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International Rescue

  • 1. International Rescue
    2. Real Shocks
    3. Let's Build a Car
    4. Black Velvet
    5. Ammunition Train
    6. Ripped & Torn
    7. Secret Island
    8. Read About Seymor
    9. Get Down and Get with It
    10. Spitfire Parade
    11. New York
    12. Forest Fire
    13. Winter Rainbow
    14. Dresden Style (City Boys)
    15. Off the Beach (Spilling Coffee)
    16. One of the Crowd
    17. Vertical Slum - (mix)
    18. H.A.K.
    19. I Really Love
    20. [Untitled Spoken Track]
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 35

  • Credits
    EngineerJohn A. Rivers; Mike Kemp

    Swell Maps: Nikki Sudden (vocals, guitar); David Barrington, Richard Earl (guitar, bass, background vocals); John Cockrill (guitar, background vocals); Jowe Head (violin, bass, background vocals); Epic Soundtracks (piano, drums, background vocals).
    Principally recorded at Spaceward Studios, Cambridge, Massachusetts in September 1977. Includes liner notes by Paul Morley and Dave McCullough.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    Personnel: David Barrington , Nikki Sudden, Richard Earl (vocals, guitar); Jowe Head (vocals, background vocals); John Cockrill (guitar, background vocals).
    Liner Note Authors: Dave McCullough; Paul Morley.
    Recording information: Spaceward Studio, Cambridge, England (1977-1979); Woodbine Mobile Recording Studi (1977-1979).
    You'll have to be a pretty major Swell Maps fan to make heads or tails, at a glance, out of which songs on this 19-track compilation you may already have. It's all over the Swell map, including four songs that have never been on CD [including "Dresden Style (City Boys)," which was on a single]; three that have never been released anywhere; three "unreleased mixes"; and a few songs that appeared on U.K. singles ("Let's Build a Car," "Real Shocks," "Read About Seymour"). It doesn't really succeed as either a representative overview compilation or a rarities disc. Approached on its own terms -- which you might want to do if this happens to be the first, or only, Swell Maps album you get -- it's decent arty punk that's too monochromatic to sustain burning interest over the course of the lengthy program. It does have a heartier sense of joie de vivre than much U.K. punk/new wave of the period, particularly in the vocals. ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (9/99, pp.115-6) - 3 out of 5 - "...actively transcend their glam roots....the mix is fairly clean and the document is a classic example of early punk in mid-flight."
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