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How Could Hell Be Any Worse? Original recording remastered

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. We're Only Gonna Die
  2. Latch Key Kids
  3. Part III
  4. Faith in God
  5. Fuck Armageddon, This is Hell
  6. Pity
  7. In the Night
  8. Damned to be Free
  9. White Trash (2nd Generation)
  10. American Dream
  11. Eat Your Dog
  12. Voice of God is Government
  13. Oligarchy
  14. Doing Time
  15. Bad Religion
  16. Politics
  17. Sensory Overload
  18. Slaves
  19. Drastic Actions
  20. World War III

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 6, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • ASIN: B0001JXP7U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I've owned vinyl copies of How Could Hell and the debut EP since the early 80s. To this day, the debut EP is still my favorite Bad Religion record. Back when I was discovering the joy of replacing my old worn out vinyl with CD re-releases, they released "80-85" which contained How Could Hell, the first EP, the Back To The Known EP, and some compilation tracks. When I listened to that CD for the first time, I was sorely disappointed to discover that the original EP sounded very different from my own recollection. It sounded like they may have started out as the same tracks I remembered, but had then been edited and altered with alternate takes, overdubs, a remix, and other such shenanigans. I found out about this new release, which is more or less a re-master of the 80-85 CD. I hoped that now finally I'd have the original versions of the first EP tracks on CD, but to no avail... this is the same stuff from the 80-85 CD. Damn it. Why not use the originals? I hate to say it, but I'm betting the old original master tapes have been lost forever.

[EDIT 1/11/13: After all these years, I finally found out what the deal is: the debut EP was originally released as a 7 inch, then about two or three years later it was remixed and re-released as a 12 inch. Thinking back, I remember listening to and looking at the jacket of the 7 inch... but it wasn't mine, it belonged to a friend. I probably listened to his copy and loved it and then bought the 12 inch. Back then, I guess I never noticed a difference. Obviously they chose to put the original 7 inch version on the CD. Hard to blame them, I suppose. However- I may be biased, but it's only logical that the remix was an improvement over the original... otherwise what's the point?
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First off: While "How Can Hell" has never been out of print (see "80-85") it is great to have it back with its original title & cover. This is one of my favorite US hardcore LPs. NOW- why can't we see a CD re release of their second LP "Into the Unknown"? Sure, at the time, fans hated it and dismissed it as a "sell out" (which was typical of punk bands in the early 80s- look at the Red Rockers and TSOL). And, yes, this heavy new wave arena rock (for want of a better discription) sounds nothing like the rest of the BR catalog before or since. But, that-was-then-this-is-now: why not let the current generation of BR fans hear it and make up their own minds. As an owner of one of the original vinyl pressings I can say "Unknown" has gotten better with age and features some of their best stuff: "Billy Gnosis", "million days", "wild goose" and "it's only over when you give up".
As of this writing there's a guy on Ebay letting his "Unknown" LP go for $165 starting bid! I've seen it on Ebay for as much as $300! (Not to mention several bootleg CD-Rs of this album.) Not to deminish the greatness of "Suffer" or "Generator" but Gregg & Co. should be convinced to let their current audience decide- at least with a "limmited edition" CD of "Into the Unknown". (At the time of "Unknown's" 1983 release BR contributed two great "unplugged" tracks to the "Sound of Hollywood" comp: "waiting for the fire" and "everyday". Those would make great bonus tracks.) 21 years later it's time for Bad Religion to STOP apologising for this record- not to mention, STOP the self-censorship!
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Into the Unknown would have been nice here as well, but I'll just review the compilation that there is here. Each song blows me away, with catchy hooks, stabby claws, and Greg Graffin's voice delivers perfectly, while Brett, Jay Bentley, Pete Finestone and Jay Ziskrout throw out a set of blazingly incredibly fast yet melodic songs.

And that's just for the first 14 songs.

The version of the 1st EP they have here is great - although now because of the person who said its not the same version makes me want to hear it very badly. The music here pwns teh genre of punk.

After the first EP, the Into the Unknown album SHOULD go here. But it doesn't. Damn self-censorship. Anyway, the Back to the Known, is without Brett Gruewitz, who is being replaced by Greg Hetson. Oddly enough, it sounds a lot like The Gray Race. Except its so much better....The only low point is the version of "Bad Religion" on here -its a bit slow and not as good.

Wrapping it all up is the Public Service compilation. It is three songs, redone from the first EP. The versions on Public Service are better - "Bad Religion" and "Slaves" are even faster and better, while the second version of "Drastic Actions" is kicked up a notch or two.

This album is incredible, fortunately it has all the lyrics, and you might have to listen carefully if you're used to hearing other Bad Religion CDs first - Greg will sound incoherent at first - I still can't quite hear all the lyrics.

Bands should have to kill to achieve an album this great. This has been said somewhere or other on the Bad Religion website (I think), but I have to add that here.

(Disclaimer: Any bands trying to make a CD this great - don't kill anyone please....I don't wanna be an accomplice to a murder here!)
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