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Pillows & Prayers Volumes 1 & 2 (Cherry Red 1982-1984)

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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.
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  Track Listing
01 Five Or Six - Portrait
02 The Monochrome Set - Eine Symphonie Des Grauens
03 Thomas Leer - All About You
Standout Track Tracey Thorn - Plain Sailing
05 Ben Watt - Some Things Don't Matter
06 Kevin Coyne - Love In Your Heart
07 Piero Milesi - Modi 2 (Extract)
08 Joe Crow - Compulsion
09 Marine Girls - Lazy Ways
10 Felt - My Face Is On Fire
11 Eyeless In Gaza - No Noise
12 The Passage - XOYO
13 Everything But The Girl - On My Mind
14 Attila The Stockbroker - A Bang And A Wimpey
15 The Misunderstood - I Unseen
16 The Nightingales
17 Quentin Crisp - Stop The Music For A Minute

Standout Track = Standout Track

  CD2 Track Listing
01 Marine Girls - A Place In The Sun
02 Jane - It's A Fine Day
03 Kevin Hewick - Feathering The Nest
04 Fantastic Something - If She Doesn't Smile...
05 Eyeless In Gaza - New Risen
06 The Monochrome Set - Jet Set Junta
07 Morgan Fisher - Un Homme Et Une Femme
08 Felt - Penelope Tree
09 Maurice Deebank - The Watery Song
10 In Embrace - Shouting In Cafes
11 Grab Grab The Haddock - I'm Used Now
12 Ben Watt & Robert Wyatt - Walter And John
13 Five Or Six - Another Reason
14 Red Box - Chenko

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Also Recommended:
Eyeless In Gaza - Rust Red September, Sixth Sense
Monochrome Set, The - The Best Of The Monochrome Set
Nightingales, The - Pissed & Potless - The Definitive Nightingales Collection
Passage, The - Seedy : The Best Of The Passage
Sambassadeur - Between The Lines
Thorn, Tracey - A Distant Shore
Various Artists - Pillows & Prayers DVD
Watt, Ben - North Marine Drive
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