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Bad Brains [Explicit Lyrics, Original recording reissued]

Bad BrainsAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Don't Need It [Explicit] 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (March 19, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1982
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Roir
  • ASIN: B000001Q3T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,314 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"The Best Hardcore/Punk Album Of All Time." -- Adam Yauch- Beastie Boys

"They've actually taken a genre, shaken it and reshaped it, totally and finally. 5 STARS." -- Sounds UK

"You say you want hardcore? I say the Brains'll give you hardcore coming straight up the ***." -- Greg Tate- Village Voice

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Hardcore April 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
From lunatic speed/thrash/metal/punk hardcore to low-tempo reggae, this album is a frenzied mix of two styles with more hits than misses. You won't get any faster riffs than 'Don't need it' or 'Sailin on' & the drumming is just insane. Lyrics are sung so fast as to be indecipherable and are more like sonic accompaniment than lead vocals. All sneers, yelps and high-pitched wailing sung like a machine gun at breakneck speed. But what really sets this album apart is the musicianship on display. Every crazed lick seems deliberately placed and there are some truly awesome slower numbers like 'The Regulator' which are almost traditional classic rock. The reggae songs make a welcome change of pace & give you a chance to catch your breath before the next maniacal crescendo of sound assaults your ears. Great album. Lots of fun, energy and old-school oomph!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardest of the Hard August 30, 2004
By pancho
Format:Audio CD
Before I bought this record, I had read about Bad Brains and thought I knew what they were all about. Nothing, however, could prepare me for the brutal reality of this monumental album. Shivers ran up my spine, my gut twisted in knots, and all I could do was sit there until it was over. A stunning lesson on the power of experience.
What makes these four men and their music great? They absolutely defy convention, like the Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin and the Sex Pistols before them. A group of rastafarians from D.C. influenced by white boys from Britain and a little place called Queens? Crazy fast and loud songs interspersed with reggae segues? Their eclectic mix of influences and unconventional messages work because they really believe in what they say and do. Their timing and placement of songs on the record are also flawless, keeping constant tension on the listener and always delivering.
I am a big fan of HR's lyrics, which mix the political fire of the Clash with the spiritual and emancipation facets of the gemstone that is Bob Marley. Occasionally at odds with the words, the music simply did not belong in the pop culture environment of the early 80's. This pleases me, because the less people that like a band, the more personal they seem to their fans. I'm not saying any further expansion of the Brains' fan base is prohibited, but anyone without a real appreciation of music need not apply. No complaining about unpolished prodution, either, because that does not matter one iota if the music has real feeling.
What else can be said of the band that birthed hardcore? They are the most intense musicians you are ever likely to hear in this lifetime, unless there is a revolution in the recording industry.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Signature punk album October 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album is a rollercoaster. The fastest punk/hardcore songs (i.e.: "sailin' on" , "don't need it", "banned in d.c.", etc) are the steep downhill drops. The few calm reggae masterpieces are the slow, steady uphill climbing sections before you reached the top and go whirling dowhill again. All of this album is enchanting. The only thing a first listener must get used to is the at-times-high-pitched voice of H.R., which as you listen to the music more you learn to love. The power cord usage and solos of guitarist Dr. Know prove his talent. This musicianship equally matches the throbbing basslines and intense drumming of Darryl and Earl. If you respect the best of the best music, the truest hardcore punk, listen to this Bad Brains work and you'll be hooked. Every second of this roller coaster is well worth one's time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album by the Master Blasters April 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Make no mistake, if you have never heard Bad Brains before, they are not for everyone. At times they can make bands like Black Flag sound like Destiny's Child, and this album will just plain kick your teeth in. The first thing that will grab you is Dr. Know's whirlwind guitar that carries you through their barrage of speed and thrash, but it's all held together by a terrific rhythm section. Bad Brains were influenced by reggae from the very start and it shows on their albums, there are a couple of reggae tunes. If you like it hardcore and haven't heard them yet, start with this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Hardcore Album Ever!!! August 23, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Make no mistake: BAD BRAINS INVENTED HARDCORE. I'm serious -- even Minor Threat was a regular old punk band until they heard these guys play. Bad Brains got together as a jazz group in the late 70s, but they gradually turned into the founding fathers of high-speed mayhem, and this album says it all. Nearly every song is a hardcore standard, and nearly every riff has been stolen by a less talented band. Not only that, but they're possibly the only *positive* hardcore band out there -- none of the "you stabbed me in the back" lyrics that you hear WAY too much in N.Y.H.C.
Is this the best BB album? Lots of people argue about it. Black Dots sounds rawer, Rock for Light has more reggae songs, The Youth Are Getting Restless is a great live album, and I Against I (and the older Omega Sessions) has a more unique rock sound. Personally, I think that this album (Bad Brains) is their tightest group of hardcore songs, but the best way to settle the argument for yourself is to buy ALL of the albums I just mentioned. When you're done listening to them, I think you'll agree that this one band, especially this one album, set the standard for all loud-fast rock groups.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best BadBrains has to offer. Must have for any collection.
Published 2 months ago by Luis E Rordiguez
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent hardcore album on its own merits
People seem to remember the Bad Brains more for their skin color (and their homophobia) than their music, and that's a shame. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Yeravam Hoshama
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back...
I don't know what took me so long to get this back into my collection again! One of THE best punk albums of all time.
Published 3 months ago by Robin E.
1.0 out of 5 stars $&@".,?!
i bought this record for my boyfriend for valentines day he was so excited but when he opened it was warped idk if something melted it but it was warped!!! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Christan
5.0 out of 5 stars it's rare that I love every song on an album
This album is probably the greatest album by Bad Brains. I'd recommend getting the vinyl version. The vinyl comes with a free mp3 download option from their website (not sure if... Read more
Published 6 months ago by emerson o evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Best way to cum
I totally love this one! keep rockin the f out on here. and sail on!!!! and don't forget to pay to c..!!!!
Published 7 months ago by Robert A. Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Just think about it.
Listen to this, which is awesome. And then just think for a second how much even more awesome it would be for there to be a band if it were GOOD Brains.
Published 9 months ago by Kirk Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars The brain is bad....ass
Great album. Rawer versions of a lot of the stuff on Rock for light. Bad Brains sounds like no one else. Should be in every collection.
Published 9 months ago by RoSchJr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Got this as a gift for my boyfriend. He loved it. The music is great and hardcore by one of the firs black hardcore bands. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Daniel E. Cureton
4.0 out of 5 stars Rasta punk revolution!
This album is one of the best punk albums ever!
H.R.'s vocals are amazing, from punk snarl to laidback raggea wail,
He has it covered. Read more
Published 17 months ago by WAYA
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