Saturday, 18 January 2014

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"ziezo"
Year:  2016
Country:  UK
Label:  none
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  16
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock





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"Revolution no: XXIV"
Year:  2012
Country:  UK
Label:  C.O
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock






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"Universal"
Year:  2002
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  C.O
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  36
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock

























The bands 21st `official’ album (if you discount the numerous non alphabetical compilations). ust when it seems like the world is full of uncertainties, there's one thing we can always count on: the U.K. Subs. So shame on me for not procuring a copy of their latest record Universal until five months after it was released. Why? Well there are a couple of reasons. Most notably, Charlie Harper and his ever-changing line-up, which on this disc includes Alan Campbell on guitar, Simon Rankin on bass, and Jason Willer of Enemies fame (!) on drums, that make up the U.K. Subs, consistently create some of the best punk rock around, and also because 2002 marks their twenty-fifth year of existence, not an easy feat by any means. Moreover, this, their twenty-first (?) release is a testament to their place in punk's history, present, and future. And lucky me: the first 1500 copies include a bonus live CD, one of which I managed to get my grubby paws on. In any case, the Subs always play with immense heart and conviction-their music never lacks purpose or meaning, as the lyrics, especially on this disc, convey important messages, whether they be social as on "Devolution" and "White Lie" with lines like "Upper class/You're the one I hate/If we had our way/You'd burn at the stake," or political as on "Spoils of War" and "Universal." Since the release of their debut Another Kind of Blues in 1979, a loud, fast, edgy, and aggressive style has been their modus operandi, and they don't stray from this winning formula on Universal, although they do mix things up on a couple of songs. For instance, the brilliant "Spoils of War" includes a ska-tinged breakdown that slows the tempo up briefly, while "Crossfire" is a reggae-infused number and "The Dark" is a rather sedate song. However, the other twelve songs are pure in-your-face punk rock. Simply stated, nobody does it better. Just listen to the tumultuous "White Lie," "Papers Lie," with its frantic music and pleading vocals, the hectic yet emotional "Fragile," or "Hollywood." Clocking in at one minute 38 seconds, it's a short, blatant renunciation of the industry. So, this is an extremely solid release from one of the true stalwarts of punk. It's just as good as their earlier stuff like the aforementioned Blues and 1980's Brand New Age, and rivals 1996's two memorable releases Riot and Quintessentials. These guys could show those tame, radio-friendly so-called "punk" bands a thing or two. As for the bonus live disc, it's recorded at a show in 2000, has superb sound quality, and includes sixteen classic punk tunes, such as "C.I.D.," "Stranglehold," and great renditions of "Limo Life" and "New York State Police." (*NOTE = this review was written by Janellej ). "Universal" was / is a clear manifest to show the UK SUBS opposition to all nationalisms, borders and prejudices (racial, sexual, etc). Their lyrics are not crealy political in the sense of bands such as CRASS, but their songs always show the points of view of the band related to many aspects of our society, environment, etc. Apart, to mention this album has released several times through different labels on different formats: CD, LP and cassette, and even some of them including a second album recorded in live. This link here below is the more simple versions of "Universal" (fifthteen tracks). Enjoy these big guys!
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http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-TwiNnFhWwpA/TyKyjuGtUiI/AAAAAAAAEdk/GOcEpz03o4Q/s1600/uk%2Bsubs%2Briot%2B1996.jpg"Riot"
Year:  1997
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Cleopatra
Format:  CD
Tracks:  15
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock
























The original UK SUBS lineup reunited in 1996 and recorded over 30 songs, releasing them simultaneously on 2 separate discs - each one a bit over a half hour long - to commemorate their 20th anniversary. This is part 2 ("Riot") while part 1 is called "Quintessentials" with cover, back and artwork almost identical of "Riot". For several reasons generally people and press use to consider this second part better in all senses than first part, despite both albums sound quite similar. Here UK SUBS recorded simply a a handful of good songs in the classic, pure, simple and direct british 1977 punk rock... nothing more, nothing less... "Riot" is no doubt recommended for all those who love that old sound.
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"Occupied"
Year:  1996
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Fall Out
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  16
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock






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"normal service resumed"
Year:  1993
Country:  UK
Label:  Fallout
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  37 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk         Hard Rock




















Forgot and underrated UK Subs album coul be this one from 1993, which then, was almost unotticied for the most of hardcore punk scene. But which the pass of the years has got more acceptance. There are two formats, one is the simple fourteen songs album. The second one comes accompanied with a long live concert in Croatia. The download link you can see here below includes just the studio album. It sounds good and well produced, with perhaps some rhythmic guitars hard-rock oriented, but the whole keep the typical UK Subs pun rock style.
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"Killing time"
Year:  1988
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Red Archives
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         New Wave




















Despite UK SUBS is a typical band which almost always record the same music on the same albums... there are some very good exceptions. One of them could be "food of flies" or this one here entitled "killing time", perhaps the most unknown and underrated UK SUBS album ever. I discovered it few time ago after so many years listening to the band. It seem after an hiatus of five years with no activity and total musical silence, Harper decided to have a reunion with the classic line-up who recorded the best UK SUBS albums... and the surprise was and is this piece of great album, more melodic than normal, softer and slower, maybe because it is closer to some kind of "alternative rock" in the way of late 80's decade. The result is more than satisfactory and is  bit sad this album became forgot because it has truly good songs and a kind of hommage to sixtie band The Velvet Underground. You will don't lost nothing to listen to it a few... very recommended.
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"Flood of flies"
Year:  1983
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Fallout
Format:  LP , CD
Tracks:  11
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Post Punk






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"Endangered species"
Year:  1982
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Warner Music
Format:  CD
Tracks:  15
Tracks:  42 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock





















UK SUBS were another group that emerged from the scene at The Roxy in London in 1977. Founder and Lead Vocalist Charlie Harper was playing in R&B and pub rock groups before being influenced by bands like The Damned to turn to punk. The band was based around Charlie Harper's growling cockney vocals with Nicky Garratt on Guitar, Paul Slack on Bass and a variety of drummers. Although adopting punk stylings, the bands work was still heavily influenced by Rhythm & Blues, albeit played fast. Their sound was most similar to Sex Pistols or even old bands like Rolling Stones or Stooges. For this reason the band decided to entitled its debut album: "Another kind of blues". After few years UK SUBS was influenced by 1982 punk bans, more speed and agressive, and even a little bit "crossover" late 80s. In 1996 UK SUBS returned to the roots and made songs with a typical 1977 sound and tempo.
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"another kind of blues"
Year:  1979
Country:  UK
Label:  Sony Music
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  17
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock





















Making refference to attracion for blues, rhythm'n'blues and hard-rock, UK Subs debut album is entitled as "another kind of blues" and If perhaps is not the best album of the band, is with no doubt next to "endangered species" their best known. The true is the sound, production and technical level is not too much good, but the whole of the album sounds real, authentic, honest and sincere. The band started in 1977 and played in "Roxy Music Club" next to a long list of emerging bands.
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