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Various Artists - Jon Savage's 1972-1976 - All Our Times Have Come (Ace)

£17.49

RELEASED: 26th March 2021 (subject to change)
2 x CD

Format:  2 x CD
Cat No:  CDTOP2 1594

Continuing Jon Savage’s critically-acclaimed series of compilations for Ace, which began in 1966 to soundtrack his Faber book of the same name/year, Jon’s musical journey is now firmly entrenched in the 1970s and all the rock variants you can shake a stick at. This double CD covers five full years of rocking out, watching our beloved, familiar rock’n’roll morph its way into power pop, glam rock, pub rock, krautrock and punk rock. Even the hippies were finding their teeth and plugging in their guitars. Many of the chart acts had, in one form or another, been around since the mid-60s and they adapted their core aesthetic for the new era, and with this volume, we find the young punk-to-be Jon settling into his tribe and his stride.

In his ongoing quest to define the era these compilations cover, Jon does not follow the accredited pre-punk timelines but aims to reflect the fertility of the years between 1972 and 1976. It moves from Californian decadence (Little Feat, the re-formed Byrds) through quirky Brit rock (the Move, John Cale), through the Flamin’ Groovies, Iggy & the Stooges, into one major trend of the times, power pop – aka what would the Beatles sound like if they were still going?

And speaking of whom, in a very rare coup, Apple have allowed John Lennon and Yoko Ono to feature on a compilation and are nestled here with pride. We pass through one-offs like Andy Pratt’s astonishing, pro-feminist ‘Avenging Annie’ into glam’s long tail (Roxy Music, Sparks, Eno and Suzi Quatro) and then street rock outliers like the Hammersmith Gorillas and the role our very own Rock On played in the story. 1975 is when reality hits, with the stripped viciousness of Dr Feelgood and Murray Head’s regretful address to a derelict and destroyed country. The Count Bishops and the Hot Rods speed up pub rock, while the Ramones crash in to take the prize. Nick Lowe reminds us that there was life before punk and Pere Ubu point to post-punk before it’s hardly started. As always, to be continued…

TRACKLISTING:

DISC ONE
1. EASY TO SLIP – Little Feat
2. DO YA – The Move
3. END UNKIND – Grin
4. SCHOOL’S OUT – Alice Cooper
5. I HARDLY KNOW HER NAME – The Wackers
6. SO FAR – Faust
7. SLOW DEATH – Flamin’ Groovies
8. ONE OF THE BOYS – Mott The Hoople
9. WHEN MY BABY’S BESIDE ME – Big Star
10. SHE MEANS A LOT TO ME – Smyle
11. WISHING WELL – Free
12. FULL CIRCLE – The Byrds
13. BLOCKBUSTER! – The Sweet
14. VICIOUS – Lou Reed
15. AVENGING ANNIE – Andy Pratt
16. YANG YANG – Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band
17. EDITIONS OF YOU – Roxy Music
18. SEARCH AND DESTROY – Iggy & The Stooges
19. 48 CRASH – Suzi Quatro
20. TRASH – New York Dolls
21. ANDY WARHOL – Dana Gillespie
22. #9 DREAM – John Lennon

DISC TWO
1. GIRL FROM GERMANY – Sparks
2. YOU REALLY GOT ME – The Hammersmith Gorillas
3. THE MAN WHO COULDN’T AFFORD TO ORGY – John Cale
4. HEY JOE (VERSION) – Patti Smith
5. THIRD UNCLE – Eno
6. KINGS OF SPEED – Hawkwind
7. I DON’T MIND – Dr. Feelgood
8. AFTER EIGHT – Neu
9. RED TEMPLE PRAYER (TWO HEADED DOG) – R. Ericson & Bleibalien
10. ROADRUNNER – Jonathan Richman
11. SAY IT AIN’T SO JOE – Murray Head
12. RADIOACTIVITY – Kraftwerk
13. FINAL SOLUTION – Pere Ubu
14. BLITZKREIG BOP – Ramones
15. MAX’S KANSAS CITY ’76 Pt 1 – Wayne County & The Backstreet Boys
16. CHERRY BOMB – The Runaways
17. X OFFENDER – Blondie
18. HORSEPLAY (WEARY OF THE SCHMALTZ) – Eddie & The Hot Rods
19. KEYS TO YOUR HEART – The 101’ers
20. (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER – Blue Oyster Cult
21. HEART OF THE CITY – Nick Lowe
22. TRAIN, TRAIN – The Count Bishops