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March 1978
999 (United Artists 30199)

Side One: Me And My Desire / Chicane Destination / Crazy / Your Number Is My Number / Hit Me / I'm Alive

Side Two: Titanic (My Over) Reaction / Pick It Up / Emergency / No Pity / Direct Action Briefing / Nobody Knows

Notes.

Recommended CD re-issue:  Captain Oi! AHOY CD147
Bonus tracks: Quite Disappointing / Nasty Nasty / My Street Stinks

Original LP (without bonus tracks) included on 2003 2 for 1 compilation '999 & Separates' (EMI5841232)

Album included in 2018 CD Box Set 'The Albums 1977-80' (Cherry Red WAHOYBX354)
999
September 1978
Separates (United Artists 30209)

Side One: Homicide / Tulse Hill Night / Rael Rean / Let's Face It / Crime Part 1 / Part 2

Side Two: Feelin' Alright With The Crew / Out Of Reach / Subterfuge / Wolf / Brightest View / High Energy Plan

Notes.
Recommended CD re-issue:  Captain Oi! AHOY CD148

Bonus tracks: You Can't Buy Me /Soldier / Waiting / Action

Original LP (without bonus tracks) included on 2003 2 for 1 compilation '999 & Separates' (EMI5841232)

Album included in 2018 CD Box Set 'The Albums 1977-80' (Cherry Red WAHOYBX354)
Separates

1979

High Energy Plan (PVC/Radar PVC 7999)

Side One: Homicide / Real Rean / Waiting / Let's Face It / Crime

Side Two: High Energy Plan / Feelin' Alright With The Crew / Action / Subterfuge / Brightest View / Wolf

Notes.
American release. Reworking of Separates LP.
US release includes the tracks Waiting & Action, available in the UK as a free 12" single given away in conjunction with Separates. Tulse Hill Night & Out Of Reach are omitted to make way.
High Energy Plan

January 1980
The Biggest Prize In Sport (Polydor POLS 1013)

Side One: Boys In The Gang / Inside Out / Trouble / So Long / Fun Thing / Biggest Prize In Sport

Side Two: Hollywood / Stranger / Stop! Stop! / English Wipeout / Shake / Boiler

Notes.
Recommended CD re-issue:  Captain Oi! AHOY CD207
Bonus tracks: Made A Fool Of You / Found Out Too Late / Lie Lie Lie plus 'The Biggest Tour In Sport' 6 track USA live mini-LP.
Record Store Day 2015: This compilation was released as a double LP pressed on 180g green vinyl, on Let Them Eat Vinyl LETV216LP.

Album included in 2018 CD Box Set 'The Albums 1977-80' (Cherry Red WAHOYBX354)

The Biggest Prize In Sport
The Biggest Prize In Sport RSD Double
2015 RSD Double LP

April 1981
Concrete (Albion ITS 999)

Side One: So Greedy / Lil Red Riding Hood / Break It Up / Taboo / Mercy Mercy / Fortune Teller

Side Two: Obsessed / Silent Anger / That’s The Way It Goes / Bongos On The Nile / Don’t You Know I Need You / Public Enemy No. 1

Notes.
Recommended CD re-issue:  Captain Oi! AHOY CD232

Bonus tracks: Change / Lie Lie Lie (live) / Wait For Your Number / I Ain't Gonna Tell Ya (live) / Indian Reservation / So Greedy (Re-mix) / Wild Sun (12" version) / Scandal In The City

Concrete

November 1983
13th Floor Madness (Albion AS 8502)

Side One: Use Your Imagination / Lookin’ Like You Do / Book Of Love / It’s What You’ve Got / Don’t Want You Back / 13th Floor Madness

Side Two: Good To See You / Arabesque / Custer’s Last Stand / Hang It All / Night Shift

Notes.
CD issue:
Albion ALCD 900073
13th Floor Madness

March 1985
Face To Face (LaBritain LABLP 1000)

Side One: Hallelujah / Black Sunshine / 20 Years / Walk In The Meadow / Dancing On Me / Spiritual Independence

Side Two: Vicious Circle / Lucy Dead / I Can’t Face It / Maybe Someday / This Is Just A Lie / Dancing In The Wrong Shoes

Notes.
Issued on CD in 1993 on Obsession ‎OBSESS CD003
& in 1994 on Japanese label Jimco Records ‎JICK-89358

Re-issued 1999 on CD as Dancing In The Wrong Shoes (Receiver RRCD 266)
Bonus tracks: Heart To Heart (live) /
It's Not What You Do It's What You Got (live) / Book Of Love (live) / Hang It All (live)


