- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Virgin
- ASIN: B000LYCX8W
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle
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SEX PISTOLS The Great Rock N Roll Swindle (1979 UK 24-track double LP soundtrack gatefold picture sleeve. Both discs have a picture label with the album artwork on one side & either a yellow or red label on the reverse stating Sorry aboutthe incorrect tracklisting on sleeve - its another swindle!. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear with a bit of edge scuffing & the vinyl remains in excellent condiition with few signs of play VD2510)
Top Customer Reviews
given the low opinion this album is held in by the band themselves and music critics combined with the circumstances of its creation, i had resigned myself to the fact that it would never receive a proper CD release but suddenly out of the blue here it is!
this CD basically follows the tracklisting of the initial UK Pressings but tacks "Watcha gonna do about it?" on to the very end of the CD
The opening track, a symphonic version of God save the queen has no spoken overdubs and can finally be enjoyed as a piece of music and a testament to the fact that the pistols songwriting could be surprisingly melodic
the only odd thing about this cd is that the morse code ending of "No one is innocent" cross fades with the start of the next track. thats not a criticism just an observation
Lonely Boy is a slightly different mix without the reverb on the drums, presumably the "finished" master has long since been lost and the compilers of the cd had to go back to an early version
I have no hesitation in recommending this as the definitive CD issue
give in to this guilty pleasure!
I was 18 when this anarchic double album 'The Great Rock-n-Roll Swindle' was released, 2 years after Punks anthem album: 'Never Mind the Bollocks'. I absolutely loved this double LP set - and the accompanying movie (particularly Irene Handl standing tastefully in the background). But then I was a young(ish) punk [the target audience], and all my records were '20 of a different kind'. I bought this `Great Rock-and-Roll Swindle' double album knowing that my mother, father, aunts, uncles, and grandparents still absolutely loathed The Sex Pistols with a passion.....I mean how cool was that!
Granted the album was an endearing mess, with even the album tracks on the cover not corresponding with their order on the LPs - although the LP labels do say "Sorry about incorrect listing on sleeve - it's another swindle". For me `Never mind the bollocks' had already done all the anti-establishment stuff. And after all the Sex Pistols had shamelessly self-promoted themselves by being as rude, shocking and noisy as possible.Read more ›
Comes with mini stickers that are taken from the orginal UK vinyl release, a nice and welcome touch.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this back in the day .Album like the film is hit and miss .This version sounds fuller than the previous CD issue . Read morePublished 1 month ago by EirePaul
Oh boy, did this bring back some memories. Am I pleased I bought it?