Sunday, April 3, 2016

One Last, Great Album from The Replacements

But you'll have to rip it for yourself.

Live, from the Seventh Street Entry, September 1981, Twin/Tone posted six contiguous segments of sound with video over at youtube.  Here's the first, the rest are linked from there.  All totaled, it's an amazing album that should've been released in early 1982.  Unfortunately, Twin/Tone was having trouble scraping up the cash to produce the Replacements' first studio album at the time, so projects like this were OBE and DOA.

The sound quality, ah hell, what sound quality?  It's adequate for the sort of thrashing around these guys were doing at the time.  Played loud through a decent stereo, it's about as good as the sound quality you'd expect in an early 80's punk club.  That, and you don't have to breathe the cigarette smoke or drink cheap beer.  (You can add those if you feel like it, but they're purely optional.)

The set primarily consists of songs off their first album Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash and the follow-up EP Stink.  After that, some outtakes from those albums, songs that didn't quite make it.  The whole glorious mess ends with a very credible cover of Hank Williams' Hey Good Lookin'.  Eerie, ironic similarities in some of the artists' lives there.

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