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Re: "An Anthology"

PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 10:18 am
by Phil
In the notes it does say that some of the tracks were lifted off C60/C90 cassettes or were very early demos. As someone who used to have a pile of cassettes of bits nicked off the John Peel show (sorry - retained for critical evaluation after which they were of course deleted) I remember the fuzzy sound very well and can put up with it. I don't want to sound like a grumpy old man but listeners today are too used to digital sound, there's a lot to be said for a mono cassette player with a built in condenser mic sitting in the corner of a church hall recording the group playing at the other end of said hall!

The demos are generally of a very high standard when you consider that they were only demos - My Perfect Cousin, Bittersweet and Teenage Kicks could have been released as they were on this disc and still been contenders. The live stuff is the Undertones - complete with Feargal messing up on Mars Bars, Norwich last year anyone? - Dee's amp blowing up, Mickey improvising with the sash? Brilliant and wouldn't have it any other way. Roll on tomorrow night.....

I have now listened to disc two virtually non stop (disc one is stil in the holder) and I still hold the view that it is good value, and a fascinating glimpse into the way they made the music that they did.

Oh and as well as that the My Perfect Cousin demo makes this old man want to jump up and down lots.

Re: "An Anthology"

PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 12:55 am
by Sire
Just to say the CD was on sale at the Dingwalls gig. bought one for £10....

Re: "An Anthology"

PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:04 pm
by julius
It was avalaible in Holland a week ago, bought it in a huge shop for 16 euros and it was even fave Cd of the staff,
welll-worth as it is great listening. still have not played disc one yet as that was the 5th compilation I bought but disc 2 is superior

Re: "An Anthology"

PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 5:26 pm
by PhilofLeeds
For those that have it, is it worth buying?

I've got everything on CD1 (individually and on the last comp) but would like to hear CD2, particularly Cher o Bowlies which i was starting to think I'd imaged they'd never done as I've not heard it since hearing it in the encour on the last pe-split tour!!!

Re: "An Anthology"

PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:56 pm
by MarkW
I’ve been away for a few days so only picked up my copy of Anthology today. Like most of you I headed straight for CD2. This and the 32 page booklet are worth the price alone. I really like the demo versions – particularly My Perfect Cousin and The Love Parade.

Now for CD1 - volume up……… :D

Re: "An Anthology"

PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:43 pm
by wilke
have just got the anthology cd [ i know a bit late] it is f$%^&* great like most people when i was told they were bringing out a new cd i said no not another best of cd but i was wrong it is just pure class well done lads a true work of art was that a bit over the top ? TALK SOON SEE YA :D :D :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: "An Anthology"

PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 9:43 am
by MarkW
I’ve been giving both CDs a good airing this past week and the overall quality of the whole package is right up their with the best. Listening to the familiar songs on CD1 in the order presented helps improve my appreciation of them even further.

The only criticism I would make is the absence of any post 1999 material. I appreciate that there are probably a number of commercial and legal reasons why this should be the case and it’s a shame that these couldn’t be overcome. Songs like ‘Thrill Me’, ‘Oh Please’ and ‘Here Comes The Rain’ in particular more than hold their own against the early material. A title “An Anthology 1978 – 1983” would have been more appropriate.

Re: "An Anthology"

PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 12:40 pm
by Phil
As Mickey said on the Steve Lamacq interview about a supporting artist - That's probably for another compilation. By my reckoning we need another two albums of new material before that's possible - oh goody!

And to be fair it is an anthology of that line up and apart from the programme of re-releases and live tracks to come it is (for me) is the definitive closure on the Sharkey years. Time to move on with other stuff and new material.

Seeing them live the other week I agree about the quality of the material, Thrill Me was right up there with Male Model and Jump Boys (dare I say it ? - Teenage Kicks) and certainly wasn't out of place.

Re: "An Anthology"

PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:27 pm
by Big Louis
Hi, does anyone know where's the best place to buy the new cd ?

Re: "An Anthology"

PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:45 pm
by Phil
HMV online - £8.99 http://hmv.com/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=280;-1;-1;-1&sku=847196
Zavvi online £9.00 http://www.zavvi.co.uk/undertones-music-The-Undertones-An-Anthology/878808/qc.r10.1/p.jsf

Both free delivery.

I seem to remember paying the same price instore. Steer clear of Tesco online at over £14.00

HMV also do a digital download at £6.99 but you miss out on excellent liner notes.