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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Alarm, The - Eye of the Hurricane

Released : 1987
Recorded : 1987
Genre : Rock, Pop
Label : IRS Records
Producer : John Porter

This should have been the album that put the Alarm on the path to major stardom; instead, it marked the limits of their appeal. From the early fervor of their punk/acoustic debut, the group had evolved into more of a mainstream rock act without ever getting out from under the shadow of their mentors, U2. In fact, here, they sounded more like U2 than ever, and now that that group had ascended to superstardom, the comparison only hurt them. The signal hit here was "Rain In The Summertime," an overproduced leadoff track followed by "Rescue Me" and "Presence Of Love." All three tracks got AOR radio play in the U.S., so you couldn't say the Alarm wasn't getting exposure, especially when they were touring with Bob Dylan. However, they weren't getting through.

Tracks

1. Rain In The Summertime
2. Newtown Jericho
3. Hallowed Ground
4. One Step Closer To Home
5. Shelter
6. Rescue Me
7. Permanence In Change
8. Presence Of Love
9. Only Love Can Set Me Free
10.Eye Of The Hurricane


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Friday, December 17, 2010

Youth Brigade - Happy Hour

Released : September 27, 1994
Recorded : January 1994 at Westbeach Recorders, Hollywood, California (except track 11, March 1993)
Genre : Punk rock
Label : BYO Records

The style displayed on Happy Hour doesn't differ much from Youth Brigade's early-'80s output, save for some more melodic injections and of course the benefit of '90s production. The songs are speedy and socially conscious as usual, with that Southern California hardcore feel. The socially aware lyrics differentiate Youth Brigade from many of the other California groups it helped spawn, the firearms-exposing "Guns Are For" being particularly thoughtful. Unfortunately though, outside of some explosive moments on "Alive By Machine" and "It's Not Enough," the music never really catches fire. The spirit of Youth Brigade is hard to fault, but the material contained on Happy Hour lacks the memorable appeal of earlier gems, for example "Sink With California" or "Men in Blue."

Tracks

1. All Style, No Substance
2. Better Without You
3. Punk Rock Mom
4. Guns Are For...
5. Let Me Be
6. It's Not Enough
7. Alive By Machine
8. It Just Doesn't Matter
9. Wanted
10.Volare
11.Sad But True
12.This Is A Life
13.Deep Inside Of Me


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Youth Brigade - Sound & Fury

Released : 1982
Recorded : July 1982 at Mystake Studios, Hollywood, California
Genre : Punk rock
Label : BYO Records

Youth Brigade formed their reputation as the band that organized the Better Youth Organization tour with Social Distortion, an experience captured on the 1982 film Another State of Mind. The film gave a picture of Youth Brigade as impassioned theorists, but was not especially helpful in distinguishing Youth Brigade's music from any other punk band of the era. Sound and Fury does a much better job, proving that Youth Brigade has enough musical talent to justify their prominence. The Stern brothers -- guitarist Shawn, bassist Adam, and drummer Mark -- are a superb ensemble who can construct nicely energetic pop-punk anthems. "Sink With California" and "Fight to Unite" are hopeful anthems of unity and action that are neither nihilistic nor simpleminded, as too many other punk songs of the era are, and are backed with hard-driving punk to boot. "Men in Blue," the standard anti-police rant, even incorporates rapping and hip-hop beats, something unusual in punk in 1983. "What Will the Revolution Change?" is the real standout, over five minutes long, and with an unusual complexity and thoughtful lyrics that sounds light-years beyond most other punk acts of the era. Not every attempt by the band works -- the anti-Reagan song "Jump Back" is too silly and unfocused to have any bite, and an updated cover of "Duke of Earl" falls flat -- but there is enough hard-driving classic SoCal punk to make Sound and Fury worth a listen.

Tracks

1. Fight To Unite
2. Treachery
3. The Circle
4. Boys In The Brigade
5. Alienated
6. You Don't Understand
7. Brigade Song
8. Full Force
9. Sound & Fury
10.Somethings Gonna Change
11.Confusion
12.Violence
13.On The Edge


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XTC - Skylarking

Released : 27 October 1986
Recorded : 1986 at Utopia Sound Studios Woodstock, NY and at Cavum Soni (Sound Hole), San Francisco
Genre : Psychedelic pop, New Wave
Length : 50:09
Label : Virgin Records/Geffen Records
Producer : Todd Rundgren

Working with producer Todd Rundgren didn't necessarily bring XTC a sense of sonic cohesion -- after all, every record since English Settlement followed its own interior logic -- but it did help the group sharpen its focus, making Skylarking its tightest record since Drums and Wires. Ironically, Skylarking had little to do with new wave and everything to do with the lush, post-psychedelic pop of the Beatles and Beach Boys. Combining the charming pastoral feel of Mummer with the classicist English pop of The Big Express, XTC expand their signature sound by enhancing their intelligently melodic pop with graceful, lyrical arrangements and sweeping, detailed instrumentation. Rundgren may have devised the sequencing, helping the record feel like a song cycle even if it doesn't play like one, but what really impresses is the consistency and depth of Andy Partridge's and Colin Moulding's songs. Each song is a small gem, marrying sweet, catchy melodies to decidedly adult lyrical themes, from celebrations of love ("Grass") and marriage ("Big Day") to skepticism about maturation ("Earn Enough for Us") and religion ("Dear God"). Moulding's songs complement Partridge's songs better than before, and each writer is at a melodic and lyrical peak, which Rundgren helps convey with his supple production. The result is a pop masterpiece -- an album that has great ambitions and fulfills them with ease. [The initial release of Skylarking didn't feature "Dear God," which was originally the B-side of "Grass." After "Dear God" became an unexpected hit, "Mermaid Smile" was pulled from the album so the hit single could be added.]

