God-given 2LP+7” compilation bringing together all of TVPs’ 1978-1989 single releases, fully remastered, from evergreen self-released debut '14th Floor’ through to ‘Salvador Dali’s Garden Party’... a monument to the heartbreaking staggering genius of Dan Treacy... on my life, it doesn’t get better than this. Broadly speaking, the first half of the comp reps the Ed Ball and Joe Foster years - tracking the group’s passage from shambling, self-effacing post-punk unlikely-lads to the none-better-dressed overlords of the Living Room / early Creation Scene, their pop-that-eats-itself gradually taking more on more of the speedy mod-revival swagger that Ball would take to its logical conclusion with The Times, and with lyrics that remind/reassure us that London has ALWAYS been full of wankers. The second half of the comp sees the arrival of Jowe Head into the band's creative nucleus, shepherding the sonics and arrangements into a more spaced-out, multi-instrumental and pungently psychedelic zone, just as Treacy’s writing is becoming more vulnerable, more emotional, more obviously drug-damaged. All the classics are there: ‘Oxford St, W1’, ‘Where’s Bill Grundy Now?’, ‘Posing At The Roundhouse’, ‘I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives’, ‘Smashing Time’… The bonus 7” features a brace of songs that Treacy, Bernie Cooper and Mark Sheppard recorded as The Gifted Children for an ’81 Whaaam! outing, and their version of The Creation’s ‘Biff Bang Pow’ that appeared on a flexidisc given away with Alan McGee’s Communication Blur zine. Download included with all of that plus extras. Still shocks me how few people are acquainted with Television Personalities - if you’re one of them, I can recommend no better place to start. If you’re already a believer, this CAPACIOUS set will fill the gaps in your collection and your shot-to-shite excuse for a memory.