(Jigsaw Records, PZL082)
Strawberry Story were a favorite of the extremely fertile late '80s/early '90s British indiepop scene, putting their Talulah Gosh-inspired twee-crash-pop out on a variety of 7"s, flexis and cassettes on influential labels such as Woosh, Vinyl Japan and Heaven as well as their own Dasiychain Records. A few years back, the band began stirring again, even releasing a pair of EPs on Cloudberry and Anorak, and last year, they compiled pretty much EVERYTHING they had ever released (as well as over a dozen previously unreleased live tracks and demos both old and recent) onto a double-disc set. They only made 100 copies of this and it sold out pretty quickly, so while in discussion with the band about getting more copies for the Jigsaw mailorder, I half-joked that I should bootleg it since they were out. Well, one thing led to another, and voila! The comp is back in print! And as an added bonus, we have included a newly-discovered demo from 1988 (taken from an mp3 of a long-lost cassette; yeah, a bunch of these songs are really lo-fi, coming from decades-old cassettes...), AND slightly more informational liner notes (which the original issue lacked). With 54 tracks in over 2½ hours, there's a lot to take in here, but at least you have the band's entire output at your disposal - and what a lot of fun it is!
Not limited. All songs written by Strawberry Story, except track 14 by Another Sunny Day, track 35 by the Dells, track 38 by Elizabeth Cotten, track 46 by the Stone Roses and track 48 by Rodgers/Hammerstein. Available digitally on Bandcamp.