Tracks

1. Summer's Cauldron
2. Grass
3. The Meeting Place
4. That's Really Super, Supergirl
5. Ballet For A Rainy Day
6. 1000 Umbrellas
7. Season Cycle
8. Earn Enough For Us
9. Big Day
10.Another Satellite
11.The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul
12.Dear God
13.Dying
14.Sacrificial Bonfire


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Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Weirdos - Destroy All Music EP

Date Released : 1977
Genre : Punk Rock
Label : Bomp! Records

The Weirdos were the first great band to emerge from the L.A. punk scene, but while they were local heroes, they weren't able to score the elusive record deal that passed by nearly every worthy band on the original West Coast scene (except the Dickies), and it's hard not to get misty-eyed about the Weirdos album that could have been. This collection of demos and previously released tracks from Bomp isn't the great lost Weirdos LP, but it gives some idea of what it might have sounded like. Destroy All Music includes the Weirdos' storming three-song debut single from 1977, the more polished but still impressive 1979 EP Who? What? When? Where? Why?, and early demos for four tunes (three of which also appeared on the first single, but "Life of Crime," "Why Do You Exist" and "Destroy All Music" are good enough that you won't mind hearing them twice). The demos and the "Destroy All Music" single are similarly raw, but while the recording quality is a bit harsh the band burns bright, and the songs are brilliant. The six tunes from Who? What? When? Where? Why? were produced by Earle Mankey and he brought a more organized approach to the sessions, and the results lack a bit of the manic intensity of the other tracks. However, Dix Denney and Cliff Roman's guitars still cut deep, John Denney's vocals are fevered and mesmerizing, and "Hit Man" and "Fort U.S.A." rank with the Weirdos' very best songs. This collection would have been even better if the group's Dangerhouse single ("We Got the Neutron Bomb"/"Solitary Confinement") had been included, but even without those tunes this is a brilliant look at the Weirdos' formative years, and represents early L.A. punk at its finest.

Tracks

1. Destroy All Music
2. A Life Of Crime
3. Why Do You Exist?


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Verbal Abuse - Just An American Band

Date Released : 1983
Date Recorded : 1983
Genre : Hardcore Punk, Crossover Thrash
Label : BitzCore Records

If you know any people who consider themselves major punk experts but are unfamiliar with Verbal Abuse, they shouldn't feel too bad. Verbal Abuse isn't a huge name in the punk world, but they made some noteworthy contributions to the Bay Area punk scene of the '80s. Although Verbal Abuse was formed in Texas, they moved to San Francisco in 1981 and became part of the same scene that boasted Fear and the Dead Kennedys -- and they were perfect for that scene because they were such an angry, combustible, in-your-face band. This Beer City CD has no problem capturing Verbal Abuse's vitality. The first half of the disc is a reissue of their Just an American Band album, which was recorded in 1983 and originally released on LP by the BitzCore label; the second half focuses on a December 1984 gig at the Ritz in New York, where they opened for the Ramones. And whether Verbal Abuse is on-stage or in the studio, they never pretend to be the least bit subtle, not musically, not lyrically.

In 1983 and 1984, punk was an idiom that thrived on rawness and gut-level emotion; it was rock & roll at its most primal and basic -- and these hot-blooded, inspired performances are about as primal as it gets. It isn't hard to understand why the band was called Verbal Abuse; songs like "I Hate You," "Disintegration" and "Leeches" rival Black Flag when it comes to having antisocial lyrics. Although original material dominates the CD, there a few noteworthy covers -- including a live performance of Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" and an unlikely version of Grand Funk's "We're an American Band." Anyone who appreciates the early-'80s output of Black Flag, Fear or the Circle Jerks is advised to give Just an American Band a close listen.

Tracks

1. Power Play
2. Leeches
3. I Hate You
4. Social Insect
5. Boredom
6. Bud
7. Disintegration
8. Unity
9. Free Money
10.I Don't Need It
11.Verbal Abuse
12.American Band


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The Vapors - New Clear Days

Released : June 1980
Recorded : 1979-1980
Label : CAptain Oi
Genre : Punk rock

It's easy to dismiss this band as a one-hit wonder -- surely the album has nothing quite as infectious as the single, "Turning Japanese." New Clear Days is, however, a fine example of punchy Brit-pop in the vein of The Jam that holds up better than most albums from the period.

Tracks

1. Spring Collection
2. Turning Japanese
3. Cold War
4. America
5. Trains
6. Bunkers
7. News At Ten
8. Somehow
9. Sixty Second Interval
10.Waiting For The Weekend
11.Letter From Hiro


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U2 - War

Released : 28 February 1983
Recorded : 17 May 1982–20 August 1982, Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin
Genre : Rock, post-punk
Length : 42:03
Label : Island
Producer : Steve Lillywhite

Opening with the ominous, fiery protest of "Sunday Bloody Sunday," War immediately announces itself as U2's most focused and hardest-rocking album to date. Blowing away the fuzzy, sonic indulgences of October with propulsive, martial rhythms and shards of guitar, War bristles with anger, despair, and above all, passion. Previously, Bono's attempts at messages came across as grandstanding, but his vision becomes remarkably clear on this record, as his anthems ("New Year's Day," "40," "Seconds") are balanced by effective, surprisingly emotional love songs ("Two Hearts Beat as One"), which are just as desperate and pleading as his protests. He performs the difficult task of making the universal sound personal, and the band helps him out by bringing the songs crashing home with muscular, forceful performances that reveal their varied, expressive textures upon repeated listens. U2 always aimed at greatness, but War was the first time they achieved it.

