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  • Summary: The box set collects the first three full-length albums, a five-track EP, demos, radio sessions, and a 1982 live concert from the Australian indie rock band.
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  1. Mojo
    Feb 2, 2015
    100
    This is a fine celebration of a finely poetic band. [Feb 2015, p.103]
  2. Jan 21, 2015
    93
    The most fascinating aspect of this collection is how the artistic scales within the band tipped back and forth in these early days before they found the true balance that carried them through the six studio albums they made post-1984. Within this box set, it takes all eight discs to get to that point, but the moment-by-moment journey is a fascinating one marked with some remarkable pop songs.
  3. Magnet
    Feb 20, 2015
    90
    A treasure trove of unheralded, largely unheard, completely unselfconscious pop music that bravely led post-punk out of the gloom and into its rose-colored romantic future. [No. 117, p.51]
  4. Jan 22, 2015
    82
    The Go-Betweens' endless enthusiasm for their own work is what propelled them out of that Brisbane bedroom in the first place, and the richness of context that this box provides makes it a deeper pleasure than its component albums are on their own.
  5. Jan 21, 2015
    80
    G Stands for Go-Betweens is a labor of love, carefully put together by Forster with obvious affection, and essential for any fan of the band, especially those who treasure their tumultuous formative years over their more full-formed, yet still quite tumultuous, later period.
  6. Jan 26, 2015
    80
    This is an exhaustive, but not exhausting collection. It will be fascinating to hear what surprises lie ahead on Volume 2.
  7. Apr 9, 2015
    80
    G Stands For Go-Betweens Vol.1 tirelessly catalogues the beginning of the story for this band, and it will be a delight for enthusiasts. It is however almost certainly not the place to start for absolute beginners; it would be an overwhelming introduction.

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