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Roots of Powerpop
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Roots of Powerpop
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
 
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Power pop was one of those things that just had to be, somehow--an attempt to recapture the giddy feeling of '60s pop with the energy of punk. So how come it wasn't new wave, anyway? Simply put, to a lot of people, it was....  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Roots of Powerpop
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Bomp Records
Release Date: 11/1/1996
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, New Wave & Post-Punk, By Decade, 1970s, Power Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 095081406025

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Power pop was one of those things that just had to be, somehow--an attempt to recapture the giddy feeling of '60s pop with the energy of punk. So how come it wasn't new wave, anyway? Simply put, to a lot of people, it was. And here, in one place, you can hear some of the early (and a few later) tracks that defined the genre. "Early" often translates as crap ideas and execution, and of the 26 tracks on this compilation, there are more than a few that fit that category--The Romantics, for example. But there are some tidy little things on this release--The Plimsouls (possibly the best power pop band ever), 20/20, and the eternal Shoes. Cheap guitars, three chords, and enough enthusiasm to run a nuclear power plant; funny how the basics of rock & roll never change--only the tunes and the tie widths. --Chris Nickson

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A very good compilation of power pop!
J. McDonald | 03/25/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"All of the tracks on this collection are NOT "from the 80's" as mentioned in a previous review. Also, the same review implies that the songs here are "filler" and stated that the omission of more commercially successful tracks by the Romantics and Plimsouls was "very telling". All of these comments are incorrect, this is a ROOTS compilation and features EARLY tracks by the featured artists.

Regarding the Amazon Editorial Review; Amazon reviewer Chris Nickson once again inserts his foot into his mouth by attacking a legendary power pop group like the Romantics. It should be noted that the Romantics went on to have more success and longevity than any of the other groups on this collection. The substantial legacy of the Romantics is undeniable and those who are fans will find two ORIGINAL (70's) "BOMP" releases on this CD issue (different versions than those found on their debut LP).

Fans of the Nerves, The Beat and the Plimsouls will be happy to own the two songs included on this release by the Breakaways. After Jack Lee left the Nerves, remaining members Peter Case and Paul Collins formed the Breakaways. The Breakaways were a stepping stone for Paul Collins to his group "The Beat" and also for Peter Case who went on to form the Plimsouls. The song "one way ticket" is a power pop classic in the tradition of the Nerves (One of the best power pop groups of the 70's), while the song "walking out on love" was later re-recorded and re-released by Collins with his group "The Beat".

I've never seen a truly great, well rounded collection of power pop available, but this is a very good compilation by a label (BOMP) that knows the subject well. BOMP was a haven for new and exciting music in the 70's and was particularly influential in the power pop genre. In my opinion they've done an excellent job of selecting early tracks by key power pop artists.

This compilation is a great starting place for new power pop collectors or for those looking for a specific song or version of a song by one or more of these artists.

-JM
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