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Tyranny And Mutation
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The album was originally going to be titled "The Red and The Black", and each side retains the subtitle from that original plan. The first four tracks (side one on the LP) are called "The Black" (physical, sensual, aural activation). It opens with "The Red & The Black", which is a new version of "I'm On the Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep" from their first album. This version is heavier and has more drive to it, and it is this version that appears on two of their live albums and that they still play today. It continues with "O.D.'d On Life Itself", "Hot Rails To Hell", and "7 Screaming Diz-Busters". All of these are regular concert fare for the group, and all are hard driving rock.
The next four tracks (side two on the LP) were titled "The Red" (phantasmagorical id-teasers and supernatural beings). It opens with "Baby Ice Dog" which is the first collaboration that the group did with Patti Smith. That is followed by "Wings Wetted Down", "Teen Archer", and "Mistress of the Salmon Salt (Quicklime Girl)".Read more ›
Tyranny and Mutation is the middle of these three, and although it is nearing thirty years old (!), the sound is remarkably fresh, original, yes, still hard.
T&M benefits from much improved production values and sonic quality over their first, eponymous release. Side-by-side, T&M makes the first record sound like it was recorded underwater or in a bathtub. Although the sound is much more open and alive, the lyrics remain cryptic, and the music retains enough of an edge to keep everything in its right and sinister place.
I saw an interesting comment earlier in these pages that the record has two distinct personalities, with the first half being more hard-rock than the second. There could be some credence to this, as the original vinyl edition was labeled 'the Red' on the first side, and 'the Black' on the second side.
The 'Red' side contains most of the heavy cuts that this record is remembered most for (7 Screaming Diz-busters, The Red and the Black, Hot Rails to Hell), but it would not be fair to say that it is the only side worthy of such consideration. The second, 'Black', is solid, good music, and just like it was mentioned by an earlier, astute reviewer on this site, most of these cuts are NOT available on any compilations. Of these, 'Mistress of the Salmon Salt', 'Wings Wetted Down', 'Baby Ice Dog', and 'Teen Archer' (is that all of them?) are all songs that grow on you with each listen.Read more ›
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As second albums go, this is a superb album. As remasters go, if this album is remastered, Bob's my uncle. Read morePublished 14 days ago by boc_spectre
Great CD. Brought back some good old memories. Quick delivery. ThanksPublished 1 month ago by Tom Redfern
BOC Second album and Remastered . It is some of BOC best work as they were starting to really shine by this time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kurt Schmidt
I bought Tyranny & Mutation for the single "Hot Rails to Hell" that I hear on Sirius Radio now and then. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Terry Layne
just good hard rock before they made before they slicked it all up, love it BUCKS BOOGIE IS THE BESTPublished 14 months ago by john brown