Monday, 14 April 2014

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"Idem"
Year:  1978
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Decca
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!




































"Cock Sparrer" (idem) is the first debut album by rock band COCK SPARRER started in 1976 as most of first wave of british punk rock bands. It was released in 1978 on Decca Records in Spain sucursal. One year before, in 1977, Decca has already released two singles by COCK SPARRER, "Running Riot" b/w "Sister Suzie" and "We Love You" b/w "Chip on my Shoulder", neither of which achieved much success. Although the band recorded an album's worth of material, Decca dropped the band in 1978 and didn't release the album in the UK, but oddly did release it as this self-titled album in Spain, which featured the four songs released on singles and six more. COCK SPARRER music was then so old... that it had even pub rock, glam rock and mod music influences, and sometimes songs can to remind bands such as: Sweet,  Ducks Deluxe or even David Bowie (just few little touches). The album was made available for the first time in the UK in 1987 under the title of "True Grit" by Razor Records. In 2000, the album was released for the third time by austrian label already defunct DSS Records, which re-arranged the tracks and called it "Diamonds & Pearls", with different cover and back. Then, in 2006, Captain Oi! released again "The Decca Years", which featured the debut album plus 5 bonus tracks recorded during the same time, in 1977. The first cover design was this one HERE, made only in Spain and you can read more information about this debut album HERE .
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"Shock troops"
Year:  1982
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Razor
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
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"Shock troops" is the second album by rock band COCK SPARRER. It was released in 1982 firstly on "Razor Records" and later by different labels such as: Link Records, Captain Oi!, Step-1 Music, Taang!, Bitzcore, Pirates Press and more, which have made this album on different formats: vinyl, CD and cassette. We can to affirm this is one of the best COCK SPARRER abums no doubt.
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"Running riot '84"
Year:  1984
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Syndicate
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  electronic
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"Running Riot in '84" is the rock band COCK SPARRER's third studio album released in 1984 and distributed by the label "Syndicate Records", now already defunct. Like most of 1977 punk bands, COCK SPARRER  also experienced a musical shift towards more melodic, soft and even electronic  or synth sounds. In this recording there are electronic drums, keyboards and some more retouching was used to achieve a very clean sound and very few distorted guitars, a little bit close to new wave and early synth pop. The first impression you get when you hear this record for the first time is usually bad and downright disappointing. But the more times you listen, the more you realize that COCK SPARRER are a great band and it is located at a point well above the 90% band Oi! 80s. Most songs have a medium tempo and are strong, but there are also two very slow and melodic love songs. Nevertheless it seem this was a "bad invention", I think the album is anyway very good, original, fresh and different. Despite the label's goal was to get more and more money, the album was a complete commercial failure and the band did not record a new album until 10 years later, in 1994. In fact, COCK SPARRER disbanded few months later (still in 1984) until 1992, when the four original members decided reformed and to make music again.
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"Guilty as charged"
Year:  1994
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Bitzcore
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  33
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!































Ten years after dissolution, "Guilty as charged" is the rock band COCK SPARRER's fourth studio album, released in 1994 on german label "Bitzcore Records". After a decade of complete inactivity propably cause the total commercial failure with the album "Running riot in '84". Here the band returned to its roots, come back to classic rock sound, medium tempo and typical rhythms and melodies of the 1977 punk music. Nothing to do with synth-pop, new wave or similar. The album had quite succes and was re-released on 24 February 2009, in a remixed and partially re-recorded form on british label "Captain Oi! Records".
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http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_400/MI0001/729/MI0001729720.jpg?partner=allrovi.com"Two monkeys"
Year:  1997
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Bitzcore
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks: 13
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
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Excellent album. Originally released in Germany in 1997, "Two Monkeys" really was one of COCK SPARRER best-written albums ever. It's hard to say what went wrong, but the fact is, songs like "Battersea Bardot," "East End Girl" and "Before the Flame Dies" deserved far more than the weedy sound and tinny blare with which they were ultimately released. Pick up the original as a collector's item, but save your ears for the 2009 Captain Oi! reissue, which remixes the original master tapes and reveals the album for the all-round masterpiece it ought to have been. Plus, four bonus tracks from the band's San Francisco show in 2000 capture COCK SPARRER in equally seething form. True anthems, pure rock sound, simply music and direct message. Nothing more. Highly recommended
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"Here we stand"
Year:  2007
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Decca
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!
































