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  • Audio CD (31 Jan. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Single
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B003M5XCRS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,390 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

The Music’s break-up, in September last year, didn’t exactly set the press alight. Indeed, if it wasn’t for the release of this double-disc compilation – very much a what-it-says-on-the-tin job, albeit assembled with more care than many of its kind – the fact that the Yorkshire-born disco-baggy-gets-psychedelic four-piece were no more might well have passed the casual listener by entirely. But, as its titular time frame suggests, this is far from a complete full stop. It only assembles material – lots of material – from their days signed to Virgin/Hut, home to two of the band’s three studio long-players.

Opening with debut single Take the Long Road and Walk It – released initially via Fierce Panda and limited to a very collectable 1,000 copies – and closing with Breakin’ – from second LP Welcome to the North – and a handful of alternative mixes, this is a fairly chronological journey through the productive first half of the band’s career. Of much interest to fans will be the inclusion of You Might As Well Try to F*** Me, the lead track from the EP of the same name, released ahead of the band’s eponymous debut. From the EP, only one track, Too High, would make the transfer (in a newly recorded guise) to the group’s well-received debut. The other two strays, Karma and Treat Me Right, are included here too, but it’s the provocatively titled number that stands out. Here, frontman Robert Harvey – recently heard guesting on The Streets’ final LP – sounds genuinely charged with energy. Later, his performances would take on a rather distracting preacher-man quality, rhetoric inspired by an increased interest in martial arts and a move to teetotalism getting in the way of the raw passion that surged through The Music’s first wave of releases.

There was more conviction to the mysticism, too, in the band’s initial rush of recordings – no doubt a product of having fewer expectations to live up to, what with their audience far from peaking. So, the five minutes of Karma feel like two, the listener swept up in the storm of whirring, early-Verve-like instrumentation. First LP cut The People (which also fronted a four-track EP) is a rollickingly confident number, rich in lyrical cliché but never in doubt of its own greatness (and it is a fairly great stomp-rocker), and b side Dragon Song is similarly focused in its forceful direction.

Indie music that you could dance to, or dance music you could rock to – however the individual received The Music at the time of these releases (by far their best, as album three, Strength in Numbers, would have been better titled Assembled by Numbers), there’s no doubt an impression was left. At times they showed glimpses of talent that could have elevated them to the status of The Stones Roses and Primal Scream, in the pantheon of northern souls with twitchy soles. At 28 tracks, there’s plenty of forgettable fare included here, but at its best this retrospective presents a band that successfully punched well above its weight.

--Mike Diver

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This collection of singles and B-sides is a must for fans of The Music, especially those who were disappointed with the long-awaited third album 'Strength in Numbers'. Although fans will already own the singles, there are some alternative mixes that work quite well including some slower acoustic versions of 'Freedom Fighters' and 'Getaway'. The main attraction of this though I think is the high quality B-side tunes like 'So Low', 'Raindance' and the amazing 'Karma', as well as EP releases like the notorious 'You Might as Well...'. Disc 1 also includes the instrumental tracks 'New Instrumental' and 'The Walls Get Smaller', which are slightly different versions to the ones included as bonus tracks on the first two albums. A few of the songs work less well and it's easier to understand why these did not make it onto the main albums, however this should by no means put you off. This collection serves as a reminder of how massively underrated this band really is.

Fans of the third album should note that this collection only runs to 2005, however the download-only EP 'No One Will Come Between Us' has an extra five songs to compliment this later sound.
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The Music were always criminally underrated. Sure, they had a few relatively celebrated hits in their homeland UK, but they never reached the level of super stardom that they so rightfully deserved and seemed bound for. Keep in mind this is coming from an American, who doesn't even know what the modern British music scene is truly like and only stumbled upon this band long after their commercial peak (which wasn't very high I'm afraid). I believe they had one charting song in America (a low position) and while I suppose I can understand them not being a hit in the US what with all the utter garbage that hypnotizes gullible people and dominates the airwaves, I can't help but feel as though they should at least be somewhat KNOWN on both sides of the pond. Anyways, I'll get down to business. This is a phenomenal compilation of all of their singles, b sides and EPs up until 2005. Unfortunately, none of the Strength In Numbers outtakes are present, but there's more than enough here to keep a die hard or even casual fan entertained. Throughout two discs we get the more raw, original version of "Take The Long Road And Walk It", the debut single that was wrongfully not included on their self titled debut called "You Might as Well Try to F*ck Me", and deep cuts such as "Karma" and live favorite "Jag Tune". Not to mention a mixed bag full of their best singles like "Getaway" and "The Truth Is No Words", lengthy remixes, demo's and live material. The riff on "Come What May" is just as juicy as any riff on one of their studio albums and the sonic beauty of "So Low" makes you wonder how its status as a b side even came to be.Read more ›
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By Zoe on 9 Feb. 2011
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I'm long done with praising them to high heavens, they never really fulfilled the
expectations. Still, being a long time follower, purchasing this collection is my final
hommage. Fortunately, very listenable!
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A must buy for fans. One of the greatest live bands I've ever seen, so sad that their final gigs are this summer, have loved them from the start, never understood why they didn't achieve superstardom, the music is fantastic, and the live gigs (of which I've been to many) are amazing & full of energy leaving you on a high for days afterwards. Don't hesitate to purchase, if you're a fan you'll love it, if you've never listened to The Music before it's a good intro.
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this is some of the best music ever. the most under rated band of all time. you will not regreat this purchase.
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