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The Sane Asylum [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Limited Edition]

Blind Illusion Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Limited Edition
  • Label: Metal Mind
  • ASIN: B000VL9XDI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,544 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Sane Asylum
2. Blood Shower
3. Vengeance Is Mine
4. Death Noise
5. KamaKazi
6. Smash The Crystal
7. Vicious Visions
8. Metamorphosis Is A Monster

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insane Thrashylum 15 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is definitely not like being in a sane asylum!! Fast, thrashy end even sometimes eerie from the word go and throughout the whole album. I bought this because I wanted to add to my collection of albums with Les Claypool on, and although it's nothing like anything else i've heard from Les, it is a fantstic thrash metal record. Claypools bass techniques are some of the best my ears have been blessed with hearing, and the guitar(rhythm from Larry Lalonde-great riffs! and lead from Mark Biedermann-very technical solos) and drumming (from Mike Minor-also progressive and technical) are second to none. The vocals from Biedermann are often considered the weakest part of the album, but in my opinion they fit perfectly with the energetic feel of the tracks.

If you like thrash metal, you need this album, even if you don't it is worth it just for Claypools bass playing brilliance!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a seller's market for this limited production CD 9 July 2005
By Philip Barber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I first purchased this album on vinyl in the 80's. The bass player (Les Claypool) and guitar player (Larry LaLonde) from this Bay-Area thrash band went on to form the progressive rock band Primus. Extreme fans of Primus might appreciate the novelty of this disc but it is a far cry from the style that the duo later developed and popularized.

This CD has sold on Ebay for nearly $200 on more than one occassion (I watch for it). I purchased my CD on Ebay for around $50. And I am the sort of fella who has difficulty coughing up more than $5 for a CD. I am an avid music lover and own several hundred discs. I am also a full-time student right now and my cashflow has slowed to a trickle. So, for me to have spent $50 bucks on a CD it, you know it must be good!

Well, it is. This CD also holds some nostalgic value for those of us who have memories attached to the songs. But, regardless of whether you spun this record twenty-years ago or have never heard it, this band deserves a serious listen. Unfortunately, in order to give them a listen, one must shell out some mad cash. The only one available on Amazon right now is selling for $150.

I am thinking about selling mine. I love this band. In fact, I believe them to be one of the greatest thrash bands ever, even though they only released one album. But, for $150, I might consider parting with this rare gem.

If you find one for under a hundred bucks, grab it! I had looked for this CD for ten years before finally finding one!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Thrash - and a great addition to my Les Claypool collection 21 Nov 2008
By J. Almond - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Before Les Claypool became famous with Primus, he was in this band - in fact this may have been where he and Larry LaLonde met (not sure of that).

Mark Beiderman's Blind Illusion was one of my favorite thrash albums back in the day and I was very happy to finally find it on CD. I've also owned it on Vinyl and Cassette.

I've heard rumors of a second album that was recorded by this same line up that has yet to be released. HEY MARK - RELEASE IT ALREADY! I wanna hear it.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever ahead of its time 12 Nov 2007
By Fernando Benítez V - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Those magical thrashing days! Our paradise lost! Yes, indeed, I was lucky to stumble upon this gem back when it was released, when longhairs were still frowned at- or should I say, when there were longhairs, and real punks, and people obsessed with music, not trends. It was 1988, and I actually had read about this band in a Metal Forces (UK mag) article, and boy, was I psyched! I couldn't find the damn vinyl in local metal/hardcore stores in Mexico City,Mexico, so when an offer came to jump in a car and drive 15 hours all the way to San Antonio, TX, I didn't hesitate... I made it to a bitchin' store somewhere on the outskirts of that forlorn, depressive city and got ahold of my copy. I paid 8 bucks for it, by the way (I've seen used copies that go for over a 100 dlls!)... When I finally heard it, I was only let down by the horrid demo-esque production. Too bad, becasue the music was so unique and, dare I say, progressive. Almost twenty years later I still listen to this ouvre on a very frequent basis, which says a lot since I can't stand bands like megadeth or metallica anyomre (blame their popstar status and their faded formulas, not me!)... Want to know how it sounds like? well, it's thrash metal, but with a seventies, psychedelic flavor that you won't be able to find anywhere else in the field. If you're a newcomer and want some kind of clear reference, I would say these guys come across as a proto-mix of, say, Municipal Waste and Baroness, but a lot more trad-metal, and a lot more 70's. In fact, as far as I know, they broke up because nobody got it. later on, les claypool and larry lalonde (ex-possessed) became rockstars with their overrated alterno-band, Primus...But the real brains behind this classic album was a certain Marc Biedermann, an excelent guitarist/composer and ex-hippie who dared introduce a younger crowd to the perennial sounds of Crimson, Rush, early Sabbath, early Scorpions, Rainbow, and many other luminaries. Such a shame nobody wanted to listen. Believe me, back then, they press hailed them as the next big thing, and considering that Kirk Hammet was set to produce them, man... just goes to show you that we live in a world that is far from perfect! All in all,the album's filled to the brim with fast riffs, intrincate and surprising tempo changes, trippy effects, solid drumming, catchy songs and twisted, quasi-prog melodies. The lyrics deal with drugs, politics, death wishes, nightmares, insanity, and, as far as I can tell, ecological concerns. On the pictures published in mags they often resembled burnt-out hippies, which is a funny look I totally dig, but that's secondary, of course! Some songs are quite long, such as "Death Noise" and "Metamorphosis of a Monster": the former sounding a lot like a darker "Sails of Charon" (Scorpions), one of the best heavy rock songs ever! Really, bands like Metallica or Anthrax could only wish (even today, after all the millions, the big houses, the grammys and the addictions!)to sound like this...Wonder where Biedermann is today. At least, he lives and rocks in my personal pantheon, alongside the likes of Ax Genrich (guruguru), Randy Holden, John Duccan, Glenn Buxton, Rod Price, Hideki Ishima (the flower travelling band), Brian Robertson, steve Hillage, Duane Denison, Helios Creed and many others most people have never heard of... Blind Illusion: one of the best kept secrets ever!
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost classic 23 Nov 2010
By D. R. Marshall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The reissue of The Sane Asylum has been long overdue. For anyone that likes Heavy Metal, Thrash, Hard Rock or Prog you owe it to yourself to have this in your collection. Lets hope Marc Biedermann has the the much anticipated follow-up record complete at some point.
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD ! 4 Aug 2009
By H.Bronwyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great release by Blind Illusion. Solid original songwriting with good lyrics
and unique metal bass playing by Les Claypool. Lots of great guitar riffs from
Marc Biedermann and Larry Lalonde. Drumming is excellent. Only complaint is the production is rather weak and the drums at times sounds more like a typewriter than
snare drums.

Beware of several bootlegs of this cd on ebay and Amazon going for ridiculous amounts of money. Being sold as the original copy. What you get is a bad copy !!
Mostly comes from Russia and Poland. I got one a while ago and it was a total cheap copy with low sound and bad art duplication. Seems to be a cd to cd copy. However I was able to score a LEGIT CD on Combat Records. What a difference in sound quality and art duplication. This original copy had the dark offset cover not digital scanned reprint. The output volume was also much louder than the bootleg copies.
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