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Having reached that peculiar level of success where you believe that people want to hear everything you've ever recorded, the Flaming Lips's ambitious campaign to overhaul their back catalogue is at once admirable and unpleasant. Surely, only the most obsessive fan will need the three-disc Acid set, which spans 1983 to 1988 and features Wayne Coyne and his vaguely gothic punk rockers bashing amateurishly through tuneless noise. The only connection with the Lips of today are novelty song titles like Jesus Shootin' Heroin. It's a bit of a mystery how this group ended up creating flamboyant psych epics like the Soft Bulletin rather than simply vanishing into post-punk obscurity. The two-disc Egg set is more like it, though. Covering 1989 to 1991, and based on their In A Priest Driven Ambulance disc, the set's explosive psychedelia contains the blueprints for the Lips' orchestral future as well as that of Mercury Rev -- Rev mainman Jonathan Donahue was a Lip back then. A look back actually worth taking.