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No Patrick Bateman, but a great and comprehensive collection of Manics B-Sides, Rarities and Live Recordings!
on 17 August 2016
This album is split into two sections. Disc 1 is a collection of original B-Sides / Unreleased songs written by the Manics themselves and Disc 2 is full of covers, ranging from such well known artists as Nirvana, Guns N' Roses and Art Garfunkel to much obscure ones such as McCarthy and Camper Van Beethoven...yeah, I never heard of them either, but such great songs!
Seeing how this is just a collection album, there is an incredibly seamless flow to the songs, the transition from one song to the next isn't at all as jarring as you'd expect from such a diverse mix of songs. Production genius or plain class? Who cares? It works!
There is just under 2 hours of MSP here and while a lot of the originals / Disc 1 is great, I found myself preferring the second CD. ' We Are All Bougeois Now,' ' Bright Eyes,' 'It's So Easy,' are about as polar opposite songs as you can get, whilst the, I guess, 'Acid Blues' cover of Nirvana's 'Been a Son' is as unique as it is raw.