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Avengers

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Avengers is an eponymous two-CD set collecting the long-unavailable Pink Album -- the official long-playing studio release by this seminal San Francisco punk band -- along with outtakes, rehearsal tapes, and live recordings, with liner notes from eminent author and music journalist Greil Marcus.

The Avengers were one of the first and most influential female-fronted punk bands in the US. In two short years, June of 1977 to June of 1979, singer Penelope Houston led The Avengers in just over 100 performances, from the Mabuhay and the Masque to supporting the Sex Pistols at Winterland (that group's legendary final show). They headlined shows with X, the Go-Go's, and the Dead Kennedys. During their brief existence, The Avengers released the We Are The One 7'' on Dangerhouse Records and the four-song 12'' EP on White Noise. In 1983, drummer Danny Furious and bassist Jimmy Wilsey gathered together these and other studio recordings for the full length self-titled LP -- the infamous Pink Album -- which would soon become the band's essential release. Out of print for decades, Avengers has been the lost artifact of the first wave of American punk.

New generations of music fans continue to discover The Avengers, and this never-ending demand has spawned countless bootlegs and two official collections of alternate material. As long-time fans wear out their original LPs and new fans scour the Internet for dubious downloads, the question arises again and again; ''When will the Pink Album be officially re-released?'' After literally years of effort the band has succeeded in making this release possible.

Disc 1 contains the original tracks and track order from the 1983 LP.

Disc 2 has the two bonus cuts that first appeared on cassette and CD versions of the Pink Album along with live recordings, rehearsal tapes, and studio demos. This set presents twenty-seven different songs and unique versions of four songs -- including alternate vocal mixes of Uh-Oh and The American In Me from the long out-of-print White Noise EP.

Besides this 31 track two-CD set on Water Records the album is also available as a 14 track LP on the 4 Men With Beards label.

Review

The American In Me was a torn flag flown by the Avengers... the best punk band in San Francisco, in moments the best in the country -- and what they were claiming was the country itself: the country that the Avengers' songs said didn't want them, didn't recognize them, didn't hear them, wouldn't listen. --Greil Marcus

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 29, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Water
  • ASIN: B001R6EQX8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,472 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. B. on March 14, 2009
Format: Audio CD
A ground-breaking, seminal punk rock recording. Great songs and melodies, passion, playing. A must have for original era punk rock fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Duby Collins on June 28, 2013
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Finally the Avengers material is on CD! I always regretted selling my vinyl, and at last, I'm reunited with Penelope Houston. This was the golden age of music and it will make you wistful for the olden days of punk.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mflick35 on January 30, 2013
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If you know the record and the band you know what this record means. I had a copy of the LP on cassette that I played or years. One of my favorite albums of all time. The bons disc is fllled with some great b sides. Get it now.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J P Balfe on December 4, 2012
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Assembled by the band with previously unreleased performances and studio outtakes. Passion, great precision, one of the very best bands when they burst on the SF scene. Must have, and not just for archival reasons.
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