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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good attempt
It's always difficult to be truly representative of a whole genre of music when creating a compilation, but this box set does a pretty good job. It's not really punk, but a mix of pre-punk, punk and post-punk, but who really cares about putting the right label on it? It's a collection of some of the finest music of the late 70s.
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Published on 29 Jun 2005 by michael_m

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13 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable selection
I admit that this box has a reasonable selection of songs for the unitiated, but anyone who is a 1970s punk fan is likely to have virtually everything on this thing. And I don't mean the type of train-spotting elitist that is likely to scrutinise obscure corners of Record Collector magazine to find copies of Bloated Toads singles (people like me!). I mean the type of...
Published on 30 Nov 2003


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good attempt, 29 Jun 2005
This review is from: No Thanks: 70s Punk... (Audio CD)
It's always difficult to be truly representative of a whole genre of music when creating a compilation, but this box set does a pretty good job. It's not really punk, but a mix of pre-punk, punk and post-punk, but who really cares about putting the right label on it? It's a collection of some of the finest music of the late 70s.
I disagree with 'A music fan from Sydney' that this is collection focuses on the obvious and that it is not interesting. I really don't think this compilation concentrates on the obvious at all - there are tracks by Subway Sect, The Mekons, The Soft Boys, The Pop Group - none of whom had any impact on the charts and are unknown by most people.
There are of course obvious exceptions, such as the Sex Pistols (due to John Lydon keeping a tight rein on the archives), and oi bands are chronically underrepresented. You can't please everyone, but this is certainly a great collection for anyone who wants some of the great songs of the period but does not want to go out and collect CDs by all the bands.
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13 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable selection, 30 Nov 2003
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This review is from: No Thanks: 70s Punk... (Audio CD)
I admit that this box has a reasonable selection of songs for the unitiated, but anyone who is a 1970s punk fan is likely to have virtually everything on this thing. And I don't mean the type of train-spotting elitist that is likely to scrutinise obscure corners of Record Collector magazine to find copies of Bloated Toads singles (people like me!). I mean the type of person who has a healthy enthusiasm for punk but actually has a life outside of their record collection.
This box offers nothing really interesting or challenging for that person. And isn't the point of a boxed set to accommodate the broadest range of people possible? Check out Rhino's 'Nuggets' box sets to get an insight into the craft of compiling a box-set. They are monumental; almost perfect. 'No Thanks' just comes across as opportunistic and exploitative. And is it just my imagination, but doesn't the selection on this box bear a striking resemblance to the 1-2-3-4 punk box that came out a few years back?
My criticism isn't based on the actual songs. Almost without exception most of the songs on this Box have blown me away at some point in my life. The problem is that the box is so limited in its scope and only focuses on the obvious, instead of taking the opportunity to present the diversity of 1970s punk. It completely ignores some of the more idiosyncratic artists and constructs a kind of corporate history of punk. It wouldn't surprise me if corpulent record executives are discussing how half of the songs on this box set can be used in the next Mondeo advertisement.
And why are so many bands given more than one song? This is just stupid. For example, if Rhino excluded one Television song, there would have been room for a Television Personalities track. Simple. If 20% of the tracks were replaced by more imaginative selections, the box would still fulfil Rhino's cynical marketing expectations, and satisfy hoary old critics like myself who like a bit of a challenge. I may have even considered forking out the cash to buy it. But as it stands, I'll just dig up my Hyped 2 Death compilations and leave it at that.
Shame on you Rhino!
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