This is the first Spiritualized b-sides/rarities album, and has been worth the wait. This album covers the period of their first two albums (the amazing debut 'Lazer Guided Melodies' and the fantastic 'Pure Phase'), 1990 to 1993. The first track is the first Spirtualized single, 'Anyway That You Want Me' a cover of a 1967 Troggs single. It is startling - the trademark sound of Spiritualized is quickly established, and it is interesting to note that this was recorded when Spacemen Three were still together. The album is made up of two discs, and other highlights of the first disc include THREE(!!!) versions of Feel So Sad, Run and Sway, which is especially brilliant. The second disc starts with 100 Bars (Accapella), which is a bit dull unless you like the sound of Kate Radley counting to 100. 'I Want You' is moving, but Medication (from 'Medication' EP)is powerful and perhaps better than the version on Pure Phase. 'Smiles', from the same EP, is suberb, as it starts ominously with some fuzz, then Pierce enters the fray briefly, stating "When you smile you are blinded to all the horrors I see" then the songs becomes a superb instumtmental, with great drums. Other highlights include the glorious pop of 'Good Dope/Good Fun' and 'Good Times'. This album is on the whole very interesting, and makes you want to delve more deeply into the history of one of the best bands of the last ten years. Roll on Volume Two, out later this year.
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