The Adverts

Live and Loud [Step 1/Harry May]

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The Adverts and the Ruts never gigged together, never knew one another, and -- chronology notwithstanding -- never really had much in common. In fact, the only thing you can say in favor of this pairing is -- surprisingly, it works. Capturing the Adverts in concert during 1977 and the Ruts a couple of years later, it represents two of the strongest and most exhilarating bands of the era, both at the peak of their powers -- that is, in the months before they discovered that the phenomenal starts that both bands had enjoyed were not harbingers of future success and wealth. Rather, both sadly dissipated: the Adverts by breaking up in disarray, with just two founder members left on board; the Ruts via the tragic drugs-to-death saga of vocalist Malcolm Owen. No matter. Surprisingly good sound quality and all-but-unimpeachable track listings remind listeners why so many people remain so totally enamored with these two groups, and though a little more annotation would have been nice to have, Live and Loud remains a startling testament to the days when noise, anger, energy, and fire still meant something to a lot of people.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Ruts
2:15
2
feat: Ruts
3:26
3
feat: Ruts
2:46
4
feat: Ruts
3:05
5
feat: Ruts
2:41
6
feat: Ruts D.C. / Ruts
3:23
7
feat: Ruts
3:45
8
feat: Ruts
3:34
9
feat: Ruts
2:18
10
feat: Ruts
2:44
11
feat: Ruts
3:40
12
feat: Ruts
2:45
13
feat: Ruts
2:55
14
feat: Ruts
3:55
15
feat: Ruts
2:33
16
feat: Ruts
2:49
17
feat: Ruts
2:38
18
feat: Ruts
2:28
19
feat: Ruts
3:06
20
feat: Ruts
2:03
21
feat: Ruts
3:00
22
feat: Ruts
1:50
23
feat: Ruts
5:01
24
feat: Ruts
2:42
25
feat: Ruts
0:43
26
feat: Ruts
1:58
27
feat: Ruts
2:24
28
feat: Ruts
1:07
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