Tracks

1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
2. Seconds
3. New Year's Day
4. Like A Song...
5. Drowning Man
6. The Refugee
7. Two Hearts Beats As One
8. Red Light
9. Surrender`
10."40"

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U2 - Joshua Tree

Released : 9 March 1987
Recorded : January 1986 – January 1987 in Ireland
STS Studios
Danesmoate House
Melbeach
Windmill Lane Studios
Genre : Rock
Length : 50:11
Label : Island
Producer : Daniel Lanois, Brian Eno

Using the textured sonics of The Unforgettable Fire as a basis, U2 expanded those innovations by scaling back the songs to a personal setting and adding a grittier attack for its follow-up, The Joshua Tree. It's a move that returns them to the sweeping, anthemic rock of War, but if War was an exploding political bomb, The Joshua Tree is a journey through its aftermath, trying to find sense and hope in the desperation. That means that even the anthems -- the epic opener "Where the Streets Have No Name," the yearning "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" -- have seeds of doubt within their soaring choruses, and those fears take root throughout the album, whether it's in the mournful sliding acoustic guitars of "Running to Stand Still," the surging "One Tree Hill," or the hypnotic elegy "Mothers of the Disappeared." So it might seem a little ironic that U2 became superstars on the back of such a dark record, but their focus has never been clearer, nor has their music been catchier, than on The Joshua Tree. Unexpectedly, U2 have also tempered their textural post-punk with American influences. Not only are Bono's lyrics obsessed with America, but country and blues influences are heard throughout the record, and instead of using these as roots, they're used as ways to add texture to the music. With the uniformly excellent songs -- only the clumsy, heavy rock and portentous lyrics of "Bullet the Blue Sky" fall flat -- the result is a powerful, uncompromising record that became a hit due to its vision and its melody. Never before have U2's big messages sounded so direct and personal.

Tracks

1. Where The Streets Have No Name
2. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
3. With Or Without You
4. Bullet The Blue Sky
5. Running To Stand Still
6. Red Hill Mining Town
7. In God's Country
8. Trip Through Your Wires
9. One Tree Hill
10.Exit
11.Mothers Of The Disappeared


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Undertones, The - The Undertones

Released : May 1979
Recorded : Eden Studios and Mrs Simms Shed, Derry
1979
Genre : Punk rock, Power pop
Length : 46:21
Label : Sire
Rykodisc
Producer : Roger Bechirian

What is a perfect album? One could make an argument that a perfect album is one that sets out a specific set of artistic criteria and then fulfills them flawlessly. In that respect, and many others, the Undertones' 1979 debut is a perfect album. The Northern Ireland quintet's brief story is no different than that of literally dozens of other bands to form in the wake of the Clash and, more importantly, the Buzzcocks, but the group infuses so much unabashed joy in their two-minute three-chord pop songs, and there's so little pretension in their unapologetically teenage worldview, that even the darker hints of life in songs like the suicide-themed "Jimmy Jimmy" are delivered with a sense of optimism at odds with so many of their contemporaries. There's no fewer than three all-time punk-pop classics here; besides that song, the singles "Teenage Kicks" and "Get Over You" are simple declarations of teenage hormonal lust that somehow manage to be cute instead of Neanderthal; perhaps it's Feargal Sharkey's endearingly adenoidal whine, or the chipper way the O'Neill brothers pitch in on schoolboy harmonies, like a teenage Irish Kinks. All of the other 13 songs, even the 47-second blip "Casbah Rock," are nearly to that level of brilliance, with the frenetic "Girls Don't Like It" a particular standout. The Rykodisc CD adds seven demos and single sides, and also includes an entirely different, punkier version of "True Confessions" than the nervous, new wave-influenced throb of the version on the original U.K. vinyl.

Tracks

1. Family Entertainment
2. Girls Don't Like It
3. Male Model
4. I Gotta Getta
5. Teenage Kicks
6. Wrong Way
7. Jump Boys
8. Here Comes The Summer
9. Get Over You
10.Billy's Third
11.Jimmy Jimmy
12.True Confessions
13.(She's) A Runaround
14.I Know A Girl
15.Listening In
16.Casbah Rock


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Testament - Practice What You Preach

Released : August 8, 1989
Recorded : 1989 at Fantasy Studios,
Berkeley, California, USA
Genre : Thrash metal
Length : 46:06
Label : Atlantic/Megaforce
Producer : Alex Perialas

The gothic and occult themes associated with The Legacy and The New Order aren't nearly as prevalent on Testament's third album, Practice What You Preach. Instead, the thrash metallers place more emphasis on subjects like freedom of choice, political corruption, hypocrisy, and the effects of greed and avarice. One of Testament's most informative songs, the disturbing "Greenhouse Effect" takes a painfully honest look at environmental destruction. But while the band shifts its focus lyrically, its musical approach is much the same -- under the direction of metal producer Alex Perialas, Testament takes no prisoners and remains unapologetically abrasive.

Tracks

1. Practice What You Preach
2. Perilous Nation
3. Envy Life
4. Time Is Coming
5. Blessed In Contempt
6. Greenhouse Effect
7. Sins Of Omission
8. The Ballad
9. Nightmare (Coming Back To You)
10.Confusion Fusion


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Social Distortion - White Light, White Heat, White Trash

Released : September 17, 1996 (U.S.)
Recorded : August 1995–June 1996, Bearsville Studio
Genre : Hardcore punk, punk rock
Length : 46:33
Label : Epic Records
Producer : Michael Beinhorn

With White Light, White Heat, White Trash, Social Distortion made a conscious attempt to cash in on the alternative "revolution" of the early '90s." Underneath the layers of glossy hard rock production, the band still hold fast to some of their punk roots, but too often they sound like a heavy hard rock band. Of course, that commercial sheen is intentional -- it's the only way they could appeal to the legions of post-grunge alternative fans who appeared since Social Distortion released Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell in 1991. The problem is, the band doesn't deliver enough songs to justify the production. Mike Ness still wails away and growls out confessional lyrics, but too often they are ham-fisted and clichéd, much like the music that supports them. The band sounds tight and muscular, but the songs have few hooks to make them memorable. In trying to appeal to a wider audience, Social Distortion have lost much of their identity on White Light, White Heat, White Trash.

