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Land Speed Record [Live]

Hüsker Dü Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000000M46
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Guns At My School / Push The Button / Gilligan's Island / MTC / Don't Have A Life12:27Album Only
Listen  2. Strange Week / Do The Bee / Big Sky / Ultracore / Let's Go Die / Data Control14:08Album Only

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Land Speed Record fully exposes the rage and manic energy that drove Hüsker Dü to dizzying heights of creative and critical success; it's an incredible (though appallingly poor-sounding) document of a live Minneapolis show from 1981 featuring the band in its embryonic form. Bob Mould and company seem bent on driving themselves to the brink of insanity as they plow through the performance with all the subtlety of a freight train out of control. As part of Hüsker history, it is of great interest to die-hard fans and rock critics alike. Unfortunately, it also exposes shortcomings--most notably sloppy playing--though these are easily forgiven considering the band's future contributions. --Mike Corrigan

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do You Remember what good punk sounded like? 13 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
Land Speed Record is a fabulous example of early hardcore in action, and surely if I'd been alive back then live would be the best way to listen to the compressed fury of the music. The sound quality is relatively scuzzy, but compliments the abrasive sound of the trio, and the performances are incendiary.A definite worthwhile purchase for all who are disillusioned with the commercially orientated 'indie' press'sstranglehold over the virtues of what is ostensibly good and bad, or truly what is awful and what is excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pick it up and chuck it 5 April 2013
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Along with Crass and MDC this is what hardcore punk should sound like- something else, brutal snotty and locking a groove inside the head.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A taste of what was to come from Husker Du 8 July 2003
By Kevin Campbell - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I recently listened to this record again after many years and I'm struck by how incredibly powerful it is. I can only speculate at how much it blew the people in the audience away (those who were lucky enough to be there). This a document of a band that was discovering itself...that was screaming to be heard...and actually had something to say. The anger is definitely there. And the power...but so is the melody. "Don't Try to Call" and "Let's Go Die" have tunes that are discernible under the electric din and give us a small taste of what was to come from this seminal punk band. Husker Du is the band that created grunge and taught punk to love itself (or hate itself a little less). Just get it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 8th Wonder of the World!!! 26 Jan 2009
By Guy De Maupassant Rabbinowitz - Published on
Format:Audio CD
First off, anyone who doesn't worship this album is a total knob! Second of all, if the sound quality isn't good enough you need to turn it up full blast until it is! To this fortyish punker who was lucky enough to see these guys in a friend's basement in West Philly, this is TRUE Husker Du. Before Warner Bros. and all the bickering there was his band with such energy and promise they forged their own path right from the beginning. 18 or so thrash songs blended into one nonstop blur of total fury and energy, Grant's drums plowing through the din like a runaway train, Moulds chorused-out Flying V ringing out chords more bizarre than any attempted by their hardcore peers, and Greg Norton's roaring bass ripping through it all like Lemmy on 78 RPM! Most of these songs are stupid but in a great way; ditties about such topics as dropping bricks off of rooftops onto random people's heads and wanting to live on Gilligan's Island so you can have sex with Ginger and force The Professor to make recreational drugs for you. Cap it all off with the magnificently hypnotic dirge of Data Control and you have a thrash hardcore masterpiece! I cannot recommend this enough!***************************************************!!!!!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TWO STARS ? ! ? NO WAY ! ! FIVE BABY ! ! 17 Feb 2005
By B. Heying - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Land Speed Record contains great music! Anyone could argue it doesn't, but they'd be wrong! If you don't like the fact that Husker Du started out as an intense hardcore punk band, you won't like this. Better just stick with the alternative pop-rock stuff they put out. Don't get me wrong, I like that too,(mostly) but Land Speed Record was their foundation and what got them to the dance. Just look at the intense, stark nature of the cover art. What kind of music would you expect? It screams harcore! And to say the music doesn't hold up over time is asinine. To this day, I have still not heard anything like it. Is the recording quality good? No. But it's not as bad as these other reviewers claim. It's live, raw, fast, emotional gut-bucket, hardcore rock-n-roll. To be honset, these 2 star reviews I've read piss me off. What a bunch of creeps. Gimmee a break! These guys rocked! I just wish there was more Husker Du material from this era.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, but not brilliant 5 Dec 2000
By Robert Beveridge - Published on
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This is definitely an album to be picked up only by those who can listen to bootleg recordings and still find the genius in them despite godawful production "values." Because, essentially, that's what Land Speed Record is-- a productionless mass. But that doesn't make it any less brilliant. If this had been recorded straight off the board and remixed, it'd be on Amazon's extensive list of "essential Husker Du CDs" (as if that weren't a redundant term).
But there's some fantastic stuff here. This was a staple during my days as a college DJ; "Ultracore," "Do the Bee," and "Bricklayer" (since we certainly couldn't get away with playing the intelligible studio version!) were in heavy rotation every time we were on the air. But the true reason to part with your hard-earned cash for this release comes right after the seemingly neverending barrage of thirty-second songs, as the Huskers end their set with a song that deserves classic status, "Data Control." The version on the curiously anemic The Living End doesn't even begin to do this song justice. It's the perfect fusion of metal and hardcore years before other bands thought that might be a good idea. But then, it just goes to show that, no matter how early in their career you look, Husker Du broke all the rules, and everyone else followed them into the gap.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually I give it 4.5...except for the sound quality.... 30 Mar 2005
By Sakos - Published on
Format:Audio CD
...for the sound alone. After releasing a mini-LP, an EP, and a single, all on their own label (all of which are collected on Everything Falls Apart and More), Husker Du signed to SST and released this live album (an entire set from a recent show) as their first proper album. The sound is not terrible, but leaves a little to be desired. And the way the CD is sequenced, you get "Part 1" and "Part 2", which are each 12-14 minutes long and contain a ton of songs. So you can't really pick an individual number. However, this is absolutely balls-to-the-wall hardcore punk that kicks you in the face, chest, and crotch all at once. It is absolutely storming in its power. Some of the best songs are Data Control, Ultracore, Let's Go Die, and Bricklayer. However, the whole album is just savage. Not for everyone, but for the true Husker Du fan, a great document.
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