Sinker, Line & Hook - The Anthology 1987-99 - Aardvarks (The)

Sinker, Line & Hook - The Anthology 1987-99
Inspired by the best in 60s sounds (Mod, garage, pop-art, psychedelia freakbeat), The Aardvarks were formed in the mid-1980s in Ealing, West London, as part of the same scene which eventually reared Kula Shaker.
For many years, they were one of the most popular bands on the Mod and 60s Revival circuit, issuing a string of acclaimed 45s on labels such as Screaming Apple and Detour.
The Aardvarks’ 12-year lifespan is remembered on this compilation, built around their 1995 album for Delerium, Bargain, while also offering an equal number of choice tracks from elsewhere.
The ‘Varks tasted brief fame in the 90s, appearing on the James Whale TV Show and even supporting Bonnie Tyler!

Release Date: 21/1/2013
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BARGAIN (1995)
1. BARGAIN DAY
2. CHEYENNE WOMAN
3. OFFICE NUMBER ONE
4. GIRL ON A BIKE
5. FLY MY PLANE
6. MR INERTIA
7. ARTHUR C. CLARK
8. WHEN THE MORNING COMES
9. FIFTY HERTZ MAN
10. YOU'RE MY LOVING WAY
11. MERRY GO ROUND
12. TIME TO FLY
RARITIES & SINGLES
13. DRIVE ME WILD
14. ARTHUR C. CLARK
15. OFFICE NUMBER ONE
16. SAVE MY SOUL
17. ON MY WAY
18. YOU'RE MY LOVING WAY
19. HOLD ON
20. CHEYENNE WOMAN
21. MERRY GO ROUND
22. THREW HER A LINE
23. IN THE CROWD
24. BUTTERMILK BOY
25. BAD CLOTHES

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1. THE LOVE I THOUGHT I'D FOUND
2. STRANGE AFFAIR
3. JUST WHAT YOU WANT - JUST WHAT YOU’LL GET
4. BUT SHE'S MINE
5. DESDEMONA
6. REMEMBER THOMAS À BECKET
7. MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SCENE
8. SARA, CRAZY CHILD
9. COME AND PLAY WITH ME IN THE GARDEN
10. GO-GO GIRL
11. JAGGED TIME LAPSE
12. ARTHUR GREEN (credited to Andy Ellison)
13. IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME (Andy Ellison solo)
14. FOOL FROM UPPER EDEN (Andy Ellison solo)
15. ANOTHER LUCKY LIE (Andy Ellison solo)
16. YOU CAN’T DO THAT (Andy Ellison solo)
17. CORNFLAKE ZOO (Andy Ellison solo)
18. HELP! (Andy Ellison solo)
19. CASBAH CANDY (Andy Ellison solo)
20. HIPPY GUMBO (Andy Ellison solo)
21. DOWN DOWN (by The Silence)
22. COLD ON ME (by The Silence)
23. FORGIVE ME IF I’M WRONG (by The Silence)
24. MUSTANG FORD
25. NOT THE SORT OF GIRL YOU TAKE TO BED
26. SALLY WAS AN ANGEL (Vocal)


DISC 2: ORGASM + BONUS TRACKS
1. KILLER BEN
2. JAGGED TIME LAPSE
3. SMASHED! BLOCKED!
4. YOU'RE A NOTHING
5. NOT THE SORT OF GIRL 
6. COLD ON ME
7. LEAVE ME ALONE
8. LET ME KNOW
9. JUST WHAT YOU WANT - JUST WHAT YOU’LL GET
10. WHY DO YOU LIE

BONUS TRACKS
11. STRANGE AFFAIR (Alternative Mix)
12. BUT SHE’S MINE (Alternative Mix)
13. THE LOVE I THOUGHT I'D FOUND (First Version)
14. DESDEMONA ("Why do you have to lie” Version)
15. REMEMBER THOMAS À BECKET (Alternative Version)
16. MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SCENE (Alternative Version) 
17. SARA, CRAZY CHILD (German Single Version)
18. JAGGED TIME LAPSE (Alternative Version)
19. IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME (Andy Ellison solo, Stereo Mix)
20. YOU CAN’T DO THAT (Acetate Version, Andy Ellison solo)
21. HIPPY GUMBO (Marc Bolan Vocal)
22. NOT THE SORT OF GIRL YOU TAKE TO BED (Alternative Version) 
23. SALLY WAS AN ANGEL (Instrumental) 
24. COME AND PLAY WITH ME IN THE GARDEN (Instrumental) 
25. THE PERFUMED GARDEN OF GULLIVER SMITH (Instrumental) 
26. MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SCENE (Alternative Mix)

RELEASE DATE - 25/11/2013


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