Breaking from tradition with this one as it exceeds the Year 2000 FreeEPs timeframe by a good seven years but there's some genuine rarities on here so here are the cherry picked collector's highlights:
Rescue - Echo & The Bunnymen (Glastonbury 1997)
1997 was the year Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant brought back the Echo & The Bunnymen name after original Bunnyman Les Pattinson joined the ranks of their first reunion band Electrafixion. The reactivated group immediately hit the Top 10 with another enduring classic, Nothing Lasts Forever and the album Evergreen. Rescue was the band's second single and first Top 75 hit, charting at #62 in 1980 and. E&TB, minus Pattinson, are still going strong today.
Down By The Water - PJ Harvey (Glastonbury 1995)
Harvey's 1995 album To Bring You My Love was her first as a fully fledged solo artist, becoming visually more arresting and sonically more adventurous. The unsettling Down By The Water with the now legendary 'Big Fish Little Fish' refrain was the first taster from the album and hit #38 in the chart.
Holes - Mercury Rev (Glastonbury 2002)
Nobody, let alone the band themselves, expected cult, psyechedelic oddballs Mercury Rev to become a major concern; but that they did with 1998's Deserter's Songs, its lush, orchestra-laden tunes soundtracking the last two years of the 1990s. Ironic really, considering Holes' parting shot: "Bands, those funny little plans, that never work quite right".
Young Offender - Pet Shop Boys (Glastonbury 2000)
For PSB completists, of which there are many, this FreeEP is essential as it's the only place to legitimately find this version of Young Offender. The track originally appeared on their 1993 album Very and subsequently remixed by Jam & Spoon; the Trip-O-Matic Fairytale Mix originally appeared on their 1994 single Liberation and included on the limited Pop Art Mix compilation in 2003. Always ready to embrace remixers' interpretations of their own work and utilise them, the Jam & Spoon remix forms the basis of PSB's own live version of Young Offender. In fact, this was the second time they showed their respect for Jam & Spoon - the single version of Very's final single, Yesterday When I Was Mad, also utilised elements of J&S' remix of the track.
The Box - Orbital (Glastonbury 1999)
What Glastonbury compilation would be complete without an appearance from the brother Hartnoll? This version of the #11 hit and In Sides track is also available on their own compilation Live At Glastonbury 1994-2004.
For reference, the other tracks on this CD are: Mr Brightside - The Killers (2005), Matinee - Franz Ferdinand (2004), Everyday I Love You Less And Less - Kaiser Chiefs (2005), A Thousand Trees - Stereophonics (2002), Helicopter - Bloc Party (2005), There Goes The Fear - Doves (2003), Wires - Athlete (2005), Somewhere Only We Know - Keane (2005), Get Thy Bearings - Zero 7 featuring Mozez (2004)