Various Artists

Human Music

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Though a lot of Homestead artists do appear, this is not your typical label sampler. Every track is somehow a rarity; there are cassette-, B-side-, and even CD-only (remember, this was 1988) cuts sprinkled among the many unreleased ones. Though typical Homestead acts like Big Dipper, Salem 66, and Bastro are represented, the Flying Nun fan will appreciate rarities like Tall Dwarfs great "Gravity" and the equally worthy "Doomsday" by the Verlaines. (Homestead was the first label to extensively license New Zealand rock in the US.) The real show-stealers, however, are the non-Homestead acts included just for the heck of it; Yo La Tengo, Urinals, American Music Club, and the Embarrassment all join in on the fun, making this as much a representation of eighties college radio playlists as a record label promotional tool. The double LP vinyl version has a slightly different selection of tracks.

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