THE PRESS The Complete Press ~ 1984-1994, digipack CD (2007) IR 024
The Press were the first American Oi! band and this is the first time their collected works, including remastered rarities and unreleased material, have been issued in one slick lookin’ digipack release together with band photos and a pullout lyric-sheet!
Quality release from the Insurgence crew of America's first Oi! band The Press. This 15 track disc epitomises what Oi! is all about and added to that you know the the band are a real working class oufit with sussed politics who took a stance and stood by what they said, and he music ain't half bad either! Good quality sound that seems to draw a lot from the original UK Oi!bands. This digi-pak also comes with a copy of an old flyer with all the lyrics on the back and words about the band from Garry Bushell - all in all a fantastic release that has remastered rarities as well as unreleased gems...a gotta-get as far as I'm concerned. This should be on everyone's 'to listen to' list! (Oi! Warning, Number 6)
Press The Complete Press 1984-1994 By Keith Carman
It sounds impressive that The Complete Press would compile a decade of material from what is arguably America’s first oi band. However, given the underground nature of the music and ensuing lack of funds, this means a whopping 15 tracks for all of you 4/4 louts out there. Regardless, this beautiful post-mortem does boast a few remastered tunes, unreleased material and, more importantly, proves to recent generations that not all oi bands were mired in grunting about beer and smashing away like robots. Simplistic but inspired, songs such as “ASAP,” “Is It Any Wonder?” and “Revolution Now” feature intelligent lyrics, an upbeat drive and modest political leanings that prove this band were as smart as they were influential. Even the limited recording values only serve to establish this collection as gritty, ballsy and surprisingly enduring. (Insurgence)