New Model Army - Anthology (Attack Attack)
Available in both 2CD and 2CD/3DVD/book editions, New Model Army's 30th anniversary anthologies should be of interest to the multitude who have dipped into the band's output over the last three decades, whilst the hardcore fans will surely moisten at the mere thought of the five disc set, featuring shows from 1985, 1990, 1996 and 2006. Phew.
Formed in Bradford by singer-guitarist Justin Sullivan, the band have released 13 studio albums, gone through a series of line-ups, and remained resolute outsiders from the outset. The press never really got a handle them, finding it difficult to pigeonhole them, or offer any genuine support. It didn't stop them, as the wealth of material on the two CDs testify. The trio of tracks from their debut "Vengeance" album (the title track, "A Liberal Education" and "Christian Militia") don't pull a single punch between them, and set out a formula based on zero compromise. It must have seemed like a slap in the face to a music press still enamoured with the sloganeering of The Clash and The Jam, or getting all worked about the latest wave of cartoon punk (I'm looking at you, Sounds). They certainly didn't seem prepared to entertain the possibility that NMA were the real deal.
Compiled by the band and former members, it's difficult to quibble with a collection that hits most of their highpoints. However, I do have one question: why no "No Rest"? 8/10.