Long awaited, and first time on CD release of this classic Ruts DC album
The original Ruts were a big name on the late seventies music scene.
Not only did they score a number of genuine hit records but almost alone out of the second wave UK punk bands, they were also acclaimed by critics at the time. Signed to a major label and benefiting from a big budget production, the bands mastery of reggae was better than any other punk band while staples such as ”ËBabylon’s Burning’ and ”ËStaring At The Rude Boys’ were anything but punk by numbers.
The Ruts sole album, ”ËThe Crack’, is a classic while later songs such as ”ËWest One’ and the moving ”ËLove In Vain’ show how this great band would have progressed if tragedy hadn’t been waiting around the corner with the death of charismatic but troubled singer Malcolm Owen. The remaining Ruts, Segs Jennings, Dave Ruffy and Paul Fox with the addition of sax player Gary Barnacle, keep things going using the name Ruts D.C but the success of The Ruts eluded them and their recorded output remains largely forgotten. Many people at the time found it hard to give credit to the ”ËThe Ruts’ without Malcolm Owen and maybe it was a mistake not to make a clean break from the past but at its best, Ruts D.C’s music sounds like the natural progression for the band. Debut single ”ËDifferent View’ with its great flipside ”ËFormula Eyes’ is an excellent follow up to the final Owen era single ”ËWest One’, while the album ”ËAnimal Now’ also contains many fine moments such as ”ËMirror Smashed’, ”ËDangerous Minds”Â and the extended, superior take of ”ËDifferent View’.
This release features two extra tracks, the single version of ”ËDifferent View’ and its b-side ”ËFormula Eyes’.
This release features extensive sleeves notes by Alex Ogg which the band themselves contributed greatly to.
1. Mirror Smashed
2. Dangerous Minds
3. Slow Down
5. Different View
6. No Time To Kill
8. Walk Or Run
10. Different View (Single version)
11. Formula Eyes
‘Animal Now’ will be released on the Westworld labesl (via Plastic Head) on the 25th June 2012