Tracks

1. Dear Lover
2. Don't Drag Me Down
3. Untitled
4. I Was Wrong
5. Through These Eyes
6. Down On The World Again
7. When The Angels Sing
8. Gotta Know The Rules
9. Crown Of Thorns
10.Pleasure Seeker
11.Down Here (w/ The Rest Of Us)
12.Under My Thumb


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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Slayer - Undisputed Attitude

Released : May 28, 1996
Recorded : 1996, Capital Studios
Hollywood Sound,
Los Angeles, California, USA
Genre : Hardcore punk
Crossover thrash
Length : 33:01
Label : American Recordings
Producer : Slayer
Rick Rubin
Dave Sardy

Slayer's Undisputed Attitude feels more like a stopgap than an actual Slayer record. Rather than another set of blasting, disturbing originals like 1994's Divine Intervention or 1995's Serenity in Murder EP, this album is a collection of covers. Containing 14 tracks, the band covers everyone from Minor Threat to T.S.O.L., from D.I. to Iggy Pop. Given Slayer's Huntington Beach, CA, homeland, the hardcore roots are plain enough. But HB is also a big metal town, and these cats as youngsters were exposed to everything from Motörhead to Black Sabbath and the early L.A. metal scene. True to their course, however, they've never sounded like anyone but themselves. Even on a collection of covers (with a pair of originals thrown in to boot), the Slayer imprint is unmistakable, and while taking a breather from fresh ideas on their own projects, this disc sounds like the bandmembers were having a blast if not exactly breaking new ground. All but two of these cuts are less than three minutes long, with a number of them come in under two -- in keeping with true hardcore fashion. Even on the completely over-the-rail covers of Minor Threat's "Filler/I Don't Want To Hear It" and "Guilty of Being White," the guitar breaks are unmistakably their own. Paul Bostaph's thin drumming (as opposed to founding drummer Dave Lombardo's) is actually more suited to this material. The cover of the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" contains the title "I'm Gonna Be Your God" -- it wouldn't do for Slayer to be thought of in any way submissive, would it? (Although none would have cared but them, which tells you where they're coming from.) The band basically improves upon T.S.O.L.'s "Spiritual Law," and the long reach into D.I.'s catalog for no less than five cuts -- four of them done in a pair of medleys -- offers a few more examples of where Slayer come from. They are extremely heavy and extremely brief cuts, but pack a wallop. For those looking toward Slayer's more direct roots, there are a pair of early experiments from a project Jeff Hanneman was in, "I Can't Stand You" and "Ddamn," and a Slayer newbie called "Gemini," clocking in just under five minutes and offering a glimpse into the future of sludge and doom metal before it twists and turns on a dime and becomes a more typically trademarked Slayer number. Undisputed Attitude is a curiosity; it's far from an essential collection by Slayer. The true faithful will want this and most likely really get off on it. For those who admire what the band had accomplished musically to this point, it feels like a bit of a letdown, really.

Tracks

1. Disintegration / Free Money
2. Verbal Abuse / Leeches
3. Abolish Government / Superficial Love
4. Can't Stand You
5. Ddamm
6. Guilty Of Being White
7. I Hate You
8. Filler / I Don't Want To Hear It
9. Spiritual Law
10.Mr. Freeze
11.Violent Pacification
12.Richard Hung Himself
13.I'm Gonna Be Your God
14.Gemini

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Reagan Youth - Live & Rare

Released : 1998
Genre : Hardcore punk
Length : 35:49 minutes
Label : LoveCat Music

Live & Rare is an album by punk band Reagan Youth. It was released after the break-up of the band in 1989 and the suicide of lead singer Dave Rubinstein in 1993.

Tracks

1. It's a Beautiful Day
2. Degenerated
3. Go Nowhere
4. (Down with The) New Aryans
5. No Class
6. Urban Savages
7. Brave New World
8. Acid Rain
9. Anytown
10.(Are You) Happy?
11.USA
12.I Hate Hate
13.In Dog We Trust
14.Reagan Youth
15.USA
16.I Hate Hate
17.Degenerated
18.Postlude


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Reagan Youth - Punk Rock New York

Released : 2007
Genre : Hardcore punk
Length : 57:44 minutes
Label : LoveCat Music

Punk Rock New York is an album by punk band Reagan Youth. It was released after the break-up of the band in 1989 and the suicide of lead singer Dave Rubinstein in 1993. The album is a re-packaging of A Collection of Pop Classics, which compiles the two Reagan Youth studio albums onto a single CD.

Tracks

1. Reagan Youth
2. (Down With the) New Aryans
3. (Are You) Happy?
4. No Class
5. I Hate Hate
6. Degenerated
7. o Nowhere
8. USA
9. Anytown
10.In Dog We Trust
11.It's A Beautiful Day
12.Jesus Was A Pacifist
13.Urban Savages
14.What Will The Neighbors Think?
15.Get The Ruler Out
16.Brave New World
17.Miss Teen America
18.Heavy Metal Shuffle
19.Queen Babylon
20.Acid Rain
21.One Holy Bible
22.Back To The Garden (parts 1-1V)


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Reagan Youth - Youth Anthems for the New Order



Released : 1984
Recorded : Spring 1983 - Spring 1984
Genre : Punk rock, Hardcore punk
Label : R Radical

Youth Anthems for the New Order is the first album by punk band Reagan Youth. Recorded at High 5 Studios, NYC in 1983-1984, the album was released folded in a large two sided poster instead of a traditional album cover. It was subsequently re-released with three extra tracks as Reagan Youth (Volume 1) on New Red Archives.

