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Burning Sounds
Burning Sounds

4.0 out of 5 stars If only there was a second album!, 10 May 2004
This review is from: Burning Sounds (Audio CD)
Ghost of Princess in Towers was the pop Pistols. I personally love both bands alot. What is nice about this CD is the songs that were being demoed for their second album. "Just Like Lazarus", "Precious", "Ambition" are all top notch and showed a direction that the band was heading towards. Classic! The introduction of keyboards do add a nice but subtle touch to their sound but it does'nt detract. I really wish there was a second album to listen to but this is a very fine piece of history by a band that get overlooked once too many times. Buy It!!!!!

Wild Ones/Lethal
Wild Ones/Lethal
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 STARS?.....WELL, 3.5 IS MORE LIKE IT!, 21 July 2003
This review is from: Wild Ones/Lethal (Audio CD)
When "The Wild Ones" first came out, Gary Bushell wrote that this was the most complete Rejects album ever. I might disagree just a hair, but it is a pretty damn good album. Although much more hard rock (think AC/DC but more agressive), this still carries all the agrro that this band was famous for. After all these years I like it more and more. My favorite tracks are "Way Of The Rocker", "City Of Lights", "Till The End Of The Day" and "Some Play Dirty". The other album paired on this cd is "Lethal". Still hard rock but with a blues touch. All traces of the Rejects Oi! past are now gone. Not a very strong album. This is worth it alone just for the purchase of "The Wild Ones" Buy It!

Shot Away
Shot Away

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vice Squad Mach II, 21 July 2003
This review is from: Shot Away (Audio CD)
Well, after Beki left Vice Squad, the band went out and recruited new singer Lea and added another guitarest named Sooty. What we have here is all of the singles and the fine album "Shot Away". More mid paced and rockier than older Vice Squad, this album still rocks pretty well. I feel this was a stab at a more mature sound and the band pulled it off pretty well. For anyone into this band this would be a nice addition to fill out your collection of this great band.

Blood on the Terraces
Blood on the Terraces

3.0 out of 5 stars Oh No! Horror and Outrage!, 17 July 2003
This review is from: Blood on the Terraces (Audio CD)
Not one of the better Upstart albums, but definetly a keeper. This album came out in the mid '80's and had only Mensi as their original member. Brian Hayes was the Guitarest that played on this cd was also the second guitar player on most of the Anagram era stuff. He is a fine player but still no Mond. With that there were some shining moments to be had on this album. Tracks that stand out are: "Pride of Our Passion", "I Wanna A Knighthood", "I Don't Wanna Fight The Soviet". For a bonus you get The Upstarts at "The Main Event" gig too. Basically a cd that any Upstart fan should own. Even if it is just for the Main Event.

Road To Reality
Road To Reality

4.0 out of 5 stars The Most Underated Band in The World Has Done It Again!, 17 July 2003
This review is from: Road To Reality (Audio CD)
This is it! I have been in Punk & OI scene going on 20 years playing music. I feel that I have pretty darn good taste when it comes to music. Just look at my Upstarts and Rejects reviews to show what I know. Well this cd is right up there with any album produced by those bands. This band sings there songs with heart felt emotion. Obvious influences would be The Ramones but with more harmony. Don't think that these guys are like The Lurkers, they have more talent (and I love The Lurkers!). This is first rate music played with talent and emotion!!! These songs were the stand outs for me: "Juicy Fruit", "Stranger In My Own Street", "Hamster Box" and "Bye Bye Beach". Killer songs by such an underated and talented band. BUY THIS!!!!!!

Out of the Gutter
Out of the Gutter

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Welcome back lads!, 17 July 2003
This review is from: Out of the Gutter (Audio CD)
Ok here is the skinny! Greatest Hits Vol. I&II were the the business!! No doubt. Power and The Glory was pretty darn good. The Wild Ones hinted at their "rock direction" and still produced some classics! Well here it is in 2003 and this is the release of "Out of The Gutter". Well lads, let me tell you, this is right up there with the best! Stand out tracks include: "Out of The Gutter" from the equally wonderful V/A "Addicted TO OI!" CD. "Nobody Knows", Beginning Of The End", "Take It On The Chin" "Collar Felt Blues" and the aptly titled "Snide". Put your trainers and harrington on and listen to the sound track of your life again!

Reason Why
Reason Why

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Comeback Album, 11 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Reason Why (Audio CD)
After the miserable album "Still From The Heart" The Upstarts were released from their duties on EMI. Instead of calling it a day like many bands from their hey day, The Upstarts signed on to Anagram and released "Reason Why". This is the CD version of this album plus all of their singles from this time period. This is a return to the sound of their first two albums on EMI. "42nd Street", "Woman In Disquise", "Lust For Glory", and "Not Just A Name" are the stand outs on this incredible comeback. BUY IT!!!!

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