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[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?Read more ›
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!
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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This album is great. Only two stars because amazon has the track list wrong.Published 4 months ago by Seth Farley
Simply one of the greatest American hardcore punk records of all time. Best tracks Latch Key Kids, Pity, White Trash Second Generation. The inclusion of the early EPs is greatPublished 10 months ago by Christopher W. Meyer
People know Bad Religion primarily for their melodic (and borderline commercial) brand of hardcore and their jaw-dropping vocabulary and intellect. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Yeravam Hoshama
This is a unknown PUNK HARDCORE masterpiece from the early 80's.....I really like most everything from BAD RELIGION and grow up listening to AGAINST THE GRAIN, NO CONTROL, SUFFER... Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by Fluminense Rio
Had it on lp a long time ago, great then. Now its on digital, even better now. A must have.Published on November 20, 2012 by g.pirate
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