The Undertones

The Very Best of the Undertones

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Probably the best overall introduction to the Undertones out of the many compilations available (though either All Wrapped Up or True Confessions: Singles As and Bs is essential for the completist), this 25-track set boils down the earlier four Rykodisc reissues into a solid mixture of singles, b-sides and album tracks. The set is in chronological order and wisely emphasizes 1979's near-perfect The Undertones and 1981's quirky but brilliant The Positive Touch while skimming off only the three best songs from the group's half-baked dance-pop swan song The Sin of Pride. True Undertones fans will quibble with details of track selection - surely they could have made room for "His Good-Looking Girlfriend" or "True Confessions" - and there's really no reason not to own at least the first three albums, but The Best of the Undertones is a fine introduction for newcomers.

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