Cock Sparrer

Rumours Carry More Weight Than Fact: The Best of Cock Sparrer

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At least until Captain Oi's reappraisal of the Cock Sparrer catalog arrived to blow everything else out of the water, Rumours Carry More Weight Than Fact ranked among the most useful of all the band's collections. Essentially serving up the highlights of their first two albums, Shock Troops and Runnin' Riot in '84,the collection was given extra strength by the inclusion of eight tracks dating from Cock Sparrer's punk era infancy, in the form of the demos for what should have been their first LP, recorded for Decca in 1977, but then shelved. In terms of sheer listening power, the two eras do not blend together well; the first is raw and punky, the second more solidly in the grip of Oi! But the songs are rarely less than astonishing and the band's intensity never wavers. Remembering that it really only addresses the mighty Sparrer's first two incarnations, this is a "best-of" that actually lives up to its title.

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