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The Best Of The Ruts CD

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  • Audio CD (10 Jan. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0006G89FQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,089 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In A Rut
2. H Eyes
3. Babylon's Burning
4. Dope For Guns
5. S.U.S
6. Something That I Said
7. You're Just A.....
8. It Was Cold
9. Savage Circle
10. Jah War
11. Criminal Mind
12. Backbiter
13. Out Of Order
14. Human Punk
15. Staring At The Rude Boys
16. Love In Vain
17. West One (Shine On Me)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sizzle on 9 Jan. 2009
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A complilation of music release in the late 70's but much of it is as relevant today as ever.

Set against a backdrop of the Cold War, Thatcherism, Teenage Wasteland the Ruts summed up many young people's attitudes & plight of the time.

The phrase "You're in a rut, you'd better get out of it" rings true for many & the gaunt desperation of It Was Cold with it's apocalyptic nuclear sounding end is particularly effective.

They also produced some excellent singles driven by a superbly tight rhythm section & searingly accurate guitar work not to mention Owen's vocal style. If your ever feeling cheesed off just play Babylon's Burning to let off some steam or try Staring At The Rude Boys if you want to glory in the sense of being part of youth culture & being different to the rest.

What a band & what a shame that they don't get the recognition that they deserve.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. M. Pickering on 23 Oct. 2009
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In a rut? No chance! This is the best collection of post punk tracks by one band that you'll find anywhere! The majestic 'In a rut' and 'H eyes' through to the sublime SUS and the more commercial (if that were possible!) 'Shine on'. Add to that the couple of ska influenced tracks and you've got the complete album. A short and sweet career. Later bands don't hold a candle to this...feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johnoco on 14 Sept. 2012
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I must admit I only got this for a handful of tracks (BB, Rude Boys..) but have discovered that it is chock full of absolute gems. If you liked the singles, don't hesitate. If you like good music, don't hesitate either.

Good variety of styles. You won't be dissapointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. S. Murphy on 14 Jun. 2010
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This group emanating from the 70's punk rock era are second to none.

Great, fast, powerful hard hitting bass lines and guitar riffs with lyrics that are straight to the point.

I am so surprised this album only has 3 reviews at the time of writing. I'm only 23 myself so I missed out on this great era, but if anyone reading this review lived through this period of punk rock history please throw some recommendations my way in a comment to this review!

Buy this now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 20 Mar. 2014
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One of the great punk bands of all time who lived it real time...a few hits plenty of dub vibes and attitude to fill the albert halll.,.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mik Carr on 11 Jun. 2014
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Great production and a stunning performance. Nearly every track is perfect. Love it to death! If you like rock, buy it now.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 25 Mar. 2012
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One of the best gigs I ever saw was the Damned supported by the Ruts at Digbeth Civic hall in Birmingham. The Damned's slogan "Anarchy, Chaos, and Destruction" never felt more apt. Malcolm Owen climbing the PA stack so he could jump across to the balcony was a (death defying) sight to behold and something that today's weedy bunch of punk poseurs would never attempt (Health and Safety wouldn't allow it - pah!). This compilation is stacked full of classic tracks, "Babylon's Burning" and "SUS" being two standout favourites of mine, but each is a peach. It was an odd time, full of desperation and hope, with a right wing government lead by an insane witch and a real sense everywhere that to protest was a duty, not an option. That lead to a surge of real creativity, as anyone can see just by listening to any of the tracks featured here. We seem to be heading down that same desperate path with the current unelected Government and I only hope that some decent music comes out of it as it's probably all that we will have left of any value by the time they are finished with us. The Ruts weren't really recognised for their brilliance at the time, which is a real shame, but they left a great legacy of songs behind. Get this now and see what you missed and hopefully it'll inspire you to create something new to become the soundtrack of our lives this time round.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Russell Gooding on 23 Oct. 2013
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The Ruts came and went quickly, were a favorite on Peel, and produced a hadnful of cracking singles and 2 albums. One released after the sad deat hof the lead singer. This CD is a summary of those times & a very strong one. If you only know punk via The Sex Pistols or the Clash. Then this CD is very worth seeking out. I had the recrods in 1979, and I recently got this to re-visit them. This after I gound the youtube footage of the amazing concert in 2007 for the ailing guitarist Paul Fox, with Henry Rollins on vocals. Seek this out too. Its great. As is his story of the way it came about in adversity. All in all a CD containing half a dozen classic tracks. Also a couple showing that this band could play regaee jsut as well as the Clash. But it, and get out of 'A Rut' !
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