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Recorded at the Au­tomat: the Best of Rough Trade Records

★★★★ Rough Trade

The rise and fall and rise of Rough Trade. Cer­tainly, this Lon­don­based indie la­bel has been through more hoops, swings and round­abouts than most of its ilk, but it’s still here. From Cabaret Voltaire to Pan­tha du Prince, from Young Mar­ble Gi­ants to Alabama Shakes, from The Stars of Heaven to Pulp, RT set a stan­dard for sign­ing acts that bucked trends. Gath­ered across three CDs, from 1978-2015, you’ll dis­cover the non­sense (File Un­der Pop, Chris & Cosey, The Lib­ertines) sidling up to the sub­lime (Young Mar­ble Gi­ants, Scritti Politti, Robert Wy­att, The Stars of Heaven, The Smiths, Suf­jan Stevens). The con­nec­tive tis­sue is of a mind­set that seems to care lit­tle for com­mer­cial suc­cess, more for the thrill of po­ten­tial great­ness. Hits. Misses. Could­abeens. Should­abeens. Mostly must-haves. rough­trade.com

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