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Complete singles & B-side rarities,
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This review is from: The Singles Collection 1978-1981 (2cd) (Audio CD)
I had various Skids compilations before, so I resisted buying this for a while. It was the B-sides and EP rarities which clinched it (some available before, but scattered on individual album CD re-issues) and having them in a chronological order with the singles, so that you can hear how the band evolved musically in such a short time.
Apart from the familiar great stonking Boy's Own anthems familiar to many, the alternative highlights which drew me are 'Hymns From a Haunted Ballroom' (synths to the fore, so circa the Days in Europa album), 'Vanguard's Crusade' (very martial, galloping tune), 'Grey Parade' (slow and evocative martial lament), 'All the Young Dudes' (a cover, and not very Skids - but grows on you), 'Test Tube Babies' (basic punk structure, but kinda fun), 'Contusion', 'Out of Town' (as good as the 'Masquerade' A-side and the lyrics are decipherable).
The box contains a decent booklet of sleevenotes and artwork for the Skids anorak. The whole package is fine as far as it goes, but really one for completists, considering the compilations already released.