007 Reloaded (CD, £8.25)label: Paisley Archive
This release has been in the planning stages for a few good years now but it finally sees the light of day... here you have all the known recordings of this long forgotten London mod band who picked up the baton in the early '80s when all the original '79 revivalists were calling it a day as mod had burnt out. 007, alongside bands like Small World, The Variations, The Times and Flat 19, kept the flame alive but took mod back underground so that the press couldn't attack them anymore. The majority of these bands featured mods that were in the crowd of their previous counterparts and had become movers and shakers in their own right. This new scene was flourishing, not as much as the '79 scene, but with a network, and new venues and clubs were emerging every week. Alongside this new mod scene, it was also evolving as a neo-psychedelic scene was also happening but that is another story even though their paths crossed... 007 were active between '81 and '83 and during these years played approximately 54 live dates, the biggest supporting The Jam & Dolly Mixture at the Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, London on the 'Trans Global Express' tour. So on this release we have salvaged 13 studio tracks and 9 live tracks that highlight this band... All tracks have been restored the best we can from old cassette tapes that were found at the back of an old chest of drawers from Olive Wood as sadly the master tapes are long lost in the mist of time.
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