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Title - Oi! The Albums Vol. 2 The Link Records Years [7CD]
Artist - Various

For those unaware, Oi! The Albums, Volume 2: The Link Records Years is a monster 102 track, seven CD clam shell box-set that focuses on the Oi! compilation albums issued on legendary Street Punk label Link Records between 1987-1993.

Featuring the biggest names associated with the scene Ė Cockney Rejects, Angelic Upstarts, The Business, Cock Sparrer, Slaughter And The Dogs, The 4 Skins, Blitz, Sham 69, The Crack, Menace, Judge Dread, The Oppressed and oh-so many more - it follows on from the success of Oi! The Albums and also comes with detailed liner notes by label boss Captain Oi!; which give the inside story behind each of the seven albums.

CD 1: Oi! The Resurrection (1986)
1. THE 4 SKINS - Yesterdayís Heroes
2. VICIOUS RUMOURS - Pull You Through
3. SKIN DEEP - Self Respect
4. MENACE - Iím Civilised
5. RENEGADE - Revenge
6. CONDEMNED 84 - No Way In
7. THE BUSINESS - Mortgage Mentality
8. THE COCKNEY REJECTS - I Wanna Be A Star
9. SECTION 5 - For The Love Of Oi!
10. THE MAGNIFICENT - Heat Of The Street
11. ACCIDENT - Crazy
12. THE STRIKE - Hungry Gun
13. INTENSIVE CARE - Framed
14. THE LAST RESORT - Soul Boys

Opening on the thunderous noise of their chunky, yet highly beloved manic guitar intros, itís The 4 Skins with Vicious Rumours that kicks things off and they are backed by bands such as MENACE with their sensitive punk outing Iím Civilised, RENEGADE and their dub-punk on Revenge, THE BUSINESS and their hardcore rants on Mortgage Mentality, the always-brilliant THE COCKNEY REJECTS with their euphoric I Wanna Be A Star, and rounds out with the drum-led fervency of INTENSIVE CAREís Framed.

CD 2: The Sound of Oi! (1987)
1. THE BUSINESS - Coventry
2. VICIOUS RUMOURS - Surfiní In Newquay
3. SKIN DEEP - My Lifeís Fine
4. BURIAL - Sheila
5. RENEGADE - Fictional Kicks
6. CONDEMNED 84 - Battle
7. COCK SPARRER - Old
8. THE 4 SKINS - Norman
9. SECTION 5 - Headcase
10. THE MAGNIFICENT - Coming On Strong
11. FIVE O - The Best
12. VAN DEL & THE HOOLIGANS - Confusion
13. CLOSE SHAVE - The Law
14. THE COCKNEY REJECTS - Beginning Of The End

This second disc opens on the emphatic rhythmic ode to Coventry from THE BUSINESS and then the quite brilliantly stolen Surfiní In Newquay by VICIOUS RUMOURS (completely ripping off The Beach Boysí Surfiní USA!) and then we get blockbusters such as RENEGADEís free wheeliní Fictional Kicks, COCK SPARRER and their rebellious Old, the endless, thrashingly motivated guitar lines found within THE MAGNIFICENTís Coming On Strong, rounding out on the hard hitting and staunchly working class CLOSE SHAVE with The Law.

CD 3: Oi! Glorious Oi! (1987)
1. SECTION 5 - Work It Out
2. ANGELIC UPSTARTS - I Wanna Knighthood
3. BURIAL - Holding On
4. THE BUSINESS - Do A Runner
5. THE GLORY - Where Were You
6. VENDETTA - Willing To Kill
7. THE COCKNEY REJECTS - Rip Off
8. SHAM 69 - Lost On Highway 46
9. VICIOUS RUMOURS - One Thing On Our Minds
10. INDECENT EXPOSURE - Bank Holidays
11. YOUTH DEFENCE LEAGUE - Turncoat
12. THE STRIKE - Action Man
13. CLOSE SHAVE - Iíd Be Rather Down The Pub
14. INTENSIVE CARE - Rebel

The third disc opens with the one of the new and upcoming bands of the late eighties, SECTION 5 with their triumphant Work It Out and the ANGELIC UPSTARTS doing what they do best on the balls-to-the-wall, searing guitar work of I Wanna Knighthood, and then comes gems such as the powerful Where Were You from THE GLORY, the boys from Hersham on the poptastic-punk of Lost On Highway 46 (SHAM 69), and then INDECENT EXPOSUREís purest punk of Bank Holidays, the disc closing on the stand tall, loud and proud Rebel from INTENSIVE CARE.

