Various Artists

The Stiff Records Box Set

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Stiff Records was a maverick among British independent record labels, partially responsible for starting the punk and new wave revolution of the late '70s. Under the guidance of house producer Nick Lowe, Stiff turned out an enormous number of seminal punk and new wave singles in their first years, including classic tracks by the Damned, Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, the Adverts, Ian Dury, and Lowe himself. But what really gave the label its wild, original flavor were minor artists like Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric, Tenpole Tudor, the Yachts, Lene Lovich, Rachel Sweet, and Mickey Jupp, who turned out a series of raw pop gems that were everything good rock & roll singles should be -- catchy, energetic, and memorable. Over 100 of Stiff's finest tracks are collected on this wonderful four-disc box set. While most of these songs weren't hits, they are classic rock & roll. The first three discs are excellent; the fourth disc contains some bright moments, but by that time, their artists were pretty much spent. However, the box remains one of the most compulsively listenable sets ever assembled, providing the definitive retrospective of arguably the most important and influential British record label of the late '70s.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:32 Amazon
2 02:04 Amazon
3
03:15 Amazon
4 06:06 Amazon
5 02:37 Amazon
6 02:44 Amazon
7 02:53 Amazon
8 00:59 Amazon
9 03:10 Amazon
10 03:28 Amazon
11 02:55 Amazon
12 02:36 Amazon
13 03:21 Amazon
14 05:00 Amazon
15 02:58 Amazon
16 01:38 Amazon
17 03:13 Amazon
18 02:57 Amazon
19 03:15 Amazon
20 02:20 Amazon
21 03:45 Amazon
22 03:39 Amazon
23 03:19 Amazon
24 03:07 Amazon
25 02:53 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:00 Amazon
2 02:47 Amazon
3 03:27 Amazon
4 02:24 Amazon
5 02:29 Amazon
6 02:46 Amazon
7 03:20 Amazon
8 03:43 Amazon
9 02:56 Amazon
10 01:45 Amazon
11 03:07 Amazon
12 02:46 Amazon
13 03:55 Amazon
14 03:31 Amazon
15 03:42 Amazon
16 03:02 Amazon
17 03:14 Amazon
18 02:58 Amazon
19
02:20 Amazon
20
03:22 Amazon
21 02:49 Amazon
22 02:19 Amazon
23 02:46 Amazon
24 05:19 Amazon
25 02:17 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:47 Amazon
2 03:09 Amazon
3 03:37 Amazon
4 03:30 Amazon
5 03:03 Amazon
6 03:29 Amazon
7 03:55 Amazon
8 03:05 Amazon
9 03:13 Amazon
10 02:45 Amazon
11 03:49 Amazon
12 02:39 Amazon
13 03:01 Amazon
14 02:55 Amazon
15 04:24 Amazon
16 03:05 Amazon
17 03:36 Amazon
18 02:56 Amazon
19 02:38 Amazon
20 02:41 Amazon
21 02:54 Amazon
22 03:30 Amazon
23
02:25 Amazon
24 03:06 Amazon
25 02:53 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:55 Amazon
2 03:19 Amazon
3 04:12 Amazon
4 02:35 Amazon
5
03:31 Amazon
6 04:36 Amazon
7
03:26 Amazon
8 02:59 Amazon
9 04:03 Amazon
10
02:50 Amazon
11 03:31 Amazon
12 04:01 Amazon
13 03:55 Amazon
14 03:40 Amazon
15 03:39 Amazon
16 02:42 Amazon
17 03:43 Amazon
18 03:56 Amazon
19 04:36 Amazon
20 04:37 Amazon
21 02:50 Amazon
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