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4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
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Price:£14.90+ £1.26 shipping

on 28 October 2016
Why,why, why did i wait so long to buy this cd,put this on,close your eye,s your right there raw,in your face,the pistols as they should be heard.
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on 1 November 2013
Never mind the Bollocks indeed! This is the Sex Pistols at their best. Most tracks on here sound better than the heavily processed studio tracks on Bollocks
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on 27 February 2007
forget "never mind" that was an over polished studio production.Listen to the real pistols who don't fire blanks on this record..they have loads of spunk!! I'm grinning like a cheshire cat marvelling at the sound created by mr jones.The music might be 30 years old but that dosn't mean you shouldn't crank it up and have fun[however old you are!]
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on 1 September 2008
If you're after THE album to own as a Classic either of The Pistol's themselves, or Punk music as an era in our rock history, then look no further than this.
Down here in what many would regard as 'sleepy old Dorset,' we were as on the ball in 1977 as the rest of the UK with this album. Word went around about the bootleg record stall at Wimborne Market having copies of 'Spunk,' so nipping out from work 5 minutes early one lunch hour on market day to get one was the order of the day.
The sleeve notes in the booklet with this 'official' CD release say it was going for a fiver, but the stall-holder at the market sold his for a tenner, and with the buzz going around about it, it was the 'must-have' LP of the day and if he'd asked fifteen you'd have paid it. It was THE vinyl album to own and have as part of your collection, and when you hear it you will understand the reasons why. It blows the NMTBollocks album right out of the water, The Pistols were wired to the effing mains when they recorded these far superior and crunchy versions of the tracks you have come to know and love.
Now with 3 extra bonus tracks from the sessions and a slip cover fascimile of the original bootleg LP sleeve, the booklet gives an excellent account of the history behind the making of the tracks, which must see it as one of the few, or maybe THE only Classic Bootleg LP of all time!
Every serious rock and / or punk collector needs this one!
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on 19 October 2011
It carries a certain irony that the material on this "official bootleg" was not sourced from the mastertapes. It seems to have been copied from a previous digital release which itself was copied from a partially off-speed vinyl bootleg. The main giveaway is some tracks running slightly too slow, the same as on previous semi-offical/bootleg releases. The lesser giveaway is the occasional presence of vinyl clicks and pops, although these are really only noticeable through headphones. In common with many modern masterings this disc is loud, pushed to the limit. That said, it does remain just under "the point of no return".

I compared 'No Fun' on this CD with the same on the No Future UK (original 1989 CD not the remaster) and Flogging A Dead Horse compilations. Due to the additional digital processing Spunk had the worst sound quality of the three - also the channels are reversed.

So enough about the mastering, what about the music?

Taped in cramped rehearsal spaces on basic 4-track equipment, with the band's live soundman Dave Goodman as Producer and the original line-up featuring Glen Matlock on bass, these recordings lack the bluster of Never Mind The Bollocks. But to my ear that's the attraction. It's the Sex Pistols as a garage band, much closer to the original DIY Punk ideal (and to the band's authentic sound) than the professional polish of their official debut album.

Matlock was sacked prior to the recording of the latter so guitarist Steve Jones plays all the basslines on that album aside from Anarchy In The UK. And it has to be said. although Jones' one-dimensional style of bass playing gives the songs on Never Mind The Bollocks a distinct powerhouse drive, Matlock's style as evidenced by the Spunk recordings gave the band a groove and a strut which was sadly lacking after his departure.

So how will I grade this official release of Spunk?

Three stars out of five. Why not higher? Partly because the record company didn't use the original tapes for this album and partly because they didn't think to correct the easily correctable speed issue.

Spunk is ok for what it is, a handy gathering-together in one place of all these early demo tracks, but it does suffer from being compressed and otherwise digitally manipulated. So if you're after material from these sessions with the best possible fidelity (and running at the correct speed), you'll need to instead hunt down one of the few CD's sourced from the original tapes, either Early Daze and Mini Album.
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on 15 September 2007
I bought this on "Glitterbest" bootleg when it first came out for a Pound, I was 13 at the time, as then I still think it is the best thing they ever did, you can hear the difference Glen Matlock made.
This is the "Orginal" Sex Pistols and it does not get much better than this.
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on 7 April 2011
This is an amazing album to have, albeit a bootleg originaly. This is far better than their offical studio album "Never mind the bollocks here's The Sex Pistols" it shows that they weren't as musically incompitant as they seemed, with of course Glen Matlock who was either fired or just left the band. The sound produced by Steve Jones is how it should have been in NMTB it sounds alot cleaner than in NMTB, even Lydon's voice is cleaner and sound alot better, I mean I know that sounding rough was the idea of 70's punk however how he sings in theis album is just amazing.
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on 30 December 2009
This album is one of the most important album of the Sex Pistols. Everything that could have been and this shows what Glen Matlock brought to the band. This is well worth the money to see the Sex Pistols Demo Album titled "Spunk" everything you wanted to know of what they sounded like. Nevermind the B******!?! was a polished album and this shows the raw sound that the band created. Are they as good on the album well i can't really say because it is so different to the final versions which were on the album.
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on 15 June 2013
This is how the pistols actually sound, as the original album never mind the bollocks was said to have to much production.
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on 27 February 2015
A must for all pistols fan who have never mind the bollocks on vinyl as I have bought when originally released
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