Manchester - A City United In Music Various Artists (Mancester)


Ace Records
Catalogue Id:
CDTOP2 1534

Starting with Ewan McColl’s ‘Dirty Old Town’, written about the great metropolis and capturing the effects of 200 years of industrial revolution and its aftermath, “Manchester; A City United In Music” moves through the 60s beat revolution, Strawberry Studios pop revolution, northern punk, indie mayhem and on to the Madchester years culminating with an Oasis modern day-anthem.

The tracks vary from the multi-million selling hits of Wayne Fontana, 10cc, Herman’s Hermits and Simply Red to the cult musical art of Haydock’s Rockhouse, Wynder K Frog and Smack. Well-known artists like the Hollies, Georgie Fame and John Mayall are heard on some of their lesser-known but top-notch tracks.

Cult singles are featured by the Purple Gang, Toggery 5, Gerry & The Holograms and the Dakotas. Local personalities abound - Chris Sievey in pre- Frank Sidebottom guise with the Freshies, the Bard Of Salford - Mr John Cooper-Clarke and Graham Fellows aka John Shuttleworth when he was Jilted John.

Future stars like Graham Gouldman and Dave Formula are present on great tracks recorded before fame arrived. Legendary producer Martin Hannett’s name threads through the track-listing.

Manchester’s soulful roots can be heard with Elkie Brooks, Sweet Sensation, M People and Blue Zone, while earlier attempts at R&B were made by the beat groups the Measles, Pete MacLaine & The Clan and the Whirlwinds. A dozen years later that raucous “in your face” musical rebellion was taken up by Buzzcocks, Slaughter & The Dogs and the Salford Jets. That burst of pent-up energy was then followed by the moodier angst-ridden sounds of Joy Division, Magazine and the Fall and their younger followers the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets.

Sequenced mainly chronologically, the 2CD set and its accompanying booklet tell a fascinating story of a city’s musical history and examines how it came to be. Photos and artwork from the period, along with the reminiscences of the players bring it to life again.

Striking digipak package featuring a photo of Chris Sievey lurking outside Market Street’s Virgin Megastore with extensive notes by compiler CP Lee with an overview by Jon Savage.


Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Dirty Old Town - Ewan MacColl Featuring Peggy Seeger

  • 02 Preview Yes I Do - Pete Maclaine & The Clan

  • 03 Preview If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody - Freddie & The Dreamers

  • 04 Preview Baby That's All - The Hollies

  • 05 Preview Crawling Up A Hill - John Mayall & The Blues Breakers

  • 06 Preview Baby Not Like You - The Whirlwinds

  • 07 Preview I'm Gonna Jump - The Toggery Five

  • 08 Preview Nothing Left To Do But Cry - Elkie Brooks

  • 09 Preview The Game Of Love - Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders

  • 10 Preview In The Meantime - Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames

  • 11 Preview Bye Birdie Fly - The Measles

  • 12 Preview She Thinks - Haydock's Rockhouse

  • 13 Preview East Side Story - St. Louis Union

  • 14 Preview How To Find A Lover - The Mockingbirds

  • 15 Preview Rumplestiltskin - The Magic Lanterns

  • 16 Preview This Door Swings Both Ways - Herman's Hermits

  • 17 Preview Granny Takes A Trip - The Purple Gang

  • 18 Preview I'm A Man - Wynder K. Frog

  • 19 Preview The Spider And The Fly - The Dakotas

  • 20 Preview Geordie - Greasy Bear

  • 21 Preview Mocking Bird - Barclay James Harvest

  • 22 Preview You Really Got Me - Stackwaddy

  • 23 Preview Life Is A Minestrone - 10cc

  • 24 Preview Mr Cool - Sweet Sensation

Side 2

  • 01 Preview Orgasm Addict - Buzzcocks

  • 02 Preview You're A Bore - Slaughter & The Dogs

  • 03 Preview Innocents - John Cooper Clarke & The Curious Yellows

  • 04 Preview Gobbin' On Life - Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias

  • 05 Preview Going Steady - Jilted John

  • 06 Preview Gerry & The Holograms - Gerry & The Holograms

  • 07 Preview A Song From Under The Floorboards - Magazine

  • 08 Preview Edward Fox - Smack

  • 09 Preview Who You Looking At? - Salford Jets

  • 10 Preview I'm In Love With The Girl On The Manchester Virgin Megastore Checkout Desk - The Freshies

  • 11 Preview Leave The Capitol - The Fall

  • 12 Preview Dead Souls - Joy Division

  • 13 Preview Thieves Like Us - New Order

  • 14 Preview Come To My Aid - Simply Red

  • 15 Preview Thinking About His Baby - Blue Zone With Lisa Stansfield

  • 16 Preview How Can I Love You More - M People

  • 17 Preview I Wanna Be Adored (7-inch Version) - The Stone Roses

  • 18 Preview This Is How It Feels (Radio Mix) - Inspiral Carpets

  • 19 Preview Kinky Afro (Mix) - Happy Mondays

  • 20 Preview New Town Velocity (Single Version) - Johnny Marr

  • 21 Preview Rock'n'Roll Star - Oasis

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