All Young Droogs 60 Juvenile Delinquent Wrecks (3Cd)
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Audio CD, Import, 1 February 2019
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UK three CD set. From the makers of the Junkshop Glam genre defining Velvet Tinmine, Glitterbest and Boobs compilations... comes this bookending box set. 60 tracks of the finest slices of JSG in it's various guises, as established by collectors around the world over the past decade. Including tracks from the USA, New Zealand, Netherlands, Sweden, Iceland, Australia as well as homegrown UK. Some previously unreleased, many first time on CD. Themed by arch JSG collector and musician Phil King into three groups; Rock Off! For the heads down boogie sounds; Tubthumpers & Hellraisers for the footstomping hand clapping pop pounders; Elegance & Decadence for the mascara masquerading gender bending weird and wonderful. The box set sweeps up a colourful array of musical renegades and nomads as they moved and shook the scene, such as: first Juicy Lucy vocalist Ray Moon, ex-New York Dolls Rick Rivets band The Brats, Baby Grande the forerunners of The Church, TV Smith pre-Adverts in Sleaze, Jimmy Edwards a cohort of Jimmy Pursey in Sham 69 in earlier solo mode and, as in house producer of Steve Elgin at Dawn, ex- Spider From Mars Woody Woodmansey, 60's northern soul chanteuse Glo Macari backed by Slowload who get their own track as produced by Vic Maile, actor Richard Strange as Kid Strange in Doctors of Madness, Angel produced by Mick and Andy from The Sweet. Plus stalwart pop auteurs Jonathan King and Mike Berry. Some further context comes from inclusion of relevant cuts by Mott The Hoople, Hello, Iggy & The Stooges, Be Bop Deluxe, Third World War. Three discs in individual wallets, housed in a clam shell box, which also includes a 36 page booklet. The booklet contains a fascinating and highly-informative 2000 word essay from an authority on the genre - Tony Barber - the bassist with the Buzzcocks.
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Well, 'All The Young Droogs' is one of those 'dream sets' for collectors and I have been playing it over and over since I got it!
Sure, not all of the tracks contained here are brilliant but ALL of them do a great job of 'painting pictures' of the 70's, of Glam and of the 'golden days of TOTP' in your head - setting off PLENTY of feel good feelings in an 'old dog' like me!
Be thrilled again to listen to 'fresh blood' from artists that remind you of bands like, The Sweet, Roxy Music and Mud, hear pastiche's of the 'Glitter sound' and be delighted by 'tributes' to the style of Marc Bolan and David Bowie! Whatever your musical bag as far as the best of the glam era is concerned there is a track or number of tracks to delight you here and encourage you to 'dig out' those once treasured LP's again!
CD 1 combines glam rockers with the early shoots of the punk movement. Social comment songs like 'Working Class Man' by Third World War still have relevant echoes of the world today while the more 'art school' experimental sound of Milk N' Cookies, 'Wok N' Roll' is one of those 'growers' that you fail to hear any discernible melody or direction about at first but then end up loving.
CD 2 is more for those of us (including me!) who loved the Glitter sound! The opener by Harpo 'My Teenage Queen' is particularly 'stompy' ( though the lyrics are 'rather uncomfortable' to listen to now) and quite how the Sweet like 'Bye Bye Bad Days' by Hector and Bilbo Baggins Rubettes rock n' roller, 'Saturday Night' were not massive hits is anyones guess!
Also good and interesting are the Andy Scott written 'Little Boy Blue' by Angel and the EXCELLENT hard rocking 'Zephyr' by Baby Grande, who on this evidence were like a cross between The Sex Pistols and The Rolling Stones!
A SERIOUS amount of 'crate digging' has gone into putting all three of these CD's together and it shows.
CD 3 Is a bit more 'arty' and 'polished' but is no less interesting. It begins with an unreleased track by the incredibly, 'more Bowie than Bowie', 'Brett Smiley' (that is from a new LP coming out shortly according to the booklet) and ends with a nice instrumental by the early boy band 'Buster' - who would be one of the last groups you'd expect this kind of track to come from! Surprises, are you see part of the package here and this is a box-set that even in 5 years time I doubt I will have 'gotten to the bottom of.
With three CD's to immerse yourself in and a fantastic booklet full of photos, info and an essay by the compilers that takes you back to your childhood years, 'All The Young Droogs' is a MUST BUY for any serious fan of early 70's music.
Oh, and just in case you are wondering the sound is pretty good throughout as well - no dodgy mastering or over-loud stuff as is often the case these days.
Well done RPM - you never let us collectors down!