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EU-only three CD box set containing a trio of albums from the British Shoegazers. While the band only released these three albums, their influence is still felt over 20 years after they made their recorded debut. This set includes the albums Just for a Day (1991), Souvlaki (1993) and Pygmalion (1995). Sony.
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in the original Slowdive albums, a band I barely got exposed to on radio (and barely even at that)
in the 1990s and since I never completely clicked with the "Shoegaze" movement,
as such, I never gave them the attention they clearly deserved. Although I always enjoyed
what little I heard of The Catherine Wheel, Ride, Chapterhouse, Suede, Cocteau Twins (really
not shoegaze but a major influence that had been cooking long before the other bands
came along), MBV and some other of these
bands. I was already well-versed by then in other precursors like Mary Chain, Galaxie 500,
and other influences on the "genre' if it can even be called thus.
Really there was little of those bands heard on local NYC radio in those days,
some on WLIR FM, college radio, that was about it, and even then, very little of it made
radio airplay. Maybe the situation was different in Europe, I honestly have no idea.
I even enjoyed the third and (until recently) final album, although I can see why a lot
of fans were put off by it, it's definitely more "techno" esque and lacks the cohesive
guitar wall of sound that helped cement their approach on the first two albums. But
even so, on its own merits, it's a compelling album, even though by then their
sound had taken some drastic changes.
Things changed somewhat drastically on their third album PYGMALION. Here the band left behind the flangy guitars of their earlier work for heavy reverb and tracks built up in a somewhat repetitive fashion from little melodic cells. The result is much more similar to mid-1990s ambient acts like Seefeel than anything pop. This album is controversial, as a glance at Amazon reviews for it will show, but if people just stop bemoaning that the band went in a different direction, they might realize what sheer beauty this is, ethereal soundscapes perfect for late-night listening that will resonate in your memory forever.
Slowdive was a great band and the music here is some of the most treasured in my collection, but I am greatly disappointed by this reissue. The reproduction of the original cover art is of a low quality, and there is even a typo on the description of the band on the back cover, which sort of exemplifies how hastily and uncaringly Sony threw this box set together. One further issue is the absence of the band's EPs and remixes here: the box set is an inexpensive way to discover Slowdive, but if you fall in love with the band as I did, you'll have to buy these albums all over again in their 2CD reissues with bonus material to get all the other great music they put out.
If you want to try the reissues, for the bonus material, go ahead. For me I'm not paying 20 some dollars an album. Until those are releases stateside I would rather just have these in all their dynamic range and glory.