A stunning little collection – maybe the best so far in the excellent Punk 45 series from Soul Jazz – thanks to a tremendous amount of music on the west coast at the end of the 70s! Truth be told, you could do a 10CD set on the LA
punk scene at the time, and still never hit any filler – but our hat's off to Soul Jazz for making such a great selection here – mixing together key classics, overlooked gems, and a few tracks we've been waiting to see reissued for years – all in a really sublime collection that gets at the special sort of sound that was coming from the city of angels! LA
punk was often a lot more urgent than music coming from New York, Ohio, or other key scenes at the time – often sneering, often with a good sense of wit, and played with a frenzy that went onto inspire countless other artists in years to come. The package is great, the notes are detailed, and the whole thing's one that you'll be playing for years – thanks to tracks that include "I Like Drugs" by The Simpletones, "World War III" by TSOL, "Hollywood Square" by The Hollywood Squares, "Out Of Vogue" by The Middle Class, "Life Of Crime" by The Weirdos, "I'm White & Middle Class" by The Urinals, "ABCD" by The Randoms, "Don't Push Me Around" by The Zeros, "Bloodstains" by Agent Orange, and "Class War" by The Dils.