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The Anthology (1977 - 1979)
 
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The Anthology (1977 - 1979)

1 July 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 28 Jun. 2013
  • Release Date: 1 July 2013
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: EMI
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  • Total Length: 3:37:31
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  • ASIN: B00D0466XS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,638 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steven Roberts on 18 July 2013
Format: Audio CD
TRB at its best was one of the finest bands of its era, and this excellent compilation serves as a fitting tribute. Of particularly interest is the fantastic third live disc featuring two live shows recorded by the BBC - stellar stuff!

If I have one complaint - and it's the reason I've docked one star from my rating - it's that not everything is here. By way of example, a TRB compilation called 'Rest of the Best' (released shortly after the band split) rounded up several interesting oddities from the vaults, and a number of these tracks have missed the cut on this anthology. Similarly, TRB's live version of 'Waiting for My Man' (released on a PITD remaster from a few years ago) is similarly missing in action.

But it's difficult to gripe too much when what *is* here is so good :)

BUY IT!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jazz Owl on 11 Oct. 2013
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Like others buying this set I was a teenage fan of TRB. Little did I know as a pimply 13 year old watching the band's 1977 Top of The Pops appearance that I would soon gain an education on political and social issues of the time. Even my Dad, who could exhibit various isms thought Tom was a top chap when he personally replied to my fan letter, enclosing a signed Café Society single and other paraphernalia. Although numerous bands of the time paid lip service to being on the same level as the fans, folk like Tom and Paul Weller made efforts to practice what they preached. This set includes practically everything TRB released and more besides, all compiled with care and attention. The booklet contains plenty of pictures and memorabilia and is well annotated. The audio re-mastering is sprightly and fresh, making it hard to believe this material is over 30 years old. There's an excellent Peel session, featuring a version of "Don't take no for an answer" which trumps the `Rising Free' EP take. There's also 2 vintage BBC concerts for radio: one from March '78 when the original group was at the height of its powers and another 13 months later with the less cohesive 2nd incarnation of the band (still good live though). The "Power In The Darkness" LP is of course the central document of this set and it still stands out as one of the best LPs of its era: well crafted songs, performances and production. The political message is sadly just as relevant now as it was then - the title track could've been written yesterday. And with the "2-4-6-8" b-side - Tom's slight re-write of "I Shall Be Released" - we have one of the best Dylan covers ever.

The added DVD makes this a must-have purchase.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GorgonLondon on 15 July 2013
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Can there be a more underrated musician than Tom Robinson and TRB? And has any band been more erroneously forgotten? This 3CD and 1DVD set is all you need to recapture the spirit of late seventies grass-roots rock that not only delivered brilliant music but also head-on addressed the political and social problems the UK faced at the time... wait, listening to it in 2013 there's not much updating needed for many of these tracks to sound relevant right now. Never really understood why TRB were aligned with punk... all they shared was 1977. This set has a great booklet that charts the rise and fall from today's perspective.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John H. McCarthy on 9 Sept. 2013
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The TOM ROBINSON BAND, one of many UK groups formed after seeing the early SEX PISTOLS perform, could be sited as THE example of a group who had a DYNAMITE first album but crashed and burned after suffering the dreaded "second album curse." The original group, featuring Tom Robinson (lead vocals, bass), Danny Kustow (guitar, vocals), Mark Ambler (keyboards) and Brian "Dolphin" Taylor (drums) formed during 1976's heady "anyone can do it" UK punk revolution and burst onto scene in 1977 as punk began to be swallowed by the major record companies, eventually spitting out the "new wave." 'THE ANTHOLOGY 1977-1979 is another great release in the spate of 3-6 disc sets that EMI Records have been releasing over the past few years, it contains all of their studio work, live concert material and a DVD featuring a BBC documentary on the band, a few live TV performances and music videos, and a thicker more detailed booklet than found in most of the EMI "complete output" releases.

Robinson first realized he was gay as a young teenager but was racked by guilt due to the mores of the day, homosexuality was considered a criminal offense in England until 1999. Suffering a nervous breakdown after attempting suicide at 16 he was sent to Finchden Manor a therapeutic community for disturbed teenagers where he first met Kustow. A avid listener of influential disc-jockey John Peel's seminal pirate radio program "The Perfumed Garden," Robinson later witnessed an inspiring school performance by Alexis Korner a founding father of the British blues scene cementing his desire inspiring to pursue a musical career.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Hatfield on 1 July 2013
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This is a superb comprehensive anthology of the Tom Robinson Band. A 3CD and 1 DVD set compiles the two albums "Power In The Darkness" and "TRB Two" alongside the 1977 John Peel sessions, some additional A and B sides (ask an older person !), a few previously unreleased tracks, two "in concert" BBC sessions and a DVD that accurately highlights that, with the incendiary guitar licks from Danny Kustow and the social comment, you have yourself a band that, at their brief height, could give The Clash a run for their money.
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