Scruffy The Cat - Time Never Forgets - The Anthology ('86-'88)





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Total download size: 2.60GB Total play length: 1:58:15

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"As easy as it is to get caught up in cheap nostalgia, there really was a golden time in power pop, reflected by the titular years of this all-inclusive compilation from one of Boston’s most beloved combos of the era.

Scruffy the Cat was a quintet fronted by the late Charlie Chesterman who wrote, played guitar and sang lead on the majority of the band’s material. All the group’s officially released 38 songs (two full albums, 2 EPs) are here, sounding better than anyone remembers in remastered form. These tunes jump out of the speakers with more jittery energy than a dozen cups of cappuccino. Musically it’s a combination of early Elvis Costello and the Attractions with a touch of Jason & the Scorchers’ tough country punk and the American jangle of the Byrds. But if a tune as crackling, hooky and instantly memorable as “Mybabyshe’sallright” couldn’t get national airplay, it’s no surprise the rest of the group’s impressive catalog suffered a similar fate due to the usual tale of poor promotion and bad breaks.

Chesterman’s vibrant twangy vocals are instantly recognizable, the production is appropriately minimalist and the nervy songs buzz with the barely contained vitality that only youth can bring. Whether they are borrowing the riff from Sly & the Family Stone’s “I Want to Take You Higher” for the opening of “Bus Named Desire,” digging into a Bo Diddley beat on “Shadow Boy,” ripping off a frenzied version of Del Shannon’s “Runaway” or tearing into their own garage rockabilly of “Mama Killed Hate,” there are amazingly few clunkers here. Certainly legendary producer Jim Dickinson (the Replacements, Stones, Dylan), who helmed the boards for the group’s second and final album, knew quality when he heard it." — Hal Horowitz

1. 40 Days & 40 Nights
2. Land of 1000 Girls
3. Life Is Fun
4. Tiger, Tiger
5. Buy a Car
6. Happiness to Go!
7. Mybabyshe'sallright
8. Shadow Boy
9. Upside Down
10. Time Never Forgets
11. Thomas Doubter
12. Never, Never
13. Hello Angel
14. Momma Killed Hate
15. When Your Ship Comes In
16. My Fate Was Sealed with a Kiss
17. Tiny Days
18. You Dirty Rat
19. Blue Russian
20. Shadow Boy
21. Runaway
22. Happiness to Go!
23. Capital Moonlight
24. Bus Named Desire
25. Betty Drops In
26. I Do
27. Beg, Borrow and Steal
28. Nova SS 1968
29. Kissing Galaxy
30. Bucknaked
31. Moons of Jupiter
32. Love So Amazing
33. Places
34. One Bad Apple
35. Just Like Cathy's Clown
36. Everything
37. 2Day 2Morrow 4Ever
38. Keith's Lament