Burn­ing Bri­tain (Cherry Red)

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Fol­low­ing on from last year’s crit­i­cally ac­claimed box set Ac­tion Time Vi­sion, Cherry Red con­tinue their doc­u­men­ta­tion of the in­de­pen­dent UK punk scene, this time fo­cus­ing on the so-called ‘UK82’ era that cov­ered the early part of the decade. This was when punk de­vel­oped into the sound that has for­ever been as­so­ci­ated with it in many peo­ple’s minds. Fast and fu­ri­ous, with riffs more im­por­tant than clas­si­cal tune struc­ture, this was punk rock as we re­mem­ber it. An era when es­tab­lished first wave bands such as The Damned, Cock­ney Re­jects and The Adicts were joined by bol­shy new­com­ers GBH, Anti-Nowhere League and Con­flict, and which spawned the early Oi! scene, giv­ing pub­lic­ity to The Busi­ness, 4 Skins and Pe­ter & The Test Tube Ba­bies. Need­less to say, all are rep­re­sented on this mam­moth 114 track, four-disc set, along with many bands that show how vi­brant the Bri­tish punk world was at this time. Although light on pre­vi­ously un­re­leased ma­te­rial, it’s a com­pi­la­tion that looks be­yond the big­ger songs by most of the acts, oc­ca­sion­ally show­ing an­other side to a well-known band, one that per­haps falls more di­rectly into the UK82 cat­e­gory than their bet­ter known, more main­stream work. Pre­sented on four discs in a book form case, with notes about ev­ery band in­cluded, from UK Subs to Scream­ing Dead, it’s a great and in-depth look at a very im­por­tant part of the Bri­tish mu­sic world of the era that I sus­pect many of you read­ing this will re­mem­ber with af­fec­tion.

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