Manchester North Of England (Cherry Red)
From the Lesser Free Trade Hall to The Hacienda, from the start of the punk explosion to the biggest names of the Britpop boom, Manchester was one of the most important cities on the British underground music scene for around 15 glorious years. During this period the city spawned genres, took existing established sounds and added its own peculiar northern twist, and lent its name to the movement that revitalised the pop world. Cherry Red has taken this backdrop and compiled a 143-track, seven-disc set that covers pretty close to a complete cross-section of the music that came out of the thriving mix of scenes that made it such a vital and lively musical breeding ground at this time. Kicking off with The Buzzcocks and ending with Oasis, it takes in post-punk, reggae, punk poetry, acid house, janglepop and a whole range of other styles on its tour of the truly independent labels that emerged during the glory years between 1977 and 1993. A remarkable musical history that belongs in the collection of anyone interested in how the underground scene grew and thrived in the days before bland uniformity took command.