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Sex Pistols / Live ’76 box set

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Universal Music celebrate the 40th Anniversary of punk this summer with Live ’76, a new Sex Pistols box of historic live performances, available on 4LP vinyl or 4CD.

The four concerts of that long, hot summer are released in full and correctly sequenced for the very first time: They are:

  • 4th June – 1976: Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester – Recently voted one of the most important concerts of all time, alongside Woodstock and Live Aid. Although thousands claim to have been at the gig, only a handful of people were actually there…
  • 29th August – 1976: Screen on the Green, Islington – More widely known for its cinema screenings this famous gig called ‘Midnight Special’ was organised by Malcolm Mclaren and saw support from The Clash and the Buzzcocks.
  • 17th September 1976: HM Prison, Chelmsford – In typical McLaren style, this live show took place at Chelmsford Maximum Security Prison.
  • 25th September – 1976: 76 Club, Burton on Trent – Originally made its way around fans as a bootleg.
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This vinyl box comes complete with related photographs and an original facsimile press kit including articles from Melody Maker, Sounds, Rock Star and Rock New.

Live ’76 is released on 19 August 2016.

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LP1
4th June – 1976: Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester

Did You No Wrong
No Lip
Seventeen
Stepping Stone
New York
Whatcha Gonna Do About It
Submission
Satellite
No Feelings
No Fun
Substitute
Pretty Vacant
Problems

LP2
29th August – 1976: Screen on the Green, Islington

Anarchy in the UK
I Wanna Be Me
Seventeen
New York
No Lip
Stepping Stone
Satellite
Submission
Liar
No Feelings
Substitute
Pretty Vacant
Problems
Did You No Wrong
No Fun

LP3
17th September 1976: HM Prison, Chelmsford

Anarchy in the UK (incomplete)
I Wanna Be Me
Seventeen
New York
No Lip
Stepping Stone
Satellite
Submission
Liar
No Feelings (incomplete)
Substitute
No Fun
Pretty Vacant
Problems
Anarchy in the UK (encore)
Did You Know Wrong

LP4
25th September – 1976: 76 Club, Burton on Trent

Anarchy In The UK
I Wanna Be Me
Seventeen
New York
No Lip
Stepping Stone
Satellite
Submission
Liar
Substitute
No Feelings
No Fun
Pretty Vacant
Problems

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Paul Wren

Sound quality on three shows is good as these were taped from the soundboards by the bands live sound man. Last show is an audience bootleg.

DavidTW

The release date has been put back now to 16 September.

DavidTW

Totally galling. Oddly, though, the CD version still seems to have a release this week; it’s just the vinyl that has been delayed.

DaveM

David, is that just the vinyl that has gone back? The CD set is still showing this week on Amazon UK.

DavidTW

DaveM, yeah, just the vinyl. I’ve had it on preorder for a while, but the reviews are really tearing it apart. At more than £50, I’m tempted to cancel, frankly.

Paul Wren

Bootleg quality, surely, as I have never heard of any proper recording resources being made available to record these shows before.

Paul W

Thanks for posting sex pistols i have placed my pre order but also interested in what the sound quality will be like any info on that

Kenneth Anselmi

Are these recordings High quality soundboards?

Jhon

“Closer” of Joy Division is merchandise? Some C-Celebrity people should not speak stupid things, only to get noticed. And other people should not quote this empty phrases.

David

I think Morley loved Closer so I doubt he would say that.

elliott buckingham

I have a live album on the double coloured vinyl reissue from a few years back the sound quality is just awful

Simon

Intrigued as to why all recent releases have featured the logo above, taken from an early gig poster, in place of the classic Jamie Reid newsprint logo featured on the majority of the band’s official releases…

Dave Nash

It’s like Paul Morley says about Joy Division. “After Unknown Pleasures, everything else is just merchandise”. See also Sex Pistols-Never Mind…

Kleberson

It wasn’t Paul Morley who said that – it was (Factory Records art director) Peter Saville. Morley is interviewed on the same documentary (‘Joy Division’ by Grant Gee) so that’s how you mixed them up. Also, what he actually said was “Apart from the two albums, everything is just merchandising”. So he was including Closer alongside Unknown Pleasures as the only vital works worth having (not sure where that leaves the abundance of excellent non-album tracks collected on Still and Substance though – such as Transmission, Love Will Tear Us Apart, Dead Souls, Atmosphere, Digital, The Only Mistake, Exercise One, Ice Age, Sound of Music, Walked In Line, Something Must Break, Auto-Suggestion, These Days, Incubation, The Kill, Glass, Komakino, From Safety To Where?…) Much as I appreciate Saville’s point, if any band are about more than their albums, it’s Joy Division

Gaz

It would be great if these were high quality soundboard recordings, not sure they will be though. But very interested in this one.

