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  • Audio CD (30 Jun. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B0000274GW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,872 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lose Control
2. Goldfinger
3. Girl From Mars
4. I'd Give You Anything
5. Gone The Dream
6. Kung Fu
7. Oh Yeah
8. Let It Flow
9. Innocent Smile
10. Angel Interceptor
11. Lost In You
12. Darkside Lightside
13. Sick Party

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ASH - 1977 CD 12 TRACKS (61127)

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Written and recorded while a teenage Tim Wheeler was doing his A-levels, 1977 (named after the year Star Wars was released) made Ash bona-fide indie starlets overnight, largely thanks to the quality of the singles it contains. Their timing couldn't have been better: the summer of 1996 belonged to the Union Jack guitar, and Ash were free to ride the wildsurf of the Britpop tsunami, electrifying everyone with the quirky ("Girl From Mars"), the funny (the Jackie Chan comedy of "Kung Fu") and the best Christmas song ever written by a guitar band--the heartwarming mixture love and science that was "Angel Interceptor".

It is unfortunately hindered by the trademark duvet production of Oasis man Owen Morris, which muffles Rick McMurrey's thunderous drums and does nothing for Wheeler's uniquely flat voice (one of the album's major shortcomings in itself). It also suffers from a monotony produced by its constant full-on nature which a couple of acoustic (or even slower) numbers would have fixed and balanced the album better. If these had replaced some of the more forgettable album tracks here ("Lost In You" and the needlessly bombastic "I'd Give You Any Thing"), then so much the better. Come to reminisce not just for the pubescent memories it evokes within the songs, but also the memories of the time it was released. Or, as Wheeler laments on the teenage love anthem "Oh Yeah", "I sometimes wish it was that summer again". --Ben Johncock

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Oct. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Without doubt Ash's best album, and possibly one of the very best of the 90's. There simply isn't one bad track on this album, and the singles are all class. "Girl from Mars" and "Kung Fu" are their finest songs, although everything else here isn't far off this quality.
There's no opportunity for the album to become too samey, as ballad often follows punk-esque thrash, regulating the pace, and improving the overall sound structure. And if you happen to be up for a laugh, wait until the very end of "Darkside Lightside" for what is described on the inlay card as "Sick Party".
Overall, this album comes pretty damn close to perfection, and if you've only heard the latest singles, this is the best album to start you off. Sheer brilliance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Buzzing with youthful energy, Ash burst out of the traps at the height of Britpop with this debut. Named after the year Star Wars was released, 1977 begins with the sounds of an X-wing fighter plane soaring off into space. What follows is a variable collection of pop songs packed with oceans of guitar and blurred production. Tracks like Kung Fu, with it's aimless ramblings on the subjects of Jackie Chan and Fu Man Chu, betray the occasionally banal side of singer/lyricist Tim Wheeler's muse. Others, such as I'd Give You Anything and Lose Control, contain great rock riffs and creatively disorganised guitar solos, but little in the way of lyrical enlightenment. However, these minor imperfections are overshadowed by some of the murky brilliance this record contains. Take the wonderfully innocent Girls From Mars, for example; a warming tale of summer love, featuring the amusing choral couplet "We'd stay up late playing cards/Henri Winterman cigars". At first these observations seem ridiculous, but after repeat listening they acquire a certain charm. Oh Yeah is almost the in the same vein, yet far more hormonal, far less mysterious, and even better. Completed by evocative female backing vocals, Wheeler's teenage love anthem is the best thing on the album. Other delights include the riff-laden rock of Goldfinger and even a Christmas song, Angel Interceptor. An intriguing beginning for the Irish band.
Rating: 8
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. A. Barnes on 27 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
My teen years began with this sort of music, and they're ending with it. I'm off to see them live this year, and after finally buying this album, i can't wait. No album of this style of music has ever matched this and never will. From the loving tones of "angel interceptor" through to the power of "kung fu", this album is a guide on how to do music. Many may believe they finally equalled or bettered this album with "free all angels", but none of it's standout tracks equal the major songs from this album: 'lose control', used on gran turismo 2 with a load of other tracks off here; 'goldfinger', an unusually titled track but anthemic in it's majesty; 'girl from mars', surely a song everyone of my generation rememebers; 'kung fu', a song about, um, well it sure ISN'T about kung fu; 'Oh yeah', another anthemic song you never forget; and finally 'angel interceptor', a fairly mellow track beautifully written and played. And those are just the STANDOUT tracks.
Buy it now, not later. That's what i did. Now i regret that i didn't just buy it when i originally wanted it so i could've been listening to this the last 6 years...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "baybeedoll" on 11 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the album that got them noticed – and it’s blatant to see why. Dubbed as their best album to date, 1977 is packed full of musical gems such as the hit single “Girl From Mars”, which for me is Ash’s signature song and best work. Musically this is an album of high quality, and whilst it’s not my favourite of the Ash albums (I prefer their more recent “Free All Angels” release) it’s still worthy of a place in your CD collection. The diversity of this album is amazing – the sugar sweet “Angel Interceptor” and “Oh Yeah” are pure Ash, but there’s also a rockier, darker side with songs such as “Lose Control” and the almost bittersweet “Gone The Dream”. Any Ash fan without this CD cannot truly be called an Ash fan – it is the epitome of all that Ash are and encompasses the beauty of their sound completely. Buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "matt-kinney" on 9 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you were to buy just one Ash album, this still remains their best one. Energetic hook infested rock such as Girl From Mars and Kung Fu,lay alongside the blissful Goldfinger and the anthemic Oh Yeah, and most of the supporting album tracks such I'd Give You Anything are of a decent quality too. That's not to say this album is perfect, there are places where they fill the album with padding such as jamfests that should have been relegated to B-Side status, but there is enough great songs on here to make it essential to anyone who enjoys pop-rock the way it should be done.
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Format: Audio CD
okay i was two years short from hitting my teens upon its 1996 release but 1977 by ASH was the album that more or less reflected my growing up in some way's and this re-issue is a slight premature considering they have only released 5 albums into their lifetime and are now focusing on just releasing singles but i suppose it does not hurt the album any further since this 3cd collection gathers all the three pieces best hits and rarities to make a great album even greater.

Disc 2 and 3 are purely for the borderline - obsessive as disc 1 when it was first released 12 years ago is the real deal tracks like "Oh Yeah" has a slow start that veers into a climatic build up of Wheeler's vocals as if he was describing whats life like as a teenager connecting with those finding growing up a real chore as thier voice and body changes while "Girl From Mars" is pure power pop at its best with its fuzzy guitars and dreamy vocals whilst the three piece doff off their hats to the kung fu referenced "Jackie Chan" and carrying on their love for star wars with "Angel Interceptor".

Even though they went on to release better albums with charlotte hatherly as a four piece but thier debut album is the definitive purchase as even though it has a nolstalgic appeal its songs have never aged.
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