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Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings

The BlastersAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000060OL6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,685 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Marie Marie
2. No Other Girl
3. I'm Shakin'
4. Border Radio
5. American Music
6. So Long Baby Goodbye
7. Hollywood Bed
8. Never No More Blues
9. This Is It
10. Highway 61
See all 28 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Trouble Bound
2. Just Another Sunday
3. Hey, Girl
4. Dark Night
5. Little Honey
6. Samson And Delilah
7. Colored Lights
8. Help You Dream
9. Common Man
10. Rock And Roll Will Stand
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

2 CD's packaged in a deluxe gatefold digipak with 52 tracks, including 8 previously unreleased tracks, 'Flat Top Joint', 'Leave My Money Alone', 'Can't Stop Time', 'Crazy Baby' (live 1982), 'Got Love If You Want It' (live 1982), 'Walkin With Mr. Lee' (liv

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is American Music March 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
At last! A fitting tribute to one of America's greatest roots music bands. The 1990 album The Blasters Collection was terrific, but Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings leaves it in the dust. Not only do you get all four of their Eighties Slash albums in their entirety, you get eight previously unreleased songs--in addition to the three tracks from The Blasters Collection that were at that time previously unreleased. This anthology also includes The Blasters' two contributions to the soundtrack of the 1984 film Streets of Fire: "One Bad Stud" and "Blue Shadows." The new songs include "Can't Stop Time," "Flattop Joint" (an alternate version to the one found on 1980's American Music), "Leave My Money Alone," four live tracks from 1982--"What Will Lucy Do," "Crazy Baby," "Got Love If You Want It," "Walkin' With Mr. Lee," and a live duet featuring Phil and Dave Alvin from 1985 on "Take Out Some Insurance."
This band knew how to rock with Fats Domino's sax player Lee Allen (later replaced by Steve Berlin, who would eventually join Los Lobos), pianist Gene Taylor (who had performed with Ronnie Hawkins' Hawks and Canned Heat), drummer Bill Bateman, bassist John Bazz, and of course siblings Phil (guitar, vocals) and Dave (lead guitar) Alvin. Like they sang in "American Music," they were a combination of "Louisiana boogie and the Delta blues. We got country swing and rockabilly too. We got jazz, country-western and Chicago blues. It's the greatest music that you ever knew." This will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About Time! March 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I can remember going to California in the early 80's to visit my cousins in Long Beach. I was listening to heavy metal and stuff like REO and Sammy Hagar. We went into Hollywood to see this band my cousins were raving about called the Blasters (they were opening for Greg Kihn!). The moment they walked on stage I knew something big was happening. I was totally blown away! I've been a roots, rockabilly fanatic ever since. Years later (2001), I'd lost my album collection (stolen), sold my turntable and realized how bad I missed listening the that 1st Blasters album. Went online, bought it, borrowed a turntable so I could record it. This is the only vinyl I own. Wouldn't you know, after all that, Rhino comes through! THIS IS A MUST FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES ROOTS ROCK N ROLL. If you ever get a chance to see the Blasters (hopefully with Dave Alvin) do it!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings April 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I agree with most of the reviewers. I have seen the BLASTERS in Belgium as the opening acts of ZZ TOP and The KINKS in 1983. The BLASTERS out performed these "polished acts". I was completly impress with the roots blues sound. I found an LP with " One red rose" in a little city of Mons, Belgium. I have played that LP until it is almost non-playable. I want to thank who ever put these tracks on CD. None of the live sound was lost in the translation into CD. If you buy only one CD this year buy Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings by the Blaster. Quick side note. Catch the Blaster in the movie: "Streets of Fire".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest band you never heard on the radio! March 7, 2002
By EM Rich
Format:Audio CD
This is not an unbiased review. I have been a hardcore Blasters fan since I bought their first Slash album in March 1982. It's about time this stuff was available on CD! I saw the Blasters live twice (1983 at the University of Utah; 1985 at the Utah State Fairgrounds) and I was front row center both times. I've seen Springsteen, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris with Spyboy, Social Distortion, Steve Earle, and a lot of other really good performers, but the Blasters are still the best live band I ever saw. The pictures of the band in action that are in the booklet that accompanies "Testament" bring back a lot of really good memories.
