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Liverpool's The Room were formed in 1979 and adhered very much to a grim post punk template from the outset. Revolving around the core duo of singer/songwriter Dave Jackson and bassist Becky Stringer their early material failed to make much headway; looking back it's easy to see why with their songs characterised by Jackson's unremarkable wallowing, tinny production and a fear of melody. Having said that 'In Sickness And In Health' and 'Bated Breath' twitch with a memorable edginess. Gradually their sound opened up to reveal a lightness of touch reaching a peak with their 1984 album 'In Evil Hour'. Around this time they came into their own; 'Whirpool' pre-dates Terry Bickers' work with The House Of Love with its swirling guitar patterns, 'Jackpot Jack' is a satirical and brilliant slice of indie pop whilst 'Never', 'One Hundred Years' and 'Crying Red' inhabit a happy medium between Lloyd Cole's doleful rock and the enduring melancholic pop of The Wake. Sadly - as is often the case - the band split at the peak of its powers. Yet at least this compilation gives a pleasing tribute to a band improving in songwriting and production as their career progressed.
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  Track Listing
01 Motion
02 In Sickness And In Health
03 Bated Breath
04 Things Have Learnt To Walk That Ought To Crawl
05 No Dream
06 Heat Haze
07 One Hundred Years
08 Never (Demo)
09 The Ride
10 A Shirt Of Fire
11 Whirlpool
Standout Track Jackpot Jack
13 Crying Red
14 Calloused Hands
15 Here Comes The Floor (Demo)
16 The Storm (Demo)
17 Untitled (Demo)
18 Jeremiah (Demo)

Standout Track = Standout Track

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Also Recommended:
Cole, Lloyd And The Commotions - Rattlesnakes (Deluxe Edition)
Dead Cowboys - Twin Evil Stars
Room, The - Indoor Fireworks, In Evil Hour/Clear!
Stockholm Monsters - All At Once (Singles 1981-1987)
Wake, The - Holyheads
Wild Swans, The - Incandescent, Magnitude (The Sire Years)
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