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Marvelous historical gems
on 28 December 2014
Any new release from the vaults is worthy of anticipation and this double album doesn't disappoint. With a huge number of recordings to choose from amongst the BBC archives here you get 40 music tracks, 23 linking tracks and 4 individual interviews. There are some repeats of songs from the first volume but in different versions, but many appear for the first time. Of particular note is a barnstorming performance of "I'm talking about you", worth the cost almost on its own.
The sound is largely the standard BBC mono of the time, well presented and crisp, with just the occasional deviation into what could most kindly be described as historic sound quality as tracks are recovered from sources other than the original master tape. But this does not detract from the joy of hearing these wonderful artifacts capturing a unique period in time of a band clearly enjoying themselves. Marvelous stuff.