Monday, August 12, 2013

'Brilliant' Vinyl Reissue From Monochrome Set

Mad super-terrific props go out to Optic Nerve Recordings for resurrecting a long-forgotten compilation from the Monochrome Set... and on vinyl to boot. 'Volume, Contrast, Brilliance... Singles & Sessions Vol. 1' first saw the light of day as a Cherry Red release in 1983, and it has been reissued a time or two since, but it's been a bloody tough find for years. With each successive reissue has come an additional track or two, and this time around is no different. Check out the new tracklist and purchasing info here. Even if, like me, you have those fantastic early albums, you need this record. It's chock full of B-sides, radio-session versions and singles that were never on 'The Strange Boutique,' 'Love Zombies' or 'Eligible Bachelors.' And if you don't already have that triple-header, get on it, man!

To get you in the mood for the Monochrome Set, here is one of my all-time favorites of the non-single variety. You'll find it on 'Eligible Bachelors.' Like most Bid-penned songs, it's droll and very British to these American ears.

The Monochrome Set - I'll Scry Instead (mp3)

1 comment:

Echorich said...

Thank's for the heads up! As for I'll Cry Instead, Eligible Bachelors is my fave MonSet album! They will forever be underrated in a wold that was first filled by XTC ( who I also love) and then The Smiths (who get way more credit than they are due in my mind). But when it comes to jangly, ideosycratic pop, make mine Monochrome...