VariousBurning Ambitions: A History Of Punk

Label:Cherry Red – D RED 3
Series:Burning Ambitions - A History Of Punk
2 x Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Stereo


ProducerThe Buzzcocks*
Written-ByDevoto*, Shelley*
A2The FallBingo Masters Breakout
ProducerThe Fall
Written-BySmith*, Baines*
A3Wire1, 2 X U
ProducerMike Thorne
Written-ByGilbert*, Newman*, Lewis*, Gotobed*
Written-ByFergusson*, Perry*
A5101'ers*Keys To Your Heart
ProducerRoger Armstrong
A6999I'm Alive
ProducerAndy Arthurs
Written-ByDays*, Nick Cash (2)
A7Adverts*Gary Gilmore's Eyes
ProducerLarry Wallace*
A8Dave Goodman And FriendsJustifiable Homicide
ProducerDave Goodman
Written-ByBrierly*, Goodman*, Hayles*
A9Slaughter And The DogsWhere Have All The Boot Boys Gone
ProducerNick Tauber
Written-ByRossi*, Barrett*
B1Stranglers*(Get A) Grip On (Yourself)
ProducerMartin Rushent
Written-ByThe Stranglers
B2Generation X (4)Your Generation
ProducerPhil Wainman
Written-ByIdol*, James*
B3Vibrators*Baby, Baby
ProducerPat Collier
B4X Ray Spex*Identity
ProducerX Ray Spex*
B5Swell MapsRead About Seymour
ProducerSwell Maps
B6The Saints (2)I'm Stranded
ProducerRod Coe
Written-ByBailey*, Kuepper*
B7Heartbreakers*Chinese Rocks
ProducerSpeedy Keen*
Written-ByRamone*, Hell*
B8Eater (2)Lock It Up
ProducerDave Goodman
Written-ByBlade*, Woodcock*
B9Lurkers*Ain't Got A Clue
ProducerMick Glossop
C1Adam And The AntsLady
ProducerAdam Ant, Joe Julian*
Written-ByAdam Ant
C2The DamnedLove Song
ProducerEd Hollis
Written-ByWard*, Sensible*, Vanian*, Scabies*
C3Boomtown Rats*Looking After No. 1
ProducerRobert Lange*
C4Spizz Energi*Where's Captain Kirk
ProducerDave Woods, Spizz Energi*
Written-ByCoalfield*, Spizz
C5The RutsIn A Rut
ProducerThe Ruts
Written-ByRuffy*, Jennings*, Owen*, Fox*
C6Sham 69Angels With Dirty Faces
Written-ByParsons*, Pursey*
C7UK SubsStranglehold
ProducerJohn McCoy
C8Cockney RejectsFlares And Slippers
ProducerPete Stennett
Written-ByGeggus*, Turner*
C9Killing JokeThe Wait
ProducerKilling Joke
Written-ByKilling Joke
C10Anti-PastiNo Government
D1Dead Kennedy's*Holiday In Cambodia
ProducerGeza X
Written-BySlesinger*, Ray*, Biafra*, Flouride*
D2The ExploitedDead Cities
ProducerTony Spath
Written-ByDuncan*, McCormack*, Campbell*
D3Vice SquadLast Rockers
ProducerVice Squad
Written-ByBateman*, Bond*
D4The BusinessHarry May
ProducerRonnie Rouman
Written-ByFitzsimons*, Kent*
D5Partisans*Police Story
ProducerThe Partisans
Written-ByLealand*, Wright*, Harris*, Stanton*, Harrington*
D6Blitz (3)Someone's Gonna Die
ProducerTim Harris (6)
Written-ByFisher*, Howe*, McLennan*, Miller*
D7GBH*City Baby Attacked By Rats
ProducerMike Stone (2)
D8Disorder (3)Complete Disorder
ProducerDisorder (3)
Written-ByAllen*, Curtis*
D9Attila The StockbrokerRussians In The DHSS
D10Angelic UpstartsLust For Glory
ProducerMond*, Pat Collier, Mensi*
Written-ByCowie*, Mensforth*

Companies, etc.



Gatefold cover
Made in France

Matrix Ʊ = Lire symbol see Utopia Studios

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  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Record 1 Side 1 Etched): ƱTOPIA BACK TO THE THINK TANK ⁐ D RED 3 A'
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Record 1 Side 2 Etched): Ʊ ⁐ D RED 3 B
  • Matrix / Runout (Run-out Record 2 Side 3 Etched): A BIG THANK YOU TO RICHARD BRANSON..... Ʊ D RED 3 C
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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Burning Ambitions: A History Of Punk (2×LP, Compilation, Test Pressing)Cherry RedD RED 3UK1982
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Burning Ambitions: A History Of Punk (2×Cassette, Album, Compilation)Cherry RedCD RED 3UK1982
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Burning Ambitions [A History Of Punk] (CD, Compilation)Cherry RedCD DRED 3UK1988



  • SirWallace67's avatar
    Definitely one of the better punk compilations ever. As stated below, the absence of larger acts makes this compilation that much richer. Highly recommended. My OP copy is pretty worn -- may buy a nicer one for posterity.
    • ricadus's avatar
      Awesome compilation. Many of the better known bands are absent (for licensing reasons) but that works to the advantage of this set as it shows that punk was more than just a handful of headline acts.
      • sudont's avatar
        Played the crap out of this back in the day, when punk records weren’t always easy to come by. Spent a number of years trying to collect all the originals. Great compilation!
        • sjones82's avatar
          Living in the US Midwest when this was released, I had already heard the Ramones, Sex Pistols, and Clash, but avenues for discovering other bands were somewhat limited. So while this compilation’s glaring ‘omissions’, for which the liner notes apologetically address, might seem like a negative, this actually beneficially made space for some excellent bands that I had yet to hear. Yes, it’s UK-centric, but given that I already had the “Decline of Western Civilization” soundtrack, this album perfectly filled the void. As such, while “Burning Ambitions” might not be the definitive punk anthology, it proved an important and revelatory punk compilation for me.
          • darin.campbell.9's avatar
            This was one of the first albums I ever owned, back in the early 80s. It was a revelation to me. I still love it though no sex pistols, clash, ramones, X, dead boys, etc means it's overly biased towards British punk and particularly 2nd wave and Oi! bands. Still a great listen and really takes me back to when I was a timid suburban kid just discovering this music.
            • CDalfa's avatar
              When will this be released in full on CD ?
              • Pontu's avatar
                Edited 3 years ago
                I got this compilation on tape in the late 80s while our country was still occupied by Soviet Union. I thought it's the best punk compilation I've ever heard. Meanwhile I have heard many punk compilations, and then I heard it again in the 90s, in the 00s etc. -- and it was still the best. Now it's playing on my turntable, year is 2020 and I'm an almost old man, but this is still the best punk compilation I've ever heard. Every next song continues the line somehow very logically. Don't know why, maybe I got some kind of habit off this compilation? (Sorry, I'm not able to say my thoughts in proper English.)
                • five5tone's avatar
                  Agree with everyone, this is a great compilation. Just picked up a nice used copy.
                  • punode's avatar
                    perhaps the best and most essential punk compilaton from those days ever!
                    • BaronBlood5's avatar
                      This release should have been titled History Of BRITISH Punk.


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