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Mercury Prize CD Compilation Confirmed


Not sure who should win the Nationwide Mercury Prize? Fancy basing your opinion on just one track from each artist wrapped up in the artwork designed by the Mercury Art Prize winner? And all of this for a fiver? Read on...


Each year the nominees for the Nationwide Mercury Prize are dragged kicking and screaming onto the same compilation CD as a taster of the shortlist.


Coupled with a bonus track from the previous year's victor (this year it's a cut from Franz Ferdinand's self-titled debut, 'Come On Home'), the 2005 Nationwide Mercury Prize compilation CD is released through EMI this week (August 15) retailing at just £5, and features everyone from Coldplay to Polar Bear within it's 13 tracks.


This year’s CD cover (see above) features a sculpture by 22-year-old Royal College of Art student Rowan Mersh, the winner of the 2005 Nationwide Mercury Prize Art Competition. Mersh's winning work - a mixed media sculpture called 'The Shape Of Music' - was chosen by a panel of judges that included the acclaimed artist Sir Peter Blake, Tim Marlow and the designers Mark Tappin and Simon Gofton whose recent work includes the latest Coldplay album design.


The overall winner of the 2005 Nationwide Mercury Prize for Album of the Year will be announced at the Awards Show on Tuesday September 6 and Xfm will be there give you a blow-by-blow report of the winners, the losers and all the news.


The tracklisting for 'The 2005 Nationwide Mercury Prize' compilation CD is as follows:


Kaiser Chiefs 'Everyday I Love You Less And Less'

The Magic Numbers 'Forever Lost'

KT Tunstall 'Black Horse And The Cherry Tree'

Maximo Park 'Graffiti'

M.I.A. 'Bucky Done Gun'

Coldplay 'Speed Of Sound'

Seth Lakeman 'Kitty Jay'

Hard-Fi 'Tied Up Too Tight'

Polar Bear 'To Touch The Red Brick'

Bloc Party 'So Here We Are'

The Go! Team 'Ladyflash'

Antony and the Johnsons 'Hope There's Someone'

Franz Ferdinand 'Come On Home' (Bonus Track - 2004 Winner)

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