Monday, 11 May 2015

999















"999"
Year:  1977
Label:  United Artists
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Rock
















What? No 999? Well, guess it's up to me to write a review, then. "Separates" is the long-running punk band's second album, and is arguably their best and certainly their most famous. The album opens with the insanely catchy, Rolling Stones-influenced "Homicide," which became a minor hit in the U.K. It's a little slow and the album never really gets up to the average punk tempo, but that just differentiates it from other `77 punk and early Oi! bands. Next up is "Tulse Hill Night," which has a catchy chorus, and reminds me of slow `90s pop-punk. The next track of note is "Let's Face It," which manages to be a little faster, and just as catchy as the other songs. The songs are basically in this pattern, sounding like a slow Buzzcocks, with a little bit of Stiff Little Fingers mixed in. The peppiest songs are "High Energy Plan" and the CD bonus track "Soldier," both of which are as good as anything their contemporaries put out. The only really bad track on this album is "Feelin' Alright With the Crew," which is basically a crappy reggae-punk song, which the Clash and the Ruts had already done with much better results. This album is a classic for fans of `77 punk rock, and is just as essential as The Clash, Inflammable Material, and Teenage Warning.
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"separates"
Year:  1978
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  38 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock









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"the biggest prize in sport"
Year:  1979
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  45 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock

















some people call 999 "punk rock", but others call them "pub rock". This is their third album and probably is next to "Separates", their best album ever. Just listen to the chugging rhythmic guitars, steady backbeat and snappy melodies on the most of songs. Upon first listen, many folks were amazed to find out that 999 were a great rock'n'roll band, punk... or no punk. Practically every track is a classic and the forty five minutes become in few seconds of pure energetic and dynamic rock. In 1995 there was a re-issue through record label "Anagram" with some bonus tracks and changes in the artwork and cover design.
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"concrete"
Year:  1981
Label:  Universal
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  34 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        New Wave







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"13th floor madness"
Year:  1983
Label:  Albion
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Synth Pop







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"face to face"
Year:  1985
Label:  none
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  42
Genre:  rock
Style:        Hard Rock


















Recorded during July and August 1984 after two attempts to suggest new wave and pop audience, "face to face" turned radically to an original and classic rock with a clean, smart and sophisticated sound which it can be described as "soft rock" or "mainstream rock". Twelve songs and few more than fourty minutes which came back to the rock'n'roll roots, with a basic rhythmic section, few distortions and typical guitar riffs even own of "hard rock" or something similar. Neither electronic sounds nor new wave influences, just rock... and nothing more than rock. Then in 1985 almost nobody paid attention to the album, the artwork was frankly horrible and not even an only one record label accepted to promoted and to distributed it. So it was 999 itself charged to make this work under the false name of "Labritain Records". This recording became in a complete failure and 999 decided to disolve few months after. In 1993 "Jungle Records" decided to remastered it and to design a new and better artwork, cover and back and the response was moderately better by both, audience and medias.
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"you us it"
Year:  1993
Label:  Anagram
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock








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"takeover"
Year:  1997
Label:  Get Back
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  37 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk Rock






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"death in soho"
Year:  2007
Label:  Overground
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock
















According to Danny Dean: "Probably the greatest and most energetic 999 album I've ever heard in my life, I allways felt that no collection of music should be with out all there first albums up to the Concrete Lp, this new album Death in Soho has all the great song writing and energy of there earlier albums. After longtime making other music styles as pop, new wave or pub rock, 999 are come back again with a fistful of good songs of pure, simple and direct punk rock. The album was released through anarcho-punk label "Overground Records" on CD format and later in 2008, on LP format too and both includes a The Clash cover "Tommy gun" truly good.
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