From Coals To Newcastle

If you have even a smidgen of an interest in the band Orange Juice then I would highly recommend picking up the box set “From Coals To Newcastle”. If you can find it, that is.

It is a 6 CD and 1 DVD set that sums up this fantastic band marvelously, finally giving this tiny but highly influential Scottish band their due. I won’t go into the history of OJ here, as I already did it HERE. Suffice to say that I have been a fan since about 1984 and have had a hell of a time locating their stuff. “From Coals To Newcastle” is a pretty package: a sturdy, hardcover outer shell houses a lengthy booklet with pithy but informative and entertaining liner notes, plenty of pictures and album credits. The real treat is the second half of the booklet which reproduces the covers of all of their albums, including the early Postcard label compilation entitled “The Glasgow School”, a disk of fantastic BBC sessions and a DVD which is comprised of TV appearances and a cheesy, but fun, VERY ‘80’s video montage called “DADA WITH THE JUICE”.

Each original album contains rare B-sides, 12” remixes, live tracks and rarities. As is the case with these kinds of box sets some of the rarities and B-sides are not up to par with the actual album tracks, but surprisingly most make the grade and give greater insight, especially when talking about the Texas Fever EP.

It’s the last word on Orange Juice and for under $50 it’s an investment that’s well worth it.

Now, if they’d only do the same for The Jazz Butcher I could die a happy man!