Manch­ester North Of Eng­land (Cherry Red)

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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.

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