Slaughter & the Dogs

The Best of Slaughter & the Dogs [Cherry Red]

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Slaughter & the Dogs' output was rather slim, and not on par with the best of the early U.K. punk bands, though they were among the first to put out records. This 21-track compilation does document their legacy with enough comprehensiveness to satisfy most punk fans. It documents their progression -- followed by many an early punk band -- from an extremely raw act with barely intelligible vocals to a rather more polished and poppier one, though even at their poppiest, they fell well short of slick. The disc leans heavily on their first album, Do It Dog Style, the second half of the CD presenting an assortment of material from subsequent releases. Where this collection falls down is in the lack of citations as to when and on which label the tracks were originally issued, although as some compensation, the booklet does have brief comments by guitarist Mick Rossi on each of the songs. You really wouldn't lose much by picking up a CD reissue of Do It Dog Style with bonus tracks, instead, but this does cover what most listeners would consider to be the essential bases.

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