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Special Wishes

Harvey MilkAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 12, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Troubleman Unlimited
  • ASIN: B000HA4WKC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,146 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I've Got a Love
2. War
3. Crush Them All
4. Once in a While
5. Instrumental
6. The End
7. Love Swing
8. Old Glory
9. Mothers Day

Editorial Reviews

Over the course of ten years, Harvey Milk has changed the way people think about heavy metal. They speed up and launch into prog rock guitar riffing at times; at others the band dabbles with classical motifs that give their sound a baroque quality, which carries with it an emotional resonance entirely different from what one expects from conventional rock. The vocals range from guttural fury to hushed introspection. Perhaps it's those quiet moments of breathy vocals and delicate strumming, which suddenly give way to bone-shaking power that make Harvey Milk so totally unique.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
It's funny, for years, you couldn't find a Harvey Milk record to save your life. Reissues, cd-r's, rumors about the band all trickled out and were lapped up by all of us ravenous doomdrone hounds desperate for more music from this mysterious Southern dirge rock behemoth. Then suddenly, a few years back, things began to change, Courtesy And Good Will Toward Men got reissued on the tUMULt label, a cd compilation of singles came out, and then the Kelly Sessions. We were loving it. But then it all stopped. Nothing. Until we started hearing rumors again about reissues and more excitingly, a reformed HM and a new record!!

And you know what? The rumors were true, the band is back together, and just released this here brand new album. Hot on the heels of the amazing DVD I raved about, and alongside a double disc reissue of Courtesy (with a bonus live disc!), Special Wishes makes us want to just lay down and weep. That's how much we love this band. And how long we have been dreaming about this day. Very few bands can inspire such ridiculous loyalty and utter fanboy obsession. But Harvey Milk are pretty much unlike any band ever. When ranking the weirdest heaviest, GREATEST bands of all time in our heads, Harvey Milk are ALWAYS there, and almost always in the top 5, and depending on our mood, often in the number one spot.

With most bands, we tend to recommend older albums, you know, the new one is for fans only, but if you don't already own any records start with this other one. But even if you've never heard Harvey Milk, Special Wishes will undoubtedly convert you to the way of the Milk. And you WILL have a new favorite band.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars caveman plunder attack death rattle September 20, 2006
Format:Audio CD
No one has sounded like Harvey Milk. They have obvious influences, but manage to eschew sounding like anything. Their reunion is a gift from petty and insignificant gods who are jealous of greater deities, and therefore, allow muse for mortals to form a band in Athens, GA and capture the sound of capaciously fat gods copulating. Heavy, beautiful, primal, and unapologetic, and yet able to have damned sense of humor. Happy Mother's Day, indeed! I especially am compelled to plow someone while the track "War" is playing on maximum volume.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Record of the year, anyone? April 28, 2007
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Harvey Milk deserve your attention. An odd musical proposition, they appear to be having a laugh, yet remain deadly serious. Heavy like planets but often beautiful. Unique. Courtesy and Good Will Toward Men is possibly the greatest record ever made. This really is a no-brainer. If you're having trouble deciding, listen to Mothers Day. A worthy candidate for replacing the national anthem. Its kind of like an incredibly beautiful fat girl proposing to you after a night on the tiles. Makes you you all weepy and cosey inside.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crome-plated stars on a black leather sky! January 25, 2007
Format:Audio CD
And then the world said, "Thank God they're not dead." Every fan of heavy music breathed a sigh of relief and joy when Harvey Milk (band, not activist) returned to Earth (our planet, not the band) with nine new tracks of planet shattering heaviness. And this is Harvey Milk as they've always been; emotive vocals lining the abrasively heavy sounds of drum pounding and chord crunching. What is a little different---and by no means does it lower the worth of the record---is the length of each track. While the boys usually gave several ten-minute-plus tracks, there are none that go over the eight minute mark here. Which is good---every song is given time to rise, speak, dominate, and come back to intelligible areas. And it works damn well. Standout tracks include the preachy "Once In A While," the sludgey "Instrumental," the spacey psychedelia of "The End" and most importantly, "Mothers Day," which ranks amongst the best of all their recorded material and definitely would've fit in well with "Courtesy and Good Will Toward Men". There are no disappointment's here, and it's Harvey Milk doing what they've always done---being unapologetically emotional, heavy, and domineering. This is a must for any fan of any style of rock. Harvey Milk will surely be remembered as one of the greatest, heaviest bands of all time when they do decide to leave here (the earth, but not Earth).

A true testament to the emotional power of music and a godsend for any true music lover. I can't recommend this enough.
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