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At Action Park [CASSETTE] Import


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Steven Frank Albini - electric guitar
Todd Stanford Trainer - drum set
Robert Spurr Weston IV - electric bass guitar

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  • Audio Cassette (24 Oct 1994)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • ASIN: B0000019KV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,590,407 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Crispy Phosphorous on 10 Oct 2004
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album on John Peel's show - he played the first three tracks back to back and I was blown away by the energy and power of the music. Starting with Steve Albini's fantastically abrasive guitar riffs, then in comes Todd Trainer's crashing, booming drums (think Ringo Starr meets King Kong), Steve Weston with the most evil bass sound ever, and then Albini's shouting "Gotta eat what I pick, and I hope ya choke on it!", like he's about to explode. The rest of side one keeps up the energy, through the instrumental 'Pull The Cup', and particularly 'Crow' - lyrical insights into a twisted relationship set to rumbling bass and lopsided drums, the tension built with scabarous feedback dischords from Albini's guitar. Side two varies the pace and intensity, with the changing tempos of 'A Minute', the calm intro of 'The Idea Of North' like an oasis in the middle of a scrapyard, the sheer vitriol of 'Dog & Pony Show' and the dry humour of 'Il Porno Star'.
Recorded live in the studio, the arrangements are quite minimal and sparse but there's the genuine tension and energy which can only be generated by live performance, and it has the trademark Albini sound quality, making use of the room acoustics and purist analogue recording techniques. It's great to hear all the sophisitication and sweetening of modern music production stripped away, leaving a raw, stark recording in which nothing blunts the impact of the music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Rigby on 31 Jan 2008
Format: Audio CD
Albini's ubiquitous influence in modern music is as much to do with this album as his terrifyingly large engineering credits.

At Action Park is without doubt the finest article in the Shellac catalogue, each track a tightly honed rock gem. It took me a couple of listens to get into this when my friend introduced me but...after those listens I've come to realise that this represents a benchmark in modern music and is a clear manifesto of what makes great rock music.

Post-rock in its attitude, math-rock in its delivery, AAP should be in every rock musician's library as a refresher course in what the point of rock music really is.
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By A Customer on 25 Mar 2002
Format: Vinyl
From the very first chords of 'My Black Ass' this album never fails to impress. The 'production' is near perfect with a drum sound that John Bonham would envy. The typical Albini guitar sound crashes throughout with Bob Weston holding the whole thing together on his metronomic bass. I cannot recommend this album enough to fans of 'guitar music' and even if your not a fan of Albini's earlier bands I urge you to give this album a listen. Inspirational
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By A Customer on 17 Mar 2004
Format: Vinyl
Man, this excites you like a hot poker up da ass! Its scratchy and loud and percussive, and mean like a bitch! Its their best, maybe not as good as their first 2 seven inches but, its pretty good. Excellent! Well, if you like getting spanked, but in a good way, and felling mean and taut, this is for you.
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