Left Of The Dial: Dispatches From The '80s Underground Image
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  • Summary: This 82-song, 4-disc box set compiles various indie and alternative tracks from the 1980s across multiple genres, and includes music from both the decade's "biggest" names (The Smiths, R.E.M., Depeche Mode, Violent Femmes, etc.) as well as lesser-known artists such as The Raincoats, Green On Red, and The Lyres. Expand
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  1. Like the great college radio station that never was. [29 Oct 2004, p.69]
  2. The astute and eclectic programming makes for a better listen than other attempts that have been made to compile '80s alternative rock.
  3. Listening to these four discs, you can really picture an entire nation of college students and twenty-somethings promoting their own gigs, designing their radio station playlists and folding their own record sleeves while staying up late to watch 120 Minutes.
  4. Provides a mind-blowing nostalgic trip for those who grew up with these songs.
  5. Virtually all of these songs and recordings have held up beautifully. [28 Oct 2004, p.104]
  6. A must-have for any fans of true alternative music and a primer for younger generations to see where their favorite bands got their inspiration.
  7. 60
    In short, it needs a rigorous editor. [Feb 2005, p.94]

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  1. BernardH
    Nov 18, 2004
    10
    Informative and representative of the time. Interesting style shifts. A lot of fun to listen to. Booklet is a great resource.
  2. KyleB
    Nov 15, 2004
    10
    GREAT!
  3. MarcD.
    Jan 11, 2005
    9
    Excellent mix of songs. Makes me miss the days of Richard Blade and Poorman in the mornings on KROQ.