Considering that Ready existed only for six years (79-85), it made a significant impact on local new wave and power pop in the early 80s. The local label deserves this two-disc retrospective if for no other reason than to showcase founders Andy Crosbie and Angus MacKay's prescient signing of the Spoons. Not to dismiss acts like Blue Peter, the Extras and Steve Blimkie, all of whom add some innovatively starchy new wave rock of their own, but it's the Burlington new romantics who hold up well after two decades. There's also an interesting snapshot of a young Colin Linden going through his Elvis Costello phase, but too much wading through groups like cheese metal specialists Santers and the incongruously good-natured Latin fusion outfit Manteca, who sound like the end credits to a Michael J. Fox vehicle.
Ready Records holds a CD launch at the Pilot Tavern tonight (Thursday, November 30).