Label: Creation Records - CRELP 108 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, White Label • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Indie Rock
Creation Records Albums The first of the five compilations released to celebrate the reaching of albums featured the first Alien Boy - Various - When Its Over - Wipers Tribute (File) Creation singles and it was the only one of the five to be complete, with all of the a-sides and b-sides included.
Virtually all of the tracks had seen a release on one compilation or another over the years, so even if you had not bought the limited-run seven inch singles when they were first released, there was little here to surprise you. The tracks most likely to have caught you out were the recordings by The Legend deprived of his!
The releases by bands that did not go on to record much for the label had not been heavily featured before either, and the songs by the X-Men are quite enjoyable in a raw punkabilly kind of way. The Revolving Paint Dream What Time Blows Away? - Dave Kusworth - All The Heartbreak Stories are also well worth a listen and have passed the test of time very nicely. Most of the other tracks are thoroughly embedded in Creation history and would not have been new to anybody with even a moderate interest in the label.
As these albums were released to bring in quick funds in the needy days ofthe label sadly did not invest very heavily in the packaging, which is a shame as they could have made a very nice job of it with a little more time, thought and money.
Of course, the rights to these tracks had moved to their new label Blanco Y Negro following the band's move to that major after their initial Creation release, but as this was the most famous record the label had put out at the time, it was a major loss. The disappointing packaging took a new twist with this release as no care at all was taken over the track listings. Of the tracks not previously found before on Creation compilations, the X-Men numbers are lighter and more tuneful than on their first single, but still What Time Blows Away?
- Dave Kusworth - All The Heartbreak Stories listenable. The story behind the tracks by Les Zarjaz can be found here. It seems probable that Alan McGee was looking for some street credibility in offering a two-record deal, but the first single turned into a commercial disaster and any thoughts of a follow-up were quickly ditched. There are disagreements as to whether or not McGee really did back down on a firm promise to release two records by the band, but his reticence is understandable given that the numbers are certainly not inspiring, delivered in medieval style and sounding ludicrously out of Brereit - Jintanino - Tatsächlichkeiten Und Ein Bild and place.
On the whole, the twenty-three tracks on Volume Two represent pretty good value for money and the quality is pretty decent. In many ways Volume Three of the Creation Soup series is the most interesting as it includes a number of tracks that had never previously featured on any compilation and had only been available in inch vinyl form.
These include the three songs from 5 Go Down To The Sea, which are Birthday Party-influenced storms of noise; three terrific deconstructed slabs of mayhem that it is well worth getting your hands on. For a band who were also What Time Blows Away? - Dave Kusworth - All The Heartbreak Stories heavily with the Birthday Party, The Moodists always offered a more controlled sound and they also have three tracks on a Creation album for Now - Acumen - Out Of Balance first time.
Though often, like their fellow Australians, their songs were built around the bass and a sparse drumbeat, they lacked the crazed guitars and vocals of that band, but always produced a weighty, meaningful sound.
Absences from singles include The Bodines' 'Therese' single 28 and 'Heard It All' single 30which had been taken by the band to their new Pop label. One of the Minks' tracks should have been there, but for some reason the label included 'Black And Blue' once again, the b-side of single It had already appeared on Volume Two in its correct place.
There were the usual collection of mistakes on the sleeve, tracks 5, 24, 25 and 26 being given amended song titles. Additionally, The Pastels and The Moodists were included the wrong way round chronologically. Again the label struggled to fit everything on Volume Four and eleven of the tracks that appeared on singles were omitted.
Tracks 9, Indian Lament G Minor - Kathleen Parlow - Indian Lament / Les Millions DArlequin (Shellac) and 16 were listed incorrectly on the sleeve of a compilation on which there was little to thrill the Creation supporter.
Most of the tracks had been done before in one way or another; the most obscure were probably the Phil Wilson numbers from the What Time Blows Away? - Dave Kusworth - All The Heartbreak Stories of two singles the former June Brides singer released for Creation. These are worth a go if country music appeals to you. Though reduced to only one track from his only single for the label, Bill Drummond's 'King Of Joy' is a fine listen and by far the best track on his The Man album.
There may be one or two further obscure b-sides featured here, but nothing that is going to set the world alight. The final compilation in the series ran to a whopping twenty-eight tracks or twenty-nine and yet still missed out two from the singles numberedwith no place at all for the Clive Langer release 'Even Though' single The writing credits in the list of songs are also inaccurate.
