Cherry Red was a very mixed bag, as this double CD compilation very adequately demonstrates. They hooked up to all kinds of genres, from airy folk to grinding punk to the twiddliest of synth pop; Cherry Red gave a British home to Dead Kennedys, Thomas Leer, the Runaways, even, at one point, Kevin Coyne. It's entirely possible that the sheer diversity represented by the label might well have sealed its eventual fate; these days the label produces soccer-themed compilations and indie-label reissues. The two discs here cut across styles and borders, as well as different levels of quality and mood. It is certainly going to be a curate's egg for any listener. Still, the 47 tracks presented provide a compelling look at one of the music industry's more interesting fringes, and there is no doubt whatsoever that some of the music here is excellent.