- Audio CD (22 Oct 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Overground
- ASIN: B00000IOAB
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 641,897 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Inside Out|
|2. Heart To Heart|
|4. Cruel World|
|6. Kiss The President|
|7. Scandal In The City|
|8. Don't You Know I Need You|
|10. Christmas Cards|
|13. Brent Cross|
|14. That's The Way It Goes|
|16. Public Enemy No.1|
|17. Mercy Mercy|
|18. Bongos On The Nile|
|19. No Prisoners|
These recordings were considered to be lost until Nick Cash discovered the tapes buried under a pile of flourescent socks in his loft! Seven of the recordings are previously unreleased while the other twelve show interesting work in progress, with many of the recordings differing substantially both musically and lyrically from the finished versions.
The Cd's packaging includes rare and previously unseen photos, sleeve notes by Nick Cash and the sensationalist Slam! feature in The Sun.
To put it simply (and bluntly), this disc is simply atrocious.
Made up of a collection of demos recorded back in the 80's, it's hard to believe that the liner notes have been written by vocalist/guitarist Nick Cash himself.
Not only are they demos, but I'd say incomplete demos: some tracks didn't even make it (in a completed form) to their albums.
It's sometimes interesting (emphasis on SOMETIMES) to hear early versions of tracks we really enjoy, but in this instance, some are truly pathetic. Even the content of the disc itself doesn't always match the back panel of the packaging (seriously!, don't blame it on Amazon.com).
6 of these tracks were later completed and included on the "Concrete" album, in MUCH better versions: I'll never be able to listen to "Taboo" the same way again.
I wouldn't even recommend this to fellow fans of 999, and even less to the novice. All remaining copies of this album should go into a compactor: not because my copy would raise in value, but because no one should be inflicted this kind of aural torture.
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