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Operation Ivy

Operation IvyAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Hellcat Records will release a remastered self-titled album from iconic ska-punk group Operation Ivy on November 6th. Originally distributed by Lookout! Records as a compilation in 1991, which sold in excess of 500,000 copies, Operation Ivy features the group's only LP (Energy) as well as their 7" EP (Hectic) and two songs from the 7" EP compilation Turn It Around. Remastered by ... Read more in Amazon's Operation Ivy Store

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  • Audio CD (November 6, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • ASIN: B000W7Y2O6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,968 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Knowledge
2. Sound System
3. Jaded
4. Take Warning
5. The Crowd
6. Bombshell
7. Unity
8. Vulnerability
9. Bankshot
10. One Of These Days
11. Gonna Find You
12. Bad Town
13. Smiling
14. Caution
15. Freeze Up
16. Artificial Life
17. Room Without a Window
18. Big City
19. Missionary
20. Junkie's Runnin' Dry
See all 27 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

2007 digitally remastered and expanded edition of the Punk/Ska legend's only album, bolstered by the addition of tracks from two early E.P.s. Formed in 1987, Op Ivy are a legendary quartet fronted by future Rancid cohorts Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman, along with friends Jesse Michaels (Common Rider) and Dave Mello. Energy was released in 1989, but the band broke up while the record went Gold. Now considered a classic and regularly name-checked in lists of the all-time great Punk and Alternative albums, Energy has sold well over 500,000 copies to date.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Must Own November 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
For anyone who appreciate punk rock and it multi-faceted offspring (not the band), just know this must be in your collection.

I've owned this album for the better part of 12-15 years. I've listened to it more times than I can count, know every word, every guitar lick, so I can't really come into this as someone who just discovered this. If you like punk from the late 80's early 90's then this album is an essential collection of on of the first ska influenced punk bands. Members of Operation Ivy went on to form Rancid, and the lesser-known Common Rider. These guys are basically a grandfather band, of the era where punk rock was trying to become socially aware and set their eyes on changing the world on a social level rather than destroy it.

The sound quality is sketchy at best, as with most independent punk bands, these guys recorded great music in third-rate studios in under an hour. So you can't expect audiophile quality sound, and that would negate the DIY nature of the music. The quality is definitely listenable; it's the music that stands out. This album is a compilation of their various 7" EPs, some of which I own, though this CD is the most convenient way to listen to these guys on the go.

If you listen to punk you must own this album, if you're getting into punk, this is a great start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars some of the best punk out there October 12, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
this is the entirety of what Operation Ivy put out...a couple of them went on to start rancid, and you can hear it in this. but this is a lot more raw. all the songs are two minutes or so, but with zero bullshit filler. awesome album
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5.0 out of 5 stars Requisite. February 13, 2008
By jeff!
Format:Audio CD
If you are interested in punk rock music from any era, this album is a must-have. The sound quality it low, but it's incredibly punk rock, and these songs are really amazing (musically and lyrically) considering the fact that this was a young local band that only existed for 2 years. This is their one and only official release, so you get 27 songs, and every single one of them is incredible. Op Ivy has been profoundly influential (they were a major influence of Billie Joe of Green Day) and they were arguably the first band to combine punk rock with 2-Tone style second wave ska. Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman played guitar and bass for this band, and you may be aware that they went on to form another excellent (and slightly ska-influenced) punk band called RANCID, which is the main reason why this band suddenly got so popular years after their demise. Anyway, get this album any way you can, it is completely essentail punk rock listening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best punk album ever April 3, 2014
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It's a shame they didn't put out more music. Operation Ivy was the best punk band ever. Please reunite the band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars greatest album ever February 7, 2014
Format:Audio CD
the GBeatles wished that they could compose something this brilliant. Mt dream girl sings Operation Ivy songs in the shower
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic album January 20, 2014
By Alex
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Classic album. If you like Rancid, you might as well listen to where they started. Got it for my little brother and he loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums ever made. January 7, 2014
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Not much more to say. Bought this as cassette way back when, wore it out. Currently doing the same to this cd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars unparalleled verse... kick-ass punk/ska November 8, 2013
By T.M.R.
Format:Audio CD
I can honestly say that since I bought my first car with a multi-CD stereo system in 1993, that this album as NEVER left the CD-changer of any vehicle that I own since then. Yes, I love punk and ska music, but that is only part of the reason that this is one of the greatest punk albums ever produced, as well as an example of some of the most commandingly relevant songwriting for our modern world. The stars of Operation Ivy are Matt Freeman's skanktastic basslines, and Jesse Michaels' timeless lyrics. Even though I am old enough to have been at 924 Gilman to see these guys live, the words that Jesse laid down all those years ago continue to stay relevant. I can not begin to say enough about how important it is for anyone trying to make sense of the world around them to hear the words on this album. So stop reading and just buy it... and buy one for your friends... and buy one for your teenager...

"Success is obedience to a structured way of life", just amazed my 18 year-old self struggling to find a place to plant my feet.

"They call it youthful idealism... And even I would have to agree with them... Except some of us grow up and it's still there", continues to keep my spirits up every year I grow older.

"To resist despair in this world is what it is to be free", had to be my first real tattoo.

-Hedgecore for life!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 days ago by Denise Townsend
5.0 out of 5 stars A must own for punk fans!
So if you are a ska or punk fan, I would start with some rooted music like this. The members went on to other bands (notably Rancid) and continued the punk movement. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rickey C. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome band
if you like music, you like punk, get this! play it loud and get back to the days of your youth.
Published 9 months ago by RetroDad
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal Skate Soundtrack
Been listening to this one since I dubbed the Op Ivy tracks from an H-Street/Planet Earth promo video in 1991. Read more
Published 10 months ago by g_jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
There's a lot of material on here. I don't love it all but as a package it's a perfect time capsule. This is a must have for all punk fans. Oh, and you ska weirdos can listen too.
Published 11 months ago by D. A. Holman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ska Punk Music from the late 80's.
High energy, good lyrical content that really makes you think, great to rock in the shower to. Love it. Youtube it, then go get it. Great music.
Published 13 months ago by Sean Boroni
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ska Record
Very roots ska, if you like Rancid your probably going to like this as well. Super raw and underproduced, just the band and their sound. Excellent
Published 14 months ago by Greg Spiegler
5.0 out of 5 stars !!!!
classic punk rock album. must own for any music fan, particularly if your a fan of rancid, descendants, etc. seriously just buy this record.
Published 14 months ago by T. Whattoff
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