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  • Audio CD (January 16, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vital Gesture
  • ASIN: B000056V99
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,872 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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They're absolutely frigging incredible, one of the best bands I've heard in years.
Michael Toland
People say rock is dead, and it's easy to understand that perspective if you only pay attention to the music that is popular right now.
"shoddy"
This band is the real thing in an era where so much music sounds derivative or borrowed.
Michael Heminger

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Adam Beales on August 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
(This review edited to conform to content restrictions.) Godfuggindam! It's going to be awful hard to top this one in the few short months remaining before the big one drops. I dunno who these guys/gal are or where the hell they come from, but this is one of the best rack'n'roll records you're EVER gonna hear. The other fan review posted here checks Tina Turner and that's not stretching the truth even a LITTLE bit. The woman fronting this band, she just fu@#in' WAILS like you would not believe, cranking out incredible doses of grit and fire. Looking at the record a certain way, I do have to admit that both the vox and the songs/playing do derive from fairly commonplace generic forms. I mean, there's no shortage of blues/gospel divas with lungpower and certainly we got enuf snot-nosed punks huffing on those shiny chrome Dee-troit tailpipes. The genius here is in the cross-pollination and the execution. What's weird is how doggone OBVIOUS the idea is, once you grasp it. The MC5 wanted to be Black Panthers almost as much as they wanted to rock, and Detroit is ground zero for both strains of American music on display here. The whole post-Mick-Collins garage generation worships at the feet of the soul-gospel-R&B fountainhead this band channels like they were seated at the right hand of Aretha freaking Franklin. Be warned (if yer a square unused to the production aesthetic of sloppy-ass garage rock) that the "direct-to-boombox-in-our-sock-cheese-smelling-practice-space" vibe of the recording does result in some muddiness. It doesn't matter though; the vocals and the energy cut right on through the fog. There's a purity and an intensity here that (God help me) even the Motor City 5ive never quite attained.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Moore on June 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
"Blast" is one of those records that makes me happy merely being alive in the same world that it's in. See, the BellRays *mean* it in the best possible way. There's no artifice, there's no polish, there's nothing there but this record living and breathing. Whether you spent a lot of time hunting this set down or are maybe looking at it right now on-screen thinking it might be a nice impulse buy, actually hearing it is like discovering what brought you to this music in the first place. Really, it makes you believe that things matter again, and they do. And it's one of the best pun..., nah, one of the best records of the 90s, period.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mesnenor on January 26, 2005
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This is the first album by the current Bellrays (their earlier 90's funk rock attempt doesn't count). It was very crudely recorded, live in their rehearsal space. This band really is one of the best live bands currently working, and has been for the past several years. Their albums have been getting better and better, as they seem to be improving as songwriters. Thus all of the subsequent albums are better than this one. But this one is still a rocking testament to what they were doing in the late 90s.

Also, I don't know how the earlier reviewer got the idea that the Bellrays are from Detroit. They are from LA, CA.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Toland on June 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The BellRays combine the sounds of '60s and '70s Detroit, i.e. the working class hard rock that influenced punk and the rougher side of Motown, on their debut CD Let It Blast - basically like Tina Turner fronting the MC5. They're absolutely frigging incredible, one of the best bands I've heard in years. They're also great live - the last performance I saw had jaded rock critics lining up to buy their CDs. Take a chance on this one, make them rich and famous, you'll love every minute of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Althaea on December 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have heard numerous complaints of the quality of this recording, which I respect...however, there is NOTHING that prevents each and every song from standing out like the proverbial beacon, beckoning and calling you to dig your heels in and groove. I wish I could relay just how much it means to have a band like this in my personal space. A rare find, often played and always enjoyed. Future now!
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