Vibrators – “Punk: The Early Years”

Album Reviews | Nov 30th, 2006

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Record Label: Cleopatra Records
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I might have one of the Vibrators albums but I can’t remember? I’m not really familiar with them except that they are one of the oldest punk bands out there. They have been around since the first wave of punk and show no sign of stopping. Hey I wish I could be playing music for all those years and still be good at it.

The Vibrators cover all the other bands they were surrounded with back in the 70’s. The band opens the album with the Clash’s “White Riot.” It’s interesting to hear how the band plays the songs since the originals are so well known. Sometimes they do a better job than the original songs. Some of the bands they cover are the Ramones, Dead Boys, The Damned, The Stranglers, The Undertones, The Heartbreakers, Sham 69 and many more! There are 20 tracks in all and it’s a great listen. I love cover albums, especially when the band is really good at playing covers. Wayne Kramer of MC5 and Leonard Graves Phillips of the Dickies are guest musicians on here and that’s cool! Any aging punker will dig this album a lot! Well I’m not THAT old but I still loved this CD from the Vibrators.

Bottom Line: Great covers album of punk classics
Notable Tracks: White Riot, Automatic Lover, I’m Stranded, Vibrator, Judy Is a Punk, Borstal Breakout
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