The 'Pillows & Prayers' compilation was released in Christmas 1982 as a means of showcasing the work of the Cherry Red roster. Sold for a mere 99 pence and packed with top quality tunes, it understandably dominated the UK indie chart for nearly a year. Now reissued with its follow-up (but obviously not for the same price), there is now an opportunity to rediscover the most quintessentially British compilation album from one of the most quintessentially British record labels. The charms remain, whether its jangly guitar pop (Felt, Everything But The Girl, Five Or Six), idiosyncratic vocalists (Jane, Thomas Leer), primtive electro-pop (The Passage, Joe Crow) or even comedic narrative (Attila The Stockbroker, Quentin Crisp) that takes your fancy. It's fair to say that most of the artists featured never attained more than cult status but as a time capsule for the great and unusual in indie rock, it's hard to be beat this collection.