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  Cock Sparrer - The Decca Years (Captain Oi – AHOY CD 279)
By Andy Higgins - Blackpool Rox II (Issue 10 2007) submitted

This CD has been the subject of much debate in ROX TOWERS over the WASTED weekend, as one of the original line up (guitarist – Gary Lammin) was staying at my veritable commune of a house for the weekend, and as Sparrer attracted by far and away the biggest single audience of the weekend for their Saturday night show. 15 tracks which chart the early years of the Sparrer phenomenon and the sleeve has some interesting bits of information such as the letter confirming their signing to Decca and the date/gig schedule for their February 1978 tour. Owing more to the Rolling Stones that the Sex Pistols this album neatly captures and re-masters/re-produces a hard hitting and tuneful testament to a great band who’s star ironically ascended many years later. Although ‘Chip’ and ‘Runnin Riot’ are current crowd faves the importance of the glam early mid 70’s influence evident in tracks such as Platinum Blonde, Watcha Gonna Do About It and I Need a Witness should not be underestimated as a significant part in the musical evolution of a band who rightly claim in the liner notes that this era ‘provided the ammunition for Shock Troops’ and indeed continued to craft great tunes for years to come. (8/10) – review by

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