Brit Box: UK Indie Shoegaze & Brit Pop Gems Box set
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But as is always the case with thematic box sets, one can have some fun debating the roster or even track selections (great to hear the Shop Assistants again, but why not the brilliant A-side of that 45, "Safety Net?"). The liner notes bemoan the fact that the UK went from the Sex Pistols to Spandau Ballet within 4 years, and these bands are supposed to be the backlash against that. Then why include the Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen, whose debuts predated the miserable early 80's UK dancepop/exotic video/fashion bands? New Order, for all of their stellar pedigree, are a strange choice in a way...by the time their fellow Mancunians were inventing Brit Pop, they were kind of into their Ibiza electronica period. And Nick Heyward?
Why no Fall, Muse, Pastels, Woodentops, Yeah Yeah Noh, Nightingales, Marc Riley and the Creepers, Microdisney, Half Man Half Biscuit, Biff Bang Pow, Fuzzbox, Pop Will Eat Itself...and especially (let's hope it was just a licensing problem), why no Radiohead?
But I admit that's all nitpicking. Burn your own 5th disk if you want.Read more ›
As the Brit Box begins with the Smiths 1984 release How Soon Is Now (one of their very best songs!), several artists are represented on both this and Left Of The Dial: the Smiths, Cocteau Twins, The Cure (who seem to be on every compilation ever released that covers their lifetime!), Echo and the Bunnymen, Jesus and Mary Chain, Happy Mondays and the Stone Roses - in the latter's case with even the same song, She Bangs the Drums - feature on both sets. What makes this different however from both the 80's and 70's alternative boxes, which featured half American and half UK acts, is that as you'd expect from the title, it is 100% British.
Rhino are an American company and their releases are primarily aimed at the US market, sometimes only being available as expensive imports; therefore the liner notes, extensive and excellent as Rhino's always are, sometimes read oddly from a UK listener's viewpoint. More significantly perhaps is the fact that sometimes songs are featured because they were better known in the US to the exclusion of the more obvious choices.
I was a big music fan in the early 70's when I was in my early teens, but although I was about 18 at the height of punk, I was never into that music at the time, and again at the time, the early 80's New Romantic scene did little for me, so I actually lost interest in listening to new music almost totally and for years shut my ears to everything but the 60's and 70's greats.Read more ›
But here it is - proof.
I knew some of the songs already but what is truly impressive is that the songs I didn't know, are simply outstanding.
I was really amazed at how good these songs are and wondered why I hadn't heard them before.
Before I came to the realization that I live in Upstate New York, devoid of any good radio stations growing up (before the advent of XM radio). Classic rock with a sport's bar mentality.
But I digress.
This is a stunning array of superlative, alternative music - for those who require a little more from the mind-numbing excess that passes for music these days.
This set is a great companion piece to the "No Thanks" box set released a few years earlier, with an equally fine 4-disc set of American punk/alternative music.
To the naysayers on this site who rate this as mediocre - they apparently stumbled into the wrong musical arena when buying it. Stick with the boy bands and Mariah Careys of the world, speed racer.
A lot of good stuff here. This disc includes the classic Smiths song "How Soon Is Now," plus classics from the Stone Roses, The Cure, The La's, The Charlatans, Happy Mondays, and Echo & The Bunnymen. The Primitives' "Crash" was a great find for me, and "April Skies" may be the Jesus & Mary Chain's best song. I'm not big on Inspiral Carpets, but that's just nit-picking.
Also pretty good. Aside from Ride, My Bloody Valentine and Teenage Fanclub being represented with some of their best stuff, I found some great tracks in Catherine Wheel's "I Want To Touch You," and Curve's "Coast Is Clear." "Shoot You Down" by Birdland is classic, as is "Trip & Slide" by Bleach. I don't like Thousand Yard Stare, but it wasn't enough to ruin the disc for me.
Not as strong as the first two discs, but still worth hearing. Disc 3 is front-loaded with great tracks by Suede, Swervedriver, New Order, James and Superstar. Then it hits a bit of a dry spell, even though great tracks by Oasis and Pulp (plus "Speeed King" by These Animal Men) are in the middle. The disc has Supergrass and Menswear towards the end, and it closes with a rampaging "Stutter" by Elastica. Overall, I have few complaints here, except that I can think of four or five other tracks off Parklife that I would have chosen besides "Tracy Jacks.Read more ›
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The packaging is really cool, there is actually a blinking light that illuminates the call box signs on front. Read morePublished 16 months ago by David G
I would probably give this compilation more like 1.5 stars, except that would disrespect the few good tracks (MBV, Spiritualized, Teenage Fanclub, Lush, etc. Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by voomer
This is a fun, fabulous example of Brit Pop ever assembled! GET THIS and don't even think about it. The box lights up (you have to get it to know what i mean)!!! Read morePublished on April 27, 2010 by H. Shelton
This is an excellent, and extensive compilation of 90's music. If I had to pick a compilation to listen to on a deserted tropical island, it would be this one. Read morePublished on January 9, 2010 by Andrew Hudson
I agree with other reviewers that the collection is not completely comprehensive, but it does cover a lot!
For some songs, I thought, "I love this song! Read more
Thank God for the Brits. Outside of select USA bands, such as the Foo Fighters, the mantle of Rock is basically being kept alive by England. Read morePublished on April 3, 2008 by Louis J. Perillo