richpassivity wrote:I suppose the 'Sound Of Leamington Spa' series came closest - although there was some rubbish on them!
true, i'd forgotten those. are there equivalents from other countries?
on the r.t. comp ...
i'm not resistant to the idea of an introductory album for the casual listener. and i will be buying this album. i guess i just associate the rough trade shops with a more exploratory/ underground approach. also, given that this is on V2 (a major, or at least a big corporate indie), there's no need to play it safe, someone else is paying. but i guess because i'm in rough trade at least once a week & buy a fair amount of music there & in general it stands to reason most of this is familiar to me.
some rambling about compilations in general ...
better a good song that's been previously released than a bad one that hasn't. but i reckon people putting together compilations shouldn't give a definite yes to a band til they hear the song anyway. if a band feels affronted at being made to 'audition' there will be plenty of others who will feel gratified at even being asked to submit a song.
personally i really like the peel session remit -- no doubt there were exceptions but in the majority of cases when bands went to do a session they did songs they hadn't already released. then afterwards
the bands could re-record the songs, or just leave it as a stand-alone session, released or not.
i think it's great when bands keep songs specifically in mind for compilations. a comp of good, previously unreleased songs is great -- when they're good songs and specifically written for
the comp, e.g. on a theme, even better -- then a band doing a singles/comp tracks anthology a couple of years down the line can be killer.
bad exclusive tracks are best kept as filler for the tenth anniversary deluxe edition of an album where only your
fans will ever hear it.