• cockney rejects Hammer - the Classic Rock Years (4 CD boxed set, £10.75)

    label: Cadiz

    ‘Hammer’ features the 3 long deleted and much sought after Cockney Rejects ‘Rock/Metal’ albums from the 80’s along with a disc of unreleased demos and rarities. The box also includes a booklet penned by singer Jeff ‘Stinky’ Turner. Formed in the late 70’s, the band cornered their patch with their brand of terrace singalong classics and a white hot live set. To many, therefore, they’re all about Oi and Punk. However, after their early classic work in that genre, they recorded three albums which showed that they had a right to be respected in the Hard Rock and Metal world. These albums got great reviews, but not the sales to match, but for sheer quality they deserve to be seen as classics. “Hammer” is the sound of a band connecting with what they love and going their own way, full throttle! This Rock side of their career started in 1982 with ‘The Wild Ones’, which was produced by Pete Way of UFO. For 1984’s ‘Quiet Storm’ the band shortened their name to The Rejects and aimed for a stripped down, Blues-Rock sound. Buy the time 1990’s ‘Lethal’ had been released, the band had reverted back to the Cockney Rejects again. The fourth CD in the box set collects a slew of demos and recordings that the band laid down from 1980 up until the present. One key track is ‘Keep Clear’, which came from a project called ‘Get Involved’ that Steve Marriott was involved with. “It’s got me duetting with him, which was great,” sigh’s Jeff Turner. “I am really glad it’s finally going to be heard.”

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