Left of the Dial: Dispatches from the 80s Underground
I picked it up last night and I'm happy to say it is all that. For someone that was plugged into the Top 40 music growing up in the 1980s, this is a wonderful alternate universe of music. Rhino does another great job of representing such a vast body of work while introducing all sorts of bands to newcomers like myself. Recommended listening, especially while reading Our Band Could Be Your Life. The sticker on the plastic says it all: "Music that mattered from the decade that didn't."
Due to the fact that there are so many songs spread across four discs, I'm going to make a mix CD (or two or three CDs) of the ones that really catch my ear and go from there. This is what I did with Direction Reaction Creation, Nuggets and Nuggets II and No Thanks and this helped me get into all represented on the set.
Definitely worth checking out.