Dancing In The Wrong Shoes
                 'Dancing In The Wrong Shoes'
Face To Face
Face To Face
UK CD
Face To Face
Japanese CD

November 1993
You Us It! (Anagram CDGRAM 71)

Side One: Black Flowers For The Bride / (There Is No Glory In) Mary's Story / Signed Dangerous of Hollywood / Bye Bye Bones / Everybody Needs It / It's Over Now / Bye Bye England

Side Two: All Of The Days / Big Fast Car / Absolution / Deep In The Shadow / Run For Your Life / Don't Tell Me / Crazy Crazy Crazy / White Light

Notes.
Issued for 1st time ever on vinyl
June 2016, on French label Combat Rock CR 089, limited to 500 copies

Album included in 2019 CD Box Set 'The Albums 1987-2007' (Cherry Red)
You Us It
You Us It!
French Vinyl Pressing 2016

March 1998
Takeover (Get Back GBR010CD)

Takeover / Didn't Mean To / No Prisoners / Headcase / Salvage Mission / Fit Up / Out Of Our Heads / I Can't Wait / Split Personality / Damp With Tears / Edge Of The World / Falling / Really Like You / Jam Me Up (With Something Nice) / Pile Up

Notes.
Neglected by label on initial release, CD re-issued in 2005 on Polish label Noise Annoys NOISE 055

Re-issued in UK in 2016 on Westworld WW0039CD. Not issued on vinyl

Album included in 2019 CD Box Set 'The Albums 1987-2007'
(Cherry Red)
Takeover

2007
Death In Soho (Overground OVER 119VP CD)

Side One: Gimme The World / The System / Innocent / Last Breath / 99 Days / Rock 'N Roll World / Get Off The Phone

Side Two: Horror Story / Stealing Beauty / What Do You Know / Deep Peace / Too Much Money / Life Of Crime / The Avenue / Bomb You


Notes.
Issued on vinyl in 2008 on Czech Republic label Papagájův Hlasatel Records PH 083, limited to 400 copies plus 100 copies on yellow vinyl

Album included in 2019 CD Box Set 'The Albums 1987-2007' (Cherry Red)
Death In Soho
April 2020
Bish! Bash! Bosh! (Cleopatra Records)

Don't Want To Know / Shoot / Psycho Man / Monkey / Crazy Tuesday World / Don't Start A Fight / I Hate It All / Lifeline / Addicted / My Dad Trashed My Submarine / The Midnight Express / Dr. Nick / Time Bomb / Statue / The Pit And The Pentagon

Notes.
First album with Stuart Meadows on drums.
Bish Bash Bosh


Key Compilations
A band that's been going 40 years will be subject to many compilations of various merit.
This guide focus' on releases that make great additions to your 999 archive, both historically & musically.


June 1980
999 Singles Album (United Artists SOS 999)

Side One: Nasty Nasty / No Pity / Me And My Desire / Crazy / Emergency / My Street Stinks / Feelin' Alright With The Crew


Side Two: Titanic (My Over) Reaction / You Can't Buy Me / Homicide / Soldier / I'm Alive / Quite Disappointing / Waiting / Action


Notes.
Classic vinyl round up of all 999's A & B-sides recorded for UA. Also includes Waiting & Action, which had only been issued on the free 12" single available via the Separates LP.

Although the collection has since been expanded upon on CD (Punk Singles 1977-1980), this vinyl only LP remains an important part of the 999 legacy.
999 Singles LP
Singles LP German
German Sleeve
March 1984
Identity Parade
(Albion ALB 118)

Side One: I'm Alive / Nasty Nasty / Emergency / Me And My Desire / Feelin' Alright With The Crew (Live) / Homicide / Found Out Too Late

Side Two: Trouble / Obsessed / Lil' Red Riding Hood / Indian Reservation / Wild Sun / Blaze Of Noon


Notes.
Very interesting cronological vinyl & cassette round up of all 999's A-sides to-date. As well the unreleased Blaze of Noon (still unavailable elsewhere), both Obsessed & Lil' Red Riding Hood are different mixes, unique to this release. Wild Sun is the 12" version edited down to a 7" length rather than the original 7" version. Feelin' Alright With The Crew is taken from The Biggest Tour In Sport live album. Me And My Desire is the longer LP edit.

