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Compendium - A History, 1979-1995


Download links and information about Compendium - A History, 1979-1995 by The Monochrome Set. This album was released in 1979 and it belongs to Rock, New Wave, Alternative genres. It contains 22 tracks with total duration of 01:11:25 minutes.

Artist: The Monochrome Set
Release date: 1979
Genre: Rock, New Wave, Alternative
Tracks: 22
Duration: 01:11:25
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No. Title Length
1. He's Frank (Slight Return) 2:40
2. Eine Symphonie des Grauens 2:21
3. The Monochrome Set 2:17
4. The Strange Boutique 2:55
5. Lines 3:04
6. The Jet Set Junta 2:02
7. The Ruling Class 2:43
8. The Mating Game 3:20
9. Cast a Long Shadow 3:19
10. Jacob's Ladder 2:50
11. Up 3:13
12. Jack 4:20
13. Killing Dave 4:22
14. Her Pain 3:10
15. Forever Young 3:13
16. Christine 3:05
17. Milk and Honey 4:47
18. Leather Jacket 2:45
19. I Love Lambeth 3:47
20. Mousetrap 3:54
21. Bliss 3:34
22. Kissy Kissy 3:44



Another in a seemingly endless series of Monochrome Set collections, Compendium: A History 1979-1995 does a good job of highlighting the band's two phases on one disc. The first ten songs spotlight the band in the 1980s when their retro-futurist guitar sound was literally like nothing else in the new wave and punk scenes. Every one of these ten tracks from that period is a complete gem (including "Eine Symphonie des Grauens" and the British hit single "Jacob's Ladder"). In their second phase starting in 1990, the band became musically more conventional but continued to write and record strong songs. Bid, the group's singer and lyricist, is known for his dark, twisted sense of humor but on Compendium many of the later songs where he opens up emotionally are featured. "Up" and "Milk and Honey" both deal truthfully with hope and despair while "Christine" and "I Love Lambeth" use puns to arrive at heartfelt emotional truth. The Monochrome Set are rightly considered one of the finest, sadly neglected bands of the 1980s, but this collection shows that the quality of their later work didn't change half as drastically as their critical reputation did.