For those of you who have never heard the Guitar Gangsters, here's some good news and bad news. The good news is that their first two albums are here on one disc for you to enjoy. If you are a fan of British punk-pop legends like the Boys and mod rockers like the Chords, then the Guitar Gangsters are for you. Although they burst upon the U.K. music scene in 1979, it took brothers Pete and Phil Ley nine years and half a dozen name changes before releasing their debut album, Prohibition, followed a year later by Money With Menaces. Filled with chunky guitar riffing, snappy beats, and melodic hooks from heaven, both albums remain fresh, exciting, and timeless. Sure, there are no real surprises to be found, but who needs those when you are surrounded by some great songs? "Nothing to Shout About," "Dream That Dream," "Bad Bad Girl," "That's When the Razor Cuts," and "Radio Shakedown" are brilliant pop songs that will appeal to fans of pop, punk, and mod bands like the Stiffs, the Crack, the Boys, the Chords, and 999. Almost every second of this two-fer will have your fists pumping and your pulse racing. Once again, the Captain Oi! label has proven that it is one of the most vital reissue labels around. Oh, the bad news: you've been missing out on these guys for over a decade, so you've got some 'splaining to do!
AllMusic Review by Stephen Schnee