Supergrass

The Strange Ones: 1994-2008

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Supergrass celebrated their 25th anniversary as a band -- as well as the tenth anniversary of their split -- in grand fashion in 2020, reuniting for a handful of concerts and releasing The Strange Ones: 1994-2008, a mammoth box set containing virtually everything the group released during their life span. The box itself is a monster, containing picture disc LPs of the band's six albums; 13 CDs including seven discs of B-sides, live recordings, and rarities; a 54-page book loaded with essays; assorted tchotchkes; and a 7" single containing two new remixes of "Caught by the Fuzz" and "Richard III" that were clearly done as a lark. It's a ridiculously generous set, so quibbling about the fact that the vinyl doesn't come housed in album sleeves feels like nitpicking, especially since the CDs chock-full of rarities more than deliver. The four discs of live recordings -- ranging from early radio sessions with Mark Radcliffe and their full set at Glastonbury 1997 to an acoustic set from Live at Ronnie Scott's around the time of Road to Rouen and an appearance on Later with Jools Holland for Diamond Hoo Ha -- effectively tell their story. Those earliest sessions are nervy and twitchy, but by their Glastonbury 1997 set (given in the wake of In It for the Money, when it was clear that I Should Coco was not a fluke) finds them hitting their stride. Having two discs of B-sides and non-LP rarities is handy -- and it also proves that they tucked away some material that could've slid onto their proper albums, including the bluesy shuffle "Odd?" and Small Faces-styled stomp "Melanie Davis" -- but it's the collection of unreleased outtakes, dubbed Roots & Vine, that underscores how giddy and inventive the band were. These are clearly rough, but hearing demos of their earliest songs shows how they could construct a classic pop tune from the start, and it's fun to hear them muddle their way through the spacy pisstake "Dark Star" and groove to the soul instrumental "Stinkfinger." While it's hard to argue these outtakes are essential, the live material does offer confirmation that Supergrass were one of the best bands of their era: clever, muscular, smart, and tuneful, and blessed with an exuberance that hasn't diminished over the years.

Track Listing - Disc 7

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2 03:47 Amazon
3 02:48 Amazon
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6 02:33 Amazon
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Track Listing - Disc 8

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 04:43 Amazon
2 03:33 Amazon
3 02:20 Amazon
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Track Listing - Disc 9

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 04:24 Amazon
2 03:09 Amazon
3 03:35 Amazon
4 04:42 Amazon
5 03:37 Amazon
6 05:41 Amazon
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15 03:27 Amazon
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Track Listing - Disc 10

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:29 Amazon
2 03:57 Amazon
3 02:33 Amazon
4 02:41 Amazon
5 03:37 Amazon
6 05:58 Amazon
7 04:19 Amazon
8 03:37 Amazon
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Track Listing - Disc 11

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:17 Amazon
2 03:59 Amazon
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12 03:18 Amazon
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Track Listing - Disc 12

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:44 Amazon
2 03:39 Amazon
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5 02:15 Amazon
6 04:55 Amazon
7 03:48 Amazon
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12 02:11 Amazon
13 03:57 Amazon
14 03:26 Amazon
15 02:20 Amazon
16 03:13 Amazon
17 06:18 Amazon
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20 02:57 Amazon
21 04:46 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 13

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:22 Amazon
2 02:14 Amazon
3 02:54 Amazon
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8 02:29 Amazon
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15 02:28 Amazon
16 03:37 Amazon
17 04:29 Amazon
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20 03:24 Amazon
21 03:47 Amazon