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'The Sex Pistols: The Original Recordings' more comprehensive than other collections

This recent Sex Pistols “best of” set is a well curated selection focusing on the studio tracks

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One could consider the Sex Pistols the most influential rock music group of all time, given that the band’s legacy is based on just about two album’s worth of material (depends on how you count The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle songs without Johnny Rotten/John Lydon on lead vocals). This recent “best of” set distills the band’s oeuvre to 20 tracks.

As an overview of the band’s career, it hits the right high points. You get the singles “Anarchy in the U.K.,” “God Save the Queen,” “Pretty Vacant,” and “Holidays in the Sun,” which alone guaranteed the group a place in rock history. You get another five tracks from the group’s sole album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. You get a couple B-sides, and the best stuff from Swindle, including the raucous Monkees cover “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” and the Sid Vicious tracks; Vicious is given the honor of closing out the album with his inimitable performance of “My Way.”

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As a single disc set, it’s more comprehensive than 1992’s Kiss This, which gave you all of Bollocks but less of Swindle. There’s no previously unreleased material. But it’s a well curated selection focusing on the studio tracks — no demos, alternate takes, or live tracks here — that fully displays the band’s power, still ringing down through the years. And in a nod to collectors, in addition to the CD and double black vinyl editions, the set will also be available in a double LP set on transparent green vinyl.

Gillian G. Gaar


Sex Pistols Alt bundle

Get the Collector's Edition bundle of the Sex Pistols' Aug/Sept 2022 issue of Goldmine  (seen above) with alternate Sex Pistols cover, its issue in a sleek slipcase with two hand-numbered professional color prints of the band in concert (photos exclusively from photographer Frank White). Only 200 of the bundles were made.