Crossing the Red Sea with The Adverts

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Crossing the Red Sea with The Adverts
Studio album by The Adverts
Released 17 February 1978
Recorded Late 1977 at Abbey Road Studios, London
Genre Punk rock
Length 31:03
Label Bright
Producer John Leckie
The Adverts chronology
Crossing the Red Sea with The Adverts
(1978)
Cast of Thousands
(1979)
Singles from Crossing the Red Sea with The Adverts
  1. "Safety in Numbers"/"We Who Wait"
    Released: 28 October 1977
  2. "No Time to Be 21"/"New Day Dawning"
    Released: 20 January 1978
  3. "One Chord Wonders"/"Quick Step"
    Released: 29 April 1978

Crossing the Red Sea with The Adverts is the debut studio album by English punk rock band The Adverts. It was released on 17 February 1978 by record label Bright.

Background[edit]

Crossing the Red Sea with The Adverts was recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

Track listing[edit]

Original Release[edit]

All songs written and composed by T.V. Smith

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "One Chord Wonders"    
2. "Bored Teenagers"    
3. "New Church"    
4. "On the Roof"    
5. "New Boys"    
6. "Bombsite Boy"    
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "No Time to Be 21"    
2. "Safety in Numbers"    
3. "Drowning Men"    
4. "On Wheels"    
5. "Great British Mistake"    

2002 Re-issue[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "One Chord Wonders"    
2. "Bored Teenagers"    
3. "New Church"    
4. "On the Roof"    
5. "New Boys"    
6. "Gary Gilmore's Eyes"    
7. "Bombsite Boy"    
8. "No Time to Be 21"    
9. "Safety in Numbers"    
10. "New Day Dawning"    
11. "Drowning Men"    
12. "On Wheels"    
13. "Great British Mistake"    

Release[edit]

The album was preceded by the single "No Time to Be 21", which reached No. 34 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] Crossing the Red Sea with The Adverts reached No. 38 on the UK Albums Chart.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Trouser Press very favourable[3]

In its retrospective review, AllMusic called the album "a devastating debut" and "one of the finest albums not only of the punk era but of the 1970s as a whole".[2] Trouser Press said: "In its own way" the album "is the equal of the first Sex Pistols or The Clash; a hasty statement that captures an exciting time".[3]

Legacy[edit]

In March 2003, Mojo magazine ranked Crossing the Red Sea No. 17 in its list of the 50 greatest punk albums.[4] The album featured in The Guardian's list "1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die".[5]

Personnel[edit]

The Adverts
  • T.V. Smith – vocals
  • Gaye Advert – bass guitar, vocals
  • Howard Pickup – guitar, vocals
  • Laurie Driver – drums
Technical

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Adverts | Artist | Official Charts". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Thompson, Dave. "Crossing the Red Sea with The Adverts – The Adverts : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. AllRovi. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Young, Jon; Robbins, Ira. "trouserpress.com :: Adverts". trouserpress.com. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Top 50 Punk Albums". Mojo (112). March 2003. 
  5. ^ "Acclaimed Music – Crossing the Red Sea with The Adverts". acclaimedmusic.net. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 

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