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  • Audio CD (29 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rev-Ola
  • ASIN: B0035KGDPI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,257 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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· This is the first-ever retrospective of TV21, an acclaimed Scottish post-punk band at the dawn of the 1980s.

· Having recorded a couple of acclaimed singles on their own Powbeat label, they signed to the Deram label - also home at the time to Mo-Dettes.

· The band recorded a string of singles - including the near-hit, `Snakes & Ladders' - as well as appearing on the Old Grey Whistle Test and supporting the Rolling Stones in 1982.

· Their album, A Thin Red Line, is a must for any fan of Orange Juice, Scars or even The Jam, whom TV21 supported.

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Libby Cox bought 'A thin red line' for me for Christmas in 1981. I loved her and I loved the album and wore out the grooves over the following ten years. It was probably my favourite album: full of passion and guitars and love and hate and everything a 17 year old could ask for. And here it is again, with all the singles bunged in for good measure! And it is still wonderful. It has not been dulled by the passing of the years at all. I may be 46 and a stone overweight but I am still, occasionally, capable of a bit of love, hate and passion and this is the perfect soundtrack to a Dad dance around the living room while Isabelle looks at me with a confused expression on her face. She often does though, as she is only three months old.

Personally, I found the inclusion of the two single versions of 'Ticking Away' and 'This is Zero' to be the most interesting inclusion for I had never heard them before. I love them: they are very, very different to the album versions (especially the former) and perhaps, better.

TV21 were a great band who flowered briefly and then withered quickly, but man alive, what a small but perfectly formed body of work they left behind them.

I wonder what ever happened to Libby Cox?
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God, it's been a long wait, but here's 19 reasons why TV21 were - briefly - hot property in the musical press circa 1981. One of the glorious pantheon of anthemic new wave guitar bands around at the time, with more than a nod to the passion and flair of Skids, Joy Division (basslines to kill for), Teardrop Explodes and Dexy's Midnight Runners (similar use of thundering horns), to name just a few discernable influences. TV21 were no slouches in the lyrics department, either.

I'm sure I'm not alone in being unable to fathom why their cracking singles 'Snakes and Ladders' and 'Something's Wrong' did not get into the top ten. The lack of chart penetration was apparently due to feeble management mis-timing releases and other bad calls.

Several great singles and a well received album (embedded in this compilation)saw them poised for greater things. But timing is everything and New Wave was just about to give way to New Romantic and the synth bands. A series of bad breaks and the dream turned sour - the band split up - but amazingly it didn't die there.

Turn to A Thin Red Line's sister album Forever 22, to see how the band have risen and evolved.
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A Thin Red Line was TV21's first, and for many years their only, album. I played this to death on vinyl in 1981. For years I waited for it to be released on CD. Finally it' here, and some! All of those original tracks, with a few additional ones. It still sounds as good as it did way back then.

If I were to be picky, I have to lament the exclusion of Artistic Licence (B-side to Snakes & Ladders) and The Hidden Voice (B-side to Something's Wrong). But even I'm unfazed by the lack of A Journey Up The Zambezi & Back!
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If you like (remember) TV21, this is for you. Nearly all their catalogue, there are a couple of omissions, but too few to worry about. This is superb. Thank you for releasing it, sounds as good now as it did on first release.
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