Scooter­ing Words & Sounds

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The best of scooter­ing words and mu­sic as re­viewed by Nik & Sarge.

With the cur­rent glut of scooter-friendly reis­sues hit­ting the mar­ket at the mo­ment, we’ve com­piled some of the bet­ter re­leases to­gether in a sin­gle col­umn to sep­a­rate clas­sic reis­sues from new re­leases. In­fa­mous punk la­bel Cap­tain Oi! has been busy over the last few months, push­ing out a steady stream of box sets show­cas­ing ma­te­rial from the early years of punk. First up are stal­warts Pe­ter And The Test Tube Ba­bies. This Early Years com­pi­la­tion cov­ers the band at ar­guably their best, with the leg­endary Pissed And Proud the ob­vi­ous high­light of the set, although some of the lesser known ma­te­rial scat­tered across the other four discs is well worth re­vis­it­ing.

The Toy Dolls have been sub­ject to a five-disc com­pi­la­tion fea­tur­ing their first four al­bums and a col­lec­tion of rar­i­ties from their early years. Sim­i­larly, The An­gelic Up­starts set con­tains their first five al­bums – in­clud­ing Teenage Warn­ing and the clas­sic 2,000,000 Voices – each with a few bonus tracks. 999 are fea­tured with a four disc set com­pris­ing their first three al­bums and the al­most oblig­a­tory col­lec­tion of sin­gle mixes and flip sides, com­pi­la­tion only tracks, and the Big­gest Prize In Sport mini al­bum and comes highly rec­om­mended. Round­ing out their cur­rent re­leases is an­other box set, this time fea­tur­ing the An­gelic Up­starts’ ear­li­est re­leases. Each comes in a clamshell type box and fea­tures re­pro­duc­tions of the orig­i­nal sleeves.

Sk­in­head reg­gae has had some­thing of a resur­gence with the new ver­sion of the clas­sic Dr Bird la­bel. Bob & Mar­cia’s get a dou­ble re­lease with Young, Gifted and Black be­ing joined by Pied Piper in a reis­sue of their two Tro­jan LP re­leases, while Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and The Upset­ters present an­other twin re­lease with Re­turn Of Django and East­wood Rides Again. Both are pop­u­lar early ex­am­ples of the ec­cen­tric pro­ducer and per­former at his cre­ative peak, with many tracks be­ing dance­floor favourites to this day. There are a cou­ple of ex­tended sin­gle al­bum re­leases too. Dave & Ansell Collins’ bril­liant Dou­ble Bar­rel gets an ex­tra 13 tracks, while Harry J All­stars’ Liq­uida­tor gets a mere dozen, in­clud­ing the (al­most) in­stru­men­tal ver­sion of Young, Gifted And Black. Nik

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