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The Vibrators / The Epic Years 1976-78

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Cherry Red will next month issue The Epic Years 1976-1978, a four-CD box set that marks the 40th anniversary of British punk band The Vibrators.

This collection includes all of The Vibrator’s recordings for Epic Records in that two year period, including sessions for the BBC. The band recorded two albums in their short tenure with the label – 1977 debut Pure Mania and V2, the 1978 follow-up. The first two discs in the box deliver this long-players, with both offering a few bonus tracks.

The third CD comprises three John Peel sessions recorded for the legendary John Peel show on BBC Radio along with the audio from an Old Grey Whistle Test appearance.

The box set closes with In Concert from the London Marquee – the full 19-track ‘raw’ mixing desk version of the show, not the overdubbed (and truncated) version.

Finally, the booklet within contains new sleeve notes by Shane Baldwin. The Epic Years 1976-1978 will be released on 31 March 2017.

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The Epic Years: 1976-78 (Box Set)

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track_listing

DISC ONE: PURE MANIA
1. INTO THE FUTURE….
2. YEAH, YEAH, YEAH
3. SWEET SWEET HEART
4. KEEP IT CLEAN
5. BABY, BABY
6. NO HEART
7. SHE’S BRINGING YOU DOWN
8. PETROL
9. LONDON GIRLS
10. YOU BROKE MY HEART
11. WHIPS & FURS
12. STIFF LITTLE FINGERS
13. WRECKED ON YOU
14. I NEED A SLAVE
15. BAD TIME

BONUS TRACKS
16. LONDON GIRLS (LIVE)
17. STIFF LITTLE FINGERS (LIVE)

DISC TWO: V2
1. PURE MANIA
2. AUTOMATIC LOVER
3. FLYING DUCK THEORY
4. PUBLIC ENEMY NO.1
5. DESTROY
6. NAZI BABY
7. WAKE UP
8. SULPHATE
9. 24 HOUR PEOPLE
10. FALL IN LOVE
11. FEEL ALRIGHT
12. WAR ZONE
13. TROOPS OF TOMORROW

BONUS TRACKS
14. AUTOMATIC LOVER (SINGLE VERSION)
15. JUDY SAYS (KNOCK YOU IN THE HEAD)
16. PUSHING TOO HARD

DISC THREE: IN SESSION AT THE BBC
JOHN PEEL 28.10.1976
1. DANCE TO THE MUSIC
2. SWEET SWEET HEART
3. JENNY JENNY
4. I’M GONNA BE YOUR NAZI BABY
5. WE VIBRATE
JOHN PEEL 22.6.1977
6. PETROL
7. KEEP IT CLEAN
8. BABY, BABY
9. LONDON GIRLS
10. SHE’S BRINGING YOU DOWN
JOHN PEEL 6.2.1978
11. AUTOMATIC LOVER
12. DESTROY
13. TROOPS OF TOMORROW
14. FALL IN LOVE
O.G.W.T. 4.4.1978
15. WAR ZONE
16. FLYING DUCK THEORY
17. WAKE UP
18. 24 HOUR PEOPLE

DISC FOUR: LIVE AT THE MARQUEE 1977
1. WRECKED ON YOU
2. NO FUN / RAW POWER
3. LONDON GIRLS
4. STIFF LITTLE FINGERS
5. WAKE UP
6. HE’S A PSYCHO
7. NO HEART
8. BABY, BABY
9. SWEET SWEET HEART
10. FLYING DUCK THEORY
11. WHIPS AND FURS
12. I NEED A SLAVE
13. KEEP IT CLEAN
14. FEEL ALRIGHT
15. SEX KICK
16. JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH
17. BAD TIME
18. YOU BROKE MY HEART
19. SHE’S BRINGING YOU DOWN

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6 responses to The Vibrators / The Epic Years 1976-78

  1. AFGreenwood says:

    V2 became one of my favourite albums when it was released and still is. I have all these tracks on (mainly) Captain Oi CDs these days and apart from the Peel Session CD which on my version has a live 1987 concert instead of the OGWT they all have more tracks on them.
    My question therefore is do these disks have any special remastering and massively improved sound, or is the booklet so great I should spend £20 on this?
    If you don’t have these albums by the way, immediately pre-order this set! I always though Pure Mania was a bit weak, but the other stuff is brilliant.

  2. Charles K. says:

    Great band and glad to see these back in print regardless of format. Sold!

  3. Rare Glam says:

    There’s also a 4 x CD set by The Radio Stars in this same series / style released on the same date. These boxes are a collaborative effort that includes Captain Oi. Last year they did the Virgin Years sets of The Ruts, The Motors, Penetration and the Skids, all excellent. I’d like them to do more Virgin artists, maybe Magazine for instance. I too have the Vibrators CDs on Captain Oi, but I will also be getting these little boxes just because I like the format and the extra stuff I don’t have. More power to their elbows, I love this boxes.

    Also on the topic of little box sets, late Feb sees the issue by Cherry Red of Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry albums collection, all four of their albums plus singles etc. Last year Cherry Red issued a three CD in card sleeve set in a kind of cheaper looking pouch called ‘See The Fire’ As far as I can tell this new set adds their last two albums but the rest is what is contained in the ‘Fire’ set. I emailed Cherry Red to ask if there are any improvements in sound as the fist two albums were dubbed from vinyl with some clicks and pops (tapes lost ina fire I think), but got no answer. If not, hard ti see why not just issue the last two albums as a stand alone set.

    • Stevie B says:

      Thasks, will check out the Motors one in particular

    • Ex-Oligarch says:

      About the RLYL reissues: why would Cherry Red opt for an LP transcription of the second album (“Paint Your Wagon”)? It was originally issued on CD as well as vinyl, and they could simply clone the old CD mixes, which sound just fine.

  4. John Murray says:

    These were a great tight punk band back in the day. Like others, I have the Captain Oi versions, but I will probably buy this set to get that great early years stuff in one place.

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