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The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle

Sex Pistols Vinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000LYCX8W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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SEX PISTOLS The Great Rock N Roll Swindle (1979 UK Virgin label 24-track 2-LP vinyl set featuring the classic film soundtrack including I Wanna Be Me and Anarchy In The UK which are not listed on the picture sleeve with insert. Both discs have a picture label with the album artwork on one side and either a yellow or red label on the reverse stating sorry about the incorrect tracklisting on sleeve - its another swindle!. Housed in a gatefold picture sleeve which has some light storage marks on the edges the vinyl is in near mint condition! VD2510)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cosh The Driver 10 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Package is in digipack format, not a jewel case. This is supposedly a 2010 remaster, but to be honest it sounds exactly the same as the previous CD release. All the tracks from the double LP are here, and depending on how you like your Pistols its a great selection of songs. I won't go into detail because if your a fan you've heard them time and time again. If your new to the Sex Pistols, start with Never Mind The Bollocks, then get this one.
Comes with mini stickers that are taken from the orginal UK vinyl release, a nice and welcome touch.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...and it only took 32 years to get right! 10 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Finally! the definitive Swindle cd that i had pretty abandoned hope of ever hearing!
given the low opinion this album is held in by the band themselves and music critics combined with the circumstances of its creation, i had resigned myself to the fact that it would never receive a proper CD release but suddenly out of the blue here it is!

this CD basically follows the tracklisting of the initial UK Pressings but tacks "Watcha gonna do about it?" on to the very end of the CD
The opening track, a symphonic version of God save the queen has no spoken overdubs and can finally be enjoyed as a piece of music and a testament to the fact that the pistols songwriting could be surprisingly melodic
the only odd thing about this cd is that the morse code ending of "No one is innocent" cross fades with the start of the next track. thats not a criticism just an observation

Lonely Boy is a slightly different mix without the reverb on the drums, presumably the "finished" master has long since been lost and the compilers of the cd had to go back to an early version

I have no hesitation in recommending this as the definitive CD issue
give in to this guilty pleasure!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Keith_Joseph HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The Sex Pistols 'biopoc' film 'The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle' was cobbled together from various failed film projects after the band had split [with Eddie 'Ten Pole Tudor' taking Johnny Rottens uncooperative place], and the films soundtrack spawned two LP records - the nearest thing to the Sex Pistol's second studio album, but actually nothing of the sort. Great raucous fun though from the Sex Pistols and their mates, and often surprisingly sharply delivered.

I was 18 when this anarchic double album 'The Great Rock-n-Roll Swindle' was released [2 years after Punks anthem album: 'Never Mind the Bollocks']. I absolutely loved this double LP set - and the accompanying movie [particularly Irene Handle standing tastefully in the background]. But then I was a young(ish) punk [the target audience], and all my records were '20 of a different kind'. I bought this `Great Rock-and-Roll Swindle' double album knowing that my mother, father, aunts, uncles, and grandparents still absolutely loathed The Sex Pistols with a passion.....I mean how cool was that!

Granted the album was an endearing mess, with even the album tracks on the cover not corresponding with their order on the LPs - although the LP labels do say "Sorry about incorrect listing on sleeve - it's another swindle". For me `Never mind the bollocks' had already done all the anti-establishment stuff. And after all the Sex Pistols had shamelessly self-promoted themselves by being as rude, shocking and noisy as possible. At the time `Never mind the Bollocks' was banned from some record shop windows, with the law even sitting in judgement on whether the album cover was obscene [apparently the word was just Anglo-Saxon for a small handball, so no it wasn't].
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Glad i didnt pay full price 29 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
I bought this as a used copy as i had the original on vinyl many moons ago!
I must have got carried away with nostalgia as its not as good as i remember, Some of the tracks are belters (IMHO) e.g Silly Thing, My Way ,Friggin in the riggin,Anarchy and GSTQ but that doesnt make it a worthwhile purchase for me ....Shame really!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Album that nearly killed punk! 11 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In general this album is rubbish and i would not recommend it to anyone. However as a pistols fan it contains the odd classic like sid's My way or the Winterland version of Belsen. At amazon's price of 3.99 it was worth it. But for anyone new to the sex pistols, go and buy Never mind the Bollocks.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's A Swindle! 28 Feb 2005
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Format:Audio CD
Forget objectivity this album is so obviously an insult to it's intended audience that it's beyond a joke.Then why do i find it so incredibly entertaining then? Punk rock always had a sense of the ridiculous.That was often missed by it's detractors but as it was an antedote to the po faced mush that preceeded it we can understand that.It's a mixed bag based on a film that was never really a film and contains all kinds of curios that many Pistols purists still find beneath contempt.As a collection of music it is fine, and like it or not, a part of the Pistols legend.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Swindle? Definitely! 24 Mar 2002
Format:Audio CD
With the departure of Johnny Rotten, the Sex Pistols should have been no more, and this album is excellent proof of that. It is mostly novelty songs and songs sung by other members of the band, but there is nothing that comes even close to anything that was sung/snarled by Johnny Rotten.
Let me ask you this - if it wasn't for the name 'Sex Pistols' on the front, would you buy and album of mostly cover versions sung by the other members of the band or their manager after the singer left, filled in with some accordian music and badly recorded rehearsals? I think not, and I regretted buying it on vinyl all those years ago for exactly these reasons. Never Mind the Bollocks was an awesome album, but this is only the Sex Pistols in name.
Go and buy Never Mind the Bollocks instead, it's a million times better!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Back in the early 80's I used to think this music was good I've...
Rubbish CD . Back in the early 80's I used to think this music was good I've obviously grown up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great couldn't be happier, brought all my teenage memories flooding back
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Published 1 month ago by Mr Anthony C Dennison
3.0 out of 5 stars And what a swindle!!
To reach the top spot with "God save the Queen" on her Jubilee year! This album is TOILET!! Unrehearsed, unpractical and unsupervised.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tony Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars where's malcolm!!!
on the first track on the remastered cd is no voice of malcolm mclaren!! bizar!!! it is on purpose, i don't know??? Read more
Published 12 months ago by Patrick Kever
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I remember it from my past and its doesn't dissappoint. Some of the songs are pretty useless as musicians they were poor.
Published 14 months ago by Antony Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Realy good
A trip back to the 70's realy good value for money. Even educated some younger lads with a bit of punk.
Published 17 months ago by steve trust
5.0 out of 5 stars like new
good quality brought back many memories had this in vinyl many years ago nice to go down memory lane good price as well
Published 18 months ago by meme
5.0 out of 5 stars great rock n roll swindle
cldnt wait to play this, took me back to my juvenile rebellion days, no regrets lol, still much the same, ordered it n got it within 2 days, great price also, love it.
Published 18 months ago by Carole
3.0 out of 5 stars Average album but why no Silly Thing single?
Others have written about the rights and wrongs of TGRRS as an album.

My beef with this reissue is - why didn't they include the 7" single version of Silly Thing as a... Read more
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