Various Artists

The Entire History of Punk

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The Entire History of Punk is not one of those meticulously compiled and annotated box sets that comprehensively survey a portion of musical history. Instead, it is a randomly organized collection of tracks with virtually no annotations beyond song titles, group names, and a brief introduction by former Vice Squad singer Beki Bondage. That may seem appropriate to punk music, a style that incorporated the suggestion of a rip-off as part of its essence, but the result is scattershot. Dressed to Kill has not licensed tracks from any of the major labels, so whenever an important song by a prominent artist turns up, a hit by the Sex Pistols or the Stranglers, for instance, it's a live performance or outtake, not the original recording. And although by this method some of the major names in British punk are included, along with legendary progenitors like Iggy Pop and the MC5, many others are missing. There is nothing here by the Clash or the Ramones, except for remakes of their songs by lesser known performers. So, the set does not live up to its ambitious title. But it does contain fifteen-and-a-half hours of punk music (which could have fit onto 13 CDs instead of being spread across 20), 314 tracks by 127 different artists, three dozen of them successful enough to make the U.K. charts. Most of those performers are second- or third-division punk acts, and many are second or third generation as well, with the recordings stretching from the mid-'70s until well into the 1980s. The real stars of the box are raucous, political British groups like the Angelic Upstarts (who have 12 cuts), the Adicts (nine), and Sham 69 (seven). As long as the listener doesn't expect a complete portrait of punk, there are many discoveries to be made.

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:21 Amazon
2 03:55 Amazon
3 03:03 Amazon
4 01:35 Amazon
5 01:23 Amazon
6 03:44 Amazon
7 02:01 Amazon
8 02:48 Amazon
9 03:19 Amazon
10 02:18 Amazon
11 03:00 Amazon
12 02:45 Amazon
13 01:39 Amazon
14 02:04 Amazon
15
02:31 Amazon
16 03:13 Amazon
17
02:16 Amazon
18 02:04 Amazon
19 02:33 Amazon
20
01:38 Amazon
21 01:35 Amazon
22 03:14 Amazon
23 03:25 Amazon
24 02:21 Amazon
25
25:45 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
02:32 Amazon
2
03:09 Amazon
3 02:33 Amazon
4 02:21 Amazon
5 02:03 Amazon
6 01:55 Amazon
7 01:50 Amazon
8 02:52 Amazon
9 02:58 Amazon
10 03:18 Amazon
11 02:33 Amazon
12 02:27 Amazon
13
03:19 Amazon
14 02:13 Amazon
15 03:46 Amazon
16 02:09 Amazon
17
01:54 Amazon
18
03:12 Amazon
19
02:31 Amazon
20 01:51 Amazon
21 02:59 Amazon
22
03:27 Amazon
23
03:15 Amazon
24
03:30 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 17

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
04:04 Amazon
2
03:27 Amazon
3
02:07 Amazon
4
02:22 Amazon
5
06:14