Anthology

2CD (Fire Records)

Available from 25/09/2012

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ADVERTS (The)

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"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is the accompanying booklet, featuring Smith's own thoughts on each of the songs, together with a clutch of previously unpublished photos by Ray Stevenson, a full discography, and line-up info.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. 
TRACKLISTING:  01. ONE CHORD WONDERS 02. QUICKSTEP 03. GARY GILMORE'S EYES 04. BORED TEENAGERS 05. SAFETY IN NUMBERS 06. WE WHO WAIT 07. NO TIME TO BE 21 08. NEW DAY DAWNING 09. DROWNING MEN 10. ON THE ROOF 11. NEWBOYS 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. ADVERTS 26. I WILL WALK YOU HOME DISC #2: 01. SAFETY IN NUMBERS 02. NEWBOYS 03. ONE CHORD WONDERS 04. ON THE ROOF 05. NEW DAY DAWNING 06. GREAT BRITISH MISTAKE 07. BOMBSITE BOY 08. NO TIME TO BE 21 09. QUICKSTEP 10. NEW CHURCH 11. BORED TEENAGERS 12. GARY GILMORE'S EYES 

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