Various Artists

Creation Soup, Vol. 1

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The Creation label, started in 1984, was modeled on the examples of the trailblazing Rough Trade and Postcard labels. Similarly adventurous, it released single after single that combined the spirit of sixties pop and the energy of seventies punk. The cult grew, in turn inspiring countless other labels including Sarah, also in the U.K., and American labels such as Bus Stop and Slumberland. A few years after its inception, Creation began to focus instead on LPs by a large roster of bands, and has now replaced Rough Trade as the major outlet for indie talent in England. As the original singles went out of print, demand (and prices) for them soared, prompting president Alan "Doing it for the Kids" McGee to release the first fifty (not quite: Jesus & Mary Chain's debut is mysteriously absent, though its A-side is available on Barbed Wire Kisses) on a 5 LP/5 CD box set "meant for the obsessive Creationist." Each of the five volumes was later released individually and contains between 21 and 29 tracks (on CD). All are chock full of wonderful slices of idealistically democratic pop. Vol. 1 contains great early tracks by the Pastels and Revolving Paint Dream as well as label stalwarts such as the Loft (later renamed the Weather Prophets), the Jasmine Minks and Biff Bang Pow!, McGee's own outfit.