What we have here is not only a reissue of one of the greatest punk debuts of all time, but everything the Adverts ever recorded before setting off to work on their second album. Along with all 13 tracks recorded for 1978’s ‘Crossing The Red Sea’ (including a version of ‘Gary Gilmore’s Eyes’ originally intended for their US release and ‘New Day Dawning’, which was held back for a single), this Double LP also includes the band’s first three singles, along with six tracks taken from a never-before-heard recording of a gig at the Roundhouse in London in early 1978 (headlining over Sham 69), with brand new drummer, John Towe (from Generation X). Gatefold sleeve, printed inner sleeve with lyrics and liner notes by TV Smith and Dave Thompson. “One of the greatest punk records of all time” Fire Records reissue the 1978 classic debut punk record ‘Crossing The Red Sea with the Adverts’. Released after an ever growing live following and the string of successful chart hits The Advert’s debut has cemented its place in punk rock history.  From the sonic Armageddon which ushers in ‘One Chord Wonders’ through to the deliriously protracted fade of ‘Great British Mistake’, ‘Crossing The Red Sea’ never put a foot wrong. Created at the height of Punk, recorded with all the venom and passion which gave the era such vitality, “Crossing the Red Sea” was at once a statement of intent and a bellow of defiance, a refusal to take anything for granted, even its own brilliance. More than that, though, the album defined and thus became the precious moment in time when the establishment rules of rock fell away, and new ones still had to be carved out. And by those brittle standards, the Adverts weren’t simply crossing the Red Sea, They were parting it. Dave Thompson
Comes in a gatefold sleeve. Includes an 8 page booklet and a postcard with a download code for a digital copy of the whole album.
(Fire Records)