Friday, 18 July 2014

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"blood, sweat 'n' beers"
Year:  2017
Country:  UK
Label:  Combat Rock
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!





























In 2017 the french record label "Combat Rock" had the good idea to re-make this underrated and forgot Red Alert album. The true is the band recorded it in 1992 but was completly unnoticied both, public and medias. The album is not bad at all and nowadays is again avaible on vinyl format and some changes in the artwork and physical aspect. Twelve songs in the usual Red Alert style meanwhile the band is still active and performing live concerts.
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"Excess all areas"
Year:  2005
Country:  UK
City:  Sunderland
Label:  C.O.
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!




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"Wearside"
Year:  1999
Country:  UK
City:  Sunderland
Label:  Rhythm Vicar
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!



































Oi! band formed in Sunderland around May of 1979. The original line up was: Steve “Cast Iron” Smith (vocals), Tony Van Frater (Guitar), Gaz Stuart (bass) and Dona (drums). Self released a four track EP entitled “Third And Final,” which had been their demo, in an edition of 250 copies. This EP was re-released in mid 90s on french label "Combat Rock".  After 20 years and several albums of simple Oi! music of average quality and a sound like a lot of bands of the same style, RED ALERT recorded this wonderful masterpiece entitled "Wearside" in 1999. Personally I think that is definitely the best album of all RED ALERT discography. It is pure and simple punk, yes, but they added another musical influences suh as Hard Rock or classic Heavy Rock, besides in the very original and powerful guitars (also keyborads, chorus, bass guitar, etc.). RED ALERT even play a Guns & Roses cover "Night knockin heavens door", originally written by Bob Dylen. Almost nobody knows this album, most have heard the "We've got the power", like myself at the beggining... but I had the good fortune to run into this marvel. I strong recommend to listen to this album without doubt or to buy it directly HERE .
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"breakin all the rules"
Year:  1996
Country:  UK
City:  Sunderland
Label:  Dojo 
Format:  CD , 2 x CD
Tracks:  13
Time:  37 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Oi!



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"Drinkin' with Red Alert"
Year:  1994
Country:  UK
City:  Sunderland
Label:  Knock out
Format:  CD
Tracks:  14
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:          Oi!































It seem the most unknown RED ALERT become its best recordings. First time I bought "Wearside" (1999) I had a big surprise because the songs were better and the musicians played better too than their firsts recordings in 1979. This "Drinkin' with Red Alert" is not really a new album but a compilation of three ep´s already made some years before. But in 1994 RED ALERT recorded again all these songs with a very good technical level and (I supose) better studio conditions than 80s decade. These are my only two RED ALERT albums but sincerely I think they are a very good balance between classic Oi! music and rock or even sometimes hard-rock with a sound more 90s decade oriented. Despite all my favourite album continue being its "Wearside" from 1999.
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"we've got the power"
Year:  1983
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  No Future
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:          Oi!




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"The story so far..."
Year:  2004
Country:  UK
City:  London
Format:  book
Author: Stewart
Label: Street Music Publishing
Theme:  biography






























Great book writen by Kid Stoker from RED LONDON and that talks about the complete story of Sunderland's finest Oi!sters RED ALERT. Tons of photos, cuttings, funny stories, discography, biography, etc... from these Sunderland lads. At last the Red Alert story can be told... The Sex, the drugs, the lager, the punk rock nights, the lager, the filth, the fury, and even more lager. One of England's finest bands in words and pictures. The Complete history of one of the few remeining bands from the original Oi! scene of the early 80's. The book includes City Invasion, a day by day account of a typical Red Alert tour. A free bottle of Becks was intended to be given away with the first 1,000 copies but Steve Smith drank them all... So lock up your pets because Steve Smith is in town... Lock up your drinks cabinet because Steve Smith is in town... Lock up your grandmother because Tony Van Frater is coming... Lock up everything except your money... Buy a copy now or the publishers will send the Red Alert boys!!! Published by STREET MUSIC PUBLISHING




















































































































































































































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