The 35th-anniversary “Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols” super-deluxe box set will be made available in the U.K. on September 24.
A sneak peek video of the 100-page 12-inch-by-12-inch hardcover book that’s included in the release can be seen below. The book, a diary of 1977, is packed with exclusive images, recording details, memorabilia and rare photos chronicling every significant band event that year with quotes from key figures.
As one of the most iconic and influential albums in music history, “Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols” still sounds as powerful and unique as ever, 35 years since the original release. As such an important musical and cultural force the album changed the landscape for records and the music industry. The SEX PISTOLS defined a generation and captured a feeling within the nation that simply no one else could of. The band created a truly distinctive sound and “Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols” impact and influence still strongly resonates with musicians, artists and people to this day. To celebrate its 35th anniversary, Universal Music U.K. has assembled a super-deluxe box-set release that really does this legendary album justice.
While many fans will undoubtedly be of the opinion that there can be very little left in the SEX PISTOLS vaults that hasn’t already been seen and heard, followers of the band will be thrilled by the treasure trove of music, footage, interviews, pictures and artifacts confirmed to be included.
The original master tapes from the “Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols” recording sessions in 1977 were thought to be lost for many years. Now thankfully rediscovered during the recent move from Virgin Records to Universal Music catalogue in January 2012, the tapes have been remastered, for the very first time, by Tim Young under direction from original producer Chris Thomas. Some real treats have also been found along the way. The find that will perhaps excite fans the most is the lost 1977 demo studio recording of “Belsen Was A Gas”, the only original SEX PISTOLS composition of the era thought not to be recorded.
Other treats include the inclusion of six demos first included on the infamous “Spunk” bootleg album, released for the very first time in their original, untouched form following the very recent discovery of their original master tapes. These, combined with a selection of unreleased Chris Thomas demos and outtakes from the recording of the album — including tracks with Sid Vicious on bass — plus a wealth of live audio and visual material all from 1977 make up a box set that will truly satisfy fans of the band.
Below is a breakdown of the contents: