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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME !!!!
I love this band.All I had till I got hands on these CD's was
the crappy sounding ¨Obssesed With You¨cd .The remastering is gorgeous,typical of Castle Records,and the
bonus tracks are by no means fillers of any kind,each and every of them being worth repeated listenings.The ¨Live At
The Roxy¨+ 3 tracks from the ¨Concious Consumer¨reunion
album has...
Published on 6 Feb 2004 by JUAN MARTIN GABASTOU

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars one of the best punk albums
I think that "Germ Free Adolescents" was one of the best punk albums of its era. Why only 3 stars, then? It isn't because of the additional material that isn't so great -- I can easily just not play the live disc. What's wrong with this particular package is that the mastering isn't very good. The sound is thin and bright compared with the previous cd issued by Virgin...
Published on 31 Dec 2003


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME !!!!, 6 Feb 2004
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JUAN MARTIN GABASTOU (Weston Hills, FL United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Germfree Adolescents: The Anthology (Audio CD)
I love this band.All I had till I got hands on these CD's was
the crappy sounding ¨Obssesed With You¨cd .The remastering is gorgeous,typical of Castle Records,and the
bonus tracks are by no means fillers of any kind,each and every of them being worth repeated listenings.The ¨Live At
The Roxy¨+ 3 tracks from the ¨Concious Consumer¨reunion
album has great documentary value,this band really kicks
@ss live !!!.If you like the band,simply give away whatever material you got on any format and treasure this excellent
2 cd set,which is more of a boxed set for the enormous
amount of musical history.It would have been perfect if Castle had included a comprehensive booklet instead of
the little poster,which is barely legible,but that's what internet is for,isn't it ?.REALLY WORTH THE MONEY !!!!!!!
THANK YOU CASTLE AND AMAZON FOR THE SALE PRICE.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Experimental and unique!....yet this madness works!...., 23 Jun 2002
This review is from: Germfree Adolescents: The Anthology (Audio CD)
Nothing can describe this album better than the word 'bizzare.' The first CD contains many of the most energetic and experimental punk music that I have ever heard. From the mad lyrics of 'plastic bag' to the catchy chorus of 'Oh Bondage up yours!' this album is truly amazing. Although Poly and her crew are happy little punksters..this album is full of hate and anger..not in the nu-metal kind of way (ofcourse!) but in an anti- coperate, anti- genetics and anti consumer kind of way. Every lyric is meaningful and relevant to todays world, even though we are now over 30 years on from the first release of x-ray spex.
The second CD is live, and wow can you tell! it is excellent because there is so much energy and life in everything that Poly is saying, however, I read a review in a magazine and it said "X ray spex are good, shame that Poly can't sing." Now I know what they mean. But this is a CD for anyones collection.The only down thing on this album are a couple of the bonus demo tracks that drag on a bit and lose me for a while, but overall what does that matter on such a great album!?
This is not punk of the Undertones and Sex pistols kind of way,this is a kind of sub genre which is weird yet wonderful. A little experimental in places. Germ Free Adolescents for example is very slow and calming, which doesnt quite fit this Punk genre, but whatever this music is its fantastic and greatly unique!
The extras of the lyrics in the cover are such a bonus to this album. Even on their own, they are fun to read and are humorous in places, even though there is such a strong and serious theme of 'the world in the future' running through every nook and cranny of the album.
Superb.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars one of the best punk albums, 31 Dec 2003
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This review is from: Germfree Adolescents: The Anthology (Audio CD)
I think that "Germ Free Adolescents" was one of the best punk albums of its era. Why only 3 stars, then? It isn't because of the additional material that isn't so great -- I can easily just not play the live disc. What's wrong with this particular package is that the mastering isn't very good. The sound is thin and bright compared with the previous cd issued by Virgin (which lacked the copious bonus tracks of this package). Given that it's the original album that's so classic, I suggest that fans should buy the Virgin cd instead.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much time has passed....., 10 Oct 2003
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I love Identity and Germ Free Adolescence and I think that The Day The World Turned Day-Glo is a masterpiece.
But this collection really grates after a while. The studio tracks are good enough but the rough mixes and Live stuff is horrendous. Don't get me wrong, the sound was perfect for those of us at punk gigs in the late 70's. This is what we wanted - rough, raw, exciting. But 25 years on and (I know this sounds like my dad!) it's just a noise now.
This isn't true of other bands when you listen to their old live material (Penetration sound great). But I think it's Poly Styrenes relentless wailing and self obsession that is so hard to listen to now.
Having said all that, for the few pounds it costs, this album is well worth buying just for the studio tracks.
The reason I have given 2 stars is that the studio tracks and especially the singles deserve 4 or 5 stars but they are only 16 out of 37 tracks in this collection. Also the 2 CDs supplied are marked identically so you cannot see which one is the studio and which one is the live disk. Best thing to do is when you know for sure which is the live disk, throw it in the bin.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Muffin the mule / ain't no fule / no! / he's cule, 6 Mar 2005
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Mr. A. Pomeroy (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Germfree Adolescents: The Anthology (Audio CD)
X-Ray Spex only released one album, 'Germ Free Adolescents', and it's repackaged here with some fluff that you don't need, at the price of a single album. The first sixteen tracks on disc one comprise the album, although for no reason at all the track listing has been moved around. Ignore the demo and live material and you have one of the most consistent of the wave of punk albums to emerge at the time. The group were unusual in that they had two saxphone players (plus the obligatory grinding guitars), and a lead singer who was a woman, a plain-looking woman with braces and an impressively bratty set of pipes. Poly Styrene had already had a microscopic career as a teen-pop-reggae act, releasing a single before punk happened, and the group's songwriting is much more sophisticated and pop-friendly than one might imagine. Nonetheless, they avoided accusations of being sell-outs through a mixture of charm and brassiness.
Essentially the original album compiled the group's singles, plus b-sides, with six extra tracks. Indeed, 'Germ Free Adolescents' contained the group's entire professionally-recorded output (the only tracks not released on a single were 'Genetic Engineering', 'Obsessed with You', 'Artificial', 'I Live off You', 'I Can't Do Anything' and 'Plastic Bag'), which makes this anthology an odd marketing decision. All the tracks are of a high standard, and mixing up the track order avoids the slight slump which affected the original album, which was about ten minutes too long. The between-song links - Styrene shouts out the song titles - give it the feel of a continuous live show, which is nice.
The title track is a high point, an odd ballad which encapsulates the album's twin themes, consumerism and cleanliness (!), with a reference to Gibb's SR toothpaste, which probably means that Unilever gets half the record's royalties. 'Oh Bondage Up Yours' was the famous single but it's actually not as good as some of the album tracks, including the sad-sounding 'Plastic Bag', the bouncy 'Dayglo' and 'Obsessed with You', which has dated very well. The title track and the slightly annoying 'Warrior in Woolworths' slow things down, and although nothing stands out as well as some of the stuff on the Sex Pistols' debut, and there's no attempt at making deep political points, man, it's much of a piece and remains my favourite of the early pop-punk albums.
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