listing and review
Image Ltd , Never Mind The Public Image (Naked Sun Co. NSCCD-005-1/2/3)
Japanese 3 CD bootleg compilation.
DISC ONE: Public Image - 1st Single / The Cowboy Song - 1st Single
/ Death Disco - 2nd Single / No Birds Do Sing - 2nd Single / Death Disco - 12"
Remix / 1/2 Mega Mix - 12" Mix / Memories - Single Version - 3rd Single / Another
- 3rd Single / Poptones - BBC Session / Careering - BBC Session / Chant - BBC
Session / Flowers Of Romance - 4th Single / Instrumental - 4th Single / Home Is
Where The Heart Is - 4th Single / Pied Piper - From [MACHINES] / Albatross - Unedited
DISC TWO: Mad Max (Bad Life) / Love Song (This Is Not A Love Song)
/ Young Brits (Solitaire) / Bad Night / The Slab (The Order Of Death) / Lou Reed
Pt.1 / Lou Reed Pt.2 / Blue Water / Miller Hi-Life / Love Song - 12" Mix Version
/ The Slab - Pre Order Of Death / Bad Night - Rough Mix / The Slab - Rough Mix
/ Love Song - Rough Mix / 1981 - Demo / Love Song - 12" Mix Version 2 / Death
Disco - Unedited Monitor Mix
DISC THREE: Bad Life / Question Mark / Rise -
12" Mix / Selfish Rubbish / The Body - Us Mix / Angry / Warrior - Extended 12"
Mix / Disappointed - Extended 12" Mix / Cruel - BBC Session / Acid Drops - BBC
Session / Love Hope - BBC Session / Think Tank - BBC Session / Albatross - Merodorama
by Glyn Powell
Starting with the sleeve art, it's a cross / pastiche of
the Pistols' Bollocks and the Bollock Brothers' NMTB 1983 album.
The back cover is purple & black with song titles in yellow blackmail letter
font. Sadly, there is no info booklet which would have been good, but then again
it'd probably all be in Japanese. The disc labels themselves are nothing too special,
I'd have gone for the PiL logos like Plastic Box, but you can't have everything!
There is also a classic Jap mis-spelling, "Merodrama Mix" on Albatross,
the CD's themselves. The sound quality is excellent apart from a slight tape hiss
on a few of the out-takes on Disc 2.
We have the early singles a & b-sides, starting with the 7"
versions of the 1st three, (Public Image, Death Disco, Memories),
the latter being a rather poor vinyl rip with some static, which is a shame and
lets the side down a bit. After this there's the 12" Death Disco in
all its glory and the Megga Mix b-side.
we have the three 1979 John Peel session tracks, which are excellent quality apart
from a little drop in the high end on Chant. We then return to the singles
with Flowers of Romance - both versions (the 7" and the instrumental
from the 12"), plus b-side Home Is Where The Heart Is. Rounding off
the disc is Pied Piper, the rare track from the Machines compilation,
followed by the Albatross Monitor Mix from the John Lydon - Best of
Tracks 1 - 9 are the complete Commercial Zone album on silver CD
for the very first time! It's taken from a vinyl source but is clean sounding.
Next comes a
real highlight of the 3CD set, some of the rarer out-takes that appeared early
in 2006 in traders' circles. These are as follows:
Love Song 12" mix
(note this sounds like the 83 single).
The Slab Pre-Order of Death
is very different from Commercial Zone version, and has Lydon mumbling a vocal
Bad Night Rough Mix is a strange one with a double tracked
The Slab Rough Mix is a completely different song with
no lyrics - an unused acoustic instrumental piece.
Love Song Rough Mix
is the tune of Bad Night with improvised lyrics of Love Song/Bad Night, kind of
a work in progress. 1981 Demo - this one's great! The Commercial Zone line-up
is on this one - it must have been unused for the CZ album - the difference is
it has a bass line unlike the cut on This Is What You Want LP.
the out-takes comes Love Song 12" Mix Version 2, which is the version
from This Is What You Want. The
disc finishes with another Best of British... DVD track, Death Disco
Unedited Monitor Mix.
The disc is basically odds & ends from the mid - late 80's period.
Bad Life & Question Mark are here, followed by the 12"
version of Rise (6:04), Selfish Rubbish (b-side of Seattle),
Body US Mix, Angry US Mix, Warrior 12" Mix from the
white label 12" (sound of horses at the start), and Disappointed 12"
BBC Mark Goodier session is next, which was originally broadcast live on Radio
One as opposed to a recorded session. On the original airing there was some banter
between songs which isn't here. Lastly is another Best of British... DVD
track, which creases me every time, the aforementioned Merodrama Mix of
I'd say its a worthy collection to track down, and a good companion to Plastic
by Glyn Powell (25th November 2006)
note: Do not contact God Save The Sex Pistols in relation to purchasing
this item. It is illegal to manufacture, distribute or sell bootleg or counterfeit