Sex Pistols

Chaos

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Is there anyone who's bothered to keep track of the numerous post-1980 compilations of Sex Pistols rarities? Such a person is the only one qualified to determine just which of these tracks (if any) were not previously released on one or more of those (mostly shoddy) productions. This 10-track disc, unfortunately, is no exception to the standard, with virtually nothing in the way of documentation and a ridiculously inappropriate and ugly cover. You get two songs from the April '76 "Spedding sessions"; five oldies covers (the sleeve says these have different mixes than the R&R Swindle versions, without making it clear what the differences are); and three marginal-fidelity live songs from an unspecified Swedish gig. The sound on the studio tracks is better, but still boxy and cardboardish. There is some interesting material here (though primarily from a historic viewpoint). But it's time for someone to construct a series of intelligently sequenced and annotated Sex Pistols oddity compilations; this just adds to the clutter.

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