared between adjacent tracks, and that the end result is not a bunch of hip songs chucked into some kind of crazy blender. Yet hip this most certainly is. For anyone who hasn't heard of most of these artists and fancies a dip: hugely recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds from the streets . 16 Mar. 2001
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Rough Trade is a legendary independant record shop based in London that has always been able to supply the clued up record collector with the latest cutting edge singles .
The cultural significence of this shop is immense as it has always fanned the flames for new musical directions whether this was punk , or cool Jamaican roots reggae in the seventies , or the cutting edge sounds of today .
This 4 cd box set has been released to celebrate 25 years of Rough Trade shops and it certainly does the company justice . Unknown artists sit side by side with musical legends like Pere Ubu , Joy Division , a young Bjork , The Pixies , Lee "Scrath" Perry , and The Smiths ( whose legendary legacy was released on the Rough Trade record label ) . The only thing that links the eclectic music on this collection ( apart from the quality ) is that all the songs were recorded by musical mavericks who were keen to push the sonic envelope back . If you want to hear four hours of exciting , groundbreaking music at a criminally cheap price . START HERE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars All that is good in UK modern music listening 19 May 2013
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If you can go from Throbbing Gristle or E., harsh noise bands, to the simpleist, most gentle and loving really, Young Marble Giants and have the Buzzcocks great pop punk and Stiff Little Fingers great plain ole punk yer listening to a wide range, bands that'll show up in the great UK music magazines, Mojo and Uncut (none of their 60's or 70's bands here). It's a musical world that Rolling Stone and American radio barely know exist. Kids in the UK and even as they grow up into adults (you should see the From the Jam live dvd which is wonderful, the Jam - 1 regrouped, the audience is chock full of guys like me, only ever so slightly younger like they're all 35 to 50! it's crazy, but we still love our great tunes) they've had access to this musical world on their radios. Even with the Internet and college radio which, in the U.S. has been kind to a lot of these bands but it's darned hard to hear at least in non big university towns like San Diego and I'm sure many others, UK rock/punk/alternative music lovers have had a wide range of musical styles to feast on and what Rough Trade Shops has been great at it culling out the high quality music. It really is like walking into one of your favorite record shops (do I have to say, 'Do you remember them?' Go to one in yer town or git over to Amoeba in Hollywood or S.F. or Berkeley, they rule and there are still some left but precious few eh) and hearing some great tunes as you shop and then you ask the folks behind the counter, 'What is that playing?' and suddenly you can turn on to bands you'd never heard before that turn out to be great cuz the music fiends at the record shops typically don't wanna play anything awful and there is a ton out there that's great and that's the task really, how do you separate the wheat from the chaff? Well, let a record shop employee help you and, fortunately for all of us, RTS's made these comps for us. I doubt any single person is going to love every single song. I know I don't. Really, amazon, with it's listening sample buttons (if not on the audio cd screen they are often on the mp3 one) gives us the fair chance to sample something before we buy it and there's really what the shops did for us when they played music constantly from opening to closing and some even had/have places you can hear select new cd releases. I'm sorry, I lagged with actually listening to 8 track and cassette and vinyl and gave away my cassette collection to a punk 20 years younger than me and finally got into cds and am glad i did cuz then there's no cracks and pops like on vinyl tho there does seem to be some smidgen if richer listening from vinyl and there's no question the discs and covers and inserts are bigger which makes for way better graphic presentations. Now my young adult daughter laughs at me (gently) as she has no cds, only mp3's or downloads or who knows what, that darned rascally itunes or something which i can't bear. But, in whatever format you get this release, if you have any musical courage or curiosity or wanna know how the Brits have had it for since the late 70's which is what this covers, buy this. I'm glad I did. I can always hit the button and go to the next track. There's a book in the bible that says everything is meaningless, well, except for where we end up, with God or, uh, not. They've got a point if eternal life is a reality don't they? Thanks Rough Trade Shops for your efforts. I look forward to popping these into my mobile listening station (my vehicle) and finally hearing many of these bands that I've read about for years in Mojo and Uncut, mags I love, and never heard like Joy Division and the Fall. Hay, they're here. Ciao kids.
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