'The Birth of Grunge' Compilation Due In February

IGN Music reports: On February 7, 2006 Livewire Recordings will release "Sleepless In Seattle: The Birth of Grunge", a compilation of 20 rare recordings from some of the band responsible for setting the stage for the eventual emergence of the sub-genre of modern rock critics labeled "grunge."

The set chronicles the beginnings of Seattle's underground rock movement from the mid-'80s to early '90s by featuring seminal recordings from the pioneers of the movement, including GREEN RIVER, THE MELVINS, MALFUNKSHUN, SCREAMING TREES, MUDHONEY, BABES IN TOYLAND, TAD, SKIN YARD, THE GITS, 7 YEAR BITCH and the SUPERSUCKERS, to name a few.

The album was executive produced by Colin Cobb, founder and president of Livewire Recordings and produced by Grammy-nominated producer Ted Myers (NUGGETS, TROUBADOURS OF BRITISH FOLK) as well as Clark Humphrey (author of "The Real Seattle Music Story"). The set will feature extensive liner notes in the form of a 16-page booklet penned by Humphrey, detailing the history of the Seattle music scene from the mid-'80s to early '90s.

"These bands are the unsung heroes," said Cobb. "Although they didn't become multi-platinum megastars, they went on to influence and form some of the biggest, chart topping groups in music history. As we approach the 20th anniversary of the birth of grunge music, we are thrilled to bring this significant historical compilation, which includes many bands whose music has not been made available for years, to fans everywhere. This project was a labor of love."

"Sleepless in Seattle: The Birth of Grunge" track listing

01. THE BLACKOUTS - "Happy Hunting Ground"
02. Mr. EPP & THE CALCULATIONS - "Mohawk Man"
03. U-MEN - "Solin Action"
04. GREEN RIVER - "Come On Down"
05. THE MELVINS - "Grinding Process"
06. MALFUNKSHUN - "With Yo' Heart (Not Yo' Hands)"
07. SCREAMING TREES - "Orange Airplane"
08. MUDHONEY - "In 'N' Out Of Grace"
09. BABES IN TOYLAND - "He's My Thing"
10. TAD - "Giant Killer"
11. COFFIN BREAK - "Crawl"
12. TREEPEOPLE - "Guilt Regret Embarrassment"
13. SKIN YARD - "Hallowed Ground"
14. GRUNTRUCK - "Tribe"
15. THE GITS - "Second Skin"
16. LOVE BATTERY - "Half Past You"
17. HAMMERBOX - "Trip"
18. SEAWEED - "Losing Skin"
19. 7 YEAR BITCH - "The Scratch"
20. SUPERSUCKERS - "Creepy Jackalope Eye"

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