Buzzcocks
the Complete Singles Anthology
Label ©  EMI
Release Year  2004
Length  3:34:06
Genre  Punk
Personal Star Rating [1-5]  
  Ref#  B-0216
Bitrate  192 Kbps
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    Track Listing:
      CD1:
      1.  
      Breakdown (Spiral Scratch EP 1976)  
       1:58  
      2.  
      Times Up (Spiral Scratch EP 1976)  
       3:04  
      3.  
      Boredom (Spiral Scratch EP 1976)  
       2:51  
      4.  
      Friends Of Mine (Spiral Scratch EP 1976)  
       2:15  
      5.  
      Orgasm Addict (Orgasm Addict 7in 1977)  
       2:01  
      6.  
      Whatever Happened To (Orgasm Addict 7in 1977)  
       2:13  
      7.  
      What Do I Get (What Do I Get 7in 1978)  
       2:54  
      8.  
      Oh Shit (What Do I Get 7in 1978)  
       1:35  
      9.  
      I Dont Mind (I Dont Mind 7in 1978)  
       2:18  
      10.  
      Autonomy (I Dont Mind 7in 1978)  
       3:43  
      11.  
      Moving Away From the Pulsebeat (Promo 12in 1978 1sided)  
       5:40  
      12.  
      Love You More (Love You More 7in 1978)  
       1:49  
      13.  
      Noise Annoys (Love You More 7in 1978)  
       2:51  
      14.  
      Ever Fallen In Love (Ever Fallen In Love 7in 1978)  
       2:41  
      15.  
      Just Lust (Ever Fallen In Love 7in 1978)  
       3:00  
      16.  
      Promises (Promises 7in 1978)  
       2:35  
      17.  
      Lipstick (Promises 7in 1978)  
       2:37  
      18.  
      Everybodys Happy Nowadays (Everybodys Happy Nowadays 7in 1979)  
       3:12  
      19.  
      Why Cant I Touch You (Everybodys Happy Nowadays 7in 1979)  
       6:35  
      20.  
      Harmony In My Head (Harmony In My Head 7in 1979)  
       3:08  
      21.  
      Somethings Gone Wrong Again (Harmony In My Head 7in 1979)  
       4:33  
      22.  
      You Say You Don't Love Me (You Say You Don't Love Me 7in 1979)  
       2:53  
      23.  
      Raison dEtre (You Say You Don't Love Me 7in 1979)  
       3:32  
      24.  
      I Believe (I Believe 7in 1979)  
       7:08  
      CD2:
      1.  
      Are Everything (Part 1 7in 1980)  
       3:59  
      2.  
      Why Shes A Girl From the Chainstore (Part 1 7in 1980)  
       2:27  
      3.  
      Airwaves Dream (Part 2 7in 1980)  
       3:53  
      4.  
      Strange Thing (Part 2 7in 1980)  
       4:11  
      5.  
      What Do You Know (Part 3 7in 1980)  
       3:15  
      6.  
      Running Free (Part 3 7in 1980)  
       3:13  
      7.  
      I Look Alone (C81 Comp 1981)  
       3:04  
      8.  
      Alive Tonight (Alive Tonight EP 1991)  
       3:50  
      9.  
      Serious Crime (Alive Tonight EP 1991)  
       3:29  
      10.  
      Last To Know (Alive Tonight EP 1991)  
       2:55  
      11.  
      Successful St (Alive Tonight EP 1991)  
       5:29  
      12.  
      Isolation (Live) (Radio 5 1993)  
       3:44  
      13.  
      Innocent (Innocent EP 1993)  
       3:33  
      14.  
      Who'll Help Me Forget (Innocent EP 1993)  
       2:57  
      15.  
      Inside (Innocent EP 1993)  
       2:31  
      16.  
      Do It (Do It EP 1993)  
       2:57  
      17.  
      Trash Away (Do It EP 1993)  
       4:45  
      18.  
      All Over You (Live) (Do It EP 1993)  
       3:15  
      19.  
      Libertine Angel (Libertine Angel EP 1994)  
       2:57  
      20.  
      Roll It Over (Libertine Angel EP 1994)  
       3:41  
      21.  
      Excerpt From Prison Riot Hostage (Libertine Angel EP 1994)  
       1:59  
      CD3:
      1.  
      Totally From the Heart (Internet Single 2002)  
       2:42  
      2.  
      Thunder Of Hearts (Internet Single 2002)  
       2:55  
      3.  
      Soul On A Rock (Internet Single 2002)  
       3:32  
      4.  
      Jerk (Jerk EP 2003)  
       2:23  
      5.  
      Dont Come Back (Jerk EP 2003)  
       2:35  
      6.  
      Oh Shit (Live) (Jerk EP 2003)  
       1:58  
      7.  
      Sick City Sometimes (Sick City Sometimes EP 2003)  
       3:00  
      8.  
      Never Believe It (Demo) (Sick City Sometimes EP 2003)  
       3:07  
      9.  
      Paradise (Live) (Sick City Sometimes EP 2003)  
       2:28  
      10.  
      Steve Diggle & Tony Barber Interviewed By Alan Parker  
       40:16  
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      Review by Mark Deming

      The key word in the title of this triple-disc collection of single sides from the Buzzcocks is "Complete," which in this case proves to be both a virtue and a flaw. In their original incarnation, the Buzzcocks scarcely ever made a wrong move, and between 1977 and 1981, they released a string of genius singles that not only defined the nascent genre of punk-pop, but showed how adventurous their lean but hook-laden bamalama could be. In 1989, after an eight-year split, the Buzzcocks got back together and, following a handful of well-received tours, they began recording again (with Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle joined by a variety of bassists and drummers). However, while the Buzzcocks continue to be a superb live band, the recordings from the new edition of the group simply haven't been as exciting or memorable as their original string of discs, and though the quality level of this set begins to falter a bit with the last few sides from the first Buzzcocks lineup, it's when the band reunites for Trade Test Transmissions on track 32 with "Alive Tonight" that the dip becomes really obvious. Mind you, it's not that the recordings from the second-generation Buzzcocks are bad; the group could (and can) still write good songs and play them with vigor and enthusiasm, but when you were perhaps the world's greatest singles band for four years, simply being considerably better than average just isn't the same. The epochal Singles Going Steady is still the best document of the Buzzcocks' first flower of genius, and while The Complete Singles Anthology has everything from that album, along with the brilliant Spiral Scratch EP, you also get a bunch of other stuff you'll probably find yourself skipping over after you've played it once. The completeness of this set hurts the listening experience as much as it helps.
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