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  • Audio CD (July 17, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1974
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B00005LOPY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Aloha Steve & Danno
2. Murder City Nights
3. New Race
4. Love Kills
5. Descent Into The Maelstrom
6. Burn My Eye '78
7. I-94
8. Anglo Girl Desire
9. Hand Of Law
10. Snake
11. Do The Pop
12. Non-Stop Girls
13. What Gives?
14. Man With Golden Helmet
15. Hanging On
16. Crying Sun
17. Smith & Wesson Blues
18. Time To Fall
19. Alone In The Endzone
20. Breaks My Heart (Live)
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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Great songs, energy, very authentic.
Simon John Williams
As others have remarked, Radio Birdman is one of the best and most influential of Australian punk/rock 'n' roll groups.
S. Mayer
This band showed what punk, attitude, and most of all, excellent musicianship and songwriting was about.
Michael O'Donnell

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Ray on August 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Radio Birdman is one of the most classic of all bands, and it's a shame hardly anyone knows who they are. Credit that to their roots in Austrailia, but still no borders or oceans should be able to contain the ravenous blazing sounds that were coming from down under circa 1976. We should be ashamed they have been ignored for so long (stateside, at least). Compiling material that has not been available in the US for OVER 20 YEARS, The Essential contains most of the recordings of this magnificent band. Influenced by The Stooges, MC5, and The Doors (Lead Singer Rob Younger's baritone reminds one of Mr. Morrison at times), and fueled by the fiery guitar of Deniz Tek, Radio Birdman set a new standard for rock. Truly no band up to then or since has played with such intensity and sense of purpose as RB.
Highlights of this album (and there are many) include the classic "New Race", "Descent Into the Maelstrom", "Burn My Eye", "Breaks My Heart", "I-94", "Aloha Steve and Danno", and "Non-Stop Girls." My only complaint is that this compilation is too short (at 22 songs). At any length, hats go off to Sub Pop for re-releasing this classic band that has been ignored far too long.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I own hundreds of CDs. If I could only take one to a deserted island, it would be this one. I have listened to them every week going back to 1987 (I still have the Aussie releases on vinyl) and I never tire of them. I also recommend to anyone who likes RB a collaboration they did in the late 70s with members of the Stooges and MC5 called New Race. It may be hard to find, but New Race Live is unbelievable. Their version of Looking At You makes the version done by the Damned sound like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Anyone who likes rock, classic rock, or punk will enjoy RB.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By piXelatia on August 31, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It is a dark and demented night and in the Marrikville Hotel, Adelaide, South Australia, circa 1976, the amplifiers are shaking as reverb screams across the beer sodden floor, grips your ankles and rivetts you to a spot that you never knew existed. Fortunately, the Australian Broadcasting Commission saw fit to film this entire night and I believe the footage may still be sitting in their archives. Birdman are one of the most under-recognised bands of the late twentieth century. Popular rumour states that when they went to the UK to tour with Iggy, he was miffed by their voluptuous wall to wall sound and sent them packing before the tour ended. This band is unique, but please do not call them punk, they are much, much more. I would definately use the A-word (art) but don't want to scare the kiddies. For example, two of my favourite tracks, Man with Golden Helmet- think Rembrant's portrait of the same name. Desent into the Maelstrom- think Edgar Allen Poe. Rob Younger's voice- baritone, the band- awesome solos. Perhaps I am a purist, but I definately recommend buying Radios Appear, if for no other reason than TV Eye which leaves the Stooges version standing still. Other favourites, in no particular order, Do the Pop, Murder City Nights, Anglo Girl Desire, Love Kills, Aloha Steve and Danno, Hand of Law and New Race. Radios Appear also places the tracks in their logical progression. Radio Birdman, I want to say thankyou.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Abe Vigoda on July 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you like power pop fast and lots of guitars this could be

your diamond in the rough.

there are many overtones of other bands like MC5-the Who-the Doors-Stooges.

this Essential disc possess's some of the best Birdman songs ever recorded.....there are a few gems that should've made it on this disc that didn't it but you can't have too much of a good thing!

these guys are from australia and most of these songs are from the time of around 74-78 and still stand tall to the test of time.

they are influenced by the MC5 and the Stooges and cover some of there songs.

these guys have many spin off bands that are quite good as well

the New Race, the Visitors, the New Christs, the Screaming Tribesman, the Hitmen

these guys are very rare in most circles and not to easily available........I refer to it as record collector rock.

this is early punk/power pop and it is good
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stig Five on February 5, 2005
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This band is awesome. The rhythm guitars have some great crunch to them and the solos - magnificent! They take you somewhere and you never want to come back. Great words, great singer, tight as hell band but with sort of a jammy punk feel. It's easy to hear the Stooges influence. I've been diggin' this band for 25 years. They sound as if they could have formed last week, not the least bit dated. They put that emo junk to shame.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stargrazer on December 12, 2009
Format: Audio CD
It's nothing short of a public service when a label takes the time and effort to release essential, criminally overlooked songs from 30+ years ago.

I can't pretend to have been hip to Radio Birdman before listening to a used copy of this CD this afternoon. Not even two listens in, I can safely say everyone should hear this. Here's why:

The Stooges have had a clear and genetic influence on modern rock. It's plain as day. What's also plain is that the raw, unwashed template provided by the Stooges has been only superficially applied by so many modern acts (most of whom start their names with "the" and end it with the letter "s"). It's great to hear a band that internalized the protean sound of the Stooges, the Velvet Underground, and MC5 and yet dared to polish it, add harmony, and (gasp) accomplished guitar solos. Connoisseurs of garage rock, Detroit punk, Mission of Burma, and even the wilder end of surf rock will deeply appreciate Radio Birdman. And this compilation is an excellent, habit-forming introduction. If the name-dropping of this paragraph has perked your ears at all, you should check this out.

Really. Check it out!
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