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  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Live
  • Label: Dojo
  • ASIN: B000024XKX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 788,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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No band ever captured the innocent side of punk rock--the first generation, that is--as well as this Irish combo. Fuelled by adolescent desire more than political angst, front-man Feargal Sharkey quavered and quailed about "Teenage Kicks" (to name but one of the album's multiple classics) while his bandmates pounded out incessantly pogo-friendly riffs that valued fun over fearsomeness. Each three-minute blast--from the starry "Here Comes the Summer" to the "yeah, whatever" self-deprecation of "Girls Don't Like It"--carries a depth charge of power beneath its frothy surface, a formula that would later be revived by Green Day. Sharkey went on to record more subdued solo material, while several of his bandmates formed the angular post-punk band That Petrol Emotion. --David Sprague

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By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
Salvo's 2009 enhanced CD reissue of The Undertones wonderful debut album (30th Anniversary) differs from last year's Sanctuary reissue of the same in a few ways worth pointing out.

Here's a detailed breakdown (67:38 minutes):

Tracks 1 to 14 make up the 1st pressing of their debut LP "The Undertones" on Sire Records SRK 6071 initially released in May 1979 in the UK - January 1980 on Sire Records SRK-6081 in the USA. (The 14th track, the 50-second long "Casbah Rock" at the end of Side 2 is listed on the label, but not on the album sleeve). The original sleeve had a black and white photo (as pictured above) with a distinctive red die-cut inner sleeve - the reissue (explained below) had colour artwork but with a black inner sleeve (also used on the US issue). The album was recorded at Eden Studios in Acton in London in January 1979 and produced by ROGER BECHIRIAN.

Cashing in on the huge renewed response to their anthem "Teenage Kicks" - the album was reissued a second time in the UK as Sire Records SRK 6081 in November 1979 with a different front and inner sleeve and 2 added singles. "Teenage Kicks" was slipped in as Track 5 on Side 1 inbetween "I Gotta Get" and "Wrong Way", while the 2nd single "Get Over You" was added on as the 1st Track on Side 2 - making a 16-song version of the LP. The Sanctuary issue of 2008 uses the 16-track line-up rather than the original 14. Of course with a little bit of number programming, the new Salvo issue allows you to program either.

Tracks 15 to 18 are the full 4 songs of their debut "Teenage Kicks" EP issued on the privately pressed Good Vibrations Label (GOT 4) in September 1978 - produced by the band themselves.
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I have to admit I bought this album for 'Teenage Kicks' and the summer classic 'Here Comes the Summer' but what I got was so much more than I expected. The tunes are so catchy that one listen of 'Top Twenty' will have it running though your head for days. The Undertones have a raw sound about them, some of the songs seem almost unfinished or underdeveloped (many of the tracks are under two minutes) but they sound good and in a world of formulated 'perfect' pop its actually quite refreshing.

Other tracks to listen out for are the Beatlesesque (or is it more like the Monkees?) 'One Way Love', the excellent 'Mars Bars' and the "I swear I've heard this one before from somewhere" 'You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It!)'.

*Update*

First of all I have to point out that my review is for the 26 track version of this album released in 2000 by Essential/Castle Music Ltd (ESMCD 831). I have since become aware that there is now a 31 track(2 CD)version been released by Salvo Music Ltd (SALVOCD017). The version I have has the same track listing as the version re-released by Santuary in 2004.

The extra 5 tracks you get in the 2009 2 CD Salvo version are:

Here Comes The Summer (Single Version)
Top Twenty (Peel session)
Nine Times Out Of Ten (Peel session)
The Way Girls Talk (Peel session)
Whizz Kids (Peel session)

And you get the "Teenage Kicks" video as part of the enhanced CD feature.

I did my review way back in 2003 and I stand by it. The Undertones debut album really is fantastic no matter which version you choose to buy. The B-sides are a must have and the follow up album "Hypnotised" is brilliant too.

Overall 5 out of 5. Great Stuff!
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From the second wave of punk, which had become commercially diluted and re-branded "New Wave" Derry's Undertones always had youth on their side. It was never about pure punk despite being pigeon-holed at the time. If anything their `punk' was candy-coated. A kinda Herman's Hermits prodigy

They were a breath of fresh air at a time a perfect illustration of perfect pop. Boundless effervescence and the enthusiasm of youth prevail throughout. Every track is a sub-three minute classic a little piece of simple genius, complete with spirit, insight and schoolyard wit. And that what makes it work the undertones never took them selves seriously they were just mates having fun. Besides we all know the only way to get a girl is by being in a band or a footballer. When listeing to these songs I'm transported back to the magic of 1979 is simply because the hook-laden songs are so good. Timeless mini-masterpieces that will always have a special place ones heart

Anyone who remembers seeing their first foray onto the nation's screens on TOTP remembers a spotty bunch of teenagers in cheap school jumpers, corduroys, toy instruments, doggy haircuts and coyness that was so endearing. Armed with seemingly rudimentary musical skills, the reason the Undertones stuck out was that, unlike their cooler older peers from London and Manchester, they didn't stick to the rigorous adoption of American garage and art rock like the Stooges to the Velvets. Their sound welded glam to pub rock, all topped off with Feargal Sharkey's Larry the Lamb warble. If they did take a cue from any USA acts it was the cartoon fun of The Ramones, Aamphetamine fuelled three minute pop gems

This album is near-perfection it.
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