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Ork Records: New York, New York
Numero Group

How does one summarize the legacy of Ork Records? A decade of some of the most iconic rock ’n’ roll curated in the bowels of CBGB’s; some forgotten, some transcendent; which has finally made its way onto one of the most extensive compilations of punk and new wave from the mid-late 1970s and early 1980s. Let this compilation find its way to your preferred format, be it in audio files or on wax, and let it carry you through the culmination of rock ’n’ roll as imagined by the key emerging acts of the era that might have slipped under your radar; including the sonic apparitions of The Feelies, the bluesy gotta-lose-attitude of Richard Hell, the guitar driven mania of The Idols, and a slew of others. Alex Chilton even chimes in a couple of times to serve you his very own version of low-fi power pop on a silver-platter. There is even a cover from time to time, harkening back to yesteryear bands that no doubt fueled the collection in question. Throughout the compilation, an avid listener will pick up channelings of artists like The Rolling Stones, The Seeds and Eddie Cochran.

Packed to the brim with idiosyncratic jams this compilation comes in at 2 hours and 35 minutes. Every track will bring you something new and exciting from a bygone era, still relevant as though they were recorded last week. From bubblegum rock to 1960s dance party tunes to caterwauling waves of fully realized punk. Forget the woes of the Newark CBGB’s restaurant and imagine a time of snot, shit covered toilet seats, crude magic marker misgivings scribbled from wall to wall and exciting new bands reaching ever closer to breaking the sound barrier. Some bands get their due, some don’t. It’s the reality of a blossoming scene where new bands would feature down in the Bowery every night for years. Just shy of 50 tracks, here is your chance to discover some of the bands that may have burned out faster than fate would have preferred.

– Petter Ness

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