To Da Max 1997-2004
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A brand new collection of unreleased b-sides, demos, and live performances recorded between 1999 and 2005. Included in this 19 track collection are rare recordings like "Arena", a cover of "Armagideon Time" (by Willie Williams, later covered by The Clash, live acoustic performances, tracks from the band's first recording session, and even a live acoustic version of 2006's "Crazy Love". This retrospective is an inside look at Pepper's creative process and extensive undocumented repertoire. Features all new, original artwork, extensive liner notes, anecdotes, and never before seen photos.
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First, I'll look at the B-sides. The first track, "The Arena", will probably be recognizable to most Pepper fans, and is just a very fun song. The B-sides "Wasting Time", "New Sunday", "Lie Rumor Lie", and "New Beef" are all excellent and album worthy. "Blunt", a song from 1997 and Bret's garage, is another good one.
Next, the live performances. There are 5 live tracks, 6 if you count "Medley", some good, and some not so good. "Green Hell" is great, and so is "Point and Shoot". The two live songs I wasn't impressed with were "Good Enough" and "Armagideon Time", mainly because the quality isn't that great, but what can you expect?
Now the demos. The great thing about putting the demos on the ablum is that it shows the fans how some of the best Pepper songs evolved into their final album versions. The bad thing is that the demos, of course, are not as good. However, the demo versions of "Stormtrooper" and "Too Much" are still very good, and very different. Basically, the demo versions are just fun to listen to. In the end, "To Da Max" is a great album for Pepper fans, and anybody who enjoys their music will enjoy this CD.