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999: High Energy Plan [PVC, 1979]
A more ideologically suggestive title than the British Separates for a band that kicks off a very listenable (or jumpable) side by declaring "I believe in homicide" and ends it by warning "crime don't pay." In other words, all but hard-and-fast punk loyalists are liable to find this a bit thin. Clue: the substitution of two new tracks, no doubt to induce collectors to buy both the import and the domestic, has no effect on overall quality. B