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The Farm: The Complete Studio Recordings 1983-2004 [Box]

Track List

>Hearts and Minds
>Information Man
>Same Old Story
>Worn Out Sayings
>Somewhere [John Peel BBC Session]
>Too Late [John Peel BBC Session]
>Hearts and Minds [Dub]
>Steps of Emotion [Janice Long BBC Session 1985]
>Power Over Me [Janice Long BBC Session 1985]
>Better [Janice Long BBC Session 1985]
>No Man's Land [John Peel BBC Session 1985]
>Some People [John Peel BBC Session]
>Little Old Wine Drinker Me [John Peel BBC Session]
>Hearts & Minds
>How Long
>Sweet Inspiration
>Groovy Train
>Higher & Higher
>Don't Let Me Down
>Family of Man
>Tell the Story
>Very Emotional
>All Together Now
>Rising Sun
>Hard Times
>Words of Wisdom
>Been a Long Time
>Don't You Want Me
>Good Morning Sinners
>Love See No Colour
>Suzy Boo
>Over Again
>Tooth Fairy
>News International
>Shake Some Action
>Man Who Cried, The
>Golden Vision
>To the Ages
>All American World
>Distant Voices
>Some People
>Sign of the Cross
>Standing Together
>Moroccan, The
>Body and Soul
>Colonels & Heroes
>Stuck On You
>Any Town
>Tumbling Down
>Love Made Up My Mind
>One More Fool
>Somewhere [Acoustic]
>Alltogethernow 2004
>No Man's Land
>Hearts and Minds
>Too Late
>Same Old Story
>Power Over Me
>Steps of Emotion
>Worn Out Sayings
>Wearing That Smile
>Groovy Train
>Family of Man
>Higher and Higher
>No Man's Land
>Don't Let Me Down
>Stepping Stone
>How Long
>Down On the Farm
>Love See No Colour
>News International
>Don't Let Me Down [Terry Farley Mix] - (remix)
>Sweet Inspiration [Terry Farley Mix] - (remix)
>Higher & Higher [Terry Farley Mix] - (remix)
>Hearts & Minds [Terry Farley Mix] - (remix)
>Very Emotional [Terry Farley Mix] - (remix)
>Groovy Train [Terry Farley Mix] - (remix)
>Stepping Stone [Matrix Mix] - (remix)
>Groovy Train [The Bottle Mix] - (remix)
>Love See No Colour [Musto Mix] - (remix)
>Rising Sun [Forza Mix] - (remix)
>Mind [Contorted Face Mix] - (remix)
>Rain [Amazon Tuff Mix] - (remix)
>Alltogethernow 2004 [BCD Project Remix] - (remix)
>All Together Now [Blackout Crew vs The Farm] - (remix)
>Groovy Train [The Farm vs BBP & Dabeat Constructor] - (remix)

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: John Robb.

Liverpool combo the Farm slogged through much of the 1980s, dishing out a handful of Northern Soul-inspired pop singles before striking gold in 1990 with "Groovy Train" and "All Together Now," a pair of career-defining songs that captured the Technicolor spirit of the baggy/Madchester scene. Released the following year, their first LP, Spartacus, debuted at number one on the U.K. pop charts, marking a banner year for these unlikely heroes. Although they followed up with a pair quality releases over the next few years, their success and the baggy scene itself faded almost as quickly as it had arrived. With just three studio albums to their credit, this robust, multi-disc Complete Studio Recordings 1983-2004 boxed set might seem a bit excessive, but as it turns out, there's plenty of material here worth revisiting. In addition to their three proper LPs -- Spartacus (1991), Love See No Colour (1992), and Hullabaloo (1994) -- this set includes the Pastures Old & New collection of early singles and sessions, a disc of rarities and non-album tracks, a collection of BBC sessions, and a 15-track remix collection which is probably the only addition here that really feels extraneous. With seven discs, 98 songs, and a 40-page booklet, it's certainly the mother lode for die-hard Farm fans, but its budget price may also inspire casual listeners to dig a bit deeper than "All Together Now." ~ Timothy Monger


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