Vice Squad: The Albums 1981-84, 5CD Boxset

Vice Squad: The Albums 1981-84, 5CD Boxset

2nd October 2019 0 By John Deaux

This 5 CD box of the legendary Beki Bondage fronted punk act Vice Squad have their first three albums reissued again but in their original format without the bonus tracks of reissues of old. Instead, the bonus tracks are now congregated on a disc entitled Odds ‘n’ Squads (clever play on words eh?)

The choice to put all the bonus tracks in one place makes life really easy and saves all the hassle of digging out each CD just to listen to the bonus tracks (which I often have)

The final disc in this lovely clam-shell set is the 1982 recorded concert album Live and Loud. This gig was recorded at the height of Vice Squads success and their debut tour of America. It still sounds potent and so much better than the limited release of Live In Sheffield (I’m surprised Live In Sheffield hasn’t made an official appearance on CD).

You’ll pleased (or maybe displeased) to know that the production of their debut No Cause For Concern is still shit. Which is no bad thing. It would sound so wrong if it had been touched up in anyway shape or form.

Stand Strong, Stand Proud and Shot Away also still sound the same which again is no bad thing.

At this point I’m guessing you’re all sitting there wondering what’s the point of this re-issue. Well, let me tell you. Since the albums have been out of print for awhile and have been previously released in many bastardised forms, it’s actually quite nice to have them back to how Vice Squad intended.

Admittedly they could’ve had the DB up a little but that’s just a minor volume issue. It’s also a god excuse to crank the fuck out of them. If you’re listening to Vice Squad, so should everyone else. 

It’s a nice set and the 16 page booklet, which feature some great liner notes and long forgotten rare photos, is a nice touch.

So is this worth a purchase? If you have the records (which by now are due a retirement) then yes it is. If you already have the bastardised re-issues, then not really as you pretty much have the 1st 4 discs.. It is however is worth having just for Live and Loud.

Score 6.5/10

DISC ONE

NO CAUSE FOR CONCERN

1. YOUNG BLOOD

2. COWARD

3. NOTHING

4. SUMMER FASHION

5. 1981

6. SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL

7. OFFERING

8. THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING

9. EVIL

10. ANGRY YOUTH

11. IT’S A SELL-OUT

12. STILL DYING

13. LAST ROCKERS

DISC TWO

STAND STRONG STAND PROUD

1. STAND STRONG STAND PROUD

2. HUMANE

3. CHEAP

4. GUTTERCHILD

5. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MASSACRE

6. FISTFUL OF DOLLARS

7. FREEDOM BEGINS AT HOME

8. OUT OF REACH

9. SAVIOUR MACHINE

10. NO RIGHT OF REPLY

11. DEATHWISH

12. PROPAGANDA

DISC THREE

SHOT AWAY

1. NEW BLOOD

2. TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT

3. OUT IN THE COLD

4. NOWHERE TO HIDE

5. YOU’LL NEVER KNOW

6. REBELS AND KINGS

7. PLAYGROUND

8. THE REST OF YOUR LIFE

9. WHAT’S GOING ON?

10. KILLING TIME

11. TEENAGE RAMPAGE

DISC FOUR

ODDS ‘n’ SQUADS

1. NOTHING (AVON CALLING VERSION)

2. LIVING ON DREAMS

3. LATEX LOVE

4. LAST ROCKERS (SINGLE VERSION)

5. RESURRECTION

6. YOUNG BLOOD (SINGLE VERSION)

7. HUMANE (SINGLE VERSION)

8. COWARD

9. IT’S A SELL OUT

10. (SO) WHAT FOR THE 80’S? (DEMO)

11. STERILE (DEMO)

12. OUT OF REACH (DEMO)

13. (SO) WHAT FOR THE 80’S?

14. STERILE

15. OUT OF REACH (SINGLE VERSION)

16. TOMORROW’S SOLDIER

17. DARKEST HOUR

18. CITIZEN

19. SCARRED FOR LIFE

20. FACELESS MEN

21. BLACK SHEEP

22. NEW BLOOD (PLUS VERSION)

23. THE PLEDGE

24. THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’ (NEW VERSION)

25. HIGH SPIRITS

DISC FIVE

LIVE AND LOUD!!

1. COWARD

2. ROCK N ROLL MASSACRE

3. ANGRY YOUTH

4. EVIL

5. LIVING ON DREAMS

6. STAND STRONG STAND PROUD

7. HUMANE

8. LATEX LOVE

9. LAST ROCKERS

10. OUT OF REACH

11. E.M.I.

12. UPRIGHT CITIZEN

Label

Captain Oi

Release Date

25th October 2019

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