Undertones (The) - True Confessions (Singles = A's & B's) (Music CD)

Release Date: 04 April 2011
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This two-disc set is more or less a belated CD issue of the 1983 compilation All Wrapped Up, thankfully replacing the icky cover photo of the earlier set with a more appropriate group shot. However, Undertones completists and trainspotters might balk at some of the seemingly arbitrary track substitutions made on this issue: For example, the singles from 1981's The Positive Touch, "Julie Ocean" and "Life's Too Easy," were completely re-recorded for their 7" release, but this set uses the original album versions. Similarly, Hypnotised's album track "Hard Luck" appears instead of the looser remake "Hard Luck (Again)," which was the flip of the "My Perfect Cousin" single. (These alternate takes are readily available on the Essential and Rykodisc expanded reissues of the four original albums.) Those minor nitpicks aside, True Confessions hits the highest points of the Undertones' career, which almost invariably occurred on their singles. Besides the obvious classics "Get Over You" and "Teenage Kicks," gems like "Mars Bars," "My Perfect Cousin," and "Wednesday Week" are among the finest punk-pop songs of their era. Though the Undertones never got the attention they were due in the U.S. and were largely ignored in the U.K. after their first couple of albums, they remain one of the most vital groups of their time, and one of the few whose best work sounds as fresh now as it did when it was released. ~ Stewart Mason

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1. Teenage Kicks
2. True Confessions
3. Smarter Than You
4. Emergency Cases
5. Get Over You
6. Really Really
7. She Can Only Say No
8. Jimmy Jimmy
9. Mars Bars
10. Here Comes The Summer
11. One Way Love
12. Top Twenty
13. You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It)
14. Let's Talk About Girls
15. My Perfect Cousin
16. Hard Luck (Again)
17. I Don't Wanna See (You Again)
18. Wednesday Week
19. I Told You So
20. It's Going To Happen
21. Fairly In The Money Now
22. Julie Ocean
23. Kiss In The Dark
24. Beautiful Friend
25. Life's Too Easy
26. The Love Parade
27. Like That
28. Got To Have You Back
29. Turning Blue
30. Bye Bye Baby Blue
31. Chain Of Love
32. Window Shopping For New Clothes

Release Date: 04 April 2011