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First Daze Here: Vintage Collection [Original recording remastered]

PentagramAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 19, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Relapse
  • ASIN: B00005UO69
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Forever My Queen
2. When The Screams Come
3. Walk In The Blue Light
4. Starlady
5. Lazylady
6. Review Your Choices
7. Hurricane
8. Livin' In A Ram's Head
9. Earth Flight
10. 20 Buck Spin
11. Be Forewarned
12. Last Days Here

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pentagram: the best of the early daze! February 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Not too many people about Pentagram's 70s roots but they were the best Maryland/DC band of the period. This lineup almost hit the big time twice (possible deals with Columbia and Casablanca were struck but never went anywhere)) but never recorded a full album. Until now the only way to hear these incredible songs was to know people who know the band. Most of these songs were released on the two 72-79" comps on Peace records but "last daze" (which recalls a Stones/Stooges ballad) is totally new. Other great moments: "walk in the blue light", "star lady" (which KISS wanted to record!), "earth flight", "hurricane" and others that sound like Sabbath meets Blue Cheer meets BOC. The only drawback is the annoying remixing of "be forwarned" and "lazy lady" but if you haven't heard the original versions then you won't mind these. Other great moments from these sessions not included here: "wheel of fortune", "smokescreen", "much too young to know", "teaser", the original version of "run my course" and their cover of "under my thumb".
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Track Is Classic! February 21, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is an exceptional vintage style album. Concurrent with Sabbath (1970-1975), this band was way ahead of the curve. They even beat Van Halen to the punch on some of these songs. Every song is classic. Well-written well-composed, soulful, sorrowful, sardonic, sad, powerful, pissed, proud. Vocals like the Stooges, songs like Rainbow and Sabbath and Deep Purple. All the highs and Low low low's of a seasoned doom band. Lyrics about love, vixens, depression, dying, psychadelia, the horned bad-guy below, and the man upstairs, too. Purportedly, this band's deal with the devil got hung up in the contracts department. It's so puzzling that they never made it big. My favorite album release of 2002, and that's across a host of genres. Best songs are "Starlady" and "Last Dayz," but you will love every song.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different perspective April 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The original version of Pentagram was an amazing band. I grew up with these guys and shot the photographs that were used for this disc. The first version of Pentagram had it all - Geof's powerhouse drumming, Vincent's amazing lead playing (work that was every bit the equal of German Wonderboy Michael Scheneker.) Greg's solid keep-it-steady bass and Bobby's disturbing view of the world. Randy and Marty filled in as second guitars in two different phases of the band plus Randy wrote the amazing "Star Lady." They came so close to hitting it big - twice! This disc contains some great songs and hopefully more Pentagram jewels will see the light of day. In the meantime, Geof, Randy and Mike Matthews are proceeding with the Bedemon project and will record new material later this month. ( Bedemon is a side project of Pentagram formed by Randy that featured Geof on drums and guitars, Bobby on vocals and Mike on bass - that material was bootlegged and circulated for quite a while) ...Pentagram was formed by Geof and Bobby - for many years the world only knew of Pentagram as an eighties to ninties metal band. The first version of the band was incredibly talented - Awesome playing and songwriting. The mix have been cleaned up and the songs sound ten-thousand percent better than the bootlegged cassette to CD "releases." This is the real thing - the first "real" Pentagram disc from the original band. If you love early metal - this is a must have disc.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By D. Cole
Format:Audio CD
Pentagram is one of those obscure bands that you will probably never hear about on a mainstream level. This band's cds, particularly the two compilations: "First Daze Here," and "First Daze Here Two," probably can't and won't be found at your local Best Buy or Tower Records. You'll probably have to go to your local independent record store like I did (Bionic Records in Fullerton) and purchase the album from a guy who is addicted to ganja and the 4 foot long bong hidden somewhere in his closet. But once you do purchase these two early years comps., you'll be glad you did. You will feel like you stumbled onto an obscure band that you can introduce all of your geezar friends, uncles, older cousins, and even your father (and other balding, or grey-haired middle-aged men who grew up listening to early "heavy" bands like Steppenwolf, The Hendrix Experience, Mountain, Blue Cheer, the mighty Black Sabbath, UFO, Budgie, early Scorpions [Michael Schenker and Uli Jon Roth-era], and The Stooges)to, as well as some of your cohorts who are disciples of the aforementioned early heavy/stoner rock bands. And all of these people shall be quite impressed.

The best way to sum up the sound of Pentagram is--think along the lines of the music of Ozzy-era Sabbath meets the vocal sound of Ian Gillian. Please don't incorporate the Ian Gillian-era Sabbath reference here as that was a completely different sounding era. The guitarist, Vincent McAllister sounds like a direct apprentice of Tony Iommi, riffs, vibrato, solos and all--and what are the odds, he played a Gibson SG during this period? I wouldn't be surprised if he was using a Laney amp with a Big Muff distortion either! Plus, the lyrics are humorous and very much directed towards men.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars classic
classic early 70s metal different than later pentagram but it is still good music
Published 1 month ago by jon equels
5.0 out of 5 stars Walk in the Blue Light
This is stoner metal at its best. This is an example of true metal. The Sabbath you need to find. I saw the movie about this guy. Rock n Rebel!!!!
Published 7 months ago by Robert A. Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars vinyl?
this was a great gift for a friends birthday. only real music fans can truly appreciate the wonder that is a vinyl record
Published 13 months ago by COMBATICUS
5.0 out of 5 stars Pentagram's Early Masterpieces
Incredible music from one of the most underrated bands of all time. Fantastic earthly hard rock in its finest format. A must own
Published 14 months ago by Von Ricketson
4.0 out of 5 stars Old? Heavy? Ahhhh....Jusssssst right
Old, heavy. After watching crazy documentary of similar title a couple months back, I bought.this instead of the new Sabbath when I wanted my 70s doom metal fix. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Leigh B. Fountain
5.0 out of 5 stars How had I not heard this until now??
As an eternal classic rock and metal fan, I feel robbed that these guys were not part of my dad's vinyl collection. Read more
Published 16 months ago by hellcatchichi
5.0 out of 5 stars great
great albun i like it very much.this is just great great great great great great greatgreat great great great great
Published 18 months ago by Tommil
5.0 out of 5 stars DINOSAUR ROCK GUITAR!
it wasn't until I saw the movie Last Days Here that I got hip to these guys. If I heard of them before I surely do not remember. How I missed them I don't know. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Baddstuff
4.0 out of 5 stars First Daze
Great album. I cant beleive i grew up listening to metal and never heard of them before. Blue Cheer meets Black Sabbath
Published on September 11, 2012 by hyena butter
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping
If you dont like this album theres somthing wrong with your life. Great collection of jams... Hail Satan and Pentagram...
Published on March 6, 2012 by Googs M4L
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