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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • ASIN: B0000019IY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,510 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Jordan Minnesota
  2. Passing Completion
  3. Big Money
  4. Kerosene
  5. Bad Holes
  6. Fists Of Love
  7. Stinking Drunk
  8. Bazooka Joe
  9. Cables
  10. Heartbeat
  11. Things To Do Today
  12. I Can't Believe
  13. My Disco
  14. Grinder
  15. Ready Men
  16. Peter King Of The Detectives

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By A Customer on 18 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
In these times of post-Nevermind superslick 'punk' records Big Black sound even more vital now than they did during their short lifetime. Sure, grunge took punk influenced rock into the American mainstream, but in doing so it was diluted and neutered (save for the odd abberation, notably Nirvana's Albini engineered 'In Utero' album). This goes some way to explaining why many 80's punk records (Black Flag's 'Damaged', The Jesus and Mary Chain's 'Psychocandy and so on) sound infinitely fresher, noisier, and less self concious than most of today's efforts.
Even among the thrash and splutter of 80's hardcore punk, Big Black stand out as being especially maleovolent. Steve Albini's clanging nails-on-a-chalkboard guitar sound makes most nu-metal types sound like Donovan in comparison, whilst the first person illustrations of the sickness endemic in society are chilling, worrying, but often blackly humourous (check any of the band's album liner notes!).
The attraction of this compilation, and indeed of the band themselves is firstly and foremostly the sheer vicious blast of sound present. The songs are mostly fine too, but as with early Sonic Youth, this is really secondary to the noise itself.
Jordan Minnesota is as disturbing and uncompromising an opener as has ever been released, and cannot be deemed pleasant listening, even for noise fetishists. Albini acts out the role of a child abuser, driving home his disgust at the sickness of mankind far harder than saying "it's wrong, don't do it" could ever do.
The almost danceable 'Passing Complexion' and 'Big Money' are equally forceful, if rather less clear in their intentions. The album's real ace card, and Big Black's finest moment however is track four:'Kerosene'.
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Once memorably described as a collision of aluminium spunk and spittle Big Black took the extreme noise aesthetic of hardcore , their twisted pitch ( big) black humour and nihilistic sensibilities and gave it a metallic almost in- human sheen. Big Black's music sounded like it was coming from some insidious alien -probably cyborg- entity except the songs preoccupation with society's sickness are all too human.

Steve Albini, has in his usual charming way, made no secret of his disgust for the CD format (though it's never stopped him producing many an album for bands who don't share his luddite aesthetic) and there are apocryphal tales of the band producing two masters tape for every album, one which was handed over in pristine condition for the L.P format while the other was used as Frisbee, beer mat and quite possibly to scrape the ice off car windows and would be used for the CD. Needless to say there are those who claim the vinyl versions of their albums are superior in sound quality though I must confess I can discern no difference. Albini would probably spit in my face.

Which brings me to "Eight Track" which comprises their incredible "Atomiser" album (minus the less than essential track "Strange Things) the patchily superb "Headache" EP and as a real bonus the bands version of "Heartbeat", originally released on a 7" single? Big Black were always a formidable proposition with their relentless pulverising drum machine (named "Roland") the incredibly bottom heavy bass and most importantly the clanging fractious guitar sound. Albinis snarled slightly whiny but paradoxically aggressive vocals and the sometimes puerile, sometimes provocative always bleakly humorous lyrics topped it off.
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New to Big Black but thought I'd check them out having been a fan of Shellac and Steve Albini's production with the likes of The Pixies, Wedding Present, Jawbreaker, Nirvana etc, etc and was pleasently surprised. The album is heavy, lyrically disturbing yet insanely catchy. Once you get past the initial shock factor of the music these are almost pop songs! Fans of anything from the Jesus and Mary Chain to Marilyn Manson (I know!) would appreciate this. Excellent stuff. Go seek!!!
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A perfect collection of high tempo guitar driven anger. A scream of rage against the world of the mid eighties with highlights like "Jordan Minnesota" and "Kerosene" forming part of the theme tune to my time at university, "Cables: live" still makes the hairs on the back of my neck rise up after over 20 years. Steve Albini went on the bigger and more well known things but this remains his zenith of honest expression.
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Big Black were one of THE best bands spawned in the USA during the 1980s. This comprehensive compilation collects tracks spanning their entire and relatively shortlived recording career. As an overview of their output it does the job, however casual listeners really need to own all the albums and EPs as are some excellent tracks from those that were not included on this CD. Big Black live were also phenomenal and Steve Albini remains one THE great guitarists and frontmen. I recommend both this complilation and all their recorded work to those partial to edgy, noisy yet melodic alternative rock.
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this CD should be up there with Never Mind The Bollocks, Clash (s/t) etc. as the ultimate punk records. jordan minnesota and kerosene r two of the finest records i have ever heard, bazooka joe is annoyingly catchy, heartbeat is the anti-love song.
compare em to Shellac, comapare em to Rapeman. ultimate punk, the birth of grunge
set me on fire
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