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listen  1. Scud Attack 3:07Album Only
listen  2. Deadly Obstacle Collage0:18Album Only
listen  3. Damage To The Mask 2:39Album Only
listen  4. Guts Of A Virgin 1:15Album Only
listen  5. Handjob0:10Album Only
listen  6. Portent 4:05Album Only
listen  7. Hostage 2:22Album Only
listen  8. Lathe Of God0:53Album Only
listen  9. Dr. Phibes 3:06Album Only
listen10. Purgatory Of Fiery Vulvas0:24Album Only
listen11. Warhead 1:16Album Only
listen12. Devil's Eye 4:34Album Only
listen13. Tortured Souls 1:53Album Only
listen14. One-eyed Pessary 1:50Album Only
listen15. Trailmarker0:08Album Only
listen16. Blackhole Dub 3:28Album Only
listen17. Buried Secrets 6:13Album Only
listen18. The Ladder0:21Album Only
listen19. Executioner 2:48Album Only
listen20. Black Chamber 2:28Album Only
listen21. Skinned0:53Album Only
listen22. The Toll 7:25Album Only
listen23. Marianne 7:50Album Only


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listen  1. Parish Of Tama - (Ossuary Dub)16:02Album Only
listen  2. Morning Of Balachaturdasi14:35Album Only
listen  3. Pashupatinath13:43Album Only


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listen  1. Pashupatinath - (Ambient)19:56Album Only
listen  2. Parish Of Tama - (Ambient)19:14Album Only


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listen  1. Gandhamadana12:52Album Only
listen  2. Vaidurya 8:32Album Only
listen  3. Satapitaka11:01Album Only
listen  4. Bodkyithangga12:56Album Only
listen  5. Black Bile / Yellow Bile / Blue Bile / Crimson Bile 1:57Album Only

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  • Audio CD (February 17, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1991
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Tzadik
  • ASIN: B000003YUO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,209 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Imagine if a velociraptor somehow was an alto saxophone virtuoso-and was hunting for his next kill!
"bach3c"
I guess that must be something of a collector's item these days but it just makes you appreciate all the more that the original gross-out artwork is included here.
"sweetback"
Just as any one sound seems to be taking over, it is instantly thwarted by another in a very refreshing way.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard K. Weems on September 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Painkiller is John Zorn (saxophone, vocals), Bill Laswell (bass) and Mick Harris (drums, vocals). Without the name, the makeup of the trio sounds more like the recipe for a lounge act, any place the smoke will be thick and people are going to hum along to "Misty," no matter how many times they've already heard it.

Throw in the band's name, though, and you have improvisational thrash tinged with ambient grooves and a boatload of primal screaming, not to mention the occasional lick of dub reggae. The music is full and deep and will toss you around in a matter of seconds (as is the case with "Handjob," "Purgatory of Fiery Vulvas" and "Trailmarker," which altogether total not even a minute's worth of music) or quell you with twenty minutes of oceanic groove (as in "Pashupatinath (Ambient)"). Sometimes, Painkiller gives you both in the same song.

Known in their time mostly through those in the know up in New York City (and by some very lucky crowds in Japan), Painkiller was a three-year effort that started in 1991. They released four recordings: the EPs Guts of a Virgin and Buried Secrets, the two-album Execution Ground and a live recording from Osaka, which graced only select stores in Japan. In continual reverence to John Zorn, their executive producer, the Tzadik label has released all four recordings and a bonus track in a four-disc package amply titled Painkiller: the Complete Studio Recordings 1991-1994 (Tzadik has been rereleasing many of John Zorn's older works, from his first recordings of 1973 to his film scores and a previously unavailable--in America, at least--recording from his band Naked City).

Painkiller was a creation of three icons of underground music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stack VINE VOICE on November 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In the late '80s, John Zorn developed a fascination with hardcore death metal and grindcore. Adding bands like Napalm Death to his endless list of influences. Zorn at some point met Napalm Death drummer Mick Harris, and the two discussed collaborating. The net result of this was Painkiller, with the addition of bassist Bill Laswell.

