Various Artists

Punk Box

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Bottom-feeding reissue label Cleopatra’s two-disc Punk Box features 39 tracks culled from some of the genre’s biggest names, including the New York Dolls, the Exploited, the Adverts, Sham 69, Sid Vicious, and the Slits. The problem is, nearly every single cut is either live or of demo quality. Also, the entire second disc is merely a hatchet-job rendering of the Damned’s Chaos Years: Rare & Unreleased 1977-1982, resulting in an overall package that celebrates the sneering, anti-corporate side of the punk movement by turning the middle finger on the fans themselves.

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