Here again after 40 years COCK SPARRER show us their good wealth and talent when is time to make music. One of the bands with the minimum number of albums on the market, just six since mid 70s. But sincerely, why a band which make a lot of bad albums when we can to have COCK SPARRER? better few but good but the opposite, isn´it? Nothing to tell more, this is a typical and classic COCK SPARRER album and is completly enough. Not dissapoint at all. It was recorded by former The Vibrators bassist, Pat Collier, and mixed by Rancid Lars Frederiksen and Michael Rosen, the album is the band's first new material for ten years. In addition to the 14-track CD version, the album was also released on vinyl as a picture disc. The tracks "Will You?" and "So Many Things" were omitted to improve the overall sound quality. A 7-inch picture disc single, limited to 1000 copies, was released at the same time. It contained "Too Late" (the album's opening song), and a re-recorded version of "Because You're Young" exclusive to the picture disc single.
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"forever"
Year:  2017
Country:  UK
Label:  Pirates Press
Format:  LP
Tracks:  12
Time:   36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!





























For many, this band needs no introduction, as they are indeed legends in a vibrant scene stretching across the world. At the same time, for anyone not part of that category, they are far-and-away the best band that you've not heard yet. This full length, their sixth, in 45 years as a band, truly exemplifies how incredible and how special this band is. Rather than follow the all-too-common trajectory of releasing a new full length every few years, and following it up with tour after tour, sparrer really remained selective with the new music they've chosen to release, and the gigs they are willing to play – and for many people, that is what really sets them apart. There is no ‘fluff’ - ever. All of their albums are classics, and this one is soon-to-be as well. Hit after hit, hook after hook, sing-along after sing-along and jam packed with substance, “Forever" is an album that will be treasured by hundreds of thousands of fans for decades to come. One would assume that this is the last full length that we will see from these legends; and a fitting one it is indeed. These best-of-friends wear their hearts on their sleeves, and bring an intensity and emotional component to everything that they do – whether it is recording new tracks, or getting on stage to thoroughly impress thousands of fans with their incomparable and truly spectacular live performances. This album does nothing short of illustrate that perfectly.
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"Tribute"
Year:  2000
Country:  various
Label:  DDS
Format:  CD
Tracks:  16
Time:  48 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!



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"Tribute"
Year:  2009
Country:  several
Label:  Raged
Format:  CD
Tracks:  16
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!





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MELANIE AND
THE SECRET ARMY
"Tribute"
Year:  2007
Country:  Germany
Label:  Bandworm
Format:  CD
Tracks:  10
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!





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"live & loud"
Year:  1983
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Link
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!
































Some day in 1983 while the band toured to show its newest album "Shock troops", the record label "Link Records" decided to keep this hidden gemm, which doesn't was put on the market until 1987 on LP and CD format. The quality sound is truly good, clear and almost a clone of the studio albums: sound, tempo, voices, etc. Perhaps this is its best live recording ever and here there are two surprises: a nice The Clash cover of "White riot" song and a new song entitled "Sun stays" which it will appear in its next album "Running riot 84".
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"rarities"
Year:  2000
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Lonsdale
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  17
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!





























Actually this is a compilation of its debut album on "Decca Records" (1978) plus five rare tracks never published. The first issue date of 1992, the second one of 1995 on "Captain Oi!" and this one on "Lonsdale Records" of 2000, all of them with different artwork and graphic design. The compilation has also few live songs and outakes, and is a very good way to know the band from its beggining in 1976 to 1981, just before its second studio album "shock troops".
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"Live in USA"
Year:  2000
Country:  US
City:  San Francisco
Label:  TKO
Format:  CD , 2 x LP
Tracks:  19
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!




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"Live - Holidays in the sun"
Year:  2003
Country:  UK
City:  Morecambe
Label:  Captain Oi!
Format:  CD , 2 x LP
Tracks:  23
Time:  50 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!





























"Captain Oi! Records" has released very few live albums over the years but when a band as good live as Sparrer comes knocking then it’s very hard not to rush out and book the mobile recording studio. This was recorded at the Holidays In The Sun Festival in Morecambe in the summer of 2003 and the 23 tracks cover the whole career of the band up to that point. All the classics are here and even a few surprises as well - this is what the "repeat play" button on the CD system was made for.
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"Live back in..."
Year:  2009
Country:  US
City:  San Francisco
Label:  Pirates Press
Format:  CD , DVD , 2 x LP
Tracks:  22
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!




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