Various Artists

The Ugly Truth About Ipswich

  • Format: CD
  • Cat: AR41
  • Released: 24 April 2011
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Yes, it really is only 99p for a glass-mastered double CD set with a 16-page booklet. Featuring 45 artists, whose work has been carefully curated from 30 years of independent music in the punk rock capitol of Suffolk. Released in collaboration with Corndog Records. Not a huge amount of these left and it will not be repressed.

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Compiled for the first time, many of the greatest performances of Ipswich music ever recorded. Meticulously researched and assembled from thirty years of field recordings in the remote county town of Suffolk, in the East Anglian region of England.

This is a glass-mastered double CD set in a jewel case, with a 16-page booklet, released in collaboration with Corndog Records. And it really is only 99p. The first 500 were mispressed with the CD A disc label on CD1 and vice versa.

“Fuck me. This is one crazy compilation. Not only does it cost less than half a pint of ale for 40-plus tracks over the course of two CDs, the opener is by former 80’s synth midget Nik Kershaw who now dabbles in anthemic MOR indie rock which is actually not half as excruciating as I was expecting! I’m not gonna attempt to actually review this Ipswich tourism board promotional tool other than to say I wish more towns and cities would take such pride in their diverse musical history and take their cues from this remarkable gesture! To shoehorn legendary grind/thrash bands such as Extreme Noise Terror and The Stupids onto a disc with such comically monikered acts like Cats Against the Bomb (song title: Nerys Hughes Vs The Time Tunnel) and Space Maggots is a brave, irreverent move and although there is inevitably going to be some testing of patience and tastes throughout, this is surely an entertaining and intelligent way of giving little-known acts some exposure. I’ve tragically not got time to check out WhiteSlug’s ‘Corned Beef Sex Monster’ as a stack of urgent boxes have just arrived but I really think you should.” – Norman Records