Richie

You had to be there and if you was you don’t need any of this stuff.

I wasn’t there.

Ron de Joode

Only NMTBHTSP is essential, forget the rest, it’s all a big, big joke.

don cooper

Brum.Back in the day.Me n’ mates:
“Well there’s a band called SPOTS at The Bier Keller or whoever’s at Barbarella’s…”
Barbs won.
Bugga.

Dean

For a band that made one studio album, they sure know how to stretch things.

David Rubin

What is the sound quality. I cant imagine it being to good. I too think it will have a very limited replays. If I get this, I hope the paperwork is worth it. Is it on 180g vinyl?
Even though I was only 14 during that summer, and living in New Jersey, USA, I too would like to claim I too was at the Lesser Free Trade show.
And on the idea of burning all that memorabilia, I think it is a stupid idea. All that history lost. If he really wants to make a statement, sell it all at auction and live the good life laughing at all the crazies who paid thousands for that stuff. Or sell it all and donate the cash to some inner city charities. HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!!!!!!
As Rotten once said ” EVER GET THE FEELING YOU’VE BEEN CHEATED”!!!

David Bourgoin

Pistols web site lists Burton gig as the 24th September. They didn’t play anywhere on the 25th

Rare Glam

I’ve got the Sex Pistols boot ‘Indecnt Exposure’ 6 x CD live set (not to hand) . The only ’76 gig on it is from Burton On Trent 24th September and has just 7 songs. It doesn’t list the venue. So is LP / CD 4 of this ’76 collection just the full version of this with the date slightly wrong, or did the Pistols play on both 24th and 25th Septemeber 1976 in Burton on Trent?

Paul Murphy

The Burton show was the 24th September, not the 25th, and the group played 14 songs, although most releases credit ‘PA Trouble’ as the penultimate track [it is literally trouble with the PA system], so some releases show 15 tracks. The full show is available on many CDs, such as ‘Anarchy In The UK Live At The 76 Club’ on Prism, and is also available on many CDs with ‘Seventeen’ missing, such as ‘Anarchy Live’ on Rolled Gold. I’m grateful to Rare Glam for mentioning ‘Indecent Exposure’, I forgot I had this, it’s a nice little set, well worth tracking down if you can find one, I think I’ll dig it out and see how the kneecaps are holding up!

Adam shaw

But he dies own part of the name

Adam shaw

I’m reading John Lydons Anger Is An Energy at the moment .
By the way he states his case for Pustols music I don’t think he or the rest of the band get anything from these type of releases unless he sanctioned it , which I doubt .
It’s a great read if anyone’s interested .

Adam

Brilliant book, fantastic read.

Adey

Can’t wait for this one!

Alan Robinson

Whilst I am sure that this will be cherished by Pistols diehards, I can’t help thinking that there’s not much point to it. If you look at the track listings, they’re all pretty much the same – the Pistols were not a band about improvisation or radically reinterpreting their songs – they made a furious rock and roll noise, but apart from variations in recording quality, the odd bum note and some onstage banter, one set is not going to be hugely at variance to another.

Joni

Will the Vinyl Box Set include download codes?

Paul Murphy

Yes, the 4-LP Box comes with download. Re Adam Shaw, the group, including John, have indeed sanctioned this set, and approved the remaster, and they will indeed benefit financially from it, as indeed they should. Nothing much on it for long-time fans of course, as most of us have had this material for decades. A nice UK price at the moment, but for those with strong will, you would probably be looking at this at a nice price drop in either UMD store, or Amazon Lightning Deal in November. A better contender for release – sales and material-wise – would have been a career-spanning live box containing a 76 show, a 77 or 78 show, Finsbury Park 96 DVD, and the 2002 Crystal Palace show [not one of their best, but notable for a change in the set list], but hey ho, just have to hope I live a few decades longer.

John

Very nice, thank you Paul.

David M

Hmm, can’t imagine that this is a set that will have many plays.

alte

The son of the manager of the Sex Pistols says he is planning to burn punk memorabilia worth £5m in protest against some of the celebrations commemorating 40 years since the band’s breakthrough. Why?
“I don’t have any heroes. They’re all useless,” said Johnny Rotten in 1976. “I don’t accept the old order. Get rid of it.”

AND NOW WE MUST PAY FOR THIS BOX!!!
It should ben must free .

Adam

He’s not giving the memorabilia away, he’s eliminating it. To be true to this ethos, they should not give this away for free; they should burn the tapes and it should never be heard again.

(Not sure if I agree with that, but it’s the logical conclusion to draw.)

Rob Puricelli

If this is done well, it could be one of the best Pistols releases since NMTBHTSP in ’77 :-)

Richard Dowling

Also on 4x CD boxset.
Wonder if the CD box if the same size as the vinyl hence the press kit and bits will be the same reproduction.

Paul

Would get a buy from me if it does.