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Saints Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Dec 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000024NSD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. (I'M) Stranded 3:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. This Perfect Day (Single Version) 2:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Lipstick On Your Collar 2:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. River Deep Mountain High 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Demolition Girl 1:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. One Way Street 2:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Story Of Love 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Kissin' Cousins 2:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. No Time 2:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Wild About You 2:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Messin' With The Kid 5:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Nights In Venice 5:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Do The Robot 2:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Know Your Product 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Run Down 2:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Lost And Found 3:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Memories Are Made Of This 2:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Private Affair 2:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. A Minor Aversion 3:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. No Your Product 4:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Swing For The Crime 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. All Times Through Paradise 4:080.99  Buy MP3 

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While The Ramones were ferociously levelling mid-Seventies Manhattan with their brutal précis of teenage disaffection and angst, The Saints were doing much the same thing in Brisbane, Australia. Priding themselves in their hard-earned title of "the most primitive band in the world" they viciously honed rock to its barest bones, perpetually upped the tempo and blistered their fingers to shreds. They decamped to the UK in 1977, where the fledgling punk scene immediately embraced them as kindred spirits, and released one of the genre's defining seven-inch shots, "I'm Stranded". Know Your Product collates the highlights of the band's formative years and simply never lets up. The blazing chainsaw of Ed Kuepper's guitar when allied to Chris Bailey's drawled, hoodlum sneer on such empty-eyed diatribes as "(This) Perfect Day" and "Demolition Girl" is the unmistakable sound of abject juvenile delinquency and, consequently, the very essence of timeless rock and roll classicism. --Ian Fortnam

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Awesome 1996 collection spanning their 1977-1978 era when Ed Kuepper was still in the band! 22 tracks including ' I'm Stranded ','Know Your Product' & 'Wild About You'.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mighty Saints .... 21 Sep 2010
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A very generous slice of the Saints (22 tracks) from their original incarnation, nearly all of their debut LP (I'm Stranded), most of their second, the cruelly underrated Eternally Yours, and a couple of numbers from the third Prehistoric Sounds. Highlights? If you must; the breakneck pace of 'Stranded' alongside their finest track 'Know Your Product', a brass fuelled eruption with Chris Bailey's characteristic sneering vocals. But in truth there is loads to admire here. The Saints were rough'n'ready and streetwise and you knew it. But they also had a bit of depth and a few more dimensions than most of the '76/'77 crop (and they made sure we knew it by 1978 - check out the dry wit and accoustic guitars of 'Memories Are Made Of This'). A couple of almost obligatory punk-band-covers-pop-classic-at-breakneck-speed ('Lipstick On Your Collar','River Deep Mountain High') may bring a smile but it's the originals that show how well, original, they were. 'This Perfect Day' (covered by The Fall on The Marshall Suite) even got them on TOTP (check out You Tube if you don't believe me) and knawed at the very lower end of the hit parade. Good starting point for or all you need of (you decide)a band who are essential listening if you have even a passing interest in 'punk rawk' from back in the day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All that was solid was blasted into the air 23 Jan 2011
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Buried under the rubble of history, crawling to get out, the Saints were the real deal, the petrol sniffing Ozzies prowling the streets of London looking for the cultural revolution proclaimed in their homestead papes. When they arrived however, they were mis-sold a pension, it was clowns in suits twanging the guitar to fey pap that bestrode the stage of fools. The young ones who wanted to blast the past into history were being ushered off into oblivion by the cultural pressures which stress conformity is freedoom.

Hair too long, trousers too wide these punkers were deemed too outre to be on the in even for those who were out. That is the power of the pack. It obliterates thos cultural artefacts which are stronger and permeates its mediocrity as a standard for all to follow.

This album is way above most that bestrode the stage in 77/78/79. This is the most ferocious use of electricity since the East Germans stuck up their fences around old Berlin. Harnessed to the most sneering nonchalant, could not be bothered vocals extolling the vacuity of everyday existence.

This culls 3 albums, an ep and some singles and brings them all together. The effect is stunning, visceral a million miles away from middlebrow hair over the eyes shoe gazing or twanging braces replacing this visceral heart attack music. This is the liver bile, full sonic attack, bad attitude, performed in your face sounds. Unlike those who never passed ther toilet training exam this is layered with a fine mesh of intelligence. Attacks on a society that promises so much, but delivers so little in Perfect Day and Know your product. The full bayonet charge and blast of Demolition Girl. The electric frazzle of love/lust is captured in Wild about You and Story of Love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Punk Rock from Oz. 10 Feb 2004
By Barns - Published on Amazon.com
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This compilation mostly contains tracks from the 1st 2 Saints LPs (I'm Stranded and the seminal Eternally Yours) plus a couple of tracks from the 3rd LP (Prehistoric Sounds). In addition there are some tracks from hard to find EPs. All in all, a great collection of songs by what was a truly great Australian outfit in the mid to late 70s. Ed Kuepper's guitar playing is just wild, with manic leads and great riffs. I would rate Eternally Yours as perhaps one of the greatest Punk releases from the late 70's scene. This release is a good one to get as it has all the necessary Saints material. They lose their edge after the departure of Kuepper and move in a different direction which is not as interesting as this stuff, but was nevertheless, in the initial stages at any rate, still quite good. If you like your rock'n'roll raw and energetic then this is for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Punk pioneers from Australia, have all time great punk song 15 Feb 2007
By dfle3 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first album from this band that I've ever bought, so I can't say how good a compilation this is, apart from the fact that it contains two songs you would expect to see on any decent compilation..."I'm stranded" and "Know your product".

