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Live '84 - Black Flag

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Hardcore / Artist: Black Flag / Live / Audio CD released 1998-01-26 at Sst

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      23.03.2008 20:51
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      Black Flag's first live album (1984).

      Black Flag's first live album was recorded at just the right time, in the highly proficient year that saw the release of three studio albums which forms the basis for this performance, recorded before the latter two had even been released. The sound quality is similarly perfect: nicely raw and unpolished, but clear enough that each instrument can be audibly discerned, while keeping the distinctive crunch of Greg Ginn's guitar.

      At seventy-two minutes this is a generous and full performance, and an easy substitute for buying the studio albums themselves, particularly if you were turned off by the experimental tendencies of 'My War' and 'Family Man' that saw whole halves of those albums devoted to lethargic doom metal and spoken word narrative respectively, neither of which is allowed to impede on the band's customary hardcore punk/metal style here, though there is perhaps a larger quantity of extensive, King Crimson style instrumentals performed by Ginn in the form of 'The Process of Weeding Out' and 'I Won't Stick Any of You Unless and Until I Can Stick All of You!' than you may expect in a live environment.

      The band's two broadly-defined eras of punk and metal sit comfortable alongside each other, with some older songs seeming well chosen thanks to their similar style ('Six Pack') and others offering some pleasant punk relief ('Jealous Again'). The only real drawback is that comparatively little of the band's earlier period is represented, though this is understandable considering how rapidly they were moving on, the newer albums they wished to promote and songs they wished to share, and the fact that those early songs had already been repackaged in several compilations by this point anyway. And it's not as if this was the last live album they'd ever release.

      1. The Process of Weeding Out
      2. Nervous Breakdown
      3. Can't Decide
      4. Slip It In
      5. My Ghetto
      6. Black Coffee
      7. I Won't Stick Any of You Unless and Until I Can Stick All of You!
      8. Forever Time
      9. Fix Me
      10. Six Pack
      11. My War
      12. Jealous Again
      13. I Love You
      14. Swinging Man
      15. Three Nights
      16. Nothing Left Inside
      17. Wound Up
      18. Rat's Eyes
      19. The Bars

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Process Of Weeding Out
      2 Nervous Breakdown
      3 I Can't Decide
      4 Slip It In
      5 My Ghetto
      6 Black Coffee
      7 I Won't Stick
      8 Forever Time
      9 Fix Me
      10 Six Pack
      11 My War
      12 Jealous Again
      13 I Love You
      14 Swinging Man
      15 Three Nights
      16 Nothing Left Inside
      17 Wound Up
      18 Rat's Eyes
      19 Bars