John Lydon: The Best Of British £1 Notes[DVD]
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Compilation of punk legend John Lydon's greatest tracks, from his groundbreaking work with the Sex Pistols, his post-punk music as part of Public Image Limited, as well as his solo work. Also featured are rare live performances from Finsbury Park, Crystal Palace, and the Phoenix Festival. Tracks include 'Anarchy in the UK', 'This Is Not A Love Song', and 'Open Up'.
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We also get the 1977 promo for 'God Save The Queen'. The only thing that lets this release down is not including 'Pretty Vacant'. We do get the 1996 Finsbury Park video for it though.
All the PIL promos are here from 1978's 'Public Image' to 1992's 'Covered' including the uncensored 'The Body'.
The other must-have on here is the Time Zone video for 'World Destruction'.
A fantastic DVD collection. Worth every penny!
The 18 videos are in chronological order from 1976 to 1997 with John Lydon's passion, originality and acerbic wit shining through.
Extras include videos from Sex Pistols' gigs at Finsbury Park(1996), Phoenix Festival(1996) & Crystal Palace(2002) plus rare monitor mixes of PiL's 'Death Disco' & 'Albatross'.
This brilliant but little-known DVD is a must-see for all fans of The Sex Pistols, PiL & John Lydon.
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But to have this was worth the expense of getting a Sony all regions DVD player. Picture quality is about a good as you'd expect from primary material of this vintage; sound is very good.
Starts off with 2 mimed SP's songs at Top Of The Pop or some of those TV brit shows followed by 16 PIL videoclips, all of which are conceptually brilliant and even when I'm not a big fan of their every record/phase I loved listening to these the videoclip versions. The sound on the cds is not perfect as it's here. Plus the audio would seem to have been normalized for this released since I practically didn't have to touch the volume knob (loud BTW).
Another bonus are 3 studio audio outakes/remixes from Albatross and another song I can't seem to recall, with an average duration of 10' each.
My only complaint with my copy was that the menu didn't work well, I had to work my way around it to be able to access all of the content, and could not return it because I'd bought it in another city.
There are 18 music videos (two from the Sex Pistols - including the original EMI version of Anarchy in the UK - and 16 from PiL and Lydon's solo projects). The Sex Pistols are also featured in a trio of live video tracks from their critically-acclaimed shows in 1996 and 2002 (Pretty Vacant - Finsbury Park, 1996; Bodies - Phoenix Festival, 1996; Silver Machine - Crystal Palace, 2002) and PiL receives an audio "boost" through the inclusion of three unreleased "monitor mixes" (Death Disco and two versions of Albatross).
This is a solid visual and historical look into the work of the iconic punk/post-punk bands from Lydon's perspective on center stage.