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Sounds of the Seventies: Punk and New Wave

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Time-Life's Sounds of the Seventies: Punk and New Wave is a 21-track trip through the underbelly of the decade, focusing on songs that the average radio listener would have never heard and the average record buyer never bought. Serving up a mix of punk from the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, angry new wave from Elvis Costello, easygoing pub pop from Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds, literate New York art rock from Patti Smith and Television, Midwestern weirdness from Pere Ubu and the Dead Boys, and super-charged rock & roll from the Modern Lovers, Blondie, and Big Star, the disc is an amazingly fresh and exciting listen and could serve as a one-stop primer to the not-too-deep underground sound of the decade to the uninitiated.

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