999 - CONCRETE - punk rock 12" LP Vinyl Album

999 are an English rock band who formed in London in 1977. They are often cited as one of the first punk rock bands

 

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Album Description & Collectors information:

 In the vibrant and rebellious world of punk rock, few bands have left as lasting an impact as 999. With their explosive energy, raw sound, and unrelenting attitude, the band's 12" LP vinyl album titled "Concrete" stands as a testament to their influential presence in the genre. This album showcased the immense talent of the band's members, who were Jon Watson on bass guitar and vocals, Pablo Labritain on drums, percussion, and backing vocals, Guy Days on guitar, vocals, chimes, percussion, and organ, and Nick Cash leading with vocals, rhythm guitar, and percussion.

The album opens with Side One, immediately setting the tone for the relentless punk rock experience that awaits. "So Greedy" bursts forth with a furious bassline and the gritty vocals of Jon Watson, capturing the band's disdain for materialism and greed. The aggression continues with "Little Red Riding Hood", a track that delivers a punch with its driving guitar riffs and powerful rhythm section. "Break It Up" follows suit, maintaining the band's signature high-energy sound and showcasing their ability to craft catchy hooks within the punk rock framework.

As the album progresses, 999 proves their versatility with tracks like "Taboo" and "Mercy Mercy". The former explores darker themes, complemented by Nick Cash's intense vocals and the band's masterful instrumental arrangement. "Mercy Mercy", on the other hand, demonstrates their ability to infuse punk rock with a melodic touch, creating a memorable anthem that resonates with its audience. The Side One finale, "Fortune Teller", leaves listeners craving more, as the band's tight musicianship and relentless pace leave an indelible mark.

Side Two of "Concrete" kicks off with "Obsessed", a track that highlights Guy Days' virtuosic guitar skills and showcases the band's ability to navigate complex musical structures while maintaining their signature punk edge. "Silent Anger" follows suit, continuing the album's momentum with its driving rhythm section and biting lyrics. The anthemic quality of "That's The Way It Goes" displays 999's ability to create catchy and memorable punk rock tunes.

The album takes an unexpected turn with "Bongos On The Nile", where the band incorporates percussion and organ elements, adding a unique flavor to their sound. This experimentation demonstrates their willingness to push boundaries and defy expectations within the punk rock genre. "Don't You Know I Need You" brings the album full circle, delivering an energetic and catchy punk rock anthem that encapsulates the band's rebellious spirit.

Closing out the album is "Public Enemy No. 1", a furious punk rock assault that leaves no room for compromise. Clocking in at just over two minutes, this explosive track is a testament to the band's ability to create impactful and concise punk rock statements.

Music Genre:

 English (Punk) Rock 

Album Production Information:

 The album: "999 - Concrete" was produced by: Vic Maile

Vic Maile , born on 27 March 1943, was a highly respected British sound engineer and record producer who played a significant role in shaping the sound of rock and roll. With his remarkable talent and passion for music, Maile made a lasting impact on the industry, leaving behind a legacy that continues to resonate with fans and artists alike.

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Maile's journey in music began during his formative years, where he developed a deep fascination with sound and its manipulation. As a teenager, he immersed himself in the world of electronics and sound engineering, constantly experimenting with audio equipment and exploring new ways to capture and enhance musical performances.

In the 1960s, Maile emerged as a sought-after sound engineer, working with numerous bands and artists in the thriving British music scene. His technical proficiency and ability to understand the intricacies of sound quickly earned him a reputation for excellence. Artists and producers recognized Maile as someone who could elevate their music to new heights through his expertise in the recording studio.

Throughout his career, Maile had the privilege of collaborating with a diverse range of bands and musicians, each with their unique styles and sonic signatures. Some of the notable names he worked with include:

1. Dr. Feelgood: Maile's partnership with Dr. Feelgood in the mid-1970s proved to be a pivotal moment in both his career and the band's success. He played a vital role in capturing the band's raw, high-energy pub rock sound, contributing to the creation of their influential debut album, "Down by the Jetty" (1975).

