Generation X

Ready, Steady Go!

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The EMI release of Ready, Steady Go! is the U.K. version of the three-disc Generation X retrospective Anthology issued stateside by Capitol in April 2003. Like its U.S. counterpart, the collection features a greatest-hits disc, some rarities, and a live date from Osaka, Japan, in 1978. The set has drawn criticism for not being the comprehensive history of Generation X that its title suggests. With only a brief essay by Alan Parker and detailed, if non-essential, song credits, the set's liner notes have been criticized as lacking. Meanwhile, the packaging of a perfunctory hits collection with the mediocre live recording and the Sweet Revenge rarities album confuses the line between avid collector and casual fan. The former might be interested in the live and rare material, if only to complete gaps in a collection. But the collector will certainly already have the greatest hits, making that disc unnecessary and unwanted. At the same time, a casual Gen X listener who only wants the original version of "Dancing With Myself" will have no interest in the band's live set or housecleaning castoffs. All of this makes Ready, Steady Go!/Anthology a pretty problematic set, no matter which label it's released on.

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