The Cravats

Land of the Giants: The Best Jazz-Punk Colossals

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The Cravats' career at the pinnacle of the late 1970s jazz-punk hybrid comes in for a very welcome reassessment, via a two-CD, 32-song compilation that traces the band (in distinctly non-chronological order) from the early convolutions of 1979's The End EP through to the farewell "Land of the Giants" 12" in 1985. In between times, a clutch of choice album and single sides are joined by sundry rarities, with four self-confessed lo-fi live recordings to round out an invigorating experience. Land of the Giants is not an easy ride; as much as any of the bands that shared this particular genre, the Cravats concentrated their energies on dislocation and alienation. But the code is not too difficult to crack, and repeated listens disclose a beauty that is all the more exciting for its apparent obscurity.

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