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4.0 out of 5 stars We Are Girlschool And We Played Rock N Roll, 25 Feb. 2013
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Mark Jones (sheffield) - See all my reviews
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I still own all of their single releases upto the 10 inch version of Hit And Run and this box set is a timely reminder of just how good Girlschool were. The first two albums produced by Vic Maile show a band with a visceral dynamic intensity, raw enough to appeal to a Punk audience but displaying the musical chops that appeal to a heavy rock crowd a la Motorhead, label mates and joint collaborators on the Johnny Kidd cover Please Don't Touch. They sound as fresh now as they did back then in 1980 and 1981.
The third album Blue Murder from 1982 has a different producer in Nigel Gray better known for producing the Police, but it still sounds real, the most noticeable difference being new bass player Gil Weston whose Bass is quite prominent and all over this album a bit like Jean Jaques Burnell of the Stranglers.
The final album from 83 Play Dirty[an ironic title for an album this polished] is the weak link here, produced by Sir Nod of Holder and Lord Jim of Lea.The band suddenly go all 80s with a glossy production and the addition of keyboards, coming accoss like a second division Def Leppard.The keyboard inflections hint slightly at the sort of thing Uriah Heep were doing at this time with Head First and Equator.[Thats probably one of the reasons why professional rock scribe Dave Ling rates this as their best LP]Denise Dufort thinks that her drum sound is really good on this album but the plodding nature of most of the songs and monotenous Basslines make her sound like some dodgy builder trying to knock nails in with a lump hammer.The slower tempo not suiting her drumming style at all.
That said this set does represent reasonable value but the first three albums are where its at.
I dont think that Universal have done anything to these albums. Lemon appear to have used the Sanctuary editions that came out in the early 2000s so the sound is top draw and from a digital source, unlike a lot of the stuff that comes out on Lemon which is usually taken from vinyl.
Universal now own Sanctuary so maybe we might see a lot more stuff being reissued again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Girl Power, 9 Mar. 2014
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S Finnerty "Steve" (Hedge End, Hampshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Forget your Spice Girls and Girls Aloud this is real girl power. Four girls rocking with the best as well as writing really good songs. I bought this as a bit of an impulse as I have found plenty of of new bands playing the music I like such as Black Spiders, Airborne and The Answer but I still have "Hit and Run" on red vinyl so I thought it would be good for the car.

What I wasn't ready for was the excellence of the first album Demolition. Songs such as "Not For Sale", "Baby Doll" and "Nothing to Lose" still sound fresh and vibrant and highlight the Kelly Johnson's great lead guitar and the tight rhythms supporting her, further reinforced by the fact "Baby Doll" was recorded live.

The first two albums are brilliant the second two less so sounding over produced and much more dated without the energy that flows through "Demolition" and "Hit and Run". This may hint why they became gradually less successful and that losing Enid was a bigger issue than was realised at the time. Great to know she is back and they are still playing but this is one band I am not sure I want to see 30 years on, especially as Kelly is no longer with us although I know I will given the chance!

The boxset comes well packaged in a CD sized box with each CD individually sleeved and an extensive booklet. There are some good extra tracks included such as their version of "Bomber" from the "Headgirl" collaboration with Motorhead and the sound is clean and bright. Well worth buying especially for the first two albums and to remind yourself what a superb band they were.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Band, 2 Sept. 2013
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C. Robinson (Staffordshire) - See all my reviews
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Absolute must for any Girschool fan, hit after hit, shame they don't tour as much these days, if you get a chance catch them live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 7 Feb. 2013
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S. Ward (UK) - See all my reviews
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This brings back memories of my early teens and hearing the vinyl versions of these albums. This set packs the first four (and best IMHO) albums the band recorded. Loaded this onto my iPod ready to hear these classics once again. A good package for new and old fans who do not have CD versions of the albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!, 5 Feb. 2013
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C. Simonds (South of England) - See all my reviews
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Girlschool rule and this boxset of their first four albums is a mega bargain. An excellent buy for old and new fans alike.
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