Anthology 1977-1979

Anthology 1977-1979

by Tom Robinson Band

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Overview

Sometimes reduced to a footnote in the history of rock -- Tom Robinson was openly out, singing "Glad to Be Gay" when many rockers remained in the closet -- the Tom Robinson Band was a dynamite rock & roll group, straddling the line between pub rock and punk at the end of the '70s. Their sound was full-blooded and muscular at a time when many rock & roll groups opted for jagged, reckless attacks, but Robinson took more risks politically than almost all of his punk peers, mercilessly pursuing Thatcher and taking a strong stance for gay rights. That is the context for the music collected on 2013's triple-disc anthology, which contains TRB's two studio albums -- 1978's Power in the Darkness and 1979's TRB 2 -- singles, John Peel Sessions and BBC Sessions…the whole shebang, really; everything the group recorded during their prime. Opening with the single "2-4-6-8 Motorway" before sliding into a series of live sessions, the big roar of the Tom Robinson Band is immediately apparent, so by the time the professional punch of Power in the Darkness arrives, it's clear that things have been tidied up but have retained their power. Todd Rundgren wound up polishing the band even more on TRB 2, appealingly enough, but all the live material that follows functions as a nice corrective, illustrating that TRB may have gotten more assured but hadn't lost their bite. And, when all three discs are taken together, it adds up to a convincing argument that Tom Robinson Band were one of the more underrated groups of their time: they had the songs, they had the politics, they had the flair; they just existed between two worlds, which is perhaps why they sound more appealing now than they did back then.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2013
Label: Emi Import
UPC: 5099998424726
catalogNumber: 9842472

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. 2-4-6-8 Motorway
  2. I Shall Be Released
  3. Don't Take No for an Answer [Radio One John Peel Session, Recorded 1 No
  4. Up Against the Wall [Radio One John Peel Session, Recorded 1 November 1
  5. Long Hot Summer
  6. Ain't Gonna Take It [Radio One John Peel Session, Recorded 1 November 1
  7. Don't Take No for an Answer [Live at Sussex University, Brighton, Dec 1
  8. (Sing If You're) Glad to Be Gay (
  9. Martin (2013 Remaster)
  10. Right On Sister (2013 R
  11. I'm All Right Jack
  12. Up Against the Wall
  13. Grey Cortina
  14. Too Good To Be True
  15. Ain't Gonna Take It
  16. Long Hot Summer
  17. The Winter of '79
  18. Man You Never Saw
  19. Better Decide Which Side You're On
  20. You Gotta Survive
  21. Power In the Darkness

Disc 2

  1. Suits Me, Suits You
  2. Elgin Avenue
  3. All Right All Night
  4. Why Should I Might
  5. Black Angel
  6. Let My People Be
  7. Blue Murder
  8. Bully For You
  9. Crossing Over the Road
  10. Sorry Mr. Harris
  11. Law & Order
  12. Days of Rage
  13. Hold Out
  14. Black Angel
  15. Blue Murder
  16. All Right All Night [Radio One John Peel Session, Recorded 5 March 1979
  17. Crossing Over the Road [Radio One John Peel Session, Recorded 5 March 1
  18. Getting Tighter

Disc 3

  1. 2-4-6-8 Motorway (BBC Sight & Sound, Live at the Golders Green Hippodro
  2. Grey Cortina (BBC Sight & Sound, Live at the Golders Green Hippodrome,
  3. (Sing If You're) Glad to Be Gay (BBC Sight & Sound, Live at the Golders
  4. Ain't Gonna Take It (BBC Sight & Sound, Live at the Golders Green Hippo
  5. Martin (BBC Sight & Sound, live at the Golders Green Hippodrome, 4 Marc
  6. Up Against the Wall (BBC Sight & Sound, live at the Golders Green Hippo
  7. Don't Take No for an Answer (BBC Sight & Sound, live at the Golders Gre
  8. All Right All Night (BBC Radio 'In Concert', Recorded at the Wycombe To
  9. The Winter of '79 (BBC Radio 'In Concert', Recorded at the Wycombe Town Hal
  10. Black Angel (BBC Radio 'In Concert', Recorded at the Wycombe Town Hall,
  11. Blue Murder (BBC Radio 'In Concert', Recorded at the Wycombe Town Hall,
  12. Getting Tighter (BBC Radio 'In Concert', Recorded at the Wycombe Town H
  13. Too Good to Be True (BBC Radio 'In Concert', Recorded att the Wycombe T
  14. Sorry Mr Harris (BBC Radio 'In Concert', Recorded at the Wycombe Town H
  15. Bully for You (BBC Radio 'In Concert', Recorded at the Wycombe Town Hal
  16. Ain't Gonna Take It (BBC Radio 'In Concert', Recorded at the Wycombe To
  17. 2-4-6-8 Motorway (BBC Radio 'In Concert', Recorded at the Wycombe Town
  18. Right On Sister (Encore) (BBC Radio 'In Concert', Recorded at the Wycom

Disc 4

  1. Too Good to Be True? (Granada TV Documentary)
  2. Martin
  3. (Sing If You're) Glad to Be Gay
  4. Power in the Darkness
  5. You Turn Me On
  6. 2-4-6-8 Motorway
  7. 2-4-6-8 Motorway
  8. (Sing If You're) Glad to Be Gay
  9. The Winter of '79
  10. Don't Take No for an Answer
  11. Black Angel
  12. Bully for You

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