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PAUL COLLINS BEAT "RIBBON OF GOLD" LP
"Ribbon of Gold is the finest Paul Collins release since the heyda DISCHARGE / DISCLOSE worship band from Jakarta. Getting better and better. If you enjoyed the songs on the No Tomorrow comp, this is close. 12 songs, all killer. Pure raw distorted Punk Hardcore.y of The Beat back in the late '70s/early '80s. Collins Ð who got his start playing in the semi-legendary Nerves with future Plimsouls frontman Peter Case and songwriter-to-the-stars Jack Lee back in the '70s Ð is a true rock and roll soldier, slogging it out in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City and Spain over the course of his fruitful career. It's with three of his musical compadres from Spain that he recorded this record Ð in Sweden, naturally. While most of Collins' releases from the late '80s through the early part of this decade eschewed straight-up power pop in favor a of a more relaxed, countrified atmosphere, Ribbon of Gold finds Collins going back to what he does best Ð writing and performing memorable, energetic rock and roll. Perhaps he was pushed to greater heights by his youthful bandmates or maybe he simply thought it was time to turn up the guitars again Ð in any event, tunes such as "I Still Want You," "Falling in Love With Her" and "She Doesn't Want to Hang Around With You" harken back to the halcyon days of "Rock 'n' Roll Girl" and classic rockin' power pop."