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Generation Terrorists [CD+DVD, NTSC, Box set]

Manic Street Preachers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: CD+DVD, NTSC, Box set
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B0095OCAV4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Slash 'N' Burn
2. Nat West-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds
3. Born To End
4. Motorcycle Emptiness
5. You Love Us
6. Love's Sweet Exile
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Disc: 2
1. Slash 'N' Burn
2. Nat West-Barclays-Midlands-Lloyds
3. Born To End
4. Motorcycle Emptiness
5. You Love Us
6. Love's Sweet Exile
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Culture, Alienation, Boredom And Despair - A Film About 'Generation Terrorists'
2. Unseen Super Eight Montage
3. Home Road Movie
4. Motown Junk
5. You Love Us
6. Stay Beautiful
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The bonus DVD also features the making of documentary 'Culture, Alienation, Boredom and Despair', as well as an unseen Super Eight Montage, a Home Road Movie, several music videos, and various live performances.

BBC Review

Hailing from the former mining town of Blackwood, Manic Street Preachers were always outsiders, but they arrived fully formed in everything but their music. At least two of them, bassist Nicky Wire and lyricist/conscience Richey Edwards, were politically turbo-charged and they had a look which was part New York Dolls, part Cardiff city centre drag act, part The Clash.

The music was the dog being wagged by the tail and as some of the demos on this reissued, repackaged remembrance show, it was angry but literate situationist punk in search of a benevolent producer.

Those demos remind us that sometimes “more” can mean “less”, but the deluxe version DVD’s mix of videos, BBC performances and a 76-minute documentary is engrossing. Somehow – and the documentary confirms that nobody actually seems to know how – this splurge of a proposition found itself signed to an eight-album, major-label deal.

As we now know, Manic Street Preachers were not just for show. They recruited Steve Brown to produce, as much for his work with Wham! as on The Cult’s She Sells Sanctuary and in what still seems like breathtaking hubris, the upstarts demanded that Generation Terrorists be a 71-minute double album. Matching them in giddy recklessness, Columbia acceded.

All these years later, it’s a remarkable work albeit one that’s undeniably flawed and in need of an editor as much as a producer. But its anger (Nat West-Barclay-Midlands-Lloyds railed against bankers decades before fashion caught up), its self-belief (You Love Us, indeed) and its sense of impish fun (porn star Traci Lords co-sang Little Baby Nothing like a Shangri-La) make it an gloriously exhilarating listen two decades on.

And then there was the six minutes of perfection that was Motorcycle Emptiness. The first appearance of the seductive, compassionate, elegiac Manics which dominated their great albums, Everything Must Go and This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours, Motorcycle Emptiness tempered the swagger with rue, singer James Dean Bradfield crooned rather than shouted and his guitar solo was celestially heartbreaking.

Motorcycle Emptiness towers over Generation Terrorists, but without it, the album would still have triumphed.

--John Aizlewood

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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As succinct and helpful as the other review was above I just couldn't let this release pass without passing comment on the "deluxe" version (i.e. the 2xCD and DVD version most collectors will now end up with, since the "collector's" edition sold out on the day of release!). Basically - where are all the songs?? Not the album, silly, which is on here twice (!) once remastered and once as a series of dusted off old demos (big deal). I mean, of course, the at-least half-dozen b-sides and other tracks from this period that they recorded that should be on any self-respecting "deluxe" reissue that are conspicuous by their absence - bored out of my mind, ain't going down, dead yankee drawl, never want again, a vision of dead desire - democracy coma was even the last track on early versions of the release and they couldn't even be bothered to put it on! None of them are. As it happens I have all these tracks on their original single versions, but that's beside the point. Yet again we're expected to put our hands in our pockets for MSP reissues that don't come up to scratch (I seem to remember the Holy Bible 10 year reissue suffered from similar amnesia when it came to bonus tracks and footage).

Yes yes, the album is still great (OK OK we all know and even the band acknowledge there's loads of filler on there), it's an album of my youth after all - and if ever there were a rock album of that era in *desperate* need of remastering it surely was this one. And obviously there's loads of cracking contemporary footage to sink your teeth into. I just wish they - once again - had thought a little harder about what the fans may have wanted (at least the ones who didn't make it for the collector's one!). Rant over. Back to the album. Now, who was old enough to sing along when all 4 banks really *did* have those names.... err (blushes)....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrogance personified 27 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
With handsome versions of both `the holy bible' and `everything must go' surfacing as tenth anniversary editions a few years back it was, of course, inevitable that The Manic Street preachers' legendary debut album must, at some point, receive the same treatment, the only question being over how lavish the eventual set might be and how damaging upon the pocket. The answers, perhaps remarkably, to those questions are *very* and *surprisingly inexpensive* respectively with the record receiving a multiple format release ranging from the standard one disc edition (one extra track, super-cheap, pointless if you already have it), the decent three disc edition (re-master, disc of demos, DVD documentary with a bunch of live performances and videos thrown in, well-priced) and the exhaustive five disc box set (the kitchen sink, reassuringly expensive), not to mention a double vinyl for audiophiles with taste. It is a dizzying array, but as we are huge Manics fans, this review will concentrate on the super-deluxe version (bearing in mind the first two discs and the DVD are repeated in the three disc set) which is currently on its third spin of the week (yes - we do mean all of it).

That the Manic Street Preachers got lumped in alongside indie bands such as Oasis, Blur and the fairly turgid Britpop movement was, perhaps, inevitable after `Everything must go' savaged the charts, but the band that launched themselves into the public eye with a daring double album in 1992 were anything but indie and/or Britpop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Culture, Alienation, Boredom And Despair. 5 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
This new remastered version of 'GT' comes in a selection of formats, the standard version, the deluxe version and the very deluxe version, the standard version is remastered but like any album that's only 20 years old, it's not like they've dug up a Blind Willie McTell session and dusted it down, you'll hear little bits and pieces that sound different but probably not enough to purchase it if you already own it.
The deluxe version (2CD/DVD) contains a CD of 18 demo versions, the Heavenly versions of MOTOWN JUNK and YOU LOVE US, a live bootleg of DAMN DOG and the tracks are in the same running order as 'GT' with the extras tagged on at the end, the only song not included is CONDEMNED TO ROCK'N'ROLL as presumably it was never demoed. You're probably not going to listen to it instead of the original album but it's worth owning to hear alternate lyrics, a storming version of BORN TO END and LOVE'S SWEET EXILE with the 'We Love You' chorus.
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