Creation Records 1988. CRELP 028 CD
I bought this the same day I bought my first CD player. As I left the shop I realised I had only one CD, Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me by The Smiths – a good start but listening to one single over and over was going to drive me nuts, so I rushed out and bought this and the New Order Substance compilation. As far as I know this was also the first CD Creation released – there are some with lower catalogue numbers, but with those the CD was issued some time after the vinyl.
Creation had a habit of putting out way too many compilation albums, usually when they were short of cash, and quality was often poor. This one works well though. It’s a retrospective of their early singles, although strangely the Revolving Paint Dream track it’s named after doesn’t appear. It has the artists you’d expect – Primal Scream in their jangly phase, House Of Love & Felt, as well as forgotten gems like The Loft. It works as a reminder of what made the label great in the first place – not that some of their later phases weren’t great too.