The music on these 2 CD's is awesome. I hadn't listened to the actual albums in quite a few years, since my turntable died. I had forgotten how good "Hardline" is. "Just Another Sunday" is one of the Blasters' best. Dave Alvin's narrative of being trapped in a small town on a hot Sunday afternoon is one of the most evocative things he's ever written. I'd forgotten how good Phil Alvin's vocals were at bringing Dave's songs to life. It's also interesting to listen to "Nonfiction" and hear the original versions of songs that Dave later reinterpreted on "King of California." Although Dave recorded the definitive version of "Bus Station" on "King Of California," it's good to have the original version available again.
Whether you're a fan of alternative country, traditional r&b, or good old fashioned rock and roll, you should own this album. The Blasters were not posers or wannabes. The Blasters were the real deal, and they should have been bigger than they were.
Now if we can only get Rhino to release "Sundown" and "Long Gone Dead" by Rank and File. . .
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AT LAST! March 12, 2002
By AdamR
Format:Audio CD
Man oh man oh man. There really is a God. I was riding home on the train tonight and saw a small blurb for this collection in, of all places, Fortune magazine. I nearly jumped out of my seat with excitement. I've been waiting for someone to put this material on cd for years, patiently checking music sites every few months and hoping against hope that it would eventually happen.
These guys should have been HUGE, a feeling I had from the first time the deceptively simple but endlessly hooky Marie Marie went around on my turntable. They really had it all: Dave Alvin's evocative, spare storytelling and songwriting; musical chops; energy to spare, and style. Don't waste time trying to figure out what category to put them in -- even after all these years I'd be hard pressed to define their music -- just listen to these discs and tell me who, past or present, rocks any better than these guys.
I know it ain't gonna happen, but I'd give anything to see them live again. I've been lucky enough to see a few great and classic live acts like the Stones and Dylan, Pretenders, Johansen, but only Neil Young came even close to matching the intensity of the Blasters in performance(at the Ritz, and the World, in NYC). Talk about your sweaty rock-athons. I can still remember the floors literally shaking, and after the shows the satisfaction of feeling like I'd been put through a towel wringer, and seen something truly special.
Now that I know its on the way, I don't know how I'm gonna last 'till the box comes. I'm gonna crank Marie Marie, Border Radio, Long White Cadillac, Just Another Sunday,So LOng Baby Goodbye and all the others, dance around the house like a maniac, and introduce my wife and kids to what they've been missing all these years.
A thousand thanks to Rhino for pulling this one off against the odds. It can't have been easy, or it would have been done long ago.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware which version
Make sure the version you purchase is not the German one, which cannot be downloaded onto your PC. I made that mistake and now have to buy it again.
Published 22 months ago by Todd O. Daugherty
5.0 out of 5 stars This has it all!
The original lineup of The Blasters blew through quickly, 3 studio albums and one live release and then they were gone. Read more
Published on May 20, 2012 by Byron
5.0 out of 5 stars When They're Right, They're Right
For good old fashioned rock and roll the way they did it when the world was on fire, it's the Blasters and this compilation proves it!
Published on June 15, 2011 by That Ganesha Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it.
There never has been, and never will be, a better rock and roll band. This is the classic lineup of the Blasters at their classic best. Read more
Published on March 23, 2011 by David A. James
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blasters are the real deal
The Blasters are the real deal; great rock and roll, fun to listen to, catchy, and classic. The First CD in this collection is the best; and these cds are long!! Read more
Published on October 5, 2010 by frozenears
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Stuff
I came late to The Blasters party and must say that I didn't know much about the band until I bought this after reading some reviews and seeing it for a good price at a used shop. Read more
Published on February 2, 2009 by 6 String Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars A desert island disc
When I first heard the first (technically second!) Blasters record I was stunned; it was 1982 and they seemed to have effortlessly put together the best parts of, dare I say it,... Read more
Published on October 15, 2008 by Standard Poodle
5.0 out of 5 stars the blasters possibaly the best cd I own of this gender
I have never even heard of this group. I bought this cd not knowing how much I would really love this group, having never even heard of them. Read more
Published on September 29, 2008 by Robert Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars American Music
The Blasters were the best roots/rock band since Creedence Clearwater Revival, and this 2-disc set is a must-have for fans of the genre. Read more
Published on May 10, 2008 by Mike B.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Colonel
I reciently had the great pleasure of seeing Dave Alvin perform live at a rather impromtu outdoor event. Read more
Published on October 15, 2007 by Ross I. Fenner
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