Wednesday, January 5, 2022

VA - The Stiff Records Box Set [1992] (4 x CD's)



VA - The Stiff Records Box Set [1992] (4 x CD's)

At 98 tracks across four jam-packed CD's this is the definitive overview of the Stiff label from #1 hits to rare curiosities. As great as Rhino's Stiff box set was a decade or so ago, this box set is closer to the original eclectic nature of the label and features a lot more of the one-offs and under-appreciated acts. Includes tracks from early signings like Nick Lowe, the Damned and Elvis Costello up to today's Stiff signings Ian Dury, the Pogues, Kirsty MacColl, Wreckless Eric and a host of others along the way. Compiled by Stiff authority Pete Gardiner with booklet notes by Stiff aficionado Ian Peel with help from original Stiff press officer Andy Murray. Remastered by Tim Turan at Turan Audio for superb sound quality. 

Stiff is one of those wacky labels that always seemed to sneak by just under the pop radar. This collection is so full of unknown bits of whimsy and little-known cuts by more popular artist that it starts to become more of a treasure chest than a "best of." This collection is full of fun little nuggets. There is a charming wackiness to this collection and to the whole Stiff attitude. This is a great collection for exploring what the Brits were doing. There is a fabulous cut of Desmond Dekker's "Isrealites" on disc three. Great overview of the stiff phenomenon (Amazon)


