Friday, September 23, 2011

the Manic Street Abridgers

hey everyone

yes, it's another post on the subject of the Manic Street Preachers and their "complete singles" business, National Treasures. this one is some rather good news, though, despite it featuring "less" music than the CD set on the way. all will become clear if you chose to read on.

the Manics have in a sense "teamed up" with Q magazine. Q are about to celebrate 25 years of worshiping Bono, Phil Collins and similar; the Manics are of course eager to push and promote their new release. as a consequence, we get a "selected singles" vinyl collection available only with the 25th anniversary edition of the magazine!

it's understandable that under the circumstances it is a "selected" thing; putting on all of the singles would require at least a double album, probably a triple to have it mastered properly. the listing is interesting and, on the whole, rather good :

Motown Junk
You Love Us
Kevin Carter
From Despair To Where
La Tristesse Durera (Scream To A Sigh)
Ocean Spray

If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
You Stole The Sun From My Heart
Let Robeson Sing
Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
(It’s Not War) Just The End Of Love
The Endless Plain Of Fortune (previously unreleased)

a few fans are (perhaps understandably) somewhat upset that this release features a song that will only be on this album, but in fairness the cost of it - £16.99 including shipping, delivered worldwide - is rather good for what is on offer here. i very much like the fact that they have avoided the obvious (in particular not having A Design For Life but instead having another two singles from the Everything Must Go album on) and have presented what looks like a well balanced, awesome album to listen to. If it's a Manics "best of" that does not feature Autumnsong it's a winner for me, really.

as mentioned above it seems they are happy to ship this to you anywhere in the world for what as far as i can see, considering it's a limited vinyl thing, is a very good price indeed. click on this writing here to be whisked off to the site where you can order it.

now if only they would give some details - in particular the tracklisting - for the very expensive 38 CD box set version.......

be excellent to each other!!!!!!!!!!!!
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