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on 4 April 2000
We all remember "this is how it feels" by this group and I must confess that I only bought this disc for this track. After overdosing myself with the track for over an hour, I sat back and listened to the rest of the disc. What a shock! It is fantastic. There is not a poor track on the whole album. I would say their music is like a mix of the Jam and the Stranglers. It is almost like very mild rock. A truly stunning album that I would recommend to any one who likes music with real instruments with real songs.
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on 15 March 2003
The Inspiral Carpets lived in the shadows cast by [the mighty] Stone Roses and the [criminally over-rated] Happy Mondays. Yet, despite this they managed to flourish, recording 4 albums and loads of singles. They provided a raw but melodic underbelly to the Madchester scene.
For those unfamiliar with their music, The Inspiral Carpets started out peddling a rough brand of farsifa organ driven garage rock influenced by the likes of ? & The Mysterians [they even covered 96 Tears on an early tape]. Though cruder than the Stone Roses their songs are imaginative, melody-driven and energetic.
With each subsequent release they became more polished and, to be honest, as their career progressed their music became less interesting to my ears at least. However they still managed to turn out the odd pseudo-psych-pop gem.
This singles collection on the whole captures the band at their best. "This Is How It Feels" is perhaps their most memorable track, but many of these songs are as strong and equally deserving of your ear. Whilst I would advocate caution in exploring their catalogue I thoroughly recommend this collection. They were never really in step with the blossoming rave culture of the time and perhaps this was responsible for their relatively limited success. Yet at their best they were brilliant and deserve to stand proud on the podium next to the Stone Roses as the 2nd best band to come out of Manchester in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Give this one a blast.
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on 13 December 2000
Having seen the inspirals in concert a couple of times, and picking up one or two singles along the road, I decided that this compilation album would be worth a look, and boy was I right. This Is How It Feels never fails to send shivers up and down your spine, and when placed alongside tracks such as Joe and Bitches Brew it only serves to amplify this terrific group. A definate buy...
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on 11 June 2004
What a great album - bought it mainly for Dragging Me Down but have discovered many other gems like Joe and Saturn 5. One of the top Madchester bands and criminally overlooked at the time, theres a prominent use of 60s style organ alongside fuzz-toned guitar and melodic bass and if you like the early works of the Charlatans or Stranglers then you should like this.
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on 22 February 2013
This is a perfect compilation. Chronologically ordered. There is no almost a bad song. Instead, there are lots of catchy songs like "This Is How It Feels", "Biggest Mountain", "Dragging Me Down", "Two Worlds Collide" and "Bitches Brew". Ending with the delicate "Uniform". At the second listening you'll be hooked by the melodies. Sometimes they reminds me to Ned's atomic dustbin. I definitely recommend it!!
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on 21 June 2013
Great cd showcasing all their well known tunes on one great album.
Fantastic down load price, I would recommend this album to fans old and new!!
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on 23 February 2014
Inspirals were such a great band and are so under rated, which is undeserved. their music is fresh and still stands up today. Fantastic lyrics too.
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on 12 April 2015
It would be nice if the songs were in the same order as the inlay card...
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on 9 January 2016
Some top tracks on this one
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on 6 May 2015
excellent
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