Monday, February 11, 2008

Various - NORTH BY NORTH WEST : Liverpool & Manchester from Punk to Post-Punk & Beyond 1976-1983 - Compiled By Paul Morley

Electronic, Rock
New Wave, Synth-pop, Indie Rock

CD 1. Manchester

01 Buzzcocks - Boredom
02 The Fall - Repetition
03 John Cooper Clarke - I Don't Want To Be Nice
04 Magazine - Shot By Both Sides
05 Buzzcocks - What Do I Get?
06 The Durutti Column - Sketch For Summer
07 Joy Division - Transmission
08 The Passage - Fear
09 Blue Orchids - Work
10 The Distractions - Times Go By So Slow
11 A Certain Ratio - Shack Up
12 Ludus - My Cherry Is In Sherry
13 New Order - Ceremony
14 The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?

CD 2. Liverpool

01 Spitfire Boys - British Refugee
02 Yachts - Suffice To Say
03 Will Sergeant - Fuzztronic
04 OMD - Electricity
05 Echo And The Bunnymen - Pictures On My Wall
06 Wah! Heat - Better Scream
07 Lori And The Chameleons - Touch
08 The Teardrop Explodes - Reward
09 Echo And The Bunnymen - Rescue
10 Care - Flaming Sword
11 Pale Fountains - There's Always Something On My Mind
12 Dalek I Love You - Holiday In Disneyland
13 Lotus Eaters - The First Pictures Of You
14 Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax

Disc 3:

01 Warsaw - No Love Lost
02 Slaughter & The Dogs - Cranked Up Really High
03 Bright, Bette & The Illuminations - My Boyfriend’s Back
04 Those Naughty Lumps - Iggy Pop’s Jacket
05 Big In Japan – Big In Japan
06 Stockholm Monsters - Happy Ever After
07 James - Folklore
08 China Crisis - African And White
09 Spherical Objects - Sweet Tooth
10 Pink Industry - Don’t Let Go
11 Crispy Ambulance - Deaf
12 Section 25 - Knew Noise
13 Swamp Children - Call Me Honey
14 Clarke, John Cooper - Valley Of The Lost Women
15 Royal Family & The Poor - Dream

Links to download:

Album Description
Absolutely essential Limited Edition three CD set, compiled by Paul Morley, features Liverpool and Manchester Punk to Post-Punk and beyond, spanning the years 1976-1983. Includes a bonus disc featuring an additional 15 cuts. Featuring 43 tracks from such artists as Joy Division, Smiths, Echo & The Bunnymen, Crispy Ambulance, Lori & The Chameleons, New Order and many more. 2006.

Album Details
Liverpool and Manchester from Punk to Post-punk and Beyond 1976-1983. Compiled by Former Nme Stalwart and Ztt Co-conspirator Paul Morley.

"From the mid-1970s onwards Liverpool's docks and traditional manufacturing industries went into sharp decline. The advent of containerization meant that the city's docks became largely obsolete. In the early 1980s unemployment rates in Liverpool were among the highest in the UK. In recent years, Liverpool's economy has recovered and has experienced growth rates higher than the national average since the mid-nineties."BETWEEN 1976 and 1984, both Manchester and Liverpool were home to a host of exciting new bands on independent labels. The 2CD North By North West has been compiled by Paul Morley to encapsulate this period in music history, with a bonus CD featuring rarities and previously unreleased material.Released on the resurrected Korova label (original home of Echo & The Bunnymen and The Residents, among others), the album shows the marked difference in each cities musical evolution – where Manchester was widely considered to be introverted, angry and political, Liverpool was flamboyant, brash and showy.No matter what your opinion on either, there’s no doubting some pretty influential bands emerged from that period – many of whom have continued to inspire the nu-wave, post-punk revolution that’s currently sweeping the charts today.Some names will jump out and need no introduction – the Buzzcocks, for instance, kick off the Manchester CD with Boredom, while Disc 1 further includes offerings from Joy Division (Transmission) and The Smiths’ How Soon Is Now, as well as the early New Order track Ceremony.While CD2, from Liverpool, contains gems from Frankie Goes To Hollywood (Relax) and Echo & The Bunnymen (Pictures On My Wall and Rescue).In between, there’s offerings from bands and musicians such as John Cooper Clarke, Blue Orchids, Spitfire Boys and Teardrop Explodes. Some tracks are worth uncovering, others are best left in the era from which they came.John Cooper Clarke’s I Don’t Want To Be Nice, for instance, is an ageing warhorse that is full of biting social comment and in yer face petulance. It’s a proper punk record – but it’s also instantly forgettable.Punk connoisseurs are sure to derive the most pleasure from the three CDs, while fans of the current revival should take the time to check out where some of the ‘new’ sounds originated from – but anyone tiring of the whole punk, new wave and post-punk music scene ought to steer well clear.(

