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First and still the best Siouxsie compilation
on 25 February 2015
With chaotic early line up changes and deeper work so strong John Peel played the whole of an album uninterrupted on his evening show this first ever compilation from Siouxsie and The Banshees shows perhaps a different side to the band than those absorbing LP's. A straightforward chronological presentation of just 10 tracks from 1978-1981 shows this is a product of the vinyl age and features 8 singles, a b-side and an album track, clearly demonstrating the developing sound of the band through those line-up changes.
At the time of release several non-album tracks made this a good purchase for the album market, and in particular for the more casual listener, with one of those non-album singles, "Hong Kong Garden" kicking off proceedings. The track listing as originally issued is:
Hong Kong Garden (1978) - non album single
Mirage (1978) - album track from "The Scream"
The Staircase (Mystery) (1979) - non album single
Playground Twist (1979) - From "Join Hands"
Love In A Void (1979) - B side "Mittageisen", though promoted as a double A
Happy House (1980) - From "Kaleidoscope"
Christine (1980) - From "Kaleidoscope"
Israel (1981) - non album single
Spellbound (1981) - From "JuJu"
Arabian Knights (1981) - From "JuJu"
There's a clear delineation of style between the two sides thanks to the addition of John McGeoch to the line up. Side A sounds rawer, punkier, less polished. Side B is full of the monster hits I remember with huge fondness (and particularly the 12" versions of the middle three tracks, not included here).
This is an excellent summation of the band's early singles. Sadly underappreciated, this collection is still the finest introduction to the band available, but be careful - it could well entice you to investigate the back catalogue further.