BOX SET: MAGAZINE - Maybe It's Right To Be Nervous Now (3 CDs)

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3 CD box from 2002. Goes for $40 and up everywhere.

Maybe It's Right To Be Nervous Now (a line from the song Philadelphia) collects all of the b-sides, alternates, and rarities that appeared on the Scree compilation, the bulk of Magazine's now out-of-print live album Play, and the complete radio sessions recorded for John Peel's legendary BBC program. The liner notes contain no essays or interviews, but production and recording information is provided for each track, and there are lots of wonderful photos.
Fans who already have Scree and Play probably wish that the Peel Sessions were available separately. But I don't see how anyone could really regret acquiring this three-disc box.
The music is icy, Nietzschean post-punk for disaffected intellectuals. Magazine use the angular riffs of punk, the eerie synthetics of prog, and the fluid bass lines of soul to augment Howard Devoto's wry lyrics, which he delivers with deadpan precision. You can spot traces of their work in almost everything that came after them, but nothing sounds quite like them.
If you're a first time listener, start with their third album, The Correct Use Of Soap. If you've heard them already, maybe it's right to purchase this now!