Definitely What They Want !,
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This review is from: This Is What They Want (Audio CD)
As a firm fan of the band from their breakthrough during the 'mod revival' of the late 1970's/early 1980's I have all the singles and the album on vinyl, but had never gone as far as 'upgrading' to disc. The 30 year anniversary of Quadrophenia & the reformation to celebrate this anniversay of some of the other bands around at that time (Purple Hearts, Secret Affair, Long Tall Shorty) prompted me to 'rediscover' my enthusiasm for the music of that period. The Chords are the stand out band from that era and this anthology is as good as it gets. Crank up the volume and listen to the vibrancy and verve of CD1 and tracks like 'Maybe Tomorrow' and 'Somethings Missing' and the social comment of 'Dreamdolls' and 'Turn away Again', while the hugely descriptive 'British Way of Life' and 'In My Street' evoke a Britain emerging from a 1970's of Strikes, Shortages and Oppression into a new age. In their way these songs paint a picture of britain at this time as colourfully as The Kinks did during the 1960's. CD2 can't quite maintain the pace and momentum, but hearing demo's and rarerity's from a young band struggling to make a name for themselves supplements the 'finished articles' of CD1. Outstanding then outstanding now. Keep the faith.