CD 4: Oi! Thatís What I Call Music (1988)
1. THE CRACK - Donít Just Sit There
2. THE MAGNIFICENT - (I Donít Wanna) Be Like You
3. THE GLORY - Scarred For Life
4. MOONSTOMP - Streets At Night
5. THE BETRAYED - Donít Waste Space
6. THE BLOOD - Bad News
7. CONDEMNED 84 - The Boots Go Marching In
8. THE BUSINESS - Mouth Aní Trousers
9. THE KICKER BOYS - I Gotta Handgun
10. SECTION 5 - Remember The Night
11. THE STRIKE - Victims
12. JUDGE DREAD - Bring Back The Skins
13. SPLODGENESSABOUNDS - Wiffy Smells
14. SHAM 69 - Pretty Vacant

This fourth disc opens on one of the patriotic glam Oi! bands, the thrusting THE CRACK with Donít Just Sit There and THE MAGNIFICENT with the hard hitting (I Donít Wanna) Be Like You, and then comes raunchy gems such as THE BETRAYED with their faster-than-a-speeding-bullet style of music on Donít Waste Space, the old school punk kicks from CONDEMNED 84 on The Boots Go Marching In, the Wisconsinís own THE KICKER BOYS on I Gotta Handgun, the disc rounding out on the high-pitched vocals of SPLODGENESSABOUNDSí Wiffy Smells, and a rip roaringly loud and abstract rendition of the Pistolsí Pretty Vacant from Sham 69.

CD 5: Pop Oi! (1989)
1. SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS - Situations
2. THE CRACK - Going Out
3. THE HOOPERS - Ginger Cringe
4. CRIMINAL CLASS - Fighting The System
5. FIVE O - Little Powers
6. AMERICAN EAGLE - American Oi!
7. THE KICKER BOYS - I Donít Scare
8. FRANKIE FLAME - England Belongs To Me
9. MOONSTOMP - Nothing At All
10. GUTTERSNIPE ARMY - Never Die
11. FOREIGN LEGION - Surf City
12. THE STRIKE - Agony Of A Nation
13. THE MADHATTERS - Black Hat
14. THE RESORT - Rubber Jenny
15. THE BUSINESS - Out In The Cold
16. FRANKIE FLAME - Harry May

The fifth disc opens with the classic punk pop-tastic SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS and their brilliant Situations and the boys from Wycombe THE HOOPERS with their shout out track Ginger Cringe, and then comes the headbanging beauty Little Powers from FIVE O, the manic MOONSTOMP with Nothing At All, THE MADHATTERS and their punk-bounce of Black Hat, the disc rounding out with the late, great Micky Fitz with THE BUSINESS on Out In The Cold, closing on their ode to vanilla muffins, Nancy Reagan, Robin Williams and more, FRANKIE FLAME with Harry May.

CD 6: Oi! Oi! Oi! (1989)
1. SECTION 5 - Beat Of The Street
2. DISTORTED TRUTH - Party Political Bullshit
3. THE LAST RESORT - Johnny Bardenís 89
4. BLITZ - Those Days
5. CLOSE SHAVE - Man At The Top
6. SKINHEAD - One Of The Boys
7. THE CRACK - Donít Stop Me
8. GUITAR GANGSTERS - Nothing To Shout About
9. DISTORTED TRUTH - Fallout
10. CLOSE SHAVE - Get Out Of Our Way
11. THE BONESHAKERS - Boneshaker
12. SECTION 5 - We Wonít Change

The sixth disc opens on the punk-tastic duo of SECTION 5ís Beat Of The Street and the late, great Big Alshy with DISTORTED TRUTH on Party Political Bullshit and then comes the sad-but-sweet track from BLITZ Those Days, the rockiní Rose Tattoo cover of One Of The Boys from SKINHEAD (sounding like Lemmy all the way), a rocker from GUITAR GANGSTERS with Nothing To Shout About, the disc rounding out with, perhaps, THE BONESHAKERSí only chart circular, Boneshaker.

CD 7: The Joys of Oi! (1990)
1. PROLE - Chasing Rainbows
2. BLITZ - 4Q
3. THE GONADS - Joys Of Oi!
4. THE STRIKE - Action Man
5. THE BUSINESS - H-Bomb
6. ORGASM GUERILLAS - Aloha
7. ALASKA COWBOYS - Oral In Orleans
8. VENDETTA - Willing To Kill
9. LORD WAISTRAL - Reg And Ron
10. COCK SPARRER - A Price Too High To Pay
11. THE STRIKE - Mania
12. LEGALISE RAPE - Alconaut
13. THE 4 SKINS - Betrayed
14. PROLE - Working
15. THE GONADS - Eat The Rich
16. PARANOID PICTURES - Sad Moon
17. SOBER CYRIL AND THE OI! OI! ALL STARS - Wine With Dinner

The seventh and final disc of this magnificent compilation box-set opens with the throaty punk angst of PROLEís Chasing Rainbows and the late great Nidge with BLITZ on 4Q, then comes the hard-hitting THE STRIKE with Action Man, the ALASKA COWBOYS with the challenging Oral In Orleans, LORD WAISTRAL with the speed demon Reg And Ron, the Roi Pearce-inspired 4 SKINS on Betrayed, the disc, and the collection as a whole, closing on the coming together of that days all-star young punk vocalists - under the guise of SOBER CYRIL AND THE OI! OI! ALL STARS - with the brilliant Wine With Dinner.

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