Really great work from Patrick Fitzgerald – one of the more surprising talents of the late 70s UK punk scene – and one of the most charming as well! Fitzgerald was raised in East London, and has a heavily accented style – one that really adds a lot to the sense of feeling and power in Patrick's music – which is usually so spare, it just features his own vocals and guitar! Given the accent, and the musical style, Fitzgerald is a key precursor to Billy Bragg – and over the course of the recordings here, Patrick definitely stays truer to his ideals than Billy did – so that even after the passage of many years, these tracks still grab us very strongly. Most of the politics are very personal, and still resonate strongly today – and the 2CD set features a whopping 52 tracks in all, pulled from singles and albums on labels that include Small Wonder, Ellie Jay, and Red Flame. Titles include "Anima
l Mentality", "Safety Pin Stuck In My Heart", "Banging & Shouting", "Life At The Top", "Paranoid Ward", "Set We Free", "Work Rest Play Reggae", "Conventions Of Life", "My Secret Life", and "Poor John".