8-22-12 Scritti Politti – “Absolute” (2011 Collection)
John Lee Hooker born 1917, singer Dale Hawkins born 1936; on 8-22-70 The Moody Blues “A Question of Balance” LP was No. 1 in England.
When I was looking in a different direction, in 2011, Virgin England snuck out a Scritti Politti “Best Of” CD, with 2 ‘new’ songs on it! “A collection of the words & music of Scritti Politti”. Nice liner notes by Simon Reynolds. Packaging looks a bit like a ‘left over’ set of designs from a previous Scritti Politti release.
Wood Beez (7” Version)
The Word Girl (Edit)
Hypnotize (Short Version)
Oh Patti (Don’t Feel Sorry For Loverboy)
Boom! There She Was (US Mix)
Tinseltown To The Boogiedown (Radio Edit)
Brushed With Oil, Dusted With Powder
Skank Bloc Bologna
The “Sweetest Girl”
Asylums In Jerusalem
She’s A Woman (Little Way Different 7”)
A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2010)
A Place We Both Belong (2010)
So, not completely useless, as collections go. Couple of 7” edits, making their CD debut. Guess “First Boy In This Town” didn’t make the (single) cut. The two new songs are OK / good, but have an almost ‘unfinished’ feeling to them. CD clocks in at 76:26, making it the longest-ever Scritti Politti CD. A compulsory purchase, for the 2 x new songs.