Wednesday, 31 July 2013

CD Review: Tom Robinson Band Anthology 1977-1979

Its fair to say that anyone who had a love of collecting every album single and radio session by their favourite artist back in the 1970s are probably jumping for joy now with the opportunity of new anthology sets.

Tom Robinson Band Anthology 1977-79 is no exception bringing together two albums, singles, EP tracks and several BBC Radio sessions as well as a DVD featuring a rare Granada TV documentary and a sprinkling of rare TV appearances and giving TRB a bit more depth than the usual representation of 2-4-6-8 Motorway. 

Of course 2-4-6-8 Motorway is the album opener (and is featured also as a few live versions) as is its B Side a fabulous rendition of I Shall Be Released.  From then on in its a cornucopia of live recordings, radio sessions and album tracks taking in raw but live renditions of Up Against The Wall and Don't Take No For An Answer. The aforementioned tracks as do many others make challenging statements about oppression within various cultures at the time and (Sing if) You're Glad To Be Gay (which probably raised more eyebrows back in 1977 than it would now) and Winter of 79 with it apocalyptic political overtones .

Tom Robinson Band Anthology 1977-79 timely reminder at what a great band the TRB were and that there social commentaries of the late 70s were just as valid as anything spun out by the likes of The Sex Pistols or The Jam.

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