The latter song in particular is my pick as possibly the best punk song of all time. Having heard this song, and "I'm stranded" in the past, especially on music video shows, I had my doubts about how punk this band was but listening to this album, those doubts disappeared. Most of the songs here have the classic punk sound...a ringing guitar attack. The lead singer sort of sounds like Mick Jagger with an Australian accent and punk attitude...a bit harder to understand too.

I have heard something along the lines that The Saints were the first band to release a record...beating The Sex Pistols to the punch, apparently. "I'm stranded" often gets cited as a seminal punk song and one of the greatest punk songs of all time. This song doesn't have the same impact on me as "Know your product". From my limited familiarity with punk, this song, along with The Sex Pistols' "God save the Queen" and "Anarchy in the UK" must vie for the honour of being the greatest punk song of all time.

"Know your product" is a highly polished, high energy attack on advertising. It's quite witty too: "It's recommended, used by the Queen" [many products bear the Royal seal of approval]. What's so appealing about the song is the very catchy brassy riff that plays throughout the song...it's right up there with Midnight Oil's "Power and the passion" and James Brown's "Sweet soul music" for great brassy riffs.

As for the rest of the songs, many have an element of melody, which is appealing, along with the standard, classic punk sounding songs. Oddly, the band does a cover of the 50's pop song [I think] "Lipstick on your collar"...a song which has featured in laundry detergent adds here. The melody in that reminds me of another song from that era "Diana"...so, I'm not sure if that because the originals share that melody in common, or if The Saints have taken liberties with the song.

Another interesting thing is that the song "Kissin' cousins" has a riff which is very similar to the latter song by George Thoroughgood "You talk to much". So, maybe there is some influence on latter acts by The Saints. Perhaps the same can be said for "The story of love" which sort of reminds me of material done later by Nirvana. The Saints themselves seem to show influences in some of their songs, e.g. Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on heaven's door" seems to be referenced in "Messin' with the kid" [as does Dylanesque vocals] though it does have its own cool riff going for it. Nice bass work in it, and it features accoustic guitar too.

Perhaps "Private affair" can be seen as complimentary to "Know your product". It covers similar themes, lyrically. It's also noticeable for having a similar opening riff to the classic The Kinks' song "You really got me".

"Nights in Venice" has a really cool guitar effect...it sounds like a motorbike idling and revving [and in the middle of the song, I'm reminded of The Doors' Jim Morrison]. Another song with cool guitar effects is "Do the robot" which features a guitar which sounds like a mosquito in the outro.

Although the band doesn't have other songs in the same league as "Know your product", I do like their less punk sounding, slower, melodic songs. E.g. "Swing for the crime", which also features brass instruments.

In fact, it's the diverse arrangements which are a plus for this compilation. "No time" has a strong bass riff and cool piano playing later on. "Run down" features harmonica.

Other songs I like include "Wild about you" and "Memories are made of this". Songs like these and others feature accoustic guitar too.

All in all, a good album to introduce yourself to the band which made one of the greatest punk songs in history, in my opinion..."Know your product".

P.S. last night [18/08/07] on SBS TV here in Australia, The Saints' debut album "I'm Stranded" was featured on the new series "Classic Australian albums". The lead singer said of the title track, I think, that the guitar riff was basically a reworking of an Eddie Cochrane riff [the famous American rock'n'roll star of the 1950's, I think]. He also mentions that the guitar riff to their song "Nights in Venice" is "strikingly similar" to Led Zeppelin's "Communication breakdown". Hearing parts of some songs from this album, they struck me as quite catchy...but I can't remember if these songs were included on this compilation...could be worth revisiting this alum some time later to check out this aspect.

N.B. Just noticed-this compilation does not have "Just like fire would", which is a fine song which has grown on me. Not really punk, but has a catchy guitar part for it.

*** Other Australian cds I've reviewed at this site:

Skyhooks: The collection

INXS: "Kick" and "Listen like thieves" and "Anthology"

Midnight Oil: "10,...,1" and "Diesel and dust" and others.

John Farnham: The great Australian songbook

Johnny O'Keefe: Birth of Australian rock'n'roll

Alex Lloyd: Amazing-The best of

The Vines: Highly Evolved

Rogue Traders: Here comes the drums
5.0 out of 5 stars aussie rock at it's best!!! 9 Jan 2010
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
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I have loved the saints ever since their first album came out on sire, along with dead boys, richard hell etc....! This is a compilation from their first 2 albums and I love every song! First album is more punk and second album is a little more accessable! You will love this compilation if you buy it!
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