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Still blows the roof off every time after all these years.
on 20 October 2017
One of the greatest and most important rock albums of all time. Every song is sensational and the production is fantastic. Legend has it that 16 of the 24 recording tracks were used for Steve Jones' awesome guitar power chords and there has rarely been a better guitar sound committed to record. Some critics have called it "guitar soup," but what a gloriously tasty soup it is! Captain Sensible of fellow punks The Damned dismissed it as "not being the true sound of punk at the time" and of "sounding like Bad Company," by which he means overproduced, and he's right on both counts strictly speaking. But with a sound this huge and powerful and timeless, who cares??? Jones isn't the only star of the show, although in addition to that thick slab of layered guitars he also played all the bass on the album in place of a hopeless Sid, so he really did the lion's share of the work. Paul Cook's drumming is simple but hard hitting and right on the money. It's truly hard to believe that he and Jones had only taken up their instruments barely 18 months before they started recording this masterpiece. And of course, Johnny Rotten's vocal delivery is incredible -- sneering, sarcastic, venomous, and dripping with pissed off attitude, and with lyrics that marked the last time rock will ever be truly threatening to the establishment. Quite simply, this album is a must-have for every self-respecting hard rock fan, young and old.