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The Masters Apprentices



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3 stars I actually don't think this is the definitive compilation, though I'm not sure that there is one. For a completist, it is missing a couple of a-sides ("Linda Linda" and "Future of our Nation", although these are at least both available on other albums), and most of the b-sides, many of which do not appear on other albums. It does have all their major hits, and a pretty good selection of album tracks from Choice Cuts (and a couple from Panama Red - none from the earlier albums that weren't also released as singles). It also has the single version of "How I Love You", as opposed to the album version that has appeared on other compilations - the single was an instrumental with the melody played by guitar, the album version still had the melody played by guitar while Jim Keays recited the lyrics instead of singing them, which had the effect of magnifying their cheesiness. So it's a convenient compilation to own if you want all their major songs on CD, but if you're a completist, you're going to be looking for other compilations (the Milesago website lists one titled "Jam it Up: A Collection of Rarities" which seems to have all the missing single sides plus a few other tracks). And if you're particularly interested in the prog side of Masters Apprentices, you're better off tracking down copies of Choice Cuts and A Toast To Panama Red, rather than settling for any compilation.
sl75 | 3/5 |


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