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Yet another superb 3CD compilation of (mostly) unknown tracks by (mostly) unknown bands from those nice people at Cherry Red. I am surprised that some of these were not hits because, quite frankly, the tracks are just as good as those that did become hits. A question of luck I suppose. Three CDs for under twenty quid plus a very informative booklet (as is usual in these sets). If you like 70s glam rock I don't see how you can fail to like this. Superb
Every now and then a compilation comes along that REALLY draws you in to its track list, get's you eagerly reading its booklet and doing some research of your own into the artists on the Internet.
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.
The first thing I do with new music is either download it to Amazon Music or I tunes. But beware, you can't do this with any of the CDs in this series because they won't be recognised on line. You will either have to laboriously type every track name and artist or just listen to the CD. Disappointed customer :(
There's only about 1 or 2 tracks on here that i don't like. Possibly one of my favourite boxsets. I usually go for punk comps or psych/freakbeat/garage so it was interesting to fill in on some of the more obscure stuff that fits in between those genres. Some real growers, tunes wise. Recommended.
I love 70's music and I love Glam Rock so I was looking forward to this cd but to be honest apart from a few song that are well known the rest are just rubbish there were even songs I could not listen to as they were so bad and a lot of the songs quality was poor. Sorry I hated it. Dek
Of course one or two of the tunes are as familiar as Limburger cheese, but the delight is in the deeper, weirder stuff. Bovver boys and squaddies in tutus and tiaras. More energy than talent but what’s wrong with that ? A great compilation and an alternative soundtrack to our teen years.