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  • Audio CD
  • Label: Atlantic / Wea
  • ASIN: B00008EQ71
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This CD is an out of print collectible! It is the original 1990 Virgin release. Catalog 2-91395. There is a hole punch through the UPC and booklet.

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This is an incredible album, had it went if first came out now revisiting.
A. Craft Abbotts
Both are great CD's and I am sure that these great recording will stand the test of time.
TFR
Bob Mould's "Black Sheets Of Rain" is one of the best recordings I've ever heard.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This isn't so much a review as a story - I loaned my copy of this cd to a co-worker, a very optimistic and sunny type (on the back of a tape that I actually thought he'd be interested in), and told him that when I really got depressed I'd put this on full volume and blast all the ugliness out of my head. He returned the tape, and told me he kinda liked the other side, but regarding Black Sheets of Rain he looked at me with a worried expression and said "I never get that depressed". That may tell you whether you want to buy this.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Funny, I don't feel 40! on April 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If depression could play a '66 Strat [constantly on the verge of feeding back], it would sound just like this. Easily the darkest of his solo efforts, this album lacks for no high energy hooky material or throw myself off something high angst. Best played at 11 when the wife is at her sister's for the weekend. A keeper until your kids ask you why.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TFR VINE VOICE on November 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
To listen to "Black Sheets of Rain" you need a good set of ears. Then, you have to crank your stereo up to high volume. Anything less, and you won't get it.
I would imagine that this CD is probably a high point in Bob Mould's career. This is powerful stuff. A great songwriter and technically proficient guitarist, Mould's lryics are sometimes apocalyptical and thought-provoking:
So don't send me invitations to your big parade
Place of residence unknown
In my eyes there is no confidence
There is no calm before the storm
I agree: Anton Fier's drumming really makes "Sacrafice (Let There Be Peace)" take on a life of its own - because it's not straight 4/4 time - The rythm really drives.
"Black Sheets" and "Workbook" are really companion pieces. Both are great CD's and I am sure that these great recording will stand the test of time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mwreview on May 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Black Sheets of Rain is my favorite Bob Mould solo album. It is the darkest and heaviest album of his brilliant repertoire. Lyrically, it consists of the typical Bob Mould cynicism but also sports many environmental references. Musically, it is the hardest rock Mould has ever put out and, judging from his recent musical direction, will probably remain so. The first six tracks are the best. Definitely five-star material. The title track, "Stand Guard", "One Good Reason" and "Stop Your Crying" are some of the best songs Mould has ever recorded. His music significantly matured since the Husker Du days. "It's Too Late" was the single from Black Sheets. It is a nice song without being overly commercial, however, it gave no indication to the radio listener or MTV viewer how powerful most of the album is. Unfortunately, things get rather mundane with the next four tracks. Lyrically and musically the edge is softened almost to jelly. "Out of Your Life" is the best example. On the same album where a listener experiences the darkness of "Hanging Tree" one hears the singy verse "If you want me out of your life now all you gotta do is tell me". The listener is saved at the end, though, with perhaps Mould's most powerful number "Sacrifice/Let There Be Peace". It is the screaming last track like the one found on Workbook ("Whichever Way the Wind Blows") only this one is much more effective. There is not just seemingly pointless yelling, but brilliant direction with powerful lyrics: "When words become weapons there'll be peace in the valley of death."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on October 1, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Bob Mould's first solo release, "Workbook," defined Mould as an intelligent, complex songwriter and musician. "Black Sheets of Rain," while fiercer and more electric guitar-driven than the folk-oriented "Workbook," is no less intelligent - stylistically and lyrically. Mould manages to capture his trademark reflectiveness and still tear the house down with quality heavy punk and rock and roll. Mould, in my book, is the thinking person's guitar god with vision: brains with brashness, depth with D chords, soul with the sound and fury of pure rock and roll. Amen!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By woody123@gtw.net on January 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Bob Mould's music spans many categories and often within one album. But this one is pure distortion at its best. "Hanging Tree" is among my all-time favorite songs, and many others on here, such as "Stop Your Crying" and "Stand Guard" are amazing as well. I've seen many of these songs done both electric and acoustic, and while both have their qualities, these songs deserve the distortion treatment. Buy this cd - you won't regret it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rick Boland on November 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
First off, Anton Fier's drumming, especially on "Sacrafice (Let There Be Peace)" is absolutely ferocious. Truly amazing. Must have been a sight to see.
To be honest, this is one of my favorite albums of all time. That, and "Workbook" are too good to pass by. Husker Du was okay, but technically, this stuff is lots better. The stuff Bob did with Sugar was technically better, but "Black Sheets" and "Workbook" will hold up over time much better than "Copper Blue" and "File Under..."
This is a cult-level CD, yet it surpasses classic cult stuff, like classic LPs by the 13th Floor Elevators, Chocolate Watch Band, Music Machine, MC-5.
"Black Sheets of Rain" is a masterpeice.
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