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Album Review

A repackaging for the earlier Live and Loud!! Sham 69 live album, a 1978 concert that catches the band thundering through a set that, bristling with past singles, does indeed live up to its title. That said, it's scarcely the best representation those songs could demand. For all their ramshackle qualities, Sham 69 never sounded less than perfectly controlled in the studio, a mood that is totally absent on-stage. Of course that was scarcely their fault — blessed (or otherwise) with one of the most unruly audiences of the age, Sham rarely played to anything less than absolute mayhem. But while it was exhilarating to experience, it's not such an attraction on the home hi-fi, and Greatest Hits: Live should be filed away alongside all those other albums you own (because you should own it), but never play.

Customer Reviews


Yeah dude, Sham is pretty much amazing. Listen. Live. Die. Bleed. There ya' go.


Formed: 1976 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

While most of the early British punk bands spoke of working-class concerns -- primarily unemployment and the shrinking U.K. economy, which was leaving a generation with nothing to do and nowhere to go -- many of the pioneering groups had working-class credentials that were suspect at best; the Sex Pistols' career was being molded by a haberdasher and would-be artist, while the Clash were led by the son of a diplomat. Sham 69, however, was different; proletarian and proud of it, Sham 69 was the voice...
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