14 Mar 2014
NME C86 compilation 3CD edition 
NME C86 compilation 3CD edition

Cherry Red presents a new 3CD version of their excellent NME C86 compilation album and it features three ex-Factory Records bands. Disc 1 has Miaow's Sport Most Royal whilst Disc 2 has Darkness and Colour by The Railway Children. The ex-FAC fun is rounded off on Disc 3 by Happy Mondays' Freaky Dancin'. Amongst the wider highlights are offerings from pretty much any indie band who was around in the mid- to late-Eighties including Primal Scream, The Soup Dragons, Shop Assistants, McCarthy, The Weather Prophets, That Petrol Emotion, King of the Slums!, Pop Will Eat Itself and many many more.

It's released on 9 June 2014 and will come in a nice box with comprehensive illustrated sleevenotes by Neil Taylor.

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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