Tracks

1. New Aryans
2. Reagan Youth
3. (Are You) Happy?
4. I Hate Hate
5. Degenerated
6. U.S.@.
7. (You're a) Gonowhere


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Queers, The - Grow Up

Released : 1990
May 16, 1994 (reissue)
April 10, 2007 (reissue)
Recorded : 1990
Genre : Pop punk, punk rock
Label : Shakin' Street (UK)
#Yeah Hup 010
Lookout! (reissue)
LK-090
Asian Man Records (reissue)
ASM-144
Producer : Mass Giorgini

The Queers' debut album ran into more than its share of problems. Recorded in sporadic bursts between 1987 and 1990 (whenever the Portsmouth, NH-based band could scrounge enough money for studio time), the album was scheduled to be released in 1990 on Shakin' Street, but the U.K. label went out of business before the album could come out. The Queers then pressed the record themselves (oddly listing Shakin' Street as the label), but when the group couldn't pay their bill, the pressing plant destroyed all but about 160 copies, which the group finally released with a bootleg-level photocopied cover insert. When Lookout! Records signed the band in 1993, a remixed version of Grow Up was among the first things the label issued. Coming after 1993's excellent Love Songs for the Retarded, Grow Up's flaws are pretty obvious: near bootleg-quality sound, a comparative lack of catchy tunes, and some of leader Joe King's most obnoxious lyrics. On the other hand, "Junk Freak" is an entertaining statement of purpose, and "Gay Boy" finally addresses the suspicions of homophobia surrounding the band's name (as do King's revised liner notes on the Lookout! release). More to the point, two songs illustrate what makes King's more puerile moments worthwhile; the winsome pop-punk love songs "I'll Be True to You" and "I Met Her at the Rat," a giddy tale of punk rock love set at Boston's famed punk club, are sweet, funny, and bubblegum-level catchy. This is the side of the Queers that King would develop more fully in later releases.

Tracks

1. Squid Omelet
2. Junk Freak
3. Love Love Love
4. Boobarella
5. I Met Her At The Rat
6. I'll Be True To You
7. Goodbye California
8. Rambo Rat
9. Gay Boy
10.BurgerKing Queen
11.I Don't Wanna Get Involved
12.Strip Search


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Friday, December 10, 2010

Danzig - Thrall : Demonsweatlive



Released : May 25, 1993
Recorded : Studio: Hollywood Sound Recorders in Hollywood, California
Live : October 31, 1992 at Irvine Meadows, California
Genre : Heavy metal
Length : 28:11
Label : Def American Recordings
Producer : Glenn Danzig, Rick Rubin

Danzig's breakthrough EP features three new studio tracks (Thrall) and live performances of four of the band's most popular songs (Demonsweatlive). The live version of "Mother" was the hit, of course, but there are other worthwhile moments -- the new tracks include "It's Coming Down," a threatening rocker, and a cover of Elvis Presley's "Trouble," and the live material is also highlighted by "Sistinas," one of the band's best songs.

Tracks

1. It's Coming Down
2. The Violet Fire
3. Trouble
4. Snakes Of Christ
5. Am I Demon
6. Sistinas
7. Mother


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Motorhead - No Sleep At All



Released : 15 October 1988
Recorded : 2 July 1988
Hämeenlinna "Giants of Rock" Festival, Finland
Length : 51:37
Label : GWR
Producer : Motörhead and Guy Bidmead

No Sleep at All is Motorhead's second "official" live album, but before you read further, be warned: the band was unhappy with the final cut and its release sparked a legal battle which marked their parting with their record company. To learn about the real deal, see 1994's much superior Live at Brixton set. Featuring virtually the same songs as No Sleep at All, it is the original concert chosen by the band for release.

Tracks

1. Dr Röck
2. Traitör
3. Dögs
4. Ace Öf Spades
5. Eat The Rich
6. Built För Speed
7. Deaf Förever
8. Just 'Cös Yöu Göt The Pöwer
9. Killed By Death
10.Överkill


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Mid Ure - The Gift



Released : October 1985
Recorded : Music Fest Studio, London
1985
Genre : Synthpop, Electronic
Label : Chrysalis
Producer : Midge Ure

The Gift, released in 1985, is the first solo album by former Ultravox frontman Midge Ure. The album was released while Ultravox was taking a break; the band would go on to release U-Vox before splitting. The album reached #2 in the UK Albums Chart thanks in part to the large attention drawn to it by the single "If I Was" which reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart.

Tracks

1. If I Was
2. When The Winds Blow
3. Living In The Past
4. That Certain Smile
5. The Gift
6. Antilles
7. Wastelands
8. Edo
9.The Chieftan
10.She Cried
11.The Gift (Reprise)


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X-Mal Deutschland - Viva



Released : 1987
Recorded : Brunwey Studios, Hamburg 1985-86
Genre : Gothic rock
New wave
Length : 49:47
Label : X-ile (Phonogram)

Viva was Xmal Deutschland's third album, released in 1987. "Matador" was produced by the Stranglers's Hugh Cornwell and was released as a single in the UK in 1986.

Tracks

1. Matador
2. Eisengrau
3. Sickle Moon
4. If Only
5. Feuerwerk (31·Dez)
6. Morning (Will There Really Be)
7. Manchmal
8. Polarlicht
9. Ozean
10.Dogma I


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Pantera - The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits!



Released : September 23, 2003
Recorded : 1989–2000
Genre : Heavy metal, Groove metal, Thrash metal
Length : 78:07
Label : Elektra, Rhino
Compiler : Kim Davis

The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits! is a compilation album by the heavy metal band Pantera, released on September 23, 2003. The title of the compilation is a combination of the titles of their first four major label albums (Far Beyond Driven, The Great Southern Trendkill, Cowboys from Hell, Vulgar Display of Power). The compilation includes an audio CD of fifteen previously released tracks and one previously unreleased track, plus a DVD with twelve music videos, two of them live. The tracks on the CD include songs from all six major label albums (two from Cowboys from Hell, three from Vulgar Display of Power, four from Far Beyond Driven, one from The Great Southern Trendkill, one from Official Live: 101 Proof, and three from Reinventing the Steel), as well as their cover of Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever" from the Detroit Rock City soundtrack and their cover of Black Sabbath's "Hole in the Sky" from the Revolution Is My Name EP, all in chronological order. This compilation album reached #38 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.
The International version of Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys' Vulgar Hits!, titled Reinventing Hell: The Best of Pantera is almost identical. It has different artwork and a cardboard slip-over cover. It also has different tracks to its 'US Twin' and available as a standard version or with exactly the same DVD.

