So, the 35th Anniversary of the release of the debut album by The Sex Pistols is due for release on September 24th. The cost of the Boxset according to Amazon's website is £94.99! I'm not exactly certain who this particular release is aimed at because the people I know who grew up listening to it probably would not be found forking out £95 for something they already possess and even the tracks that are "unreleased" have been available on various bootlegs down through the years. It doesn't get my vote I'm afraid.
I had assumed that when the first boxset was released that they had unearthed pretty much everything (because even on that they were scraping the barrel a bit) there was to be found in the vaults. Obviously I was wrong!
Malcom McLaren was accused of creating the 'Great Rock and Roll Swindle' in the way he managed the band (and he seemed to glory in it as well - see the film of the same name and you'll get the drift) and sadly The Sex Pistols brand is still out swindling, or trying to open the wallets of poor beleagured souls who feel that to be a fan they must own every single thing a band has put out - no matter how poor the quality of the release is (for a good point on this I merely mention the inclusion of the some of the live material here and the 'Spunk' demos).
Whilst the DVD that comes with this new boxset looks pretty interesting a few of these things you can actually find online if you search around a little. The inclusion of the footage from the Stockholm Show could be something good to watch, but it all depends on the actual quality of the performance. If Sid is playing bass (and I use those words with great hesitance) - and he was , you can almost guarantee that it will be a woeful performance!
You would think that I would be just a little excited that an album that meant so much to me back when I was fourteen years old is still being talked about 35 years later? In a way I am, because back then people were saying that bands like the Pistols and The Clash would never be remembered 20 years down the line, but 35 years later here we are still talking about them and their place in the grand scheme of Rock and Roll history. What I'm not excited about though is the fact that if I spend all this cash to get this box set that somewhere down the line they are going to find more stuff "buried" and then release another Boxset say on the 45th anniversary or the 50th anniversary (and it will cost twice as much!)!
The Sex Pistols Boxset (3CD)
The Original Line -Up
Line-Up featuring Sid Vicious
- CD1 – Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols: 2012 Re-mastered, from the thought lost original master tapes with process overseen by original producer Chris Thomas.
- CD2 – 1977 Studio Rarities & B-Sides: Previously unreleased 1977 recordings including the legendary Belsen Was A Gas with John on vocals plus the original single b-sides, again all remastered from the original master tapes.
- CD3 – 1977 Live: High quality live recordings from 1977, most of which are previously unreleased.
- DVD – 1977: Live 1977 DVD produced by Julien Temple and featuring many previously unseen performances plus DVD extras of promo videos and radio interviews.
- 1977 Diary: Hardback 100 page 12” by 12” diary with quotes, rare and previously unseen photos, memorabilia and exclusive images.
- 7” Single: Replica of the withdrawn God Save The Queen A&M single.
- Poster: 3FT by 4.5FT Never Mind The Bollocks replica promo poster.
- Stickers: Reproductions of the original Never Mind The Bollocks promo stickers.
- Lyrics: A copy of the original handwritten lyrics to God Save The Queen will also be included
Detailed track-listing below:
NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS HERE’S THE SEX PISTOLS
Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box Set
CD1 – Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols*
- 1. Holidays In The Sun
- 2. Bodies
- 3. No Feelings
- 4. Liar
- 5. God Save The Queen
- 6. Problems
- 7. Seventeen
- 8. Anarchy In The UK
- 9. Submission
- 10. Pretty Vacant
- 11. New York
- 12. EMI
CD2 – 1977 Studio Rarities & B-Sides
The single b-sides remastered.
- 1. No Feeling
- 2. Did You No Wrong
- 3. No Fun
- 4. Satellite
Dave Goodman Demos (from original master tapes) **:
- 5. New York (Demo Version)
- 6. Unlimited Edition (Demo Version of ‘EMI’)
- 7. Liar (Demo Version)
- 8. Pretty Vacant (Demo Version)
- 9. Problems (Demo Version)
- 10. No Future (Demo Version of ‘God Save The Queen’)
Chris Thomas Demos and Outtakes (from original master tapes):
- 11. Did You No Wrong (Alternative Vocal)
- 12. Seventeen (Alternative Vocal)
- 13. Satellite (Rough Mix)
- 14. Submission (Rough Mix)
- 15. Holidays In The Sun (Rough Mix)
- 16. EMI (Rough Mix)
- 17. Seventeen (Rough Mix)
- 18. Holidays In The Sun (Alternative Mix)
- 19. Body (Demo Version of ‘Bodies’)
- 20. Submission (Alternate Mix)
- 21. Belsen Was A Gas (Demo)
CD3 – 1977 Live
Ssamfundet Club, Trondheim, Norway – 21st July
- 1. Anarchy In The U.K.
- 2. I Wanna Be Me
- 3. 17
- 4. New York
- 5. EMI
- 6. No Fun
- 7. No Feelings
- 8. Problems
- 9. God Save The Queen
Happy House, Stockholm, Sweden – 28th July***
- 10. Anarchy In The UK
- 11. I Wanna Be Me
- 12. 17
- 13. New York
- 14. EMI
- 15. Submission
- 16. No Feelings
- 17. Problems
- 18. God Save The Queen
- 19. Pretty Vacant
- 20. No Fun
DVD – 1977
Riverboat Party, The River Thames, London – 7th July
- 1. Pretty Vacant
- 2.Anarchy In The UK
- 3. Problems
Happy House, Stockholm, Sweden – 28th July***
- 4. Anarchy In The UK
- 5. I Wanna Be Me
- 6. Seventeen
- 7. New York
- 8. Problems
- 9. No Fun
S.P.O.T.S. Tour – Winter Gardens, Penzance, Cornwall – 1st September***
- 10. Problems
- 11. No Fun
- 12. Anarchy In The UK
- 1. God Save The Queen video
- 2. Pretty Vacant video
- 3. Holidays In The Sun video
4. The HeyDay Interviews. Interviews by Judy and Fred Vermorel recorded in August 1977 with:
- a. Steve Jones
- b. Paul Cook
- c. John Lydon
- d. Sid Vicious
- e Glen Matlock
5. BBC, Radio 1, Rock On, December 12th 1977 – John Tobler interview with John and Sid (previously unheard full uncensored version)
- 1977 (The Bollocks Diaries)
100 page full-colour hardback diary detailing every significant band event in this explosive year. Written by former Mojo editor Pat Gilbert, the book includes multiple quotes from key figures, previously unseen photos, recording details, memorabilia and much more.
- + replica A&M GSTQ/No Feeling 7” single.
- + 3FT by 4.5FT Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols replica promo poster.
- + copy of original handwritten lyrics to God Save The Queen.
- + Replica Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols promo stickers.
- + 4 postcards
- * = remastered from the recently found original album master
tapes by Tim Young under the guidance of original producer Chris
** = these 6 demo’s would make up the legendary ‘Spunk’ album but are heard here for the very first time in their original, untouched form following the very recent discovery of the original master tapes.
*** = All tracks previously unreleased except Submission (track ) which unlike in 2003 when it first appeared is now mastered from the original tapes.
**** = This is the legendary original demo featuring John Lydon on vocals and is taken from the recently recovered original master tapes.