In a retrospective review, BBC Music described it as "an essential purchase for anyone remotely interested in punk's history.
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Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Singles Going Steady. Only 9 left in stock - order soon. A Different Kind of Tension. Only 12 left in stock - order soon. The music is fast and energetic with great guitar work, and there are some real gems here.
Unlike the punk of its time, Buzzcocks embraced the love song with gusto, as on the classic Ever Fallen In Love. Just Lust is quite a tour de force, and Sixteen Again is a catchy little number with intelligent lyrics.
I love Walking Distance's chiming guitars, while Love Is Lies with its prominent acoustic guitar is an engaging bittersweet love song. Late For The Train with its strong guitar onslaught sees tham going heavy on a rousing instrumental conclusion. This a brilliant album of melodic powerpop that impresses also with its literate and poetic lyrics. Sorry, anytime I see a bunch of demo and live tracks it looks like filler to me. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries.
Verified Purchase. Having lost my original copy of this many years ago I was a little concerned that it might not have aged well. I had nothing to fear - this album has certainly stood the test of time.
I was confronted by song names that seemed vaguely familiar, but once I hear the opening chords it was as if those songs had never left my life. Real World is the opener and is a very lively track - a definite highlight.
Notes: Singles — Box Set. Each of the CD singles are packaged in individual cardboard sleeves, which accurately reproduce the artwork from the original singles. Released: February Label: I. Notes: Artwork by Malcolm Garrett. Notes: From demo sessions for Trade Test Transmissions.
Notes: Limited to copies. B-side: "Whatever Happened to? B-side: "Oh Shit! Notes: non-album single; One-sided limited edition promotional inch maxi-single. Notes: non-album single. Released: August Format: 7-inch single Recorded: at Advision. Notes: non-album double A-sided single. Mastered by George Peckham. Released: 13 October Format: 7-inch single Recorded: at Advision.
Mixed at Strawberry Label: Liberty , I. These tracks were remastered and re-released Aug with Singles Going Steady. Mixed by Martin Rushent. Notes: Limited edition non-album single. Arnold and Primal Scream . The vinyl is half pink—yellow for copies— and half black. Notes: Arranged by Tony Barber. This album has made me a fan.
Granted, Love Bites doesn't have that album's fast pace or frenetic energy, but their second offering alongside Singles Going Steady contains some of their most melodic and emotional work to date. At this stage, the Buzzcocks had perfected their punk-pop formula, which bands like Green Day would eventually ride to multi-platinum success much to guitarist Steve Diggle's consternation.
And while A Different Kind of Tension their third LP from had some very good songs, it was apparent that their constant drug abuse was beginning to take its toll. The songs on Love Bites run the gamut from acoustic numbers to their trademark 60's pop influenced punk rock, even throwing in a few instrumental jams to round everything out.
This is one of those albums I could listen to all the way through without skipping a single track. That being said, my personal favorites would be the wonderfully emotional romp of "Sixteen Again", the wistful "Nostalgia", the exuberant "Just Lust", the creative and highly melodic "ESP", and of course, the hit single "Ever Fallen In Love". They are still writing songs about unrequited love, personal relationships, and introspective musings. It's unfortunate that this album never got the respect it deserved.
Along with Singles Going Steady, this is an essential record. If you still crave more Buzzcocks, check out their other 's releases, Trade Transmissions, and if you're really daring, try their experimental, acid-drenched, and mildly disturbing singles from Parts One person found this helpful.
Following up the superb debut "Another Music In A Different Kitchen" and their slew of excellent singles, the Buzzcocks had their work cut out for them on their sophomore platter, "Love Bites. That makes for an erratic work environment to put it mildly, but by and large the band pulls it off with their reputation for razor-sharp pop intact.
In fact, "Love Bites" contains a couple classic tracks, not just as Buzzcocks songs, but as perfect or near-perfect pop songs.
Along with other well-known songs like "Just Lust," this album contains some great fare like "Real World," the acoustic-driven "Love Is Lies," the storming instrumental "Walking Distance" which the Descendents certainly learned from and the krautrock-y "Late For The Train.
Granted, it may have been a slight letdown when it first came out, but that's because the band had been hitting such consistent highs that anything less than perfection seemed a grave departure. We have the luxury of hindsight now, and "Love Bites" stands up pretty damn well on it's own.
Apples to apples, the first three albums and "Singles Going Steady" are all pretty essential. If you like what you're hearing on any one of those releases, you're in for more of a good thing.
The Buzzcocks had a unique talent for making all their albums sound like singles collections. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. The final demo track, Mother Of Turds, consists of the title and little else - I cannot understand why this pointless track has been included. Finally we have some live tracks from the Lesser Free Trade Hall in These are all good.
In conclusion, the original album is worth five stars on its own given the price Amazon are charging so my criticisms of the demo tracks cannot justify the removal of a star. An underated album. This delux release also has some singles and b sides and Peel sesions.
The second CD has Demos, most of which are previously unreleased and a live gsomeThe booklet has a write up by John Savage. Although I have most of the tracks, the second CD makes it worthwhile for any Buzzcocks fan. I used to listen to this all the time and loved it loads. Being 14 in I had this on cassette then vinyl. The 1st generation punk had come and was gone but the music was a revelation to me, like discovering something great I wanted more.
Buzz saw guitars with great beats mixed in with great lyrics make me believe that it's one of the great punk albums of the 70's and stands up as timeless and fresh today as it was when back then. Quite a wonderful album. Maybe this doesn't hit you like their debut 'Another Music in a Different Kitchen', but it's still a great album with the usual well-written songs with great hooks.
The single here is 'Ever Fallen in Love', but there are a couple of bonus singles plus their b-sides in 'Love you More' and 'Promises'. The title is obviously a pun with 3 possible meanings. It's obviously not the neck kind, but there are some lyrics that show that love can bite, and it is a collection of love bites as in sound bites.
There are plenty of good songs here, with lots of good guitar riffs, and Steve Diggle's vocal contribution is on the acoustic 'Love is Lies'. It's definitely a progression from the first album, and certainly doesn't suffer from the drop in quality that most second albums suffer from. Fantastic Buzzcocks record which I haven't heard before!!!!.
Pressing of lp also great no warping and perfectly flat!!!!!. Report abuse.More musically accomplished, more obsessively self-questioning, and with equally energetic yet sometimes gloomy performances, Love Bites finds the Buzzcocks coming into their own. With Devoto and his influence now fully worked out of the band's system, Shelley is the clearly predominant voice, with the exception of Diggle's first lead vocal on an album track, the semi .