Rhino’s cool "alternative" box set of 2007 is The Brit Box which I wrote about back in August. It’s in stores this week. As I said then, it does a pretty admirable job of documenting the cool music coming out of the UK between 1985 – 2000, but it’s really for beginners, as anyone who was really into the scene then probably already has most of this stuff. My only interest, personally, is reading the liner notes.
It’s also got a few omissions, no surprise. (And it’s got some weird/overly-obvious song choices.) I was going to offer up about a disc’s worth of extra tracks which are certainly as worthy to be apart of the set as Kula Shaker, Five-Thirty, Marion, Rialto, or Hurricane #1, but I came up with a lot more than I thought I would so I’m going to do it in two parts. So here’s the imagined fifth disc to the set, with another to come later in the week. I stuck to the same criteria as they did — guitar-based UK bands from the same years, and kept it to a length that will fit on one CD. I’ve also included the original, seven-minute, single version of The Boo Radley’s "Lazarus" which crushes the short album version Rhino included in the box. I tried not to be too obscure.
Also, I’ve got a little room on Nonexistent Disc 6, so if you have suggestions for it, leave it in the comments and if it’s not already on my planned tracklist (and it’s not something I dislike) I’ll try and throw it in.
These wont’ be up for long, so get ’em while you can.