Tracks

1. From Hell
2. Cemetery Gates
3. Mouth For War
4. Walk
5. This Love
6. I'm Broken
7. Becoming
8. 5 Minutes Alone
9. Planet Caravan
10.Drag The Waters
11.Where You Come From (Live)
12.Cat Scratch Fever
13.Revolution Is My Name
14.I'll Cast A Shadow
15.Goddamn Electric
16.Hole In The Sky


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Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power



Released : February 25, 1992
Recorded : Pantego Sound Studio, Pantego, Texas
Genre : Groove metal
Length : 52:42
Label : Atco
Producer : Terry Date

One of the most influential heavy metal albums of the 1990s, Vulgar Display of Power is said to have played a major role in defining groove metal. Several songs from this release have become some of the band's best known, such as "Fucking Hostile", "Mouth for War", "This Love", and "Walk", the latter of which reached #35 on the UK Singles Chart. The album is the band's first to be labeled with a Parental Advisory.
During the 90s, MTV's Headbangers Ball used excerpts from the album's songs for the show's opening theme, bumpers, and closing theme. Perhaps the most prominent sample is that of Anselmo screaming "hostile," taken from the end of the song "Fucking Hostile". "Rise," "Regular People (Conceit)" and "Mouth for War" were covered by Robert Prince for the first-person shooter computer game Doom, and a cover of "This Love" appeared in Doom II: Hell on Earth.
The title of the album is from a line in the 1973 film, The Exorcist. When Father Damien Karras asks Regan MacNeil (or the demon who possesses her) to break her own straps and release herself using her evil power, Regan replies "that's much too vulgar a display of power."
Philip Anselmo has a tattoo on the back of his neck which reads "ATR," which is an abbreviation for "Attack The Radical" which is the subtitle of the seventh track on the album.
In April 2007 the title was used for the book A Vulgar Display of Power: Courage and Carnage at the Alrosa Villa, which includes many song titles to name its chapters. The book details those involved and the details leading up to the murder of Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott. The Abbott family have stated that they are against the book and took no part in its writing.

Tracks

1. Mouth for War
2. A New Level
3. Walk
4. Fucking Hostile
5. This Love
6. Rise
7. No Good (Attack the Radical)
8. Live in a Hole
9. Regular People (Conceit)
10.By Demons Be Driven
11.Hollow


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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

NOFX - Punk In Drublic

Released : July 19, 1994
Recorded : 1993-1994 at Westbeach Recorders, Hollywood, California
Genre : Punk rock
Length : 39:54
Label : Epitaph
Producer : Ryan Greene, Fat Mike

Punk in Drublic (a spoonerism of Drunk in Public) is the fifth studio album by the American punk rock band NOFX. It was released on July 19, 1994 through Epitaph Records.
Punk in Drublic is NOFX's most successful album to date, peaking at #12 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. It is now considered a classic punk album by fans and critics alike. Six years after its release, it became the band's only gold record for sales of over 500,000 copies[2] -- all without any radio play or aired music videos (although videos were made for the songs "Linoleum" and "Leave It Alone").

Tracks

1. Linoleum
2. Leave It Alone
3. Dig
4.The Cause
5. Don't Call Me White
6. My Heart Is Yearning
7. Perfect Government
8. The Brews
9. The Quass
10.Dying Degree
11.Fleas
12.Lori Meyers
13.Jeff Wears Birkenstocks
14.Punk Guy
15.Happy Guy
16.Reeko
17.Scavenger Type


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NOFX - Don't Call Me White

Released : August 26, 1994
Format : Single
Genre : Punk rock
Length : 2:33 (album version)
Label : Epitaph Records

"Don't Call Me White" is a 7" single by NOFX featuring two songs from Punk in Drublic (1994). The record was limited to 1,500 copies on white vinyl. It is also the name of a song by NOFX that pleads with the listener to not call the singer white. The two songs were directly taken from Punk in Drublic and the band has said it's "kinda a rip off" and they only put it out because they like the artwork.

Tracks

1. Don't Call Me White
2. Punk Guy


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NOFX - Ribbed

Released : March 26, 1991
Recorded : September, 1990
Westbeach Recorders
Genre : Hardcore punk, punk rock
Length : 28:37
Label : Epitaph
Producer : Brett Gurewitz

Ribbed is the third studio album by the American punk rock band NOFX. It was released on March 26, 1991 through Epitaph Records. It was their last album to feature Steve Kidwiller on guitar, who was replaced by El Hefe.

Tracks

1. Green Corn
2. The Moron Brothers
3. Showerdays
4. Food, Sex, & Ewe
5. Just The Flu
6. El Lay
7. New Boobs
8. Cheese/Where's My Slice?
9. Together On The Sand
10.Nowhere
11.Brain Constipation
12.Gonoherpasyphlaids
13.I Don't Want You Around
14.The Malachi Crunch


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Neurotic Outsiders - Neurotic Outsiders

Genres : Hard rock
Punk rock
Years active : 1995–1997
(Partial reunions: 1999, 2006)
Labels : Maverick / Warner Bros. Records
Associated acts : Guns N' Roses
Sex Pistols
Duran Duran
Velvet Revolver

Neurotic Outsiders was a supergroup founded in 1995, consisting of Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses, and John Taylor of Duran Duran. The very first line-up featured Billy Idol and Steve Stevens (together with McKagan and Sorum), but they were soon replaced by Jones and Taylor. The group was originally called Neurotic Boy Outsiders.
Originally a gathering of friends jamming together at the Viper Room, they eventually recorded one eponymous album on Maverick Records in 1996, and did a brief tour of Europe and North America. The album, which was the only release by the band to date, is now out of print.
They reunited briefly in April 1999 for three shows at the Viper Room.
This wasn't the first time Guns N' Roses members and Steve Jones had collaborated. Axl Rose from Guns N' Roses, and Ian Astbury, Billy Duffy, and Mickey Curry, all from The Cult, which Matt Sorum played with both before and after Guns N' Roses, all made guest appearances on the Steve Jones solo album Fire and Gasoline.

