With a strict adherence to chronological order, the box presents each single followed by its B-side s six of which appear on CD for the first time, including the brilliant "See Saw"followed by the proper album tracks -- oddly, though, the album versions of the singles are chosen in most places. Unfortunately, this approach sometimes disrupts the flow of the albums, especially in the case of All Mod Conswhich loses three tracks to the treatment, and Setting Sonswhich loses "Eton Rifles" to a separate disc.
This is a small point for purists to debate -- the difference is really unnoticeable in light of the truly great music found on the discs.
In addition to the regular studio tracks, disc five offers over an hour of studio demos -- 22 previously unreleased tracks of considerably different takes of better-known material, a few never-before-heard Weller and Foxton originals, and some interesting So Sad About Us - The Jam - Direction like "Rain," "Dead End Street," and "Every Little Bit Hurts.
In the City. Paul Weller. The Jam. Takin' My Love. Art School. I've Changed My Address. Slow Down. Larry Williams. I Got by in Time. Away from the Numbers. Batman Theme. Neal Hefti. Sounds from the Street. Non-Stop Dancing. Time for Truth. Bricks and Mortar.
All Around the World. Carnaby Street. Bruce Foxton. The Modern World. London Traffic. Life from a Window. The Combine. Don't Tell Them You're Sane. In the Street Today. London Girl. I Need You For Someone. Here Comes the Weekend. Tonight at Noon. In the Midnight Hour. Track Listing - Disc 2. News of the World. Aunties and Uncles Impulsive Youths.
Innocent Man. David Watts. Ray Davies. Down in the Tube Station at Midnight. So Sad About Us. Pete Townshend. The Night. All Mod Cons. English Rose. In the Crowd. Billy Hunt. It's Too Bad. The Place I Love. Strange Town. The Butterfly Collector.
When You're Young. The Eton Rifles. Track Listing - Disc 3. Girl on the Phone. Thick as Thieves. Private Hell. Little Boy Soldiers. Burning Sky. Saturday's Kids. Going Underground. The Dreams of Children, Reaction.
Liza Radley. Pretty Green. But I'm Different Now. Set the House Ablaze. That's Entertainment. Dream Time. Man in the Corner Shop. Music for the Last Couple. Boy About Town. Scrape Away. Track Listing - Disc 4. Funeral Pyre. Absolute Beginners. Tales from the Riverbank. Town Called Malice. Happy Together. Trans-Global Express. Running on the Spot. As the DJ drops Culture Club, she turns and kisses the biggest dickhead in the sixth form, and Boy George soundtracks a teenage heart breaking.
Either way, his memories of the damage he saw drink do to his family, his community and himself are nauseatingly vivid. When his conscience stages an Reaction in the rapidfire second verse, we see him as he suddenly sees himself: drowning in poison.
Potent stuff. Her vocals are exquisite, the orchestral arrangements by movie composer Michael Kamen are stirring without being schmaltzy, and the song itself builds beautifully to a devastating final two verses. When Bush starts singing about her late mother who succumbed to cancer inthe year before 'Moments of Pleasure' was releasedyou might find you need to take a moment. I know I always do. Nick Levine. Numbed by years of addiction and paranoia and recently divorced, in Bowie laid his former selves to rest.
Only Thomas de Quincey never made a snazzy music video where he dressed up as a clown and marched in front of a bulldozer. Yes, 'Young Hearts Run Free' shimmers with disco glitz, but the lyrics detail Staton's struggle Creation (CD) extricate herself from an abusive relationship.
This is one of his earliest compositions, an old-fashioned but overpowering tale of hardship, cruelty and drug addiction. Tom Huddleston. MJB's Grammy-winning ballad hits home because, like all of her best work, it's completely real.
Yes, she and her man have been written off by others. Yes, they've been through some sh But she knows she just can't be without him, and she wants us to know it.
A modern-day classic. The song accidentally turned into an accomplished bit of genuine heartbreak and a cult hit to boot: a happy accident for something so self-consciously miserable. Until the last verse, this never feels like Ian Dury is doing anything other than listing memories of his once-absent father in a wistful stream of consciousness.
Rob Greig. That album was never finished: in November that year Drake died, aged 26, from an overdose of amitriptyline. Let it all out, Roy! A rare own-name outing from increasingly controversial emperor of sadcore Kozelek, better known for releases as Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon. Insuffering from a collapsed lung and TB, Cat Stevens was told he had only had a few weeks to live.
Is it about the end of an affair? Creation (CD) era? A dream? Following a weary, last-post trumpet salvo, Otis enters the song moaning like a dying man, clutching at the straws of promised change while clearly not believing a word of it. Fatalism never sounded so lush and lovely. Two years later it was carjacked by the velvet-voiced Isaac Hayes and driven all the way to Soulsville.
This is technicolour heartbreak on scale so epic it makes Glen Campbell sound like a kid in a pedal car. Where do you even Reaction with Joy Division? J ames Manning. Whoever the subject, the lyrics are an elegant narrative of grief and carrying on: the way the weather stays stubbornly lovely and coffee still tastes good. Never has something so incoherent inspired so many feels. Andrzej Lukowski. Tristan Parker.
The song tells of a woman asking her lover what she should bring back for him from her travels. All he wants, he replies, is her back safe and sound. Those Spanish boots are the death knell to their relationship and a potent symbol of a horribly broken heart. Daisy Bowie-Sell. Damon Albarn was locked in to sensitive mode for this one, stripping away all the beery bravado for a long and hard look at the end of his relationship with Justine Frischmann. The song became deeply personal for her when, on the day of recording, she heard that her ex-lover Jeff Buckley had drowned in Memphis.
No mean feat.
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