A devastating début and one of the finest albums, not only of the punk era, but of the late 1970s as a whole.
Crossing the Red Sea With The Adverts was the summation of a year's worth of gigging, honing a repertoire that (jagged, jarring, and frequently underplayed though it was) nevertheless bristled with hits, both commercial and cultural. "No Time to Be 21," "One Chord Wonders," and "Bored Teenagers" were already established among the most potent rallying cries of the entire new wave, catch phrases for a generation that had no time for anthems; "Bombsite Boy," "Safety in Numbers," and "Great British Mistake" offered salvation to the movement's disaffected hordes; and the whole thing was cut with such numbingly widescreen energy that, even with the volume turned down, it still shakes the foundations.
Track 6 bonus track
Track 7-9 original album tracks
Track 10 bonus track
Track 12-13 original album tracks
Track 14-19 bonus tracks (single versions and b-sides)
Track 20-25 bonus tracks (live)