An amazing legacy in music – from one of the hippest British indie label
s of the post-punk years! Cherry Red
was one of the first record companies to really stretch out in sounds, and showcase the wider array of underground sounds in the UK beyond just the bigger punk sounds of the late 70s – and the label
(which continues today) had an amazing ear for unusual artists and styles that instantly set them apart from the rest! Rough Trade might be the only other company who came close to the diversity embraced by Cherry Red
– but given the scope of the material in this collection, they might still take a second seat – given that Cherry Red
also did a great job of bringing together tracks from the larger American and European scenes too. The 8CD set is amazing – and includes 185 tracks in all, every a-side and b-side from the label
's first five years' worth of singles – with music by Destroy All Monsters, The Runaways, Richard Strange, Can, Thomas Leer, Dead Kennedys, Alan Burnham, Medium Medium, Attila The Stockbroker, Marine Girls, Everything But The Girl, The Nightingales, Eyeless In Gaza, The Reflections, Marc Bolan, New Age Steppers, Tracey Thorn, The Monochrome Set, Felt, The Letters, Glaxo Babies, Robert Wyatt, Robert Fripp, Ivor Cutler, Andy Partridge, Lol Coxhill, Gilbert & Lewis, Kevin Hewick, and many others! Comes with a heavy 72 page book – telling the label
's history, with lots of photos too.