The Telescopes don’t get the critical praise of peers My Bloody Valentine, Ride, or Slowdive, which is a shame because they could be just as good – a point illustrated by this compilation of singles from the band’s 1989-1991 peak. During this period they were instrumental in bridging the gap between the feedback-laced narco-rock of The Jesus and Mary Chain and Spacemen 3 to the more blissful noise of the UK shoegazing scene. It’s pretty amazing to hear how great and relevant these songs still sound in 2008 – their influence dripping all over current bands like A Place To Bury Strangers, The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Black Angels. The band’s discography from this era is messy, with several tracks that appear on multiple releases, but this comp covers the best stuff and is recommended as the starting point for Telescopes newbies. Even if you’ve picked up their reissued albums and the Approved By The Committee compilation there’s still a few hard-to-find gems here like the absolutely awesome “Precious Little” and “You Can Not Be Sure”. Highly recommended.