The Saints

Wild About You (1976-1978)

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The Australian compilation Wild About You (1976-1978) is the first place to go for the Saints in more ways than one. The thorough, double-disc anthology exhaustively includes the Australian band's first three records (1977's (I'm) Stranded and 1978's Prehistoric Sounds and Eternally Yours), as well as every stray EP and single track recorded by the Ed Kuepper/Chris Bailey era of the Saints -- the period that spawned the band's best material. To lure the rabid fans, four previously unissued recordings are included. The results of the vault looting aren't anywhere near the levels of "(I'm) Stranded" or "Brisbane (Security City)," but they weren't unearthed just to take advantage of the consumer, either. Additionally, the package is dolled up with scads of photos and extensive liner notes provided by numerous sources. It's odd that such a collection would surface in close proximity to the individual U.K. reissues of (I'm) Stranded and Eternally Yours, but this is the kind of package that appeals to beginners and longtime fans. At two discs, the price isn't much of a financial risk for the newbie, and the scope of the material is too grand to be ignored by the familiar. As far as punk and post-punk are considered, this is a rather essential document.

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