CD Chelsea (CD 1219710),
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  • 1. I'm on Fire
    2. Decide
    3. Free the Fighters
    4. Your Toy
    5. Fools & Soldiers
    6. All the Downs
    7. Government
    8. Twelve Men
    9. Many Rivers
    10. Trouble Is the Day
    11. Urban Kids - (demo, bonus track)
    12. No Escape - (demo, bonus track)
    13. Twelve Men - (demo, bonus track)
    14. All the Downs - (demo, bonus track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 91

  • Credits

    Personnel: Gene October (vocals); Dave Martin , James Stevenson (guitar); Peter Criss (drums, background vocals); Chris Bashford (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Mark Brennan .
    Although never a first- or even second-string punk band, London's Chelsea lasted through a variety of lineups over a number of years, with growling vocalist Gene October the only constant. 1979's CHELSEA is their first and possibly their best album. Here Chelsea favor a slower, more metal-influenced sound than many of their hyper punk contemporaries, with riff-rockers like "I'm on Fire" and "Fools and Soldiers" sounding more like Mott The Hoople or Slade than the Clash.
    Guitarist Tony James, later co-leader of the controversial Sigue Sigue Sputnik, plays in a slashing, riff-oriented style that shows Chelsea's stomping hard rock roots, while the cover of Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross" shows a wider range of influences. This reissue includes four demos of early Chelsea singles, including an excellent version of the anthemic "Urban Kids."

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