That's All Very Well But... is a best of compilation of the band McCarthy.
Initially planned for release in 1991 but shelved after the Midnight Music label went bankrupt. It finally surfaced in 1996 on Cherry Red who took over the rights to a number of artists from the defunct Midnight Music label (among them The Wolfhounds, The Snake Corps, The Essence and Sad Lovers & Giants).
"That's All Very Well But..." is a somewhat haphazardly organized but still essential collection of McCarthy singles, rarities and Peel Sessions. The release presents many of the band's best moments at combining political passion with sparkling Indie pop music.
The Peel Session tracks, taken from three different appearances in total, generally come across in slightly crisper fashion than the other studio cuts. It includes an alternate version of "Should The Bible Be Banned" which is a touch quieter with more prominent acoustic guitar.
Peel Session #1 (recorded 7-10-1986, transmitted 12-11-1986) tracks 3, 7, 9, 15 Peel Session #2 (recorded 20-10-1987, transmitted 28-10-1987) tracks 5, 13 Peel Session #3 (recorded 23-10-1988, transmitted 1-11-1988) tracks 10, 19, 20
The promo booklet had the following text: "McCarthy may well be no more... that's all very well, but... they've left us with many fine memories and a rich heritage of classic sounds. Most of the material on this album is no longer available and most of it was never available on album. None of it has ever been on CD or cassette before. Because there was such a wealth to choose from, the CD and cassette are bulging with extra tracks - and so that vinyl fetishists don't miss out, the first 5,000 come replete with a whole mini-LP of extra tracks, a few of which didn't make it onto the CD or cassette. Confused? You most probably will be! To cap it all, there were still a few goodies that got left out.
A combination of 'best of' and collectable rarities, "That's All Very Well But" satisfies both approaches with this fitting testament to the McCarthy legend. From the tension of "Red Sleeping Beauty" through the spine-tingling melody of "This Nelson Rockefeller" to the soap-box tirade of "Keep An Open Mind Or Else", this vintage collection traces their whole career, illustrating the depth of their lyrics and their musical development.
All McCarthy's previous records were well-received throughout certain sections of the media with consistent entries in the Independent Charts; expect this to do the same."
Note: The testpressing has the tracks "Frans Hals" and "Charles Windsor" the other way around.
The BBC Session for "The Vision Of Peregrine Worsthorne" remains unreleased. The Studio version for "The Myth Of The North/South Divide" comes from the "Lie To Me" compilation album. Several other tracks also have their origin from elusive releases and are not on the final release.