Describing Painkiller is a bit difficult-- Zorn and Harris' overt grindcore sound blends remarkably well with dub bass courtesy of Laswell-- the band recorded three albums-- "Guts of a Virgin" and "Buried Secrets" and "Execution Ground". All of these along with an ambient remix of "Execution Ground" and a live show are gathered into this boxed set, "Collected Works".

"Guts of a Virgin" and "Buried Secrets" (making up the first disc) follow pretty much the same formula-- the band rails away, loud, heavy, and propolsive-- Laswell finds oddball grooves, Harris pounds relentlessly, and Zorn screeches over the top. The music is exciting, powerful and engaging, but you really have to be in the right frame of mind to hear it because it is relentless in its approach. Sometimes it excels enormously (opener "Scud Attack", frantic "Guts of a Virgin" and "Skinned" or Zorn explosion "Hostage"), sometimes it gets a bit more experimental which is intriguing, particularly on "Buried Secrets"-- tracks like "Blackhole Dub" and "Black Chamber" find Laswell pushing the grooves in somewhat different directions. Guest performances by Justin Broadrick and G.G. Green (both of Godflesh) on a pair of tracks help provide some more intrigue to those pieces-- "Buried Secrets" is a guitar effects workout and "The Toll" is morbid and bleak (and fantastic). The final cut on the disc, "Marianne", is from an album by vocalist Makigami Koichi.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "sweetback" on January 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I bought all the Painkiller CDs (Guts of a Virgin, Buried Secrets, Execution Ground) ON RELEASE. Being a fan of Napalm Death, Scorn, and Naked City, I had to get them! I still marvel at Laswell's bass on 'Guts', it's very unlike what one associates with Laswell. Mick Harris is instantly recognisable but yet different on every recording. And if you like Naked City's 'Torture Garden' as much as I do (i.e., if you are a sick little puppy) you need this! But then Live at Osaka came out, with Execution Ground included I waited, not able to justify all that money for a 3 disc import which I already had 2 discs of. THen this 4 disc set came out, way back when. Late last year I decided I needed those 7 tracks and payed $120 (Australian currency) for this set. I haven't regretted it even though I had all but one track on disc 0, and all of discs 2 & 3. If you love Naked City and Scorn and are thinking about buying some Painkiller, don't do it the hard (expensive) way that old fans like me did, jump in at the deep end and buy this box!
Oh, and I have the original Earache release of 'Guts' with the censored artwork. I guess that must be something of a collector's item these days but it just makes you appreciate all the more that the original gross-out artwork is included here. Packaging is similar to the Naked City 'Black Box' but better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allan MacInnis on July 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a four CD set documenting the complete studio recordings of Painkiller, a trio that featured John Zorn, Bill Laswell, and Mick Harris (of, I believe, the group Napalm Death). It's dark stuff. The material I'd heard from Painkiller initially was the GUTS OF A VIRGIN/ BURIED SECRETS disc, which is quite noisy, with metal-style drumming (reminds me a bit of Black Sabbath in their "oh-god-please-help-me" heyday), noisy, squealing saxes, and a brutal, meaty bass from Laswell. No real hooks, not what one would call "catchy," but not quite chaos, either; it moved forward with a dark purpose unto itself, something unstoppable and ugly that understood itself perfectly. I kinda liked it, but it kinda scared me at the same time... This set includes the EXECUTION GROUND recordings (a bit harder to find); they seem to have more of Bill Laswell's input, judging from the more ambient textures and the Indian song titles... It's still dark, but moodier and somewhat less assaultive. I can clean my apartment to this music joyously. Final disc, LIVE IN OSAKA -- it seems to me that the promise Tzadik makes, that the set comes "with all the original artwork," is misleading, cos there's no picture for this disc, and I HAVE seen a live Painkiller disc out there -- I assume this one -- that DID have cover art -- a naked woman spitting in a bound man's mouth, in some sort of S and M transaction. As for the music, though, Eye of the Boredoms makes a guest appearance, and that's enough for me. It's a great set. Not for the squeamish, note -- the cover art that IS included runs in the direction of atrocity photographs, is VERY disturbing. Be warned.
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