Title - 'Anti-Pasti: 1980-83' (3CD Box-Set)
Artist - Anti-Pasti
For those not in the know, Anti-Pasti are a British punk rock band, founded by vocalist Martin Roper and guitarist Dugi Bell in 1978, featuring Kev Nixon on drums and Will Hoon on bass guitar.
Later they were joined by a second guitarist, Ollie Hoon and their first album, The Last Call, spent seven weeks in the UK Albums Chart, peaking at #31.
Roper left the band in 1982, and Anti-Pasti effectively ended until reformations in both 1995 and 2012.
This brand new 3CD Box-Set, Anti-Pasti: 1980-83' (releasing August 14th, 2020 via Captain Oi! / Cherry Red Records UK) features all of the seminal Punk bands early '80s recordings.
Disc One is their debut album The Last Call which hit #31 in the UK National Chart and also topped the Independent Chart.
Disc One - The Last Call (1981):
1. 'No Government'
2. 'Brew Your Own'
3. 'Another Dead Soldier'
4. 'Call The Army (I'm Alive)'
5. 'City Below'
6. '24 Hours'
7. 'Night of the Warcry'
8. 'Freedom Row'
9. 'St. George (Gets His Gun)'
10. 'The Last Call'
11. 'Ain't Got Me'
12. 'Truth And Justice'
14. 'I Wanna Be Your Dog'
Now, in truth, bands like this were fine to see live, or even listened to by way of some dodgy live bootleg, but they just didn't translate to the studio very well (in my humble opinion).
I got this album when it came out, and even though at that time I was involved in the same musical movement, I still thought it was lacking their known passion and energy that you would get from their live shows.
Nearly 40 years on from this album's release and that feeling still lingers for as much as it is wonderful from a purely nostalgic perspective, that studio-numbness still smothers the bands undoubted live aura.
That all said, The Last Call is still a broodingly explosive and highly dynamic, albeit mid-tempo punk rock record, and is as good, or perhaps even better, than earlier work from other seminal bands such as Discharge, Exploited, GBH or even the great UK Subs.
The second disc is 1982's Caution In The Wind album which hit #7 in the Independent Chart.
Disc Two - Caution In The Wind (1982):
1. 'Caution In The Wind'
2. 'One Friday Night'
3. 'X Affair'
4. 'Get Out Now'
5. 'Mr Mystery'
6. 'East To The West'
7. 'See How They Run'
8. 'Hate Circulation'
9. 'Agent ABC'
10. 'The Best of Us'
11. 'Guinea Pigs'
12. 'Beyond Belief'
Well, this sophomore album is a lot different than their debut, simply because it sounds more like '80s rock and roll mixed with punk, rather than just undiluted punk rock.
Still a pretty decent album, you see a band pushing the boundaries with a more melodic rock approach to their music, still chock full of attitude and distain for the government, of course.
The more adventurous production generally makes them sound almost exactly like The Clash circa 1978, and incorporates occasional subtleties such as keyboards and (on 'East To The West') echoed lead guitar and Latin-style bongos suggestive of Combat Rock-era Clash.
Even stranger is 'Agent ABC', a Motown-esque semi-instrumental filled out with mock-orchestral keyboards. But, they were doing what they thought was required of them, just as punk was dying out, and hence we get this melodic punk rock-esque 12-tracker.
The final disc contains 18 non-LP tracks including all of the Indie Chart #11 hit EP Four Sore Points, the #9 charting 'Let Them Free' and the #1 'Six Guns'.
Disc Three - Rarities:
1. 'No Government' (Single Version)
3. 'Two Years Too Late'
4. 'Something New'
5. 'Ain't Got Me' (The Wragby Studio Session Tapes, 1980)
6. 'Another Dead Soldier' (The Wragby Studio Session Tapes, 1980)
7. 'Two Years Too Late' (Live - Apocalypse Now Tour)
8. 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' ((Live - Apocalypse Now Tour)
9. 'Another Dead Soldier' ((Live - Apocalypse Now Tour)
10. 'Let Them Free'
11. 'Another Dead Soldier' (Single Version)
12. 'Hell' (Single Version)
13. 'Six Guns'
14. 'Now's The Time'
15. 'Call The Army (I'm Alive)' (Single Version)"
16. 'Burn In Your Own Flames'
17. 'Last Train To Nowhere'
18. 'Blind Faith'
Now this third and final disc, containing a plethora of Rarities and live recordings, truly comes into its own, and showcases the band at their finest, on the aforementioned live tracks.
The energy and the power in their guitars and vocals are magnificent and breathe genuine life into all the lyrics and songs that come forth.
A few repeats in the mix - live and single versions - but for the most part, and inclusive of the brilliant 'Six Guns,' this is the way to listen to Anti-Pasti, trust me!
The booklet contains detailed liner notes, pictures of all relevant record sleeves and lots of clippings from the era.