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The Original Undertones Album Limited Edition, Live

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The Undertones emerged from Derry in Northern Ireland in the whole punk, ‘new wave’ boom of 1977-1978. They had actually formed in 1975. The time-honoured five mates who played cover versions in youth clubs. The line up featured the O’Neill brothers – John and Damian on guitars, Michael Bradley on bass, Billy Doherty on drums, and on vocals Feargal Sharkey.
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  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Live
  • Label: Dojo
  • ASIN: B000024XKX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 739,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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No band ever captured the innocent side of punk rock--the first generation, that is--as well as this Irish combo. Fuelled by adolescent desire more than political angst, front-man Feargal Sharkey quavered and quailed about "Teenage Kicks" (to name but one of the album's multiple classics) while his bandmates pounded out incessantly pogo-friendly riffs that valued fun over fearsomeness. Each three-minute blast--from the starry "Here Comes the Summer" to the "yeah, whatever" self-deprecation of "Girls Don't Like It"--carries a depth charge of power beneath its frothy surface, a formula that would later be revived by Green Day. Sharkey went on to record more subdued solo material, while several of his bandmates formed the angular post-punk band That Petrol Emotion. --David Sprague

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
Salvo's 2009 enhanced CD reissue of The Undertones wonderful debut album (30th Anniversary) differs from last year's Sanctuary reissue of the same in a few ways worth pointing out.

Here's a detailed breakdown (67:38 minutes):

Tracks 1 to 14 make up the 1st pressing of their debut LP "The Undertones" on Sire Records SRK 6071 initially released in May 1979 in the UK - January 1980 on Sire Records SRK-6081 in the USA. (The 14th track, the 50-second long "Casbah Rock" at the end of Side 2 is listed on the label, but not on the album sleeve). The original sleeve had a black and white photo (as pictured above) with a distinctive red die-cut inner sleeve - the reissue (explained below) had colour artwork but with a black inner sleeve (also used on the US issue). The album was recorded at Eden Studios in Acton in London in January 1979 and produced by ROGER BECHIRIAN.

Cashing in on the huge renewed response to their anthem "Teenage Kicks" - the album was reissued a second time in the UK as Sire Records SRK 6081 in November 1979 with a different front and inner sleeve and 2 added singles. "Teenage Kicks" was slipped in as Track 5 on Side 1 inbetween "I Gotta Get" and "Wrong Way", while the 2nd single "Get Over You" was added on as the 1st Track on Side 2 - making a 16-song version of the LP. The Sanctuary issue of 2008 uses the 16-track line-up rather than the original 14. Of course with a little bit of number programming, the new Salvo issue allows you to program either.

Tracks 15 to 18 are the full 4 songs of their debut "Teenage Kicks" EP issued on the privately pressed Good Vibrations Label (GOT 4) in September 1978 - produced by the band themselves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Frizelle on 9 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD
From the second wave of punk, which had become commercially diluted and re-branded "New Wave" Derry's Undertones always had youth on their side. It was never about pure punk despite being pigeon-holed at the time. If anything their `punk' was candy-coated. A kinda Herman's Hermits prodigy

They were a breath of fresh air at a time a perfect illustration of perfect pop. Boundless effervescence and the enthusiasm of youth prevail throughout. Every track is a sub-three minute classic a little piece of simple genius, complete with spirit, insight and schoolyard wit. And that what makes it work the undertones never took them selves seriously they were just mates having fun. Besides we all know the only way to get a girl is by being in a band or a footballer. When listeing to these songs I'm transported back to the magic of 1979 is simply because the hook-laden songs are so good. Timeless mini-masterpieces that will always have a special place ones heart

Anyone who remembers seeing their first foray onto the nation's screens on TOTP remembers a spotty bunch of teenagers in cheap school jumpers, corduroys, toy instruments, doggy haircuts and coyness that was so endearing. Armed with seemingly rudimentary musical skills, the reason the Undertones stuck out was that, unlike their cooler older peers from London and Manchester, they didn't stick to the rigorous adoption of American garage and art rock like the Stooges to the Velvets. Their sound welded glam to pub rock, all topped off with Feargal Sharkey's Larry the Lamb warble. If they did take a cue from any USA acts it was the cartoon fun of The Ramones, Aamphetamine fuelled three minute pop gems

This album is near-perfection it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nm1270 on 10 Oct. 2008
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The Sanctuary label have ruined a damn fine album with this re-issue.Why on earth place 'Teenage Kicks' and 'Get Over You' (as brilliant as they are) right in the middle of an album they did not originally appear on?Why remove the album version of 'Here Comes The Summer' and replace it with the inferior single version?Why do we need 12 extra bonus tracks anyway?As a result of this mauling the album sounds fragmented and will disappoint those of us who grew up with,and fondly remember the original record.
The track listing on the original album was Family Entertainment/Girls Don't Like It/Male Model/I Gotta Getta/Wrong Way/Jump Boys/Here Comes The Summer/Billy's Third/Jimmy Jimmy/True Confessions/She's A Runaround/I Know A Girl/Listening In/Casbah Rock.This is how The Undertones intended it to be and this is the order in which it should be played.I will not mention the bonus tracks but I'll remember the original record as it was meant to be.
The album kicks off in a somewhat dark style with the incest themed 'Family Entertainment'..('Mummy wouldn't like it,Dad's gone too far').It has irresistable hooks,lovely guitar riffs,Fergal Sharkey's quivering vocals and some catchy keyboard playing.Then follows the explosive 'Girls Don't Like It' and 'Male Model' with it's thick guitar riffs and Sharkey's vocals is up there with any punk song of the same period.This leads on to the georgeous 'I Gotta Getta' possibly the most perfect song on the album.
Every song is a gem here,check out the stop start punky 'Jump Boys' and topics including betrayal ('True Confessions') and suicide ('Jimmy Jimmy').'She's A Runaround' is frantic,bouncy pop and closer 'Casbah Rock' sounds like an out-take with it's muffled production and brevity but it works well nevertheless.
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