- Audio CD (24 Sept. 2012)
- Deluxe Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered
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- ASIN: B0087ZFH8A
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Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols (Deluxe Edition) Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, 28 May 2012
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When John Lydon wore a young man’s clothes, he was dispatched to the public toilet in London’s Finsbury Park to dispose of his mother’s miscarried pregnancy. Such a Dickensian-style recollection lay dormant in Lydon’s memory until he was able to put it to work, spewing the story with unprecedented ferocity on the song Bodies, the tale of a girl from Birmingham who found herself with “a package in a lavatory”, and who was both “an animal” and “a bloody disgrace”.
If the listener today wonders just why it was that this 12-song album more than shocked, frightening a nation half to death in 1977, the clues are still here. And the Sex Pistols still sound like a band you would never turn your back on.
This whistles-and-bells compilation comprises, in its most luxurious package, three CDs and one DVD, the latter disc featuring a selection of interviews confirming what an unpleasant group of people the Sex Pistols were, or least styled themselves as. Elsewhere there are demo sessions, B sides – particularly impressive is a run through The Stooges’ No Fun – studio outtakes and two live concerts, the best of which comes from the Ssamfundet Club in Trondheim.
For those whose taste for the Pistols runs to an epicurean degree, there is much here to savour. But in all truth, this band was only ever truly represented by the dozen songs they released on their only album proper. And even by that point the game was up, so in a sense the original release of Never Mind the Bollocks came with a sense of, if not nostalgia, at least of something that was no longer as real as it had been.
But while tales of packages in lavatories offer a view of England that is mercifully monochromatic, elsewhere snapshots of an England addicted to the spectacle of monarchy seem prescient. And it may well be that the reason time has failed to knock the edges off this most severe and forensic of bands is because, for the briefest time, the Pistols possessed the courage to say the things that decent people did not wish to hear.
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Of the later transfers, Amazon in their wisdom have as usual grouped all reviews together and some reviewers complain of dull/compressed transfers, but it's usually impossible to find out exactly which issue they are complaining about.
So on recommendation I chose this earlier version with the horrible pink cover, like the vinyl. The sound is okish, as no Sex Pistols recordings are brilliant, however if you turn up the volume loud and have a decent sound system it has some bass punch and drive which is a good thing IMHO.
There is a 2012 remaster and I have heard the mp3 samples of it, they sound slightly cleaner or clearer and a tad brighter compared to this early issue.
As far as I know any year of issue from Warners is from the same master tape, so will sound the same and all have the pink cover, they are available for little money in used vgc if you search around a bit.
As is quite usual for me, I make no comments on the music as this is personal, but comment on value for money, sound quality and alternatives.
PS The order of 2 tracks is reversed on this issue.
Why? Well, for starters it's remastered from the original master tapes. The sound is excellent with Rotten and the band blasting out of the speakers, unlike earlier so-called remastered, single CD, versions where everything sounds woolly and tinny. There's also a few studio recorded bonus B-sides that didn't make the original vinyl - 'No Feeling', 'Did You No Wrong', a cover of The Stooges' 'No Fun' and 'Satellite'. They are all brilliant, although 'No Fun' suddenly stops dead right at the end - er, a slight mastering fault?
There's a second CD with a full live concert from Stockholm and a few tracks from Penzance Winter Gardens as well!
Sound quality is of superior bootleg quality for Stockholm whilst it's less good for the three Cornwall tracks. The band are on blistering form for the Swedish concert with Rotten treating the very enthusiastic audience with his usual mock-withering contempt. It's an essential disc, thus making sense of buying this deluxe version even if you've got the original vinyl studio album - which I have!
As for the main studio album, well when it was originally released I was disappointed. I'd already bought all four singles and, like others, had become cynical about McLaren and Virgin's milking of the situation. Additionally, compared to the more left-field contemporaries - Suicide, Wayne County, Pere Ubu etc. - the Pistols seemed a bit 'old hat'; without Rotten's sneering lyrics the sound was essentially one of a beefy rock band. Over the years I've preferred the studio outtakes album, 'Spunk', BUT this deluxe version has made me change my mind - it all sounds so great now, so fresh and new. Yes, I've fallen back in love with it and can now understand what all the original fuss was about!!
Every single original track sounds awesome AND with this version you get a brilliant 24-page booklet. So, don't bother with the single CD, or the outrageous rip-off 4 CD package, get this the 2 CD deluxe version.
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