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Echoes of the Past


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Oregon's Dead Moon have been churning out their own indescribable brand of rock and roll for nearly twenty years now and they've yet to slow down. They're the model of DIY self-sufficiency, having recorded almost all their output themselves, released much of it on their own label (Tombstone Records), and even cut their own masters. This is the best of Dead Moon as compiled by rock and roll legend and survivor Fred Cole.

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What does Dead Moon sound like?..forty fucking years of rock 'n' roll, condensed and detonated by three people who have lived through it all. - (Josh Lane) -- Razorcake

Disc: 1
1. Graveyard
2. Evil Eye
3. I Hate The Blues
4. Dead Moon Night
5. My Escape
6. A Miss Of You
7. Walking On My Grave
8. Johnny's Got A Gun
9. I'm Out Nine
10. Kicked Out - Kicked In
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Black September
2. Poor Born
3. Cast Will Change
4. Running Out Of Time
5. Psychodelic Nightmare
6. Area 51
7. Somewhere Far Away
8. Diamonds In The Rough
9. Going South
10. I Won't Be The One
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 12, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B000GYHY6I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Clambeard on September 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent introduction to America's most overlooked rock and roll band. Dead Moon is the real deal, playing unadulterated old-fashioned no frills rock and roll. Fred Cole, guitarist, singer & songwriter, opted out of the baloney of the music biz in the late 60's, forsaking the potential to be a big rock star. Instead, he did it himself. Dead Moon embodies the DIY ethic. Fred even creates his own master vinyl, using the record lathe he bought from the Kingsmen. The record lathe used to make "Louie Louie".

Fred might be the only artist featured in the Nuggets box set who is still making garage rock. He was the singer in the Lollipop Shoppe (name created by record company) and their tune "You Must Be A Witch" is still performed by Dead Moon.

But that is all background and would mean little if the music wasn't real. But it is. Whether the subject is drugs & paranoia (Room 213), the struggles and rewards of fidelity (I Won't Be the One Who Walks Away), or the life of an outsider (Poor Born), Fred brings authentic emotion to his words and both he and Toody, his wife of many years and the bass player, sing with conviction.

Dead Moon may be an acquired taste for those who have been raised on studio perfection. This is RAW. Not the fake raw of so many corporate rock bands, but the real rawness of genuine emotion and rock and roll power. Is real rock perfect? Hell no! Dead Moon gives it to you like it is, warts and all.

Buy this album, and learn the songs. Most importantly, go see Dead Moon live. Every night, some band, somewhere, is the best band in the world. When Dead Moon is playing, they are that band. If they don't come to your town, go to where they are.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TimothyFarrell22 on December 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Dead Moon is just about as raw and direct as rock 'n' roll can get. Fred and Toody Cole formed the band when they were both forty and stopped the project at age sixty. Don't let the age throw you off. Both of them have seen it all, from garage to psychedelica to punk, and manage to rock out far more than most bands half their age. They had convictions and refused to be taken advantage of by the greedy music industry, recording all their own records and releasing them on their own accords. While this is certainly commendable, it can make their music difficult to find. Fortunately, Sub Pop stepped in and released this double disc compilation of the band. And honestly, while many bands, even great ones, can grow monochrome if listened to for an extended period of time, "Echoes of the Past" can be played from beginning to end without becoming boring. The lyrics are fiery and impassioned, displaying an intelligence and conscience often lacking from garage punk bands (one of my favorite genres, don't get me wrong). The music itself is raw, yet proves love of creating music easily trumps any technical ability. What Dead Moon lacks in polish, they make up for in passion. If you like your music shallow and full of gloss, avoid this band. However, if you love gritty yet real rock 'n' roll made by clearly dedicated folks, get this compilation and also see the documentary "Unknown Passage: The Dead Moon Story". Few bands could be called positively life-changing and Dead Moon is one of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Danny Champagne on September 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
if you are a fan of garage rock, early rock n roll or early punk rock, you'll probably enjoy this. great stuff for fans of the sonics, the exploding hearts, the oblivians, billy childish, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Thornton on February 4, 2009
Format: Audio CD
In this compilation 2 disk set there are many of the Dead Moon hits and lesser known jems. Since it is hard to find many of the original albums this is the nest best thing. Dead moon has influenced many rock bands with its rootsy take on the grunge genre. Songs like DOA, Kicked Out-Kicked In,and Walking on My Grave have tremendously catchy riffs and hooks that will leave you wanting more. Hardly a song here that won't beg to be listened to. One of my favorite bands and collections
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