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Track lists


01 Nick Lowe So It Goes 2:32

02 Nick Lowe Heart Of The City 2:06

03 Pink Fairies Between The Lines 3:17

04 Roogalator Cincinnati Fatback 6:07

05 Tyla Gang Styrofoam 2:39

06 Damned New Rose 2:45

07 Richard Hell (I Belong To The) Blank Generation 2:54

08 Damned Stab Your Back 1:00

09 Elvis Costello Less Than Zero 3:12

10 Max Wall England's Glory 3:30

11 Jill Read Maybe 2:55

12 Adverts One Chord Wonders 2:37

13 Elvis Costello Alison 3:23

14 Dave Edmunds Jo Jo Gunne 5:02

15 Wreckless Eric Whole Wide World 3:00

16 Alberto Y Lost Trios Parnanioas Kill 1:40

17 Ian Dury Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll 3:14

18 Ian Dury Razzle In My Pocket 2:57

19 Yachts Suffice To Say 3:17

20 Mick Farren Let's Loot The Supermarket Again Like We Did Last Summer 2:21

21 Elvis Costello Watching The Dectectives 3:46

22 Ian Dury My Old Man 3:39

23 Larry Wallis Police Car 3:21

24 Jane Aire And The Belvederes Yankee Wheels 3:08

25 Graham Parker Back To Schooldays 2:53


01 Nick Lowe I Love My Label 3:01

02 Nick Lowe Mary Provost 2:49

03 Ian Dury What A Waste! 3:29

04 Elvis Costello I Just Don't Know What To Do with Myself 2:26

05 Humphrey Ocean And The Hardy Annuals Whoops-a-Daisy 2:31

06 Lene Lovich I Think We're Alone Now 2:48

07 Devo Jocko Homo 3:21

08 Ian Dury And The Blockheads Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick 3:45

09 Wreckless Eric Semaphore Signals 2:58

10 Jona Lewie I'll Get By in Pittsburgh 1:47

11 Rachel Sweet B-A-B-Y 3:09

12 Lene Lovich Lucky Number 2:47

13 Members Solitary Confinement 3:56

14 Rumour Frozen Years 3:31

15 Wreckless Eric Take the Cash (K.A.S.H.) 3:43

16 Kirsty MacColl They Don't Know 3:04

17 Mickey Jupp You'll Never Get Me Up In One Of Those 3:15

18 Rachel Sweet Who Does Lisa Like 2:59

19 Motor Boys Motor Drive Friendly 2:22

20 Lew Lewis Reformer Win Or Lose 3:23

21 Theatre Of Hate The Hop 2:51

22 Madness One Step Beyond 2:20

23 Rumour Emotional Traffic 2:46

24 Ian Dury And The Blockheads Inbetweenies 5:21

25 Lew Lewis Reformer Lucky Seven 2:17


01 Madness My Girl 2:47

02 Desmond Dekker Israelites 3:11

03 Joe 'King' Carrrasco & The Crowns Buena 3:38

04 Graham Parker Stupefaction 3:30

05 Jona Lewie You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties 3:04

06 Any Trouble Trouble With Love 3:29

07 Dave Stewart w Colin Blunstone What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted 3:56

08 Graham Parker Mercury Poisoning (Live) 3:05

09 Dirty Looks Let Go 3:14

10 Madness Baggy Trousers 2:46

11 Dave Stewart w Barbara Gaskin It's My Party 3:49

12 John Otway Green Green Grass Of Home 2:41

13 Tenpole Tudor Three Bells In A Row 3:02

14 Jona Lewie Stop The Cavalry 2:56

15 Department S Going Left Right 4:25

16 Department S Is Vic There (French Version) 3:06

17 Equators If You Need Me 3:37

18 Tenpole Tudor Wunderbar 2:57

19 Desmond Dekker Allamana 2:38

20 Alvin Stardust Pretend 2:42

21 Billy Bremner Loud Music In Cars 2:55

22 Tenpole Tudor Throwing My Baby Out With The Bathwater 3:30

23 Pookiesnackenburger Just One Cornetto 2:26

24 Via Vagabond Who Likes Jazz 3:07

25 Tracey Ullman You Broke My Heart In 17 Places 2:54


01 Belle Stars Sign Of The Times 2:55

02 Belle Stars Sweet Memory 3:21

03 Electric Guitars Language Problems 4:13

04 Tracey Ullman Breakaway 2:36

05 Passion Puppets Like Dust 3:31

06 Jakko Dangerous Dreams 4:04

07 King Kurt Destination Zululand (Humdiddlededumhoowahayha) 3:26

08 Pogues The Sick Bed of Cuchulain 3:00

09 Inspirational Choir Of The Pentecostal First-Born Church Of The Living God Pick Me Up 4:05

10 Makin' Time Here Is My Number 2:51

11 Pogues Dark Streets Of London 3:32

12 Untouchables Wild Child 4:02

13 Kirsty MacColl A New England 3:57

14 Jamie Rae Pretty One 3:41

15 Untouchables Free Yourself 3:40

16 Pogues Sally MacLennane 2:43

17 Furniture Brilliant Mind 3:44

18 Dr. Feelgood Don't Wait Up 3:57

19 Tommy Chase Quartet Killer Joe (Right Cross) 4:37

20 Furniture Shake Like Judy Says 4:38

21 Dr. Feelgood Hunting, Shooting, Fishing 2:49




  1. BB
    Do people comment when they don't download. I have had this for a long time and I think everyone can find things here to like. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi lemonflag
      Only a small percentage of people comment when they take a download, I suspect that an even smaller percentage comment if the don't download. Some do comment in appreciation.
      Thank you for raising the question and thanks you for commenting even when you don't want a particular share.


    2. Funny you should mention... I've reached the point where I either just don't want to add yet another file to my collection, or I've already got the CD.. I still check.. to see id there's something special. However, since I'm often disappointed, I stick with those blogs that actually have something to offer.. such as yours. Even, sometimes, just the write-ups about the album or artist are worth it...

    3. Hi Doccus,
      Glad to hear that you are enjoying the sites offers, even if you don't always pick up a download.
      I try to provide something different and eclectic. Thanks for your words of encouragement.


  2. What a great label! So much great stuff!

    1. Thanks Pol.
      There are many great artist on this set.


  3. I've got the boxed set. Bought in on a whim as it looked kinda cool. I knew a few of the artists, some by name only, others via the tunes. I am glad I bought it, it's fantastic.

    1. Thanks Bud_e_luv_bomb.
      I am sure many would agree with you. It's fantastic.


  4. Thanks BB! I remember the Stiff record label across the commons in Barnes. My best friend's dad was a designer and knew many of the musicians. Thanks for bringing back some fond memories for me!

    1. Hi Bonita, Music offers a lot of memories as well as spontaneous joy. Enjoy.


  5. Thank you very much! I do have a lot of these tracks already
    (and in some cases remember buying the original records when
    they first came out), but it's great to have access to this
    whole box set.

    1. That is what I like about Box sets, Access is easier and if done well offers material I didn't know about.


  6. If it ain't stiff ... Truly worth it! Wonderful comprehensive box set: thanks a lot , Mr. B! Best, TC

    1. Hi The Chairman,
      I kept playing this set over and over, so many great tracks.

      Mr.C! Cheers.

  7. ...and it all started with Nick Lowe

    Happy New Year

    1. Thanks Stephen
      Literally on this box set too.
      Happy New Year Again.

  8. Hey Butterboy,
    Disc 3 and 4 seems to be down. Would you mind reupping when you have a sec?
    Thanks again,

    1. Hi Mile,
      New link for 3&4 established, tested and working.

    2. Thanks again. I appreciate it!