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Upside Down: The Story Of Creation OST CD

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  • Audio CD (9 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony CMG
  • ASIN: B00447RAVW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Jesus And Mary Chain - Upside Down
  2. Oasis - Rock N Roll Star
  3. Primal Scream - Loaded
  4. Ride - Leave Them All Behind
  5. The House of Love - Shine On
  6. BMX Bandits - Serious Drugs
  7. Teenage Fanclub - The Concept
  8. The Telescopes - Perfect Needle
  9. Biff Bang Pow - There Must Be A Better Life
  10. Slowdive - Souvlaki Space Station
  11. Slaughter Joe - I’ll Follow You Down
  12. The Jasmine Minks - Think
  13. The Boo Radleys - Lazarus
  14. Revolving Paint Dream - In The Afternoon
  15. Sugar - If I Can’t Change Your Mind
  16. Swervedriver - Son Of Mustang Ford
  17. Super Furry Animals - Something 4 The Weekend

Disc: 2

  1. Oasis - Wonderwall
  2. Ride - Taste
  3. Primal Scream - Swastika Eyes
  4. Swervedriver - Duel
  5. Teenage Fanclub - Mellow Doubt
  6. Biff Bang Bow - It Makes You Scared
  7. Slowdive - Alison
  8. Revolving Paint Dream - Flowers In The Sky
  9. The House of Love - Destroy the Heart
  10. BMX Bandits - I Wanna Fall In Love
  11. Slaughter Joe - So Out Of Touch
  12. The Jazz Butcher - Girl Go
  13. The Creation - Creation
  14. The Telescopes - Perfect Needle
  15. Primal Scream - Imperial
  16. The Boo Radleys - Wake Up Boo!
  17. The Jesus And Mary Chain - Some Candy Talking

Product description

Product description

UK two CD collection of music that is featured in and inspired the music documentary Upside Down: The Creation Records Story. Features tracks from many of the labels biggest acts including Oasis, Super Furry Animals, Ride, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Primal Scream, Teenage Fanclub, The Boo Radleys, Biff Bang Pow, Swervedriver, BMX Bandits and many others. Sony.

BBC Review

Anyone who’s ever worked in said section of the music industry will tell you that there’s little difference between blind luck and prophetic ability in A&R. Pick up an act you’ve loved for ages, chances are they’ll tank. Sign a band four days after seeing just one gig, bingo: they’re the biggest group in the land. But Upside Down doesn’t lay this lucky-dip scenario out for the listener; instead, it largely presents the impression that co-founder Alan McGee’s magic touch was infallible.

Our story begins with The Jesus and Mary Chain’s debut single of 1984, which passes its title to the 2010 documentary this double-CD compilation supports. The Glasgow band’s thunderous sound rumbled through several Creation-signed bands – think Ride, Slowdive, Swervedriver. But like so many acts here, two contributions from them consumes disc space which might have been better used to shine a light on relative missteps in the catalogue – the outsiders who didn’t fit the public-perceived Creation template. Amongst these one can count The Legend!, aka BBC Music contributor Everett True, whose ’73 in ’83 single was the label’s first-ever release.

A few more of these stylistic diversions would certainly have shaken up a consistent but singular-paced collection (guitars come only two ways: distorted and loud or clean and jangled). Yes, the Mishka album was awful, but McGee’s faith in the Bermudan reggae artist was unwavering in the late 1990s. Ride’s Andy Bell wasn’t in limbo until Oasis requested his guitar services – Hurricane #1 took up two albums of his time between 1996 and 1999, and both came out through Creation. They weren’t great, but to not represent the group at all seems wrong. Given that most labels are defined as much by their gaffs as their glories, Upside Down’s prioritising of the critically celebrated rather rankles; that, and the keep-it-in-the-family inclusions of Revolving Paint Dream and Slaughter Joe (one song each, sure; but two?) over chasing down better songs from absent friends. There’s no My Bloody Valentine number here (nor a mention of them in label co-founder Joe Foster’s liner notes). Obtaining a track might have been difficult, but without them no Creation story is complete.

Ultimately, Upside Down feels uncomfortably like propaganda, deleting select scenes from the tale in question to leave the audience more impressed than they should be. It’s a skewed perspective on an influential stable which, despite essentials from the evergreen Super Furry Animals, the totemic Teenage Fanclub and the brilliant Boo Radleys, isn’t the definitive document it aims to be.

--Mike Diver

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