Get Some Go Again
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The Rollins Band for this recording is Mother Superior. A heavy metal unison equivalence to Neil Young with Crazy Horse or Dylan with The Band? Whatever the case, I didn't know who Mother Superior was, but they rock and this CD rocks. Not that other Rollins Band recording didn't (they all ROCK), but his one has more boogie-woogie '70's style flare and funkiness mixed in there.
Check out Track #5 (Thinking Cap) "....You can put pearls on a swine, but it's still a pig....snort snort". Henry puttin' it on the wimps with plastic surgery. And "Money Train" a hidden 14-minute tirade of wine made out of sour grapes and cooked with steam, with MC5's guitarist Wayne Kramer. Pure funk, with a spoken dialogue over the top. Hank vs. LA.
Unfortunately, Henry's vocals will still push the wimps away scared and shaking, but I think that's the way he wants it.
No more. Get Some > Go Again is the answer to my Rollins Band prayers. Hank told us on his website that he had to get his ya-yas out elsewhere, and LA blues-rockers Mother Superior fit the bill perfectly. From the opening feedback and bass off "Illumination", you know this album is different. The leadoff track explodes in your ears, with it's insistent, burning guitars and Hank's powerful lyrics and vocals. "GS>GA" is next, and the title track just cranks the intensity up a few more notches.
My other favorite tracks are "Love's So Heavy", "Change It Up", "I Go Day Glo" and "Hotter and Hotter", but you'd have to search deep to find a bad song on here. The band does slow and bluesy just as skillfully as it does hyper and rockin', and all the while Hank the Tank's vocals are pounding your brain and getting stuck in your head. It has been said that Hank is a great lyricist and an average vocalist, but I think the style of play on this record suits his voice almost as well as (dare I say it?) Black Flag used to.
The band are rockers in the Black Sabbath / MC5 school of monster guitar rock, and their power and skill really makes this album click. It's no wonder producing their record nudged Hank into thinking he might like to record music again... and we as fans are damn lucky he did. Bravo, Hank. This one rocks. I like it a whole lot.
The Phoenix rises from the ashes, a new beginning etc.
And it's all true.
When this album came out, some friends and I went to see the tour in Sydney. At the end of the show we were so blown away we agreed to see the band next time it toured. While touring Australia, the band announced 3 days later that they would do a second show in Sydney at the end of the tour before heading back overseas. Needless to say, we all went to the second show and it was just as good, if not better. Now, I wont repeat what's already been said here about Get Some Go Again, but there is something I wanted to mention that hasn't been covered here properly yet.
The last track, LA Money Train, is an absolute gem. A loose, funky, jazz-style jam by the band and guest guitarist Wayne Kramer with Henry half-talking, half-singing along. The story of the 'LA Money train' and what the denizens of LA will do to get on in order to achieve "fame and financial excess" is vintage Rollins at his scathing best. The track is about 15 minutes long and features some great work by all involved.
If the rest of the record was mediocre I would say that this track alone validates the purchase of this album, however there are simply no dud tracks on the entire CD and as such it's a sharp piece of work and a definite winner.
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Being a long-time Rollins band fan (since the 80's) I've heard most of his stuff. I just recently picked this CD up and was quite happy with my purchase. Read morePublished on December 14, 2009 by Kobee
I know "Illumination" is the best known song on this CD and if your some kinda "purist" you'll think its played-out or...whatever.... Read morePublished on January 29, 2008 by Stacy Pulliam
Nearing mid-life and showing no signs of cooling down, Henry Rollins - he of semi-truck tire neck, bulldog brows and philosophical comedy rants (oh, and former vocalist for... Read morePublished on August 31, 2003
What a return to form! Rollins bounces back by teaming up with Mother Superior, who work extremely well with Rollins and he in turn seems much more inspired here than he had since... Read morePublished on September 10, 2002 by Andy Groomhan
I bought the record when it came out, listened to it, and filed it away. I don't know why. I just did. It didn't hit me the way the other Rollins Band stuff does. Read morePublished on August 11, 2001 by PJFC
Do you love rock alterno-cave punk? Do you love to feel like you need to put your head through a wall whenever you listen to a CD? Read morePublished on July 5, 2001 by Jeremy Brizzi