“Har­mony In My Head: UK Power Pop & New Wave 1977-81” CHERRY RED

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Oc­to­ber 26. Har­mony In My Head is an­other of Cherry Red’s cel­e­bra­tions of a by­gone era - this time, the boom in Power Pop and New Wave which fol­lowed the Punk ex­plo­sion in 1977. This 3CD box set spins off the suc­cess of the 4CD com­pi­la­tion Ac­tion Time Vi­sion (2016), which doc­u­mented Punk on in­de­pen­dent la­bels. The col­lec­tion in­cludes many of the New Wave/Power Pop scene’s big­gest hit­ters along­side the more melodic Punk bands. Name acts in­clude Elvis Costello, Squeeze, Buz­zcocks, Ed­die & The Hot Rods, Nick Lowe, The Jags and Wreck­less Eric, who are joined by other less suc­cess­ful but nev­er­the­less key play­ers, as well as a host of rare 45s on tiny la­bels, many of which have never been on CD be­fore. The deluxe 3CD clamshell pack­age in­cludes a weighty book­let full of il­lus­tra­tions, with a 12,000-word sleeve-note in­cor­po­rat­ing band-by-band bi­ogra­phies by com­piler David Wells.

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