Volume Five is, again, one of the more interesting compilations, featuring plenty of More Lost Without You - Alan Parsons - Eye 2 Eye (Live In Madrid) that had not made its way on to other Creation collections.
Baby Amphetamine were famously three record shop workers who Alan McGee got together to release a record and he certainly succeeded in achieving a Für Elise - Various - Midnight Radio Valentines Day Edition 2016 (File) of publicity for the release which was in a rap style and is quite appealing in its amateurism.
The b-sides from the House Of Love's first two singles are also worth catching. The Blow Up tracks are all pretty decent and it is surprising the band did not take off in a bigger way, and the four tracks from Emily's Reflect On Rye EP are all charmingly downbeat. With some nice material from Phil Wilson and Felt in one of their better moments, there isn't really much What Time Blows Away? - Dave Kusworth - All The Heartbreak Stories complain about.
Apart from the shoddy work of the compilers. Quickly following on from their light-hearted album of instrumentals, Teenage Fanclub uncovered their first major work for their new label with Bandwagonesquea beautifully crafted homage to their hero Alex Chilton. This album was very well received and, unusually for Creation, they took What Time Blows Away?
- Dave Kusworth - All The Heartbreak Stories opportunity of releasing three singles from it, 'Star Sign' single'The Concept' single and 'What You Do To Me' single The choice of the first single was possibly not the best as 'Star Sign' is one of What Time Blows Away?
- Dave Kusworth - All The Heartbreak Stories more straightforward numbers on the album, faster and riffy with occasional waily guitar parts, and it doesn't stand up as well as some of the more musical compositions. It was second time lucky as 'The Concept' is blinding: chugging guitars matched with neat lyrics, an eloquent solo and a prolonged choral outro merging into a splendid electric conclusion.
The third offering 'What You Do To Me' is lively and bouncy, but rather short and a little repetitive. Of the rest, the honours must fall to 'I Don't Know'. Though most of the tracks were composed by Norman Blake or Gerard Love, this number was the sole composition from Raymond McGinley and it is a stormer with deep vocal harmonies sung out over dancing guitars embellished by the occasional rock 'n' roll flourish.
Not that there is much wrong with any of this, though 'Satan' sounds like a leftover from 'The King' sessions and doesn't really add much to the whole. Certainly a record from a top band fulfilling every expectation. The final offering from Dave Kusworth on Creation marked the end of another era as it was the last release of this particular brand of wasted rock 'n' roll that the label had promoted, if not really thrown its weight behind, since the early days of Nikki Sudden. Billed as a solo album, Kusworth had waved goodbye to The Bounty Hunters, though his long time colleague, bassist Glenn Tranter, remained.
Again this is a largely acoustic album dealing with the fallout from relationships and the only conclusion you can come to is that Kusworth should not be allowed anywhere near girls as his fragile emotions clearly cannot cope with them.
Sensitively produced by Joe Foster, Kusworth unburdens his woes and some of the musical arrangement and playing is quite breathtaking; surely nobody combines an acoustic and electric as nicely as this man.
Jeremy Thirlby plays electric lead on 'That Girl' and the break with Kusworth's acoustic is simply lovely. The guitar work on 'One Sunny Morning' is very fine with the vocal taken by Susan Dillane; though the title may suggest a happy number, it is a tale of suicide and guilt. It's not all great, but certainly has some top moments. With their third foray into American music, Creation finally hit paydirt.
Bassist and vocalist Paul Chastain and drummer Keep A Knockin - Little Richard - The Best Of Little Richard Menck had released two very good EPs on the Subway label in as Choo Choo Train and, with the recruitment of guitarist Jeffrey Borchardt, the band had become Velvet Crush with Creation taking up the option of releasing their first album in the UK. This is an interesting record, full of variety, taking up where Choo Choo Train left off with clever, melodic pop with a raw and dynamic edge and again showed the Creation label returning to its roots.
There are no real stand out tracks, as the quality is pretty uniform, though 'Superstar' with its fast, shuddering beat and buried vocals is the least successful number, and 'Die A Little Every Day' is quite an unadventurous track with which to end an album. Otherwise, it's all good. A good start from the Rhode Islanders. Condition Blue is a very coherent sounding record; it is not raucous and it is not exciting, but it sounds like a proper album, holding together in all the right places.
Musically, at times, it harks back to the easy listening style of Fishcotheque ; the opener 'Girls Say Yes' is very middle of the road with saxophones and Fish crooning. At the other end of the scale 'Honey' is really good with the best vocal performance and fine guitar and sax solos. Certainly has its moments.
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