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Complete Discography compiles Minor Threat's entire body of recordings on a single compact disc. Hardcore, as a rule, wasn't particularly musically diverse, but Minor Threat were one of the genre's groundbreaking acts and their music has held up better than most of their contemporaries. As the de facto leaders of the Washington, D.C., hardcore scene, the band pioneered the straight-edge mentality by emphasizing impossibly fast tempos, brief songs, political lyrics, and a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle. Besides setting the precedent for several generations of punk rockers with their music and ideals, Minor Threat were simply a better band than most hardcore groups. They had a tight, distinctive sound that wasn't as heavy as their Californian counterparts and, therefore, were often more bracing and effective. Although some of the music on Complete Discography, like much of hardcore in general, hasn't aged particularly well -- with its cheap production, rigid song structures, and political concerns, it is very much a piece of the early '80s -- the sound remains invigorating; the band possessed a visceral energy matched by only a handful of their peers. Complete Discography, in fact, is not only one of the cornerstones of any hardcore collection, it's not a bad way to become acquainted with hardcore. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide
Fugazi fans already know that this is the original gospel according to Ian MacKaye. This Washington, D.C., quartet hit harder, faster, and franker than just about anybody--and were willing to see through their own bull as quickly as anyone else's. MacKaye manages to be charismatic and confrontational at the same time: tossing brilliant, genuinely funny asides into his serious-as-a- heart-attack lyrics. Meanwhile, the band, led by Lyle Preslar's staggering guitar attack, pushes MacKaye on with the tightest, most razor-sharp sound in all of hardcore. Nothing in the punk pantheon can come close to "In My Eyes," "Out of Step," or "Salad Days." Absolutely essential. --Michael Ruby
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This is a classic and kids getting into the truth behind the social relevance and awareness of punk music should start off with Minor Threat. This is pure social punk. Not some lame punk band these days that sing about a girl he met in Math class. What a waste of time!
Classic songs to look out for in this album "Stepping Stone", "Salad Days", "Good Guys", and "Filler". Oh yes...this is the real thing. If you are an old-timer like myself then this is a good collection piece. If you are a kid discovering why we have alternative music today, Minor Threat is a good way to learn history on why your mom and dad walked around with mohawks, chains, and leather jackets. It wasn't about fashion and being cool back then...it was all about ATTITUDE and the social environment America was sinking in during those days.
A few words about the remaster. On a whim, I decided to upgrade to this. I don't have audiophile ears so I haven't noticed a significant change. We're not talking about the remaster of Raw Power here. The main differences really are the cover (blue instead of red), the CD color (gray instead of red), and the CD insert photo (a live shot from a gig). All the songs seem to have the same punch they had before. A cheaper alternative to buying here: this is out of print on Amazon, but is still available on the Dischord website.
So, if you're a die hard Minor Threat fan, go for it. But if you still have your old copy, an upgrade isn't really necessary.