Tracks

1. Nasty Ho
2. Always Wrong
3. Angetina
4. Good News
5. Better Way
6. Feelings Are Good
7. Revolution
8. Jerk
9. Union
10.Janie Jones
11.Story Of My Life
12.Six Feet Under


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Metallica - The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited



Released : August 21, 1987
Recorded : July 1987 at A&M Studios, Santa Monica, California, Conway Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre : Thrash metal, speed metal
Length : 25:04
Label : Elektra, Vertigo
Producer : Metallica

The EP was the first recording the band made with Jason Newsted (referred to as "Master J. Newkid" in the liner notes) playing bass. The EP consisted entirely of covers of late-'70s and early-'80s NWOBHM bands and hardcore music rehearsed in Lars Ulrich's garage and later recorded in a new studio the band had constructed (also according to the liner notes). The band included the dollar price in the title (which was printed on the cover) in an effort to ensure that fans weren't overcharged for it. The official U.S. CD release of the EP amended the title (and the price) to The $9.98 CD..., while other countries (such as Australia) still displayed $5.98 EP with a sticker stating that this was the title and not the price.
Though the EP has been out of print for many years and is considered a collector's item, all five tracks were later included on the 1998 double-album Garage Inc. (along with numerous other covers the band had recorded over the years). The cover of this CD also was used as a basis for the Garage Inc. back cover, which showed the members as of 1998.
The song "The Wait" was omitted from the UK pressings of the album in order to conform to local music-industry rules regarding the length of EPs.

Tracks

1. Helpless (Diamond Head)
2. The Small Hours (Holocaust)
3. The Wait (Killing Joke)
4. Crash Course in Brain Surgery (Budgie)
5. Last Caress/Green Hell (The Misfits)


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Metallica - ...And Justice for All

Released : August 25, 1988 or September 6, 1988
Recorded : January 28–May 1, 1988 at One on One Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre : Thrash metal
Length : 65:29
Label : Elektra, Vertigo
Producer : Metallica, Flemming Rasmussen

...And Justice for All is the fourth studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on August 25, 1988 through Elektra Records. It is the first Metallica album to feature bassist Jason Newsted because of the death of the band's bassist Cliff Burton a few years prior. The album was certified 8x platinum by the RIAA on June 9, 2003.
The album's dark lyrical material features a conceptual uniformity around notions of political and legal injustice, as seen through the prism of war, censored speech, and nuclear brinkmanship. This is musically accompanied by what may be the most complex song structures in Metallica's discography. The arrangements are particularly complicated for a thrash metal album, being likened to progressive metal in their complexity. The album is also noted for its nearly-inaudible bass guitar (Newsted was quoted as saying "The Justice album wasn't something that really felt good for me, because you really can't hear the bass") and dry, sterile production, and therefore has been called a "slightly flawed masterpiece and the pinnacle of Metallica's progressive years" by Allmusic.com.
The front cover depicts the statue of Lady Justice (also known by fans as Doris) cracked, bound by ropes, her breasts exposed, and both of her scales filled with dollars. The words "…And Justice for All" are written in graffiti to the right. The cover was made by Stephen Gorman after a concept by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.

Tracks

1. Blackened
2. ...And Justice For All
3. Eye Of The Beholder
4. One
5. The Shortest Straw
6. Harvester Of Sorrow
7. The Frayed Ends Of Sanity
8. To Live Is To Die
9. Dyers Eve


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Metallica - Master Of Puppets



Released : March 3, 1986
Recorded : September 1 – December 27, 1985 at Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark
Genre : Thrash metal
Length : 54:45
Label : Elektra, Music for Nations, Vertigo
Producer : Metallica, Flemming Rasmussen

Master of Puppets is the third studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on March 3, 1986 through Elektra Records. The album reached #29 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart and was the band's first gold record for sales of over 500,000 copies. This was done without any radio airplay or the release of a music video. The album eventually sold over six million copies in the United States and was certified 6x platinum by the RIAA.
Master of Puppets marks the last Metallica album with bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus accident. Master of Puppets met with critical acclaim at the time of its release. The album is considered a classic thrash metal album by fans, critics, and the band members themselves alike and is considered to be one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time.

Tracks

1. Battery
2. Master Of Puppets
3. The Thing That Should Not Be
4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
5. Disposable Heroes
6. Leper Messiah
7. Orion
8. Damage, Inc.


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Metallica - Kill 'Em All



Released : July 16, 1983
Recorded : May 10–27, 1983 at Music America Studios, Rochester, New York
Genre : Thrash metal, speed metal
Length : 51:13
Label : Megaforce, Elektra
Producer : Paul Curcio, Johny Zazula

Kill 'Em All is the debut album by the American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on July 25, 1983 through Megaforce Records. The album was recorded in only 2 weeks, between May 10 and May 27, on a small budget. Since its release, it has been certified 3x platinum by the RIAA, having sold over 3,000,000 copies in the U.S. alone. Metal Up Your Ass was the working title of the album.

