Orange Juice – …Coals to Newcastle (6CD Box Set) (2010) [FLAC]

Orange Juice – …Coals to Newcastle (6CD Box Set) (2010) [FLAC]
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When the Scottish pop band Orange Juice split up in January of 1985, it didn’t seem too likely that they would become one of the more influential bands of the era. Yes, their early singles on the tiny Postcard label generated some excitement, and they had a bona fide chart hit with the 1983’s single “Rip It Up,” but their career had mostly come to a sputtering halt outside the lens of the public eye. One short year later, with the rise of C-86 and the early indie pop bands, the brightly scrappy attitude and scruffily melodic sound of early Orange Juice suddenly became popular again. Fast forward to the mid-’90s and Belle & Sebastian, then Franz Ferdinand and more, to see that the Orange Juice legacy lives on as strongly as ever. The songs of Edwyn Collins (and those of James Kirk) have been required listening for a large number of great pop bands. Thanks to the release of 2005’s The Glasgow School, which made all the band’s early recordings widely available for the first time, even more bands were able to draw inspiration from the band and their sound. In 2010, all the band’s recorded output was finally made easily accessible.

Put together in part by Edwyn Collins, the box set …Coals to Newcastle is beautiful to look at, wonderful to listen to, and basically a dream come true for Orange Juice fans who weren’t able to get a hold of the original albums or the Japanese CD reissues. Even if you did own either of those, Coals is still worth seeking out for all the extras. The six-CD/one-DVD set contains all of the band’s recorded output: the early singles, the three studio albums, the Texas Fever EP, a full complement of B-sides, a handful of demos and different mixes, a disc of BBC sessions, two videos, live footage from the Old Grey Whistle Test, and a very ’80s concert video (Dada with the Juice) that the final incarnation of the band made. The Glasgow School is included as the first disc, and it’s still amazing to hear all the singles and demos cut in that short period of time (between 1980 and 1981) all strung together. Songs like “Blue Boy,” “Falling and Laughing,” and “Lovesick” bubble and pop in a brilliant mix of wise-ass punk and off-kilter disco, at once creating and defining a new kind of pop. The joy and energy that radiate from these tracks is life-affirming. While common wisdom states that the Postcard singles were the artistic high point of the band, the three albums and EP that the revamped (and shifting) band produced are perfectly good, even sometimes great. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a better early-’80s pop album that their debut, You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever. Hearing the discs one after the other with all the assorted B-sides, live cuts, and spare tracks, you can see that the progression the band makes from lo-fi kids thrashing about in the studio to polished pros working with esteemed reggae producer Dennis Bovell does nothing to detract from the humanity and soul in the songs, and especially in the voice and vision of Edwyn Collins. Add to these discs the uniformly excellent BBC sessions, and you have a full picture of one of the most important — and enjoyable — groups of the modern pop era. …Coals to Newcastle is everything an Orange Juice fan could have hoped for and a simply thrilling example of how to put together a box set.

Disc One: The Glasgow School

01. Falling And Laughing
02. Moscow
03. Moscow Olympics
04. Felicity (live)
05. Blue Boy
06. Lovesick
07. Simply Thrilled Honey
08. Breakfast Time
09. Poor Old Soul, Pt. 1
10. Poor Old Soul, Pt. 2
11. Louise Louise
12. Three Cheers for Our Side
13. (To Put It in A) Nutshell
14. Satellite City
15. Consolation Prize
16. Holiday Hymn
17. Intuition Told Me, Pt. 1
18. Intuition Told Me, Pt. 2
19. Wan Light
20. Dying Day
21. Texas Fever
22. Tender Object
23. Poor Old Soul (French version)
24. Poor Old Soul (instrumental version)
25. Simply Thrilled Honey (live)
26. Botswana (live)
27. Time to Develop (live)
28. Blue Boy (live)

Disc Two: You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever

01. Falling And Laughing
02. Untitled Melody
03. Wan Light
04. Tender Object
05. Dying Day
06. L.O.V.E. Love
07. Intuition Told Me, Pt. 1
08. Upwards And Onwards
09. Satellite City
10. Three Cheers For Our Side
11. Consolation Prize
12. Felicity
13. In A Nutshell
14. Intuition Told Me, Pt. 2
15. Moscow
16. You Old Eccentric
17. Two Hearts Together (10″ version)
18. I Can’t Help Myself (7″ version)
19. Tongues Begin to Wag
20. Barbeque

Disc Three: Rip It Up

01. Rip It Up
02. A Million Pleading Faces
03. Mud In Your Eye
04. Turn Away
05. Breakfast Time
06. I Can’t Help Myself
07. Flesh Of My Flesh
08. Louise Louise
09. Hokoyo
10. Tenterhook
11. Rip It Up (12″ version)
12. Snake Charmer
13. Lovesick
14. Flesh Of My Flesh (7″ version)
15. Lord John White And The Bottleneck Train (12″ version)
16. Flesh Of My Flesh (12″ version)
17. All That Ever Mattered

Disc Four: Texas Fever

01. Bridge
02. Craziest Feeling
03. Punch Drunk
04. The Day I Went Down To Texas
05. A Place In My Heart
06. A Sad Lament
07. Out For The Count
08. Bridge (Summer ’83 version)
09. Poor Old Soul (new version)
10. Leaner Period
11. Move Yourself
12. The Day I Went To Texas (flexi version)
13. I Feel A Song Coming On [Craziest Feeling]
14. Bridge (Alternate version)
15. The Day I Went To Texas (Alternate version)
16. A Place In My Heart (Alternate version)
17. Out For The Count (Alternate version)
18. Chinese Eyes [Punch Drunk]

Disc Five: The Orange Juice

01. Lean Period
02. I Guess I’m Just A Little Too Sensitive
03. Burning Desire
04. Scaremonger
05. The Artisans
06. What Presence?!
07. Out For The Count
08. Get While The Gettings Good
09. All That Ever Mattered
10. Salmon Fishing In New York
11. What Presence?! (12″ version)
12. A Place In My Heart (12″ dub version)
13. In A Nutshell (live)
14. Simply Thrilled Honey (live)
15. Dying Day (live)
16. Bury My Head In My Hands
17. Lean Period (12″ dub version)
18. Rip It Up (live)
19. What Presence?! (live)
20. Burning Desire (“Alexis” mix)
21. All That Ever Mattered (Alternate version)

Disc Six: BBC Sessions

01. Poor Old Soul
02. You Old Eccentric
03. Falling And Laughing
04. Lovesick
05. Upwards And Onwards
06. Wan Light
07. Felicity
08. Dying Day
09. Holiday Hymn
10. Three Cheers For Our Side
11. Blokes on 45
12. Mud In Your Eye
13. I Can’t Help Myself
14. In Spite Of It All [Two Hearts Together]
15. Turn Away
16. What Presence?!
17. Salmon Fishing In New York
18. Bridge
19. BBC interview part one
20. BBC interview part two