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5.0 out of 5 stars Pioneers of Punk/Power pop still going strong, 11 Jun 2001
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Simon Littlejohns "slittlejohns" (uk,leicester) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Operators Manual (Buzzcocks Best) (Audio CD)
If there was ever a band that deserve more recognition as pioneers for some of the best guitar bands over the last twenty years it has to be the Buzzcocks.Not punk in the same way as the sex pistols or Sham 69,the Buzzcocks were the masters of the perfect three minute guitar song.Melodies mixed with vocals of love,angst and heartbreak filled each song courtesy of messers Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle.Most of you will be familiar with ever fallen in love, but listen out for masterpieces such as ESP,I believe, What do I get,Harmony in my head and my personal favourite Are Everything recorded just before the band originally split in 1981 a song full of great guitar lines mixed with a beatlesque string arrangement.Not a filler in this fine collection of songs and after reforming in 1989 are still going strong today.I would seriously recommend Trade Test Transmission (1993) and their most recent release Modern (1999)as albums well worth listening to which prove that the Buzzcocks are indeed one of the most important bands of the last 25 years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia., 5 July 2013
This review is from: Operators Manual (Buzzcocks Best) (Audio CD)
I was on the virge of replacing my vinyl version of 'Another Music.....' when I noticed this CD. If you like thrashy guitars and mostly short punk/power pop type songs you can do not better than buy this CD, and as comilations go it avoids the usual insertion of space fillers. The sleeve notes are pretty good as well. The other nice thing about the Buzzcocks is they mainly steer clear of the usual bile associated with the punk era. If only 'Boredom' was here as well? Still going to keep my vinyl though as it came with the free limited edition shopping bag and not forgetting my all time favourite Buzzcocks song - Moving Away From The Pulsebeat! This CD is excellent value so buy it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, sweet memories...., 11 Aug 2005
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John David Charles Hilton "Creative spark...." (Redcliffe, Bristol United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Operators Manual (Buzzcocks Best) (Audio CD)
The Buzzcocks encapsulated one aspect of punk, the return to short, snappy pop songs. And this album is chock full of them, including some of the very best examples; be it the opening Orgasm Addict or the perfect pop of Ever Fallen in Love (forget Fine Young Cannibals awful take.. here is the real thing).
This is an album for playing when you want to have a good time. It doesn't have the politics or anger that set the Clash apart, or the Sex Pistols spiteful rage, instead it has loads of great three minute, straight forward pop masterpieces.
The only track which doesn't quite work is I Beleive, which is far too long and outstays its welcome, it was the sound of the band losing the plot and forgetting what they were good at. The reformed Buzzcocks are still going strong last time I heard but this is where all those memories lie. Of other bands around at the time, only early Undertones come close to matching these gems for sheer adolescent energy...
The sound is distinctive, it still sounds like it was mixed to be played on transistor radios and all the better for it. This sort of music doesn't wear the niceties of hifi production well. It sounds best with this bouyant almost tinny sound. It won't give your hifi a work out, but then that wasn't what it was recorded for. If you want booming bass or intricate muscianship, look elsewhere. If you want joyous, three minute rock/pop anthems, then this collection is your man.
If you're a forty something harking back to the punk/post punk era for a reminder of those times, then this collection should do just nicely.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of the BEST BAND EVER, 8 July 2001
Great collection of almost all of the Buzzcocks best songs. Buy this to discover (or, like I did, re-discover) the genius of the Buzzcocks, including such sublime masterpieces as Everybody's Happy Nowadays, Noise Annoys, Orgasm Addict, ... well almost every track is a masterpiece actually. (Buy the classic EP Spiral Scratch, with Howard Devoto, too)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 16 Oct 2001
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A stunning collection of songs,i would only fault it on the basis that some of my personal favourites are not included.Every home should have one..and everything else they did in the late 70s/early 80s.One of the greatest bands ever.
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