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Mission Of Burma, Mission of BurmaAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 4, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B0001U1QB6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,904 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Lots can happen in 22 years. Babies grow up, graduate college, start families. The onset of maturity is typically harder on rock bands. In 1972, the Stones released Exile on Main Street; by 1994, they were slumming in Voodoo Lounge. So it comes as a terrific surprise that Boston punk experimentalists Mission of Burma, who split shortly after 1982's Vs., sound as cutting edge as ever on this reunion disc. Opener "The Setup" features a midsection that sounds more like a jar of buzzing bees than any conventional solo, thanks to tape manipulator Bob Weston (borrowed from Shellac) putting guitarist Roger Miller through a barrage of effects. On a quieter note, the seductive "Falling" features backing vocals by Tonya Donnelly, while somber strings underscore "Prepared." Through it all, Burma still boast unerring melodic sensibilities; "The Enthusiast" and "Wounded World" are rife with sharp hooks. ONoffON was a long time coming, but well worth the wait. --Kurt B. Reighley

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mission of Burma: even better - and always ON! September 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
First: how about a little history on Mission of Burma. Perhaps one of the most heralded and influential groups in the history of rock music, Mission of Burma was the epitome of what underground punk was supposed to be in the eighties. MOB's 'time in the sun' however, was more like 'time in the shade.' During the best years of their brief career during the early to mid-eighties, it seemed that only fellow musicians such as Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Big Black, The Minutemen and a small sporadic fan base were appreciating Burma's extremely unique brand of punk rock. It was MOB's outside the box thinking that garnered them the attention of like-minded people and the underground media. Mission of Burma was a power trio with an added twist; and that was one of things that separated them from most of the other punk bands at the time. Unlike many of the fast, angry and undecipherable punk bands in the early eighties; Mission of Burma was still very much an amplified/distortion and feedback group. It was just evident in their sound, as it is especially now - that their music just seems to have a much more thoughtful center to it. With Peter Prescott on drums, Clint Conley on bass and Roger Miller taking up guitar duties, Mission of Burma was a complete and functioning entity that spewed-forth pure, rocking creativeness. However, it's extremely undeniable that the brilliant nuances of tape manipulator Martin Swope was an extremely important factor as to why Mission of Burma is, and will be one of the most important bands in the history of American music. Having only released a couple of seven-inch singles, one EP "Signals, Calls and Marches", one LP "Vs. Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what you might be expecting, but no worries September 11, 2004
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People who listen to this for the first time, coming from a healthy (mandatory) love of VS. and SIGNALS, CALLS, AND MARCHES, might be struck by the directness/simplicity of it; it's beyond a doubt an energetic, rich, raw disc, BUT it's actually much more straightforward than previous recordings would have led you to expect: the band, if anything, has immatured over the years. In some cases this works immediately -- Peter Prescott's "The Enthusiast" grabs you by the throat and hurls you at th' wall in its first minute, sounding, uh, I guess unsurprisingly, like somethin' the Volcano Suns mighta done at their peak; the opening cut, "The Setup," is a fast favourite, too -- but other tracks take awhile to grow on you, and some flat out haven't, yet, after repeated listens. But it's a strong, passionate, real slab of meat, in an era where those are few and far between; it ISN'T as musically complex as VS., and it is as far removed from Birdsongs of the Mesozoic as it could be; and it probably ISN'T as exciting on its own terms as the whole IDEA of a Mission of Burma reunion, which is probably what most people are REALLY drooling about -- but it's well worth picking up. Oh, there're a few reworkings of tunes you might know from FORGET and HORRIBLE TRUTH, too. At least five songs on it are indespensible, and the rest aren't so bad that they'll spoil the experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not fair May 16, 2004
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As a hugely influential great band for a brief time in the early '80s, the only thing that could result from reuniting nearly 20 years later was to suck and cash in on the hype surrounding their legend. Not so. The band is too talented. All three members contribute songs to this album and the results are like they released this album in 1983. Roger Miller has more musical talent in his toenail clippings than I do in my entire body. It is just not fair that these guys are that good. Saw them play in D.C. recently and they were great. Not bad for a bunch of guys that are only a few years younger than my parents.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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How could a band get back together after 22 years and still sound they never left? They're playing today with the same raw intensity and musical ambition that they had in 1983. No more Martin Swope manipulating their sound but their producer, Bobby Weston does create some pretty interesting effects. My favorite three tracks are the hard-rocking "The Set Up" which is loaded with great riffs and noises, "The Enthusiast" sounding like the Gang of Four jamming with The Clash, and "Fake Blood" with King Crimson like guitar and bass lines. I hope we don't have to wait 22 years for their next album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back, We've Missed You! May 5, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Great return from a band who haven't recorded in over 20 years. Amazingly, they still sound current even though they've changed very, very little stylistically since the last time they released an album (and that's what we had back then, albums, not CDs)! This is a perfect example of a comeback done just right. Let's hope they decide to stick around for a while this time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless June 11, 2004
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Buy this CD! Any American alternative/punk band owes their existence in part to Mission of Burma. Time has come for the kings to reclaim their thrones and this is the first warning shot. The music is a logical extension of the "Vs" album, which is also available on CD. Insect punk to melancholy cellos define the range of sounds. But ... where are all the other kings? Glenn ... where the hell are the Feelies and don't think that I don't remember you working at a certain hardware store on Rt. 23! Tom ... what ever happened to Television? And Richard ... how the hell much more of a blank generation can we get? From the sound quality, the CD seems to be compiled from several years of recording but, who cares? This is the real deal and this stuff never gets old. If more music of this kind was available ... maybe kids could find the strength to overcome the propaganda and make a new world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong, Smart music, though it's Burma phase 1 cont. ...
Burma are quite simply my favourite rock band. It genuinely aggrieves me that I cannot buy a real copy of VS anywhere, as that, along with the first EP and single, are recordings... Read more
Published on September 11, 2007 by Mr. D. A. Goy
5.0 out of 5 stars Burma's best record?
I don't know how many times it can be said: on "Onoffon," Mission of Burma sounds as vital and intense as they did in 1983, an amazing feat for a band who hasn't recorded together... Read more
Published on September 13, 2005 by Just Zach
5.0 out of 5 stars Mission Accomplished
An old Boston friend wrote me an email in late 2001 to tell me that Mission of Burma was reuniting after a 2 decade hiatus. The news ruined my day. Read more
Published on January 19, 2005 by Gavin B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Defies All Logic
Bands that reunite after 20 plus years aren't supposed to sound like this. On OnOffOn, Mission Of Burma sound like they've unleashed a lost record from 1983. Read more
Published on December 18, 2004 by Paul H.
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent comeback album
Due to the ear problems of Roger Miller (tinnitus), Mission of Burma called it quits in 1983 after releasing only one EP and one album (the brilliant Signals Calls and Marches and... Read more
Published on July 2, 2004 by K. Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
First of all, I was extremely excited to see that they reunited. I was even more excited to see that they've been touring. Read more
Published on July 2, 2004 by P. E. FrogMaN
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad they're back!
I am glad the Mission of Burma is back. The dynamic and tension is still there, and the songwriting is excellent. A fine return from a band oft-forgotten.
Published on June 24, 2004 by Scott Fendley
5.0 out of 5 stars Startling return...
That Mission Of Burma returned to active status after a nearly 20-year layoff was a real surprise. That they then went into the studio and produced this is truly startling. Read more
Published on June 13, 2004 by Peter F. Stubbs
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