Singles Going Steady [VINYL] Import
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I was tempted to take a star away for the inclusion of a few later tracks that aren't as good quality as the others (i.e. 'Why She's A Girl From The Chainstore' et al.) that weren't on the original release of the CD. However, I can easily forgive that due to the fantastic songs that make up the rest of the album.
From the teen anthem 'Ever Fallen In Love', through the heartache of 'Promises', to the naive optimism of 'Everybody's Happy Nowadays' and the harsher Steve Diggle vocal on 'Harmony In My Head' you simply cannot help but love these songs.
This high octane sound and formula has been copied to death countless times through the years, but there's no denying the wonderful power that a lot of these tunes still have today.
You can almost feel the raw energy from the early stuff when the band could barely play a chord between them.
The fact that songs such as 'Ever Fallen in Love' still regularly feature in contemporary movie soundtracks is testament to pete shelleys ability to write such timeless tunes.
Yes,mr shelley has not been blessed with a tremendous voice, but his jilted John on acid style works for his music.
With the relatively inconsistent standard of many of the LPs both old and new (though your life probably isn't complete without 'Love Bites') - it could be argued that this is the only disc many will need to get a good feel for what the band it about. Perfect, finely honed, power pop/pop punk that we'll still be around for a long time to come.
"This album is Punk-Pop perfection. Five stars out of five stars."
Then I realised there is one - very important - extra thing worth mentioning.
The track selection on this 1990 CD issue (CDP 7464492) remains faithful to the original LP release. It features 16 tracks which compliment each other perfectly, giving the album a very natural flow to the extent that it sounds more like a "proper" album than a compilation.
But. When this title was remastered a few years ago they threw in a whole pile of extra tracks from the tail-end of the band's career, tracks which are VERY different in sound and style to the original 16. This had the effect of completely destroying the original - and almost perfect - flow of the album.
So unlike this 1990 edition the more recent remaster sounds like a compilation, not a "proper" album. You may want to bear that in mind if trying to decide which version to buy.
The Buzzcocks were masters of those three minute soap operas (on black vinyl)that we used to spend 99 pence a throw on back in the seventies.
They started as part of the punk movement, but went on to go beyond this, practically inventing the concept of power pop on their own with tight singles with great tunes and a good dose of camp.
Most of the Buzzcocks albums were bitty. This great collection represents them at their best. No filler guaranteed!
But this 2001 release somewhat spoils the breath-taking, machine gun pace of the original by adding eight bonus tracks, which were the A-sides and B-sides of the four singles they released in 1980, between Singles Going Steady's original release and the group's break-up. On these efforts the Buzzcocks sound - as Mark Paytress puts in his commendably honest, if sometimes cliched, liner note - as if "they'd given up the fight to be heard above the din of their contemporaries."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent collection; their singles are extremely high quality Pop-Punk, along with the likes of Blondie and The Undertones.Published 9 days ago by Edwin Droog
I am very pleased with my album good songs. Just as good when I therst got this wen it therst came out wen I was growing up it is good then and still is as good now I would... Read morePublished 5 months ago by punk not dead