2. Motörhead: One of Maile's most iconic collaborations was with the legendary heavy metal band Motörhead. His production work on their seminal albums, such as "Overkill" (1979) and "Ace of Spades" (1980), helped define their distinctive and aggressive sound. Maile's ability to capture the band's raw intensity and sheer power in the studio cemented their status as one of the genre's most influential acts.

3. Girlschool: Maile's partnership with the all-female heavy metal band Girlschool yielded exceptional results. He worked closely with them on albums like "Hit and Run" (1981) and "Screaming Blue Murder" (1982), crafting a sound that balanced their fierce energy with melodic hooks. His production skills showcased the band's musical prowess and contributed to their rise in the male-dominated rock landscape.

4. The Quireboys: Maile collaborated with The Quireboys for their debut album, "A Bit of What You Fancy" (1990). With his guidance, the band achieved a blend of classic rock and roll swagger with a contemporary edge, resulting in a critically acclaimed record that earned them commercial success.

Vic Maile's talent as a sound engineer and record producer extended far beyond these notable collaborations. His contributions to the rock and roll genre are immeasurable, as he worked with a myriad of artists who trusted him to translate their artistic vision into captivating sonic experiences.

This album was recorded at: Jacksons Studios, Rickmansworth

Album cover design: Caramel Crunch Design

Album photography: Chris Gabrin

Record Label Information:

 Albion Records ITS 999

Media Format:

 12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

 1981 Made in UK / England
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: 999 - Concrete
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Bass Guitar, Vocals – Jon Watson (
  • Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals – Pablo Labritain
  • Guitar, Vocals, Chimes, Percussion, Organ – Guy Days
  • Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Percussion – Nick Cash
Complete Track-listing of the album "999 - Concrete"

The detailed tracklist of this record "999 - Concrete" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. So Greedy 3:04
  2. Little Red Riding Hood 2:49
  3. Break It Up 3:05
  4. Taboo 3:05
  5. Mercy Mercy 2:30
  6. Fortune Teller 2:20
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. Obsessed 2:48
  2. Silent Anger 3:00
  3. That's The Way It Goes 3:26
  4. Bongos On The Nile 2:53
  5. Don't You Know I Need You 3:10
  6. Public Enemy No. 1 2:06

 

Front Cover Photo Of 999 - Concrete 12" LP Vinyl Album

 

999 - Concrete 12" LP Vinyl Album front cover https://vinyl-records.nl

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Photo Of The Back Cover 999 - Concrete 12" LP Vinyl Album

 

999 - Concrete 12" LP Vinyl Album back cover

Close up of Side One record's label 999 - Concrete 12" LP Vinyl Album

"Concrete " Green Colozr Albion Records Record Label Details: ITS 999 ℗ 1981 Albion Records Ltd Sound Copyright

Concrete " Green Colozr Albion Records Record Label Details: ITS 999 ℗ 1981 Albion Records Ltd Sound Copyright
 

Index of THE 999 Vinyl Album Discography and Album Cover Gallery

999 - Concrete 12" Vinyl LP
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 Albion Records ITS 999 , 1981 , Made in UK/England

The 999 band, originating from London in 1977, holds a significant place in the history of punk rock. Considered one of the early pioneers of the genre, their music helped shape the punk movement. Their latest release, the 12" LP vinyl album titled "Concrete," showcases their distinctive punk sound. With this record, 999 continues to contribute to the ongoing evolution of punk rock.

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999 - Singles Album 12" Vinyl LP
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United Artists SOS 999 , 1980 , Made in UK/England

The 12" LP vinyl album titled "999 Singles" offers a collection of the band's notable singles, providing a comprehensive overview of their music. The inclusion of a poster adds an extra element of visual appeal for fans and collectors. This album serves as a valuable addition to the collection of 999 enthusiasts and vinyl aficionados alike

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