Anthology

Anthology

by The Adverts
     
 
The Adverts' back catalog has never been afraid of anthologies of one kind of another, whether it's another appearance for "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" on a punk's greatest hits-type collection, or a full fledged "best of the band" compilation. If the appearance of another sampler fails to fill you with anticipation, however, think again. Anthology might well be the

Overview

The Adverts' back catalog has never been afraid of anthologies of one kind of another, whether it's another appearance for "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" on a punk's greatest hits-type collection, or a full fledged "best of the band" compilation. If the appearance of another sampler fails to fill you with anticipation, however, think again. Anthology might well be the best Adverts album you'll ever find -- bar none. There are no surprises within the track listing, nor are there any omissions. Between 1977 and their split in 1979, the Adverts recorded 26 songs, spread across seven singles and two albums, and all of them are here. Where things get interesting is in compiler (and lead vocalist) TV Smith's decision to draw the 26 from across the group's entire vocabulary. Several of the singles appeared in decidedly different versions on LP -- Smith selects whichever he thinks was most representative. Other familiar takes are replaced by BBC session versions: The Adverts made four appearances on John Peel's nightly show, and the highlights here, all dating from their 1978-1979 sessions, are genuinely among the best things the band recorded. Finally, anybody nursing happy memories of the Adverts' live sound will be thrilled by the inclusion of a bonus disc repeating a dozen songs from a show in early 1977. (Originally released as Live at the Roxy, the fully remastered disc has been accurately retitled NOT Live at the Roxy -- it actually dates from a show somewhere else entirely). Thrilling, too, is the accompanying booklet, featuring Smith's own thoughts on each of the songs, together with a clutch of previously unpublished photos by Ray Stevenson, a full discography, and line-up info. In other words, it's precisely the kind of all-encompassing document that this most precious of first-wave punk bands has been crying out for all along. Best-of albums simply don't get better than this.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2003
Label:
Fire Uk
UPC:
0802644490427
catalogNumber:
904

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. One Chord Wonders
  2. Quickstep
  3. Gary Gilmore's Eyes
  4. Bored Teenagers
  5. Safety in Numbers
  6. We Who Wait
  7. No Time to Be 21
  8. New Day Dawning
  9. Drowning Men
  10. On the Roof
  11. New Boys
  12. On Wheels
  13. Bombsite Boy
  14. New Church
  15. Great British Mistake
  16. Fate of Criminals
  17. Love Songs
  18. Television's Over
  19. Back from the Dead
  20. My Place
  21. Cast of Thousands
  22. Male Assault
  23. I Surrender
  24. I Looked at the Sun
  25. The Adverts
  26. I Will Walk You Home

Disc 2

  1. Safety in Numbers
  2. New Boys
  3. One Chord Wonders
  4. On the Roof
  5. New Day Dawning
  6. Great British Mistake
  7. Bombsite Boy
  8. No Time to Be 21
  9. Quickstep
  10. New Church
  11. Bored Teenagers
  12. Garry Gilmore's Eyes

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