February 1 street date. Starting with Ewan MacColl's "Dirty Old Town", written about the great metropolis and capturing the effects of 200 years of industrial revolution and its aftermath, "Manchester: A City United In Music" moves through the 60s beat revolution, Strawberry Studios pop era, northern punk, indie mayhem and on to the Madchester years, culminating with an Oasis modern day-anthem. The tracks vary from the multi-million selling hits of Wayne Fontana, 10cc, Herman’s Hermits and Simply Red to the cult musical art of Haydock's Rockhouse, Wynder K Frog and Smack. Well-known artists like the Hollies, Georgie Fame and John Mayall are heard on some of their lesser-known but top-notch tracks. No shortage of punk/post-punk here, as there are contributions from Buzzcocks, The Fall, Joy Division, and Magazine. Sequenced mainly chronologically, this 2CD set and its accompanying booklet tell a fascinating story of a city’s musical history and examine how it came to be. Photos and artwork from the period, along with the reminiscences from the players, bring it to life again.