Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Sex Pistols 3-CD Box Set

 Like everyone who was interested in the "new wave" of rock'n'roll happening in the mid-to-late 70's, I was a huge fan of the Sex Pistols' early Mott The Hoople/Kinks/Small Faces brand of "punk rock". Lydon's sneering vocals and exceptional lyrics kept them from being a pub rock band and the combination of personalities built upon the Ramones solid foundation to create the template for early (pre-hard-core) punk rock. 

This 3-CD box set (a high-quality, hard cover booklet is included, as well) encompasses "most of the material recorded by the band while Johnny Rotten was the singer" (per Wikipedia), including the entirety of their sole album, B-Sides, demos, rarities, outtakes and covers of their influences like "Substitute", "Stepping Stone", "Road Runner", "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" and even an aborted take on the Creation's fab "Through My Eyes" (not necessarily something that they should have even tried!).

That's it for the first 2 CD's and the third has their full show at Screen on the Green in 1976, proving that they were a pretty powerful force to be reckoned with while Glen Matlock was holding down the low end with Paul Cook (Sid only appears on "Belsen Was a Gas" on this comp). There's a handful of other live tracks, as well, including songs never recorded in the studio.

Overall, while this isn't literally everything the band did, this presents most of the essential material. Of course, most fans probably have all of these numbers, but this puts everything together in one place in a well-done package. Get it if you don't already have it!