"Anthology serves as a celebration of THE CLEAN, a band whose influence extends so far beyond their New Zealand home that even if you have never heard of The Clean before, you have surely heard of some of the bands (Pavement, Yo La Tengo, and Superchunk, to name a few) who have been influenced by their unique blend of homemade garage rock, hook-filled melodies, and psychedelic experimentalism. The album is a compilation from across The Cleanâ€™s legendary career, which began in 1981 and continues today. Merge originally released the 2-CD Anthology in 2003, but in celebration of our 25th anniversary, we felt the time was right to release this essential collection on quadruple LP. Anthology kicks off with The Cleanâ€™s call-to-arms debut â€œTally Ho!â€; the story of the infectious trackâ€™s $60 recording bill is now legendary. It continues with the early EPs Boodle Boodle Boodle and Great Sounds Great in their entirety. The hitsâ€”â€œBilly Two,â€ â€œAnything Could Happen,â€ â€œBeatnik,â€ and â€œGetting Olderâ€â€”and live favorites like â€œPoint That Thing Somewhere Elseâ€ and instrumentals â€œFishâ€ and â€œAt the Bottomâ€ all serve up memories of the joyous noise that characterized The Clean of that time. These recordings, mostly made by the band with CHRIS KNOX and DOUG HOOD at the helm of the 4-track, capture the bright, raw sound of a classic garage band. After a brief breakup, the band recorded Vehicle in 1989. Vehicle was made in three days and engineered by ALAN MOULDER (Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, My Bloody Valentine). The sounds of Vehicle and the two albums that followed it, Modern Rock (1994) and Unknown Country (1996), make up the bulk of discs 3 and 4 of the vinyl Anthology. In addition to selections from these full-length recordings, Anthology includes two songs released only on an American 7-inch and two that appeared on a bonus flexi-disc with the Modern Rock LP. " - MERGE RECORDS
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 14 July, 2014.