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Editorial Reviews


1. Easy As It Was
2. Now A Limo
3. Grinding Process
4. #2 Pencil
5. At A Crawl
6. Disinvite
7. Snake Appeal
8. Show Off Your Red Hands
9. Over From Underground
10. Crayfish
11. Easy As It Was
12. Now A Limo
13. Griding Process
14. At A Crawl
15. Disinvite
16. Snake Appeal
17. Set Me Straight
18. Show Off Your Red Hands
19. #2 Pencil
20. Grinding Process
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1986
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ipecac Recordings
  • ASIN: B00008A7SJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "drumb" on March 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
10 Songs is where it all began. The very first CD by the original purveyors of sludge, a re-release of this out of print gem has been long overdue, but luckily for us, fellow visionary Mike Patton has finally provided the almighty Melvins with a suitable home to begin digging through their back catalogue. Considering it was recorded all the way back in 1986 to a standard 2 track analog recorder, no mixing involved, 10 Songs has dated incredibly well. The CD sounds as formidably loud and dauntingly heavy as it did the day it was released, a messy collage of punk ferocity and metallic dirges that feels like it was spawned on another planet. Still unlike anything on today's music scene, or even anything preceding today's music scene, this single EP introduced the idea that slower could be heavier, countering the accepted punk rock philosophies of speed-core and establishing a brand new genre of music. Cranking the volume up, slowing the tempos down, and converting the vocals to a guttural drone, 10 Songs went against the grain in every way, giving a stiff middle finger to the Punk Rock status quo, and even after all these years, it's still obvious that The Melvins couldn't have been more right. Case in point, the earlier demos (tracks 20-25) which hint at a far more punky Melvins ensemble easily pale in comparison to the atmospheric bludgeoning of the songs final renditions. Furthermore, brilliant moments like the powerhouse drumming of "At a Crawl" or the disorienting chaos of "Show of Your Red Hands" instantly certify the validity of The Melvins musical crusade regardless of what sounds came before it.
While the actual album is certainly the real highlight here, the new demos and outtakes featured on 26 songs are a nice addition.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chinaski on September 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
...to the heaviest band the world has ever seen. You can keep your po-faced black metal pussy music and bland death metal. The Melvins create some of the most dense, weighty sludge your ears will ever be at the mercy of. 'Grinding Process' and 'Over From The Underground' are worth the asking price alone. Dale Crover, god love him, is an absolute power-house and always manages to keep up with Buzzo's, at times, downright confusing fretwork. Get a hefty stereo, turn the treble down and the bass up, and get lit. It kinda feels like being underwater, just before the pressure squashes you flat. And I like being squashed flat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heath Holcomb on April 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The 10 Songs album has been one of my favorite Melvins recordings for a long time. It contains some very good versions of the Gluey Porch Treatments songs as well as some real gems like Snake Appeal and Grinding Process. It also gives the listener a good idea of how huge and dense the Melvins live sound really is. This album was recorded live to 2 track, but these 3 guys still manage to sound like at least 5 people.
The original 10 Songs album is the main attraction, but the bonus material has some great moments as well. The last version of Grinding Process is extremely cool in a punk kind of way and the other alternate takes have some good alternate rhythms and guitar parts. The version of Set Me Straight is much better than the one on Houdini. All in all, it's a fantastic album for anybody that likes the early Melvins sound.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Loring Winter on December 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the most degenerate and blasphemus albums I've ever heard. It'll be two minutes of sub-audible distortion, then one little wanky metal riff that ends before it would logically make sense to. Only for experimental music fans. Great music to listen to during the "walk of shame" when you've done something really stupid while drunk the night before. Five stars, no brainer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MIKE TOWSLEY on March 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Melvins - 26 Songs is a re-release of the 1986 freshmen release from the great not yet late MELVINS! Also included are 16 demos and unreleased tracks including a nice demo of "set me straight". Most of the demos are in fact demos of the aforemetioned "10 songs", but there are a few never before heard anthems of grind. A must have for those unable to find the elusive 10 songs original release, otherwise you would probably have to be a hardcore Melvins fan (like me) to enjoy this one. I still cant believe how long I have been listening to this band. Here's to longevity!
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First time I'm hearing this twenty-six song compilation CD of the Melvin's early work - originally done in 1986. Released at first, as a ten track disc, but now put out again + sixteen more songs, most of are alternate edits. Cuts I got the most out of were "Easy As It Was", "No A Limo", the rocking "Snake Appeal" and "Show Off Your Hot Hands". Maybe not for every Melvins fan, but the old followers should (obviously) get more from '26 Songs' than the casual patron.
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