The cassette verson (CALB 118) added 4 extra tracks taken from the band's recordings for Albion: Wait For Your Number To Be Called / Ain't Gonna Tell Ya / Scandal In The City / Arabesque


Identity Parade

November 1986

In Case Of Emergency (DOJOLP 31)

Side One: Homicide / Nasty Nasty / Public Enemy No. 1 / Silent Anger / Emergency / High Energy Plan

Side Two: Lil Red Riding Hood / Me & My Desire / Obsessed / Feelin' Alright With The Crew / Break It Up / Titanic (My Over) Reaction

Notes.
On the face of it, this is a random selection for a compilation, drawing heavily on the Concrete era with 5 cuts from the 1981 LP. However it works well as a vinyl album mixing in the first 5 classic singles, one B-side and the magnificent High Energy Plan. An excellent listen.

In Case Of Emergency

December 1990
The Cellblock Tapes (Link LINK LP 125)

Side One (Live): Quite Disappointing / Me And My Desire / Crazy / Lie Lie Lie / Rael Rean / Soldier / Nasty Nasty / I'm Alive

Side Two (Demos): Dead Or Alive / Tomorrow's World / Kiss The Blood Of My Hands / Arabesque /  Got My Eyes On You / How Can I Tell You / Custer Last Stand

Notes.
This album included in both studio & live guides.
Side one live - date/venue unknown. Side 2 studio demos.


Issued on CD on Step-1 Music (STEP 045) December 1994 coupled with Slaughter & The Dogs' The Slaughterhouse Tapes LP.
Cellblock

May 1992

The Early Stuff (The UA Years) (EMI ‎– CDP 7986022)


Homicide / Titanic (My Over) Reaction / Rael Rean / Emergency / Your Number Is My Number / Let's Face It / Hit Me / My Street Stinks / Nobody Knows / Subterfuge / Wolf / Feelin' Alright With The Crew / Me And My Desire / Quite Disappointing / Pick It Up / Chicane Destination / Crazy / Nasty Nasty / No Pity / Direct Action Briefing / I'm Alive / Action / Waiting

Notes.
The CD debut of 999's classic UA Years. 23 tracks incorporating the pick of LP tracks and A & B-sides.

It's a killer compilation with fabulous sequencing & a great cover. If one 999 CD is selected for a deep space probe, this is it!
UA Years

June 1996

The Albion Punk Years (Anagram CDPUNK 78)


Obsessed / Change / Lie Lie Lie (Live) / Lil Red Riding Hood / Wait For Your Number To Be Called / I Ain't Gonna Tell You (live) / Indian Reservation / So Greedy (Re Mix) / Taboo / Wild Sun (12" Version) / Scandal in the City / Don't You Know I Need You / Sex (Previously Unissued) / Painted Smile (Previously Unissued) / 13th Floor Madness / Nightshift (Alternative Version) / Arabesque / Book of Love (Alternative Version) / Hang It All (Alternative Version) / It's What You've Got (Alternative Version)


Notes.
Cronological CD round up of all 999's A & B-sides recorded for Albion Records '81-'83, plus unreleased tracks Painted Smile & Sex (early version of Obsessed).  Alternative versions of 4 tracks are also presented, making this essential.

Issued as Scandal In The City in Germany by Line Music (LMS 9.01326) with different sleeve.
Albion Years
Scandal In The City
German Sleeve
August 1997
Emergency (Receiver RRCD 245)

Don't You Know I Need You / Crazy / Feelin' Alright With The Crew / Emergency / Pick It Up / Indian Reservation / Quite Disappointing / My Street Stinks / Rael Rean / Subterfuge / Hollywood / Inside Out / The Biggest Prize In Sport / Chicane Destination / Obsessed / Hit Me / Nasty Nasty / Tulse Hill Night / Mercy Mercy / English Wipeout / Fun Thing / Titanic (My Over) Reacyion / Boys In The Gang / Lil Red Riding Hood / Me And My Desire / Homicide / Let's Face It / I'm Alive / Found Out Too Late

Notes.
The 'compilation' is a reworking of the band's better known songs. Forget the misleading cover, this is the Arturo line-up. It's a mixed bag with the rockier tracks sounding great. Those requiring more studio wizardry such as Obsessed, are less successful. Nevertheless, it's nice to have an alternative to the established versions, and is well worth a listen.
Emergency (Receiver RRCD 245)

March 1999

Slam! (Overground OVER 84CD)

Inside Out / Heart To Heart / Investigation / Cruel World / Raindance / Kiss The President / Scandal In The City / Don't You Know I Need You / Change / Christmas Cards / Slam / V.G.C. / Brent Cross / That's The Way It Goes / Taboo / Public Enemy No.1 / Mercy Mercy / Bongos On The Nile / No Prisoners (listed on sleeve but not on CD - possibly same as Kiss The President)

Notes.
Collection of unreleased studio demos, including Slam!, written about the infamous slam dance craze. Tracks V.G.C & Christmas Cards are well worthy of your attention.
Cruel World would be reworked as So Long on The Briggest Prize In Sport, & Kiss The President evolved into No Prisoners on the Takeover LP.
Slam!