"Paul Morley is a hugely knowledgeable, perceptive if rather self-satisfied former musician, record label boss and now (again) critic. The idea of a compilation covering the simultaneous music scenes of two cities, so near but so far, at one of the most exciting and influential times in British music is a good one. However, the compilation is flawed for several reasons. Most significant is Morley's thinly disguised contempt for Liverpool and the musicians. I lost count how many times in the informative only for the informed liner notes Morley was quick to say that Liverpool was all mouth and no substance. There is a serious point to be developed about the sheer weight of expectation generated by the Beatles' legacy at which Morley only hints. There is a very interesting story about the differences between both cities (which will doubtless feature in Morley's forthcoming book on what is means to be northern) but the musical interaction, similarities and differences between both cities is much more complex than Morley states. The next problem is the actual track listing. Each of the Manchester and Liverpool discs is broadly chronological from 1976-1984 and tends to focus on any one group's early output. Thus we get Buzzcocks' "Boredom", New Order's "Ceremony" and Echo & The Bunnymen's first two singles "Pictures on the Wall" and "Rescue". However, there is no absolute rule whereby each group's first single is played. This reaches absurd levels whereby the Smiths are represented by their seventh single, the admittedly great "How Soon is Now". I have to say that the natural cut off point of the compilation is 1980-81. The only reason for extending the scope to include 1984 seems to be to include the Smiths, as if no Manchester compilation could possibly exist without them (Morrissey might well have been at many of the important gigs of the late 1970s and close to the action but he had little if any actual contribution to the musical output through the formative years). Other groups are poorly represented, eg the Fall's "Repetition". There are some criminal omissions, most noticeably Wild Swans' "Revoluntionary Spirit" which should have been on the bonus disc at least and calls into question why Echo & The Bunnymen are represented twice in addition to a solo track from Will Sergeant, even if he is arguably the greatest British guitarist of the post-punk era. Perhaps Morley thinks the Bunnymen escape the censure of being Liverpudlian because they were in awe of Mark E Smith and, as Morley himself admits in his recent Observer article, shared a musical affinity with Joy Division. Devotees of the better known groups here will be hard pushed to find anything rare. Most rewarding for me were the songs by groups such as A Certain Ratio, Care and the Pale Fountains, whose guiding spirits have continued to make music but never quite received the acclaim which they deserved at the time. The final annoyance is the afore-mentioned liner notes. Morley's piece in the Observer suffers from the same Mancunian bias but at least gives some context and chronology to musical developments. However, the notes ask an awful lot of someone not familiar with the period. Certainly the Liverpool scene is well documented in Tony Fletcher's Bunnymen biography "Never Stop", Julian Cope's autobiography "Head On" and an old BBC Rock's Family Trees on Eric's Club. Indeed a family tree for each city and a cross-over one for "Liverchest" (or should that be "Manpool"?) would have been very useful. In summary, this is a missed opportunity to document an important time in British music. Perhaps Bill Drummond or Tony Wilson could be invited to have a second stab?"

"Paul Morley is better placed than most people to compile this album and it shows as he’s loving put together a fantastic tale of two cities on this album, showcasing the rich talent that flowed from these two Northern cities in the late seventies and early eighties.For me the Manchester one just edges it with people like The Buzzcocks, The Fall, The Smiths, New Order and Joy Division sitting alongside the less well known Blue Orchids, The Passage and Ludus. That’s not to say that the Liverpool CD doesn’t have quality of it’s own. Will Sergeant, Teardrop Explodes and Echo and the Bunnymen can be held up against any of their rivals with pride.Possibly the best CD of the three if you get hold of the limited edition version is the ‘Liverchest’ one which features a full album of rarities. You get some real gems thrown in here such as Warsaw with No Love Lost and James with Folklore.The album is out now on the resurrected Korova label."


More review:


Blogger Koop said...

Hey Saltyka, you know by now that I think your blog is absolutely fabulous. Time for a little request? You wouldn't by any chance have anything by the Scottish band The Silencers? I have two of their albums on vinyl - great stuff, a bit in the same category as china crisis and The Adventures. Anyway, if you could post them, I would also have them in digital format, which would be great. Keep up the good work, Saltyka! Greetings from Belgium!

12:22 AM  
Blogger jerome green said...

Hi Saltyka,

Absolutely beautiful! This is an incredible comp. Thank you tremendously. I've been studying all of this while reading "Rip It Up And Start Again" by Simon Reynolds, even though I experienced most of it while in college (so long ago!).

Peace, Jerome

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm afraid before this CD by Paul Morley came out, there has been a double album Cd by a Liverpool chap called Dave Bleasdale, he has captured the music from the old liverpool State nighclub on Dale Street, Big Audio Dynamite, The Cramps, Cure, Clash, Bunneymen, Smiths, Beastie Boys, far far better than this North West CD, get one and compare. no mention of Deaf School on Morley's Cd he's having a laugh......

1:33 PM  
Anonymous viagra online said...

Why you don't post a great collection of synth pop albums it would be so nice!

5:48 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home