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  • Audio CD (3 May 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000000W5V
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By Red on Black TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 July 2013
Format: Audio CD
Essentially "Poison Years" is the musical equivalent of a cut and shut vehicle. It bolts together some of the best tracks from two Bob Mould albums notably the superb "Workbook" and the much darker "Black sheets of rain", Virgin as the record label rushed out the record out to cash in on Mould's huge success on Sugar's "Copper Blue" a record that almost defines the word essential."Poison Years" contains 6 (out of 11) studio tracks from Black Sheets and 5 (out of 11) tracks from Workbook, of which 2 are live recordings. In addition, the album contains a studio outtake from the Workbook period, "All Those People Know", a live version of another non-album track, "If You're True", and a live cover version of "Shoot Out The Lights" by Richard and Linda Thompson. The other three live tracks were not previously released.

The music is five star but cutting both albums in half was essentially an act of butchery. Thus the lovely acoustic "Sunspots" and the glorious melody of "Heartbreak a stranger" is missing from "Workbook", while the raw power of "Black Sheets" only makes sense as a unified whole. Still what is present are some great Mould songs not least the uber rock of "Wishing Well" where Mould spits out the lyrics with venom and the guitar solo at 2.30 minutes grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. The poptastic "See a little light" would in a world full of justice been number one in all continents, while the brilliant live version of "Brasilia crossed with Trenton" sparkles. The Black Rain inputs are inevitably much tougher and starting the album with them is chronologically odd. There is nevertheless much in "Black Sheets" to admire and it is an album that deserves reappraisal from the critical panning it received in some quarters.
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This CD brings together the best of Bob Mould and Sugar in his post Husker Du incarnations. It's more on the rock/noise side although not as fast as Land Speed Record, more in the mould (forgive the pun) of Warehouse
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4.0 out of 5 stars A strange but compelling Mould anthology 15 Jan. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a weird record, one gets the feeling that Bob Mould didn't have much to do with it's release. It takes five songs from the "Black Sheets" album, two from "Workbook," one unreleased gem, and five live cuts. Perhaps it's meant as an introduction to Mould before you jump all the way in. Either way, fans new and old are better off shelling out their money for the "Black Sheets" and "Workbook" albums in their entirety, as this compilation lacks many key cuts. This is a worhtwhile record, however, for the new or old fan. "All The People Know" is a previously unreleased song that is classic Mould. And the five live tracks from 1989 are brilliant, absolute masterworks that no Mould fan will want to go without. I'm a die-hard who at first resisted "Poison Years" because I already had "Black" and "Workbook," but I recently gave in. I can now say without a doubt that the live tracks are worth the price of the CD alone. He rips through alot of "Workbook" stuff and does a killer cover, R. Thompson's "Shoot Out The Lights." Each and every Bob Mould fan has to hear this track. It's a major work, beautiful, cathartic, stunning raw power. It makes "Poison Years" rise above the rest of the cheap compilations out there and enter the ranks as a Great Bob Mould Record.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Buy Workbook and Black Sheets, Don't Buy This! 28 Nov. 2002
By mwreview - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This low grade is not against the music. It's against the crummy packaging on this "compilation" CD that takes tracks from only two albums and throws on some live tracks in a ... way to make money off Mould's growing fame with his band Sugar. The cover artwork is atrocious (a bottle of poison! A silly and demeaning way to treat such a beautiful and personal song!) and the inside just has tiny black & white photos of Mould on stage carelessly organized. Like the previous reviewer, I also read that Mould urged fans not to buy this CD as he did not endorse it. Mould has more integrity than almost any other rocker in the business ... . Awesome tracks like "Black Sheets of Rain," "Stop Your Crying", "Sacrifice", etc. are better found on his first two solo albums, not here. Buy Workbook and Black Sheets of Rain and you won't hate yourself in the morning.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it! 9 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Bob's record company put out this album to try and scrap a few more bucks out of his fans, Bob himself urged people not to buy it, it was compiled and released without his consent. You're doing Bob a disservice if you pony up any dough for this one.
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed bag 3 May 2013
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one who was less than blown away by this compilation, so to speak, of the early Bob Mould solo albums on Virgin. I liked "Workbook" very much, but did not care for the heavier "Black Sheets of Rain." Just my luck that most of the cuts on here are from the noisy and starker "Black Sheets." But I thought I'd listen to some of that material again and see if I liked it better a decade-plus later. Well, some of it sticks with me more, but I still think "Workbook" and the stuff with Sugar was stronger, as are some of his VERY good solo albums from the past decade. I also found the live material on here to be hit and miss. I like the cover of Richard Thompson's "Shoot Out the Lights" but the other tracks much less so. As others have suggested, you are better off getting one of the early solo albums if you want to hear what Bob Mould was doing around 1989 and 1990. This collection should have been much, much better.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 Aug. 2014
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For fans only...of which I am his biggest
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