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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1:

1. America (Second Amendment) (2009 Digital Remaster) The Nice 6:08
2. Witchi Tai To (2009 Digital Remaster) Topo-D-Bill 3:31
3. Sympathy (2009 Digital Remaster) Rare Bird 2:35
4. Refugees (2009 Digital Remaster) Van Der Graaf Generator 5:22
5. Lady Eleanor (2009 Digital Remaster) Lindisfarne 4:14
6. Bed Ain't What It Used To Be (2009 Digital Remaster) Brian Davison's Every Which Way 9:30
7. Country Pie / Brandenburg Concerto No 6 In B Flat Major BWV 1051 (2009 Digital Remaster) The Nice 5:43
8. Re-Awakening (2009 Digital Remaster) Peter Hammill 3:58
9. Looking For Someone (2009 Digital Remaster) Genesis 7:08
10. High Priest Of Memphis (2009 Digital Remaster) Bell & Arc 3:30
11. Doubting Thomas (2009 Digital Remaster) Jackson Heights 4:14
12. The House On The Hill (2009 Digital Remaster) Audience 7:29
13. Spam Song (2009 Digital Remaster) Monty Python 2:27
14. The Black Riders (Flight To The Ford) (2002 Digital Remaster) Bo Hansson 4:09
15. City Song (2009 Digital Remaster) Lindisfarne 3:07
16. Theme 1 (2009 Digital Remaster) Van Der Graaf Generator 2:54

Disc 2:

1. Hammerhead (2009 Digital Remaster) Rare Bird 3:33
2. Jackdaw (2009 Digital Remaster) Audience 7:31
3. Pioneers Over C (2009 Digital Remaster) Van Der Graaf Generator 12:39
4. Grass For Blades (2009 Digital Remaster) Hot Thumbs O'Reilly 3:54
5. Twilight Alehouse (2009 Digital Remaster) Genesis 7:47
6. United States Of Mind (2009 Digital Remaster) Alan Hull 3:07
7. Why Can't I Be Satisfied (2009 Digital Remaster) Jack The Lad 4:02
8. I Am And So Are You (2009 Digital Remaster) Capability Brown 4:00
9. Ritt Mickley (2009 Digital Remaster) Refugee 5:58
10. Gaye (2009 Digital Remaster) Clifford T Ward 3:37
11. Freedom Jazz Dance (2009 Digital Remaster) Keith Emerson 3:06
12. Heartfeeder (2009 Digital Remaster) String Driven Thing 6:37
13. Excursion With Complications (2004 Digital Remaster) Bo Hansson 3:28
14. Mrs Niggerbaiter (2009 Digital Remaster) Monty Python 1:07
15. Red Shift (2009 Digital Remaster) Peter Hammill 8:10

Disc 3:

1. Steppenwolf Hawkwind 9:46
2. Nadir's Big Chance (2009 Digital Remaster) Peter Hammill 3:39
3. Star Of Sirius (2009 Digital Remaster) Steve Hackett 7:08
4. The Cask Of Amontillado The Alan Parsons Project 4:31
5. Starving In The Tropics (2009 Digital Remaster) String Driven Thing 5:19
6. Nuclear Burn (2009 Digital Remaster) Brand X 6:22
7. Arrow (2009 Digital Remaster) Van Der Graaf Generator 9:47
8. Attic Thoughts (2004 Digital Remaster) Bo Hansson 5:33
9. Match Of The Day (2009 Digital Remaster) Genesis 3:25
10. PSI Power Hawkwind 6:09
11. Solsbury Hill (2002 Digital Remaster) Peter Gabriel 4:22
12. Sun In The Night (2009 Digital Remaster) Brand X 4:26
13. God Rock (2009 Digital Remaster) Nic Turner 7:35

Line-up / Musicians

Too numerous to identify individual musicians, see track listing

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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars It is now the turn of the Famous Charisma label to benefit of its own 3-disc anthology, but unfortunately just EMI had decided for the Harvest boxset A Breath Of Fresh air, they decided to do it themselves rather than through Universal with Island, Vertigo and Decca . This means that the lovely cardboard clamshell mini-Lp formula or the latter three labels has now transformed into an ugly fatboy double jewel case of the former Harvest, thus rendering immediately less attractive the present boxset. Although coming with the lovely Mad Hatter centre label artwork on the top, the package is much less cute than a clamshell, and it is not a stoned and drunk label-founder Tony Stratton-Smith picture on the reverse that will change much. The booklet in itself is generally done with the usual great care, presenting all artist featured here, beit once or four times.

Musically speaking, this boxset is no less excellent because of the artistes signed to the label were just as interesting as for the other labels that have been "anthologized" so far, but here, the period featured is much longer, stretching until 78 (as opposed to 72 or 73 for others), and for some strange reasons some artistes have been shunned as well? I'm thinking of Atacama, a Chilean group having recorded two albums in the label's glory years, or Doggerel Bank but most likely these are not the only case of voluntary omissions, since they could've easily shortened the life spectrum and take the third disc into these oft- forgotten releases. So that's a sad occasion lost to remind us of forgotten and obscure stuff in favour of better-known artistes ? thinking of VdGG and Hamill present here three or four times each. Most (over half, anyway) of the tracks chosen are coming from then- released samplers or single version of songs instead of the album versions. One of the reasons why I buy these boxsets is that it allows for variety when I have friends over, I don't have to worry about having to change discs every two or three tunes?.. however here again, this is relatively shot, because they felt obliged to include, not one but two Monthy Python sketches, which seems a real bad "faute de gout"?. Nevermind whether you enjoy Python's humour (I don't particularly, but that's only me), but placing the dumb and repetitive Spam Song is a compilationer's beginner mistake. If you really must include such a stinker, place it in last position so you can pop the disc out.

As for the rest of the tracks, there are some small surprises: the Lindisfarne tracks chosen are much proggier than the usual roll-out-the-barrel pub folk songs, or total unknown to progheads Topo Bill, Cliff T Ward or Hot Thumb O'Riley. This is why the above-mentioned Atacama and Doggerel Bank would've fitted fine in this fairly folky ensemble. Some more surprises on the first two discs: the excellent choice of Davison's Every Which Way or Capability Brown. However the third disc stretches beyond 74 including Solsburry Hill and even including some (great) Brand X tracks and diverse Hawkwind offshoots? I dare say this difference changes from comparable boxsets time span?

This now the sixth or seventh label (depending whether Philips/Polygram is out or not and) being anthologized with probably Virgin, Neon and Dawn still to come, but I'd say that this is probably the weaker boxset so far for the all the reasons I evoked above (not just the aesthetics). So it is the first of these boxset that will not get the usual four-star rating.

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1 stars Much of the music contained on this 3 disc set would surely earn 4-5 stars from yours truly. However, given that this release is a set of its own, I feel obliged to review it on its own merits. What we have here is some of the worst digital mastering one is likely to encounter. While the credi ... (read more)

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