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Pure Mania Import


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  • Audio CD (1 Feb. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts
  • ASIN: B0012GMX38
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

Often overlooked 1977 party favourite from the original UK punk era, features 'Yeah Yeah Yeah' & 'No Heart'.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Dandelo on 19 May 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you've stumbled on this don't touch that BACK key. This is not just one of the great punk records, but one of the great knock out rock'n'roll records. 15 single strength tracks with only one that drops down the power pace (but not the quality).

Whilst the punk credentials of the Vibrators are not in doubt, it's now clear they also look back to the tradition of magically crafted pop song writing of England in the late sixties. Think the Spencer Davis Group's Give Me Some Loving, or the Small Faces's All Or Nothing. You know the formula - lay down a great original riff, follow with strong song line, then explosive chorus, and back to the great riff. If we're lucky pump it up with a surprise middle eight. Can a throw away punk outfit do this over a whole LP? You bet.

I bought this on vinyl when it came out in 1978. It got deleted. Mine got nicked. And I was Vibratorless for 20 years until the mercy of reissue CD's arrived. As soon as I put it on it in 2002 it jumped right back out off the grooves.

If the Vibrators haven't passed too strongly into the annals of punk mythology, it is maybe because they go beyond that cultural corner. Whilst they have punk attitood by the spadeful it's kinda twisted into a delicious misogyny and frustrated aggression. But don't worry, it's all in good taste - in fact, perfectly immaculate taste. What really corrupts their punk purity is what does the same thing for the early Ramones - musicianship, song quality, and by a great stroke of luck for rock posterity, great production.

Somehow, (here I go musical buff) Pure Mania got mixed in the USA. There are keyboard add-ins (we know how punks normally hate keyboards) which pump up the drive not soften it and I suspect other stuff but it all WORKS.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vaughan on 19 Feb. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Alright, there is at least one other review of the Caption Oi! release which complains about the mastering, claiming the drums and bass sound awful. Wrong.

I owned this on vinvyl, and have three different CD releases. This is the best I've heard. In fact, this is an excellent disc.

On the mastering - it is wrong to suggest (as I have done above) that this is a "remaster". It's not. The fact is - Pure Mania was originally released in the UK first. For it's US release the disc was mastered differently - by the band - to take some of the rougher edges off. It is this US release that we've been served up on CD ever since.

This Captain Oi! release is the original mix and master - before it was tinkered with to suit American tastes. In effect, this is more legitimate. Claims the "drums and bass" sound bad are way off the mark. This is how they were meant to be heard.

Better yet, there is a lot more detail in the music now, which is always welcome. For example, you can hear an organ for the first time in Baby Baby, and acoustic guitar on several tracks.

The disc has some bonus material, but it's nothing special. The main reason to buy this is the original sound and perhaps the booklet (which now includes all the lyrics).

All in all this is an excellent release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Wright on 25 Nov. 2011
Format: MP3 Download
I purchased this album on vinyl when it first came out, downloaded this time for the MP3 player. A great album that seems to have sadly gone under the radar, I recall it was seen as a bit commercial when it came out hence its lowly chart placing at the time, but if in doubt give it a listen, it really is a highly enjoyable slice of well played, tuneful punk.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robbo on 31 Aug. 2010
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If you want lots of 3 minute tracks with catchy punk tunes & great lyrics - look no further.

A must for any punk collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Redjazzty on 13 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love this. Is it Punk? Is it Pop? Who cares! I wish I had seen them live in a small venue like the Hope & Anchor.One can only dream!
Stuffed full of great tracks, Petrol, London Girls, Bad Time, Stiff Little Fingers and many more. This purchase was long overdue.
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By Possum Pie on 27 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Bought the original vinyl album after seeing The Vibrators live several times in the punk hey-day. An all too brief moment in time, just glad I was there! Thank God for CD's though as I had played my way through 3 of the vinyl's. To this day this remains one of my favourite albums regardless of genre. They certainly live up to the name - frantic guitars with some fine solo work from John Ellis (surely one of the better 'punk' guitarists), steady base and machine gun drumming from Eddie. Stand out tracks have to be 'Baby, Baby, Baby', 'London Girls', 'Whips & Furs' and 'Wrecked on You'. That said there is not a duff track on the whole album. And for those you want punk without some of the bile this album is a must buy.
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