How gracious of Vox to put out a cassette to celebrate Radio 1, I thought. You don't often get privately owned media celebrating other, publicly owned media platforms — at least not these days. Of course, the selection — compiled once more (and possibly for the last time on these pages by Roy Carr) — is very early nineties. It's not really a tribute to Radio 1; it's a promotional sampler for Clive Selwood's Strange Fruit label, which was licensing BBC recordings.
I don't know when Vox shut up shop, but I imagine it had a similar lifecycle to Select. I was never a regular reader of either, but preferred them to Q, which always had the whiff of Brothers-in-Arms-Around-The-Joshua-Tree about it. Notwithstanding recent (now lapsed) subscriptions to Word and The Wire, I've never found a music magazine that I really identified with since the demise of the inkies — and I probably only identified with them three decades after the fact.
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