2001
The Punk Singles 1977-1980 (Captain Oi!  AHOY CD 176)

I'm Alive / Quite Disappointing / Nasty Nasty / No Pity / Emergency / My Street Stinks / Me And My Desire / Crazy / Feelin' Alright With The Crew / Titanic (My Over) Reaction / You Can't Buy Me / Waiting / Action / Homicide / Soldier / Found Out Too Late / Lie Lie Lie / Trouble / Made A Fool Of You / Boys In The Gang / Brent Cross (live)

Notes.
Cronological CD round up of all 999's A & B-sides '77-'80, including German/Austrian only single Boys In The Gang / Brent Cross. The perfect companion to 'The Albion Punk Years'.

Singles 77-78

2003

Outburst! Demos & Outtakes '77-'79 (Overground OVER 95VP CD)

Titanic (My Over) Reaction / Crime / Don't Deny / Feelin' Alright With The Crew / Soldier / Games We Play / Like Any Other / Waiting / Tulse Hill Night / The Biggest Prize In Sport / English Wipeout / Argue / Stop! Stop! / Trouble / Solution / Heart To Heart

Notes.
Collection of unreleased studio demos & outtakes, including vastly different versions to those released during the period. The songs are all in different stages of development; the track Solution would eventually emerge as the more familiar Boiler on The Briggest Prize In Sport.

Brilliant. Every 999 fan should own this.

Outburst! Demos & Outtakes '77-'79

November 2017

Punk Rock Halloween (Cleopatra CLO 0713)

Various artists 27 track compilation includes specially recorded 999 song Everyday's Like Halloween.

Also includes tracks by Anti-Nowhere League, UK Subs, Reel Big Fish, Sylvain Sylvain, The Vibrators, The Members, The Adolescents & many more.

Buy here
Punk Rock Halloween Loud, Fast & Scary

May 2018

The Albums 1977-80 (Cherry Red / Captain Oi! AHOYBX354)


Disc 1: 999 LP
Disc 2: Separates LP + Waiting / Action 12"
Disc 3: The Biggest Prize In Sport LP
Disc 4: Rarities. Compilation, rounds up the following:
Singles versions & non-LP A & B-sides: I'm Alive (Single Version) / Quite Disappointing / Nasty Nasty / No Pity (Single Version) / My Street Stinks / Me And My Desire (Single Version) / You Can't Buy Me / Homicide (Single Version) / Soldier / Found Out Too Late / Lie Lie Lie / Made A Fool Of You / Brent Cross (Live) / Hollywood (USA Single Mix)
Live at Hope & Anchor Front Row Festival LP:
Quite Disappointing / Crazy
The Biggest Tour In Sport live mini-LP: Homicide / Feelin' Alright With The Crew / Inside Out / Titanic (My Over) Reaction / Emergency / Boys In The Gang


Notes. 4 CD Box set.  Buy here
Albums 1977-80

February 2019

The Albums 1987-2007 (Cherry Red / Captain Oi! AHOYBOX368)

Disc 1: Lust Power And Money (CD version with 2 bonus tracks)
Disc 2: Takeover
Disc 3: You Us It!
Disc 4: Death In Soho

Notes. 4 CD Box Set. Buy here

1987-2007
November 2019
The Sharpest Cuts (Gutterwail GWR07)

Black Flowers For The Bride / All Of The Days / Stealing Beauty / Signed Dangerous / Last Breath / It's Over Now / Absolution / Crazy Crazy Crazy / Bomb You / Gimme The World / The Avenue / Boys In The Gang (Live at WFMU New Jersey) / Nasty Nasty (Live)

Notes.
Vinyl only US compilation covering the LPs You Us It! & Death In Soho.
Issued 9th November 19. Made available in UK from 29th November 19.
Initially available in pink, green, & orange - each with a unique variant cover. Also pressed in black vinyl.
Further editions:
Limited edition Clip Art release & a
limited Test Pressing both sold in their own unique sleeves.
Subsequently available with random colour in generic sleeve. 
Black Friday 29 Nov 19: Gold Club Edition - gold/brown vinyl (in gold/black sleeve) ltd to 50.
The Sharpest Cuts
Test Pressing Sleeve
Gold Club Edition
Gold Club Edition

Buy UK edition here
The Sharpest Cuts
Generic Sleeve 
The Sharpest Cuts
Green Vinyl Variant Sleeve
Sharpest
Clip Art Sleeve
Compiled by Phil Singleton




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