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Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three
Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three

5.0 out of 5 stars The best compilation ever, 21 Jan. 2005
First things first, this is not a tribute to Black Flag album. This is for the benefit of the West Memphis Three, which you should know about.
Even forgetting the cuase, this album is stunning! Several of rock and punks best vocalists giving their all to everyone's favourite Black Flag. Tim and Lars from Rancid have never been better than they are on No More, as far from their ska-reggae-rubbish as you could get.
Highlights include Iggy Pop's furiously snotty Stooges-esque Fix Me, Lemmy from Motorhead's perfect rendition of Thirsty And Miserable, Hank Williams III tearing through No Values (if you only know him from his country releases you'll be amazed) and Mike Patton's psychotic (were we to expect anything else?) Six Pack.
A couple of the tracks are a little hit and miss (Cedric from the Mars Volta, Corey Taylor from Slipknot and Exene from X sound a little out of place) and Ryan Adam's Nervous Breakdown is the only track worth skipping.
Original Flag vocalists Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski and of course Henry Rollins all do what they are best at and it's interesting to hear them all on the same record.
The material is classic Flag, most of their best tracks from Damaged, My War, the pre-Damaged EPs and the title track from Slip It In. It would have been nice to hear something off In My Head but that's maybe asking too much. Obviously there's nothing from Family Man (but hearing someone like Lemmy deliver Salt On A Slug might have been really cool!)
The album doesn't sound cluttered or messy like tribute albums do, and it features some of rocks best and most influential vocalists on one album and a few surprises (as a diehard Ween fan, like Henry Rollins himself, it's delightful to hear Dean tear through Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie) and it's all for a good cause.
Buy it.

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