Issued on Essential in 1994, Shriekback's double-disc Natural History set merely couples The Best of Shriekback: The Infinite (Kaz, 1987) with The Best of Shriekback, Vol. 2: Evolution (Kaz, 1988) under a new name.
The Infinite (Disc 1) is really just a collection of tracks from Shriekback's first year or so of existence: a bunch of songs from Care, a few from Tench, and the single "Working on the Ground." Still, it contains some phenomenal songs that are otherwise hard to find, including "Clear Trails," "Evaporation," and "Sexthinkone."
Evolution (Disc 2) offers one song from Care and two from Oil and Gold, but the real selling point is the five songs from Jam Science, which are otherwise unavailable on CD. The disc is filled out by well-chosen remixes ("Hand on My Heart" and "Fish Below the Ice") and rarities ("Despite Dense Weed" and "Nerve"). A most worthwhile investment.
For the curious, this might be preferable to The Y Records Years (also a two-disc set, released six years later in 2000), since the terrain documented here is more expansive, covering the band from its inception through 1985's Oil and Gold.
One major attraction is the number of selections on the second disc culled from the long out of print Jam Science.
One major problem will be finding Natural History, as it has gone out of circulation since its release. (AMG)
01. Lined Up
02. Clear Trails
05. Madness Into Method
06. My Spine (Is the Bass Line)
10. A Kind Of Fasination
11. Working On The Ground
02. Fish Below The Ice
03. Hand On My Heart
04. New Home
05. Despite Dense Weed
06. Midnight Maps
07. Mercy Dash
09. Under The Lights
10. My Careful Hands
12. Lines From The Library
Shriekback: Dave Allen (bass), Barry Andrews (keyboards), Martin Barker (drums), Carl Marsh (vocals).
Re-issue of the compilation CDs The Best Of Shriekback: The Infinite and The Best Of Shriekback Volume 2: Evolution.
Label: Kaz / Castle
Compression Level: 3
CD-rip by alekow (EAC and Flac)
Covers Included (400dpi)