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The First Four Years [CASSETTE]

Black Flag Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (17 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sst
  • ASIN: B000000LZM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,675,266 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TURN IT UP! 28 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
Having been lucky enough to have seen Black Flag dozens of times back in the 80s, and played on the same bill as them over and over, I feel qualified to offer my opinion here without any reservations. Sorry Henry, I love you, but this is their best stuff! If you have any problems with the sound quality, please follow these simple instructions:
1.) Put the CD into a halfway decent system.
2.) Put the loudness on.
3.) Max out both the treble and bass completely.
4.) Turn it up as loud as you dare.
5.) ENJOY!!!
Sal - Ex- Code of Honor, Sick Pleasure etc.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent nostalgia from a classic US punk band 17 Jan 2001
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Released shortly after their seminal 1981 album, "Damaged", this record is a collection of various singles and ep cuts from their pre rollins period, featuring four different vocalists including Keith Morris, later of the circle Jerks. The first four songs are taken from their classic debut ep "Nervous breakdown"in which they sound like an american bastardized version of the sex pistols. The album also includes other classics such as "six pack", "Revenge", and "you bet that I've got something personal against you" amongst others. Make no mistake, this record is worth having if only to hear early US hardcore punk emerging from the corpse of the then dying british scene.
Yue Ting Cheng
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not a machine! 28 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
Here we have 3 discernable phases and "vibes" of Black Flag, aided by line-up (mainly vocalist) changes, and amounting to separate (although closely-related) and refresheningly liberating stances in themselves.

There's the first, 1978 'Nervous Breakdown' e.p. with vocalist Keith Morris (later frontman of the Circle Jerks), which is a really powerful and trashy, beach-bum, 'don't care', messed-up, kind of lazy scream of throwing glitz, false manners, composure and status to the wind.

Then, using the previous as its starting point, there's the snotty, obnoxious, incorrect, directly anti-authority, impudently individual and nihilistic, even threatening, and even more powerful, almost violent venom of the 1980 'Jealous Again' e.p.

Then there's the sharper, darker, sinister, even more cynical and controntational stance (attacking a perceived even wider, more impersonal, deep-rooted, frightening authority) expressed in barking rejection and overdrive guitar in the 'Dez Cadena' phase of, I think, 1980/81 (having moved from guitar to vocals, and moving back to guitar to provide a second guitar when Henry Rollins joined in 1981), including the 'Louie Louie' single ('Damaged I', from the b-side of that single, may be slicker, but it's also sharper and more sinister than the version on the 'Damaged' LP) and the 'Six Pack' e.p. (massive rebellious rage and screaming powerful guitar on 'I've Heard it Before') and the compilation tracks from 'Chunks' and 'Cracks in the Sidewalk'. All that hatred of work, of being forced into a conformist system, of being told how to live and be, and expressed so rawly and unequivocally. And this is an even more muscular, powerful, totally rejecting rage.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva Black Flag! 23 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is where any aspiring fan of hardcore punk should start. This record (as the title suggests) is all the material released by Black Flag 1977-1981. It's not quite the same as the Rollins-era band but any fan of Rollins will also love this.
The first four tracks (the "Nervous Breakdown" EP) are definatley the best tracks here, all of which have been covered numerous times and become anthems. The "Jealous Again" EP is almost as good and is just as essential listening. Next is the "Six Pack" single. This is different to the version on the "Damaged" LP but in my opinion is just as good (I don't know which I prefer). The "Louie Louie" single is also great and the album ends with it's b-side "Damaged 1" which again is different to the "Damaged" album version.
Forget the low-fi production or the occasional bum-note and missed beat, this is what punk's all about. Totally essential raw brutal punk at it's finest.
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