Melting Pot

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Melting Pot is a Greatest Hits album, featuring songs from The Charlatans time on Beggars Banquet between 1990-1997. When the Charlatans emerged with "The Only One I Know" in 1991, there were countless bands similar to them, but they immediately catapulted to the forefront of the Madchester scene, standing alongside such icons as The Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays. They had such success because they not only could ride the groove, like so many Madchester bands, but they could also write great songs, drawing partially from the 60s-saturated Roses and the Rolling Stones. These were the gifts that made them among the greatest British survivors of their time, rolling through tragedy and stylistic changes to amass a terrific little body of work - one that was modern enough to play in clubs (they were the first rock band to embrace the Chemical Brothers, after all) but classicist enough to stand the test of time.

With the minimum of fuss and hype, and by building up a loyal fan-base through their live shows, The Charlatans became one of the biggest UK bands of the 90s and had an incredible run of hit singles throughout the decade. Here they are, alongside choice album cuts.