Orange Juice boxset - Coals To Newcastle - is a beautiful work of art and a comprehensive seven-disc anthology containing 122 tracks in all from the Postcard days to the ending when only Edwyn Collins remained from the original line-up and the songs were more akin to a solo project.
And yet.....there's things missing from the boxset as is incredibly well related at this blogpost back in January.
And like Frankie. I'm loath to criticise Domino Records for what is missing. But I'm still at a bit of a loss as to why the 12" of I Can't Help Myself was left off......
mp3 : Orange Juice - I Can't Help Myself (long version)
This was the song that so nearly broke the band but it stalled at #42 at the tail end of 1982. A real pity as it is a far better song and single than Rip It Up which reached #8 a few months later, giving Orange Juice their one and only Top 40 hit (which in itself is a crime).
The b-sides are a bit on the bizarre and brilliant side and one of them gives you all a chance to again experience the vocal talents of the mighty Paul Quinn:-
mp3 : Orange Juice - Barbecue
mp3 : Orange Juice - Tongues Begin To Wag
I know. This isn't the first time these have appeared on TVV. But after more than 4200 songs on TVV (according to my stats on Hype Machine) you better get used to more and more repeats coming your way.......
And given the song pays tribute to The Four Tops, how could I resist this???