Tracks

1. Hit The Lights
2. The Four Horsemen
3. Motorbreath
4. Jump In The Fire
5. (Anesthesia)-Pulling Teeth
6. Whiplash
7. Phantom Lord
8. No Remorse
9. Seek & Destroy
10.Metal Militia


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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Operation Ivy - Hectic



Released : 1988
Recorded : September, 1987 at Sound and Vision Studios, San Francisco, California
Genre : Hardcore punk, ska punk
Length : 10:31
Label : Lookout!
Producer : Operation Ivy, Larry Livermore

Hectic was the debut EP by the American ska punk band Operation Ivy. It was released in 1988 through Lookout! Records. The EP is credited as one of the first ska-core records. First it was released by itself, then later released with their only studio album Energy.
Larry Livermore (founder of Lookout!) has said that Lookout! was formed solely to release an Operation Ivy record. Lookout! Records was in fact started with simply a PO Box in order to release records by Livermore's own band, The Lookouts, this was said to emphasize Operation Ivy's importance in Lookout! Records' catalog.

Tracks

1. Junkie's Runnin' Dry
2. Here We Go Again
3. Hoboken
4. Yellin' In My Ear
5. Sleep Long
6. Healthy Body


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Operation Ivy - Energy

Released : May, 1989
April, 1991
Recorded : September, 1987 - January, 1989 at Sound and Vision Studios, San Francisco, California
Genre : Hardcore punk, ska punk
Length : 49:51
Label : Lookout!, Hellcat
Producer : Operation Ivy, Larry Livermore

Energy is the only studio album by the American ska punk band Operation Ivy. It was originally released only on vinyl and cassette in May 1989 through Lookout! Records. It was remastered and re-released on CD by Lookout! Records in 1991 as an eponymous release with an additional 8 tracks from the band's Hectic EP and the Maximumrocknroll double 7" compilation Turn It Around!. Energy has been cited as one of the most important albums of the ska punk genre.
In 2004, Hellcat Records re-released the original album as a 12" LP picture disc, and in 2007 re-released a remastered version of the self-titled CD.
In 2006, Energy was ranked as the highest rated punk album of 1989 and 6th highest rated ever on Sputnikmusic.

Tracks

1. Knowledge
2. Sound System
3. Jaded
4. Take Warning
5. The Crowd
6. Bombshell
7. Unity
8. Vulnerability
9. Bankshot
10.One Of Those Days
11.Gonna Find You
12.Bad Town
13.Smiling
14.Caution
15.Freeze Up
16.Artificial Life
17.Room Without A Window
18.Big City
19.Missionary


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Operation Ivy - Seedy

Released : 1996
Recorded : 1987-1988
Genre : Hardcore punk, ska punk
Label : Karma Kredit

Seedy is a compilation album by the American ska punk band Operation Ivy. The album was released in 1996 through Karma Kredit Records. Karma Kredit was a pseudonym for David Hayes' Very Small Records. The compilation collects studio outtakes, live tracks, and demo recordings. All releases are currently out of print and occasionally surface on ebay.

Tracks

1. Healthy Body (Uncut Version)
2. Someday
3. Plea For Peace
4. Trouble Bound
5. Uncertain
6. Hangin' Out
7. Left Behind
8. Old Friendships
9. Hedgecore


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Megadeth - Rust in Peace

Released : September 24, 1990
Recorded : 1989–1990
Genre : Thrash metal
Length : 40:48
Label : Capitol
Producer : Dave Mustaine, Mike Clink

Rust in Peace is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Megadeth. Released on September 24, 1990, it was the third Megadeth album distributed through Capitol Records. The album was the band's only collaboration with record producer Mike Clink who was the first producer to successfully produce a Megadeth album from start to finish, without being fired. It was the first album to feature guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza, following the firing of both Jeff Young and Chuck Behler in 1989. It entered the Billboard 200 at number 23, and was eventually certified platinum by the RIAA in 1994.
There are nine tracks on the album, with lyrics inspired by subjects ranging from nuclear fallout, war, religion, Area 51 and fantasy. Two singles were released from the album: "Hangar 18" and "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due", which have become staples of the band's live performances. Rust in Peace was very well received by both critics and fans and was responsible for bringing Megadeth to the attention of a mainstream metal audience, and it is considered one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time. The album was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 33rd Grammy Awards, and Hangar 18 was nominated for the same award at the 34th Grammy Awards. Allmusic described the record as "easily Megadeth's strongest musical effort", and it was noted as one of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
A remixed and remastered version, featuring several bonus tracks, was released in 2004. A limited edition 180g LP using the original mix was issued in the U.S. in 2008 by Capitol Records. In addition, in January 2010, the band announced that they would be doing a North American tour to commemorate the album's 20th anniversary. They performed the whole album live, including many tracks that have never previously been performed live, such as "Five Magics", "Poison Was the Cure", and "Rust in Peace... Polaris". Their performance at the Hollywood Palladium was filmed and released as Rust in Peace Live later that year.

Tracks

1. Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
2. Hangar 18
3. Take No Prisoners
4. Five Magics
5. Poison Was The Cure
6. Lucretia
7. Tornado Of Souls
8. Dawn Patrol
9. Rust In Peace...Polaris


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Megadeth - So Far, So Good... So What!

Released : January 19, 1988
Recorded : 1987
Genre : Thrash metal
Length : 34:42
54:20 (Remaster)
Label : Combat, Capitol
Producer : Dave Mustaine
Paul Lani

So Far, So Good... So What! is the third studio album by American heavy metal band Megadeth. It was released by Capitol Records in 1988. A remixed and remastered version including several bonus tracks was released in 2004. It is the band's only album recorded with Chuck Behler and Jeff Young, who were fired immediately after the subsequent tour.
This album features one of the first songs Dave Mustaine wrote for Megadeth, which was "Set The World Afire", being the first song he wrote after being fired from Metallica. He later admitted writing the lyrics during his journey home from the departure.
"In My Darkest Hour" was written by Dave Mustaine shortly after Cliff Burton's death, who was the bassist for Metallica, which Mustaine was a part of from 1981 until 1983 just before Metallica recorded its debut album Kill 'Em All.

1. Into The Lungs Of Hell
2. Set The World Afire
3. Anarchy In The U.K.
4. Mary Jane
5. 502
6. In My Darkest Hour
7. Liar
8. Hook In Mouth


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