ALBUM REVIEW: Sex Pistols ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ 35th Anniversary Boxset

So to celebrate the anniversary of the album that changed the face of music forever and brought Punk rock kicking and screaming to the masses. This boxset does indeed...

So to celebrate the anniversary of the album that changed the face of music forever and brought Punk rock kicking and screaming to the masses.

This boxset does indeed contain some amazing material such as the re-mastered master tapes of the albums original recording sessions from 1977, demos, rarities, B-sides, live recordings, the Spunk bootleg, a hardcover Sex pistols diary of 1977 written by ex-Mojo editor Pat Gilbert, a DVD of music videos, live performances and interviews from 1977 and the list literally goes on and on. This is definitely a collection for die hard enthusiasts

Punk rock defined a generation and was the second greatest ever musical & cultural revolution after Rock n Roll, even the hippy movement pales in significance to it and as far as I’m concerned it started with the Sex Pistols.

Musically, this collection is interesting because of the demo’s, B-sides and rarities that it contains, though to be honest most of the material is available elsewhere, just probably not as collated as it here.

To be honest the only reason to purchase this collection is because of the other material that it includes. Re-issues of Never Mind the Bollocks have pretty much been done to death over the last 35 years. We’re treated to a new one with added bonus material literally every two years which to me stinks of bare faced greed by record labels. I can understand re-issuing every ten years or so, so as to make the material available to a new generation of listeners but even then you need to ask yourself if physical copies are even relevant in this modern age of downloads and music on demand. Its bare faced capitalism on the part of the music industry and not very Punk at all….

Rating:  8/10

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