maniacs So Far... So Loud (LP, £9.95)label: overground
The Maniacs were one of 1977ís original first flush Punk Rock bands in London signing to United Artists Records and releasing the single Chelsea Ď77 b/w Ainít No Legend recorded at Pathway studios with early Sex Pistols producer Dave Goodman. The Maniacs played all the renowned Punk Rock venues in London, contributing two tracks to the Live At the Vortex album and appearing live at the Mont de Marsan Punk Rock Festival with the Clash, the Damned and the Police in í77. The band were to crash and burn in true Punk Rock style at the beginning of 1978. Band member Rod Latter went on to join the Adverts. Robert Crash went on to working in songwriting & production with the Eurythmics and Robert Plant. Alan Lee Shaw went on to form the Physicals and worked with Brian James, Paul Cook, Glen Matlock, Kirsty MacColl, Dee Dee Ramone, finally ending up as a member of the Damned. So Far ... So Loud is a 40th anniversary compilation of most of the songs recorded in the brief history of the band including the UA single Chelsea Ď77 b/w Ainít No Legend, the Live At the Vortex tracks plus studio and rehearsal demos. The album also comes with a fine collectorís collage of photos and memorabilia from the era on both sides of the inner sleeve.
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