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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Glue
  2. Control
  3. Boston Crew [Live]
  4. Words That Kill
  5. Nothing Done
  6. Break It Up
  7. Remember [Live]
  8. X Claim
  9. Boiling Point
  10. Fight Them
  11. Forced Down
  12. What If I
  13. Screams of the Night
  14. How Much Art
  15. Wasted Youth
  16. Jolly Old Saint Nick
  17. Headed Straight
  18. On the Road
  19. Under the Influence
  20. Police Beat
  21. Baby Black
  22. Typical
  23. Get It Away
  24. No Reply
  25. Francois' Journey
  26. Eighteen [Live]
  27. Infinity


Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (January 10, 1992)
  • Label: Caroline Distributio
  • ASIN: B000000ERZ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,052,842 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By D. K. Malone on May 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
SSD are easily one of the five best hardcore bands that ever walked the earth. When Black Flag created hardcore* in the late 1970s and then blazed a trail across the US in 1980, they planted seeds as they went. SSD were one of their finest offspring. They brought an intensity into the scene that rivaled even Flag's, and -that- is saying something. Minor Threat were the Beatles of the early Straight Edge HC scene, and SSD were the Stones; darker, meaner, scarier. The members of SSD have very good reason to be proud of their band, and proud of their records. However, in this case, pride has festered into sheer arrogance.

SSD released four records during their existence: The Kids Will Have Their Say, Get It Away, How We Rock, and Break It Up. While some are better than others (Get It Away is easily their swansong,) each is a classic. Yes, even Break It Up, which contained nary a single hardcore song. It's still a great "hard rock" album. In any case, rather than re-issue each record in its entirety, TAANG chose instead to release this horrible mish-mash of a "K-Tel Presents: SSDecontrol's Greatest Hits" package. I waited and waited for the true re-issues to appear in its wake, but they never came. Eventually, one day I happened across the official X-Claim website (X-Claim was a moniker certain Boston HC bands released their records under in the early 1980s; it was never actually an official record label per se,) and I noticed Al Barile's name attatched to it. Al was the guitarist, songwriter, and primary force behind SSD. I emailed him, offering my condolences at how TAANG obviously screwed him over with the botched Power CD. To my surprise and dismay, Al responded by telling me that Power was primarily -his- idea.
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More like, "Diluted Power". This CD does a major disservice to the people who want to hear this band. SS Decontrol had some have some really powerful songs on their first two records (and some really weak crap not too long after that). I just find it hilariously hypocritical that the band themselves supposedly "sabotaged" this release by refusing to offer their complete early recordings in the original configurations to new listeners. I mean, come on! Let's be honest, there isn't some massive audience out there craving SSD. The relatively few who care about this band deserve better this hodge-podge slop. Even the "liner notes" are insulting (a brief paragraph - illuminating nothing - that reads like the first draft written on the back of a napkin). From what I hear, these guys don't even walk the old walk anymore. Straight edge. Ha ha! And don't forget they REALLY made a serious stab at MOR radio cheese as soon as they had a chance, with lyrics not worthy of Night Ranger ("You take me higher! You're my desire!"). So since that failed (because they were terrible at it!), they can become "principled" again now? Funny! I guess everyone has a right to be bitter. Too bad they aren't at least big enough to want to share some of their youthful inspiration with people today. Elitist to the end. Dumb.
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SDD were one of the pioneer bands of the East Coast HC scene. Their stuff has been virtually impossible to find since the day it came out till this compilation came along. Thanks Taang! On here you'll find basically 4 records - the SSD discography - plus extra bits. included is the classic Get It Away EP considered by many - Pushead for example - to be the best HC record ever made and boy is it ever brutal! That EP - SSDs 2nd - is worth the price of this cd by itself. The rest of POWER? It's cool but varies alot both in style and quality as you would expect. We get first tape in the garage through to swansong. Some stuff is great and some stuff, well.... like their basically posthumous Break It Up stuff is pretty boring im my opinion - but that's what the next track button is for, right? I was quite impressed with the How We Rock songs. I'd never seen or heard that record but I do remember reading a review years ago in Maximum R'N'R which gave it a bagging - WRONG! Add in a couple of extra rare live tracks - from shows and lineups I dream of having been to - and this cd shows what SSD were all about. With 29 tracks - not in any sort of time or record order - this is good value and contains a slice of punk history some of which should not be missed.
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I loved SSD, flaws and all and was looking forward to this reissue. Sadly, this is quite a dissapointment, actually it is a mess. The original records in their original order of release made sense, you could chart the progress of one of Boston's greatest ever hardcore bands, this CD gives you little if any clue as what the fuss was about. I understand that bandleader Al Barile wanted this CD done in this way but I honestly can't imagine why. He has done his band a disservice by releasing this hodgepodge of poorly selected, badly programmed yet great "period" hardcore songs. I guess I'll just burn my vinyl to CD and hope that "they" see the error of their ways.
As an aside, Mr. Jay O'Toole's review of this CD was one of the most ignorant things I have ever read. If he had actually been around Boston or DC in the early 80's he would certainly have known that none of the bands there were formed mearly to get laid! The music and the movement were the only reasons those scenes existed...but I guess he knows better...
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