V/A – Oi! 40 Years Untamed LP (Pirates Press Records)

V/A - Oi! 40 Years Untamed LP - Pirates Press Records

Four decades have passed since Garry Bushell compiled what would be the first Oi! sampler. Oi! – The Album was the direct response to classic punk rock music, which was quite autodestructive and nihilistic back in the days. With all its aggression, rawness, and direct approach to the already established aesthetics of punk rock music, Oi! gave a glimmer of hope to the working class who wanted more than another fashion trend and bland version of rock’n’roll covered by the mainstream media. It was music for the new generation comprised of rebels, outcasts, football hooligans, and all others who struggled to fit in the norm. Garry Bushell saw the true potential of Oi! music at the right time and decided to present only the best representatives of this particular subgenre. Forty years later, Oi! – The Album still stands out with its quality and represents a pure gem for nearly every record collector who loves this specific sound of the streets.

At the very end of 2020, Garry Bushell teamed up with Pirates Press Records to celebrate the ruby anniversary of Oi! – The Album with another sampler that threatens to become an instant classic. Oi! 40 Years Untamed delivers another dosage of marvelous sounds of the streets through loads of exclusive brand new and previously unheard compositions by the renowned groups who defined the genre, such as Cock Sparrer, Cockney Rejects, The Business, The Gonads, and The Last Resort. The compilation is also backed up with equally good numbers by contemporaries such as Crashed Out, Bishops Green, Stomper 98, Doug & The Slugz, Lion’s Law, The Old Firm Casuals, The Drowns, Prole, Gimp Fist, and NOI!SE. This line up proves that Oi! still sounds uncompromising, threatening, and ferocious after forty years of rumbling on the streets. The sampler includes equal amounts of power as its predecessor but contains a more polished sound, improved by contemporary trends in music production.

This compilation album captures the essence of Oi! music by encompassing all the vital elements of the genre. Four chord structures, robust riffages, catchy melodic themes, solid drumming, pissed vocals, and loud singalongs are some of the characteristics of this specific genre. The fair amounts of raw energy and melodies are keeping this sampler quite entertaining from scratch to finish, and it represents an essential starting point for newbies or a special treat for longstanding fans. Oi! 40 Years Untamed showcases the rich heritage of the Oi! scene that proudly endures the tests of time and ages like a fine wine. The sampler comes on 12″ LP available in a couple of variants such as standard black limited to 1250 copies, black and white pinwheel limited to 300 copies, blood-red limited to 150 copies, white limited to 150 copies, and gold vinyl limited to 150 copies. Don’t miss the chance to possess a piece of Oi! music history. Head over to the Pirates Press Records web store, pick up your favorite vinyl variant, and play it as loud as possible.

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