Various Artists

13 Year Itch

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4AD Records celebrated its 13th anniversary in July, 1993, with a six-day series of concerts at London's Institute of Contemporary Art as well as a compilation CD and video, all mounted under the "13 Year Itch" aegis. Available for one week in a limited edition of 2000, the disc assembles exclusive tracks from the current 4AD roster, although few of the artists truly rose to the occasion -- the majority of songs are either demos or remixes, and the handful of new performances seem like throwaways (indeed, Bettie Serveert's "Totally Freaked Out" and Unrest's "Where Are All Those Puerto Rican Boys?" later resurfaced as B-sides). Dead Can Dance alum Brendan Perry's affectionate Tim Buckley cover "Happy Time" is the exception, proving an ideal platform for Perry's rich, powerful vocals.