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  • Summary: The four-disc box set for the British bands punk band features remasters of 1979's Entertainment! and 1981's Solid Gold; a disc of singles; the unreleased concert recorded in San Francisco in May 1980, Live at the American Indian Center; and a 100-page book. The LP edition also includes aThe four-disc box set for the British bands punk band features remasters of 1979's Entertainment! and 1981's Solid Gold; a disc of singles; the unreleased concert recorded in San Francisco in May 1980, Live at the American Indian Center; and a 100-page book. The LP edition also includes a cassette tape that features demos, outtakes and rare tracks. Expand
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  1. Jun 18, 2021
    100
    Their political agenda from this distance is not quaint, it remains entirely relevant.
  2. Mar 15, 2021
    100
    77-81 is a brilliant testament to their visionary impact and lasting importance.
  3. Mar 15, 2021
    95
    The material on 77-81 is clearly a big bang, informing not just everything the band did after, but a lot of what other bands did, too.
  4. Mar 15, 2021
    80
    As a whole, 77–81 presents Gang of Four’s brilliance while putting it on context.
  5. 80
    Despite the omission of radio sessions and later work, this is a blistering collection of songs by a band at their peak, and a fan-set by and large without compare (the live set alone being a fantastic time machine into a world where cool bands played Mekons covers and swore a lot).
  6. Mar 15, 2021
    80
    It’s a lot of Gang of Four, and if you’re interested at all, you probably already have a good portion of it. Still, it’s a nicely packaged set from the best years of the career of one of post-punk’s best ever bands.
  7. The Wire
    Jun 29, 2021
    70
    A box set containing their first two LPs plus demos and live tracks, provides some help in cleansing the palette while providing context for the evolution of their massively cribbed style. [Jun 2021, p.67]

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