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Interesting mix of League pre/post "Dare", includes all the hits
on 12 December 2012
The most recent Sight & Sound compilation, whilst offering great value for money for an occasional fan, strangely omitted their biggest hit from the actual CD....which thankfully is not the case here. This double-CD, or its German counterpart (this version has the liner notes translated into English for wider market), bravely compiles their poppy "Crash"/"Romantic" material with tracks from "Reproduction" and (mainly) "Travelogue", which is pretty much a 'first'. Where possible remasters are used (from the first 3 albums plus recent Fascination EP), and whilst the mastering here is overall quite loud, the relative volumes and quality are consistent across all the tracks. We get a mix of single edits, album tracks and some previously released CD bonuses (such as the excellent "Marianne" and "I Don't Depend On You").
Using 4-5 tracks from Travelogue era was never going to be easy, but "Life Kills" follows "I'm Coming Back" surprisingly well, although following it with "Louise" isn't quite as successful - neither track benefits from that play order! "Being Boiled" is the original mono Fast version (no strange reverb effects), and we even get the 2:30 instrumental remix of "Seconds" on CD2, from Love & Dancing. The "Reproduction" and "Travelogue" era tracks are the slightly more commercial ones, which is understandable, and it all adds to an enjoyable collection.
These compilations always include something fans would probably question, and exclude others - I would've loved to have seen "Are You Ever Coming Back?" for instance - but overall this is a strong Virgin era career overview, and if it introduces any new listeners to "Travelogue" (my fave, as you'll have guessed!), all the better.....
All the hits are here, plus several other "Dare" classics.
If you only have Greatest Hits, or The Best Of, then this compilation is worth checking out as an addition to your HL collection.