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  • Vinyl
  • Label: 4 MEN WITH BEARDS
  • ASIN: B003YWUKVU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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Format: Audio CD
Long before the Stone Roses were the darlings of the Manchester indie scene, the Buzzcocks were writing and playing some of the best music in the country. In the late 70's they wrote some of the best love songs ever to be played under the banner of 'punk', and they make the so-called 'punk' bands of the 21st century look like the third-rate metal bands with guitarists that can't solo that they are.
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.
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In the best traditions of Punk Rock I was going to keep this review short and straight to the point;

"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.
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This is one of those albums that you instantly know, from the first note, if you were a Buzzcocks fan or not.

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.
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An utterly fantastic collection.

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!
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Format: Audio CD
Originally conceived for the American market to tie in with the band's first major tour there, this chronologically arranged 1981 hits collection gives a better representation of the group than the three albums that these relatively neatly dressed punk rockers made in the first part of their career: Another Music In A Different Kitchen; Love Bites, and A Different Kind Of Tension. It features their 7 UK Top 40 singles - including their biggest hit, the trickily titled 'Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)?' - alongside their equally impressive B-sides, and reminds this listener of their underappreciated ability to marry a lyric on the cruel vicissitudes of love with a killer guitar riff.

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."
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Format: Audio CD
Every serious music fan needs to have a copy of this album. Buzzcocks were so influential on the punk scene, but have also extended their influence to the modern day, with many new groups citing them as an influence. Their quirky and short melodic-punk classics from the early days are all captured on this single collection. It's also worth catching up with their new releases as their recent writing has been as good as, if not even better, than the early days!
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