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For the Whole World to See

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Death were a black power trio from Detroit who released a single in 1975 and pretty much disappeared after that. Inspired by the raw Rock 'N' Roll of the Stooges and MC5, the three brothers moved away from their Funk/R&B roots into a new realm.... for the Whole World to See features the two songs from the single ('Keep on Knocking' and 'Politicians in My Eyes') and five other tracks. Drag City. 2009.

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  • Audio CD (February 17, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B001NY71F4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Broze on March 6, 2009
Format: Audio CD
So of course lots of reviews are going to compare this band to early Bad Brains. Besides the fact that they are all African-American, I don't think that is completely accurate. It's not proto-hardcore here...it's more proto-punk and more on, just straight, brutal Detroit punk rock here.

Songs 6 & 7 feature some of the same vocal peculiarities that the Bad Brains had but this is still 16th note, closed hi-hat punk rock and NOT hardcore ala Middle Class, Discharge, Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Die Kreuzen, etc.

These 1975 sessions were cut at the same time the Ramones were cutting their demos in NYC. Totally mindblowing, fast punk here. Hard to believe it was recorded in '75.

If you like Ramones, Johnny Thunders, Dead Boys, Mitch Ryder, Stooges, MC5's 2nd LP, Chuck Berry, Bad Brains' "Black Dots," and a million more things. These 7 songs coming out of the blue like this are truly one of the most historic discoveries of the punk / psych / post-punk / KBD -era to have ever been found.

YOU HAVE TO HEAR THIS TO BELIEVE IT. BUY NOW!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ryan_H_DC on March 22, 2009
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Wow this is a GREAT album. If someone played this for me w/o knowing anything about the band, I would say this is just awesome, really old school sounding punk that sounds way BETTER then MC5/STOOGES and would give it a very, very solid 4.5/5. The history behind how this album came to be released and me being a punk fan puts this into a very solid 5. Every track is good, most being great, 3 being into my favorite off all time rotation. I'll let you listen to this and form your own opinion and wont break them down individually. With the amount of crap coming out today you NEED to pick this up and give it some serious rotation, it will put a smile on your face.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. B. Manges on March 18, 2009
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There are rare moments in listening to music when one hears something that is far beyond expectation, when the chords rip or slip through flesh and strike the bone and resonate. The first notes of The Trinity Sessions, for example, or the throbbing bass on Folsom Prison Blues. Add this recording to my list of striking musical discoveries. The first time I listened to Death's "Politicians In My Eyes" I was floored--magnificent, a friend called it. Remarkable. Stunning. Epic. I downloaded the record, listened to it again, and found myself teary-eyed. The weird thing is, I don't know why. It's not somber music. I'm not even sad--just moved. Death my be "proto-punk" but it somehow manages to transcend the genre from the vanguard. It makes no sense that this band wasn't huge. It's our loss that they weren't, but it's our great fortune that we can turn back to them now.

Buy it quickly, then tell a friend.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Read on August 16, 2013
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Please allow me to pile on with some effusive praise of my own of this seven-song gem of an album. Holy cow. So many things to address, and "punk rock" is only one of them. If you have not seen the recent documentary about this band, I recommend it--there is a line there when one of the surviving members of the band describes the time when The Who came to play a concert that their direction as a band changed--leading, I think, to the music that is thankfully recorded here. I've been a Who fan for some 30+ years, and I've always heard it said that The Who influenced punk rock, and I've always agreed with that, somewhat vaguely, as an abstract idea. But on this Death record, you can HEAR it. These guys were listening to a lot of Who records!

But that's not all they were listening to, and I'm convinced that this band was way more than the sum of its influences. They synthesized something fresh here, while not being ashamed to wear their influences on their sleeves. The ghost of Townshend is present on nearly every track, but Hendrix (as just one example) comes out on "You're a Prisoner," a song that also features time changes, prog-rock parts, and some thundering riff parts that evoke 80's thrash and post-punk.

My favorite song here might be "Let the World Turn," which starts out as something that could have been on The Who's Tommy, has a fast catchy punk song right in the middle, then transitions into these amazing Rush-like prog riffs, then a super-fast drum solo, then back to seeme-feelme land, before finishing up with the blazing prog-punk part. The ambition of it, and all in just under 6:00! I can't find a single flaw in the execution so far. They must have just practiced and practiced these tunes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. K. Buff on March 17, 2010
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Just heard this band on NPR this morning. Great story, great band, great music. With a more pallatable name, this band would've been well known since the 70's. Very unfortunate, but at least we have this great music now.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Seybold on June 29, 2009
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Stunning proto-punk time capsule from 1975. Unbelievable this never got released before.

You'd swear the Clash stole from these guys. They should've been playing in London with the Ramones in 1976. They were already more developed artistically then the Ramones ever were (brilliant though they were).

They're no one-trick pony either, the guitar solos are excellent, the rhythm section is what you'd expect from a Detroit band in the 60's/70's. They sound the logical successors to the MC5/Stooges/Alice Cooper Detroit scene, with an edge that no one had ever heard anywhere in 1975.
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