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Album Review

After a series of half-good/half-crud German CD reissues of Chrome material — good because of the long out-of-print original Chrome material coming back, crud because of the regular attaching of indifferent or bad Edge-only material to them — this two-in-one release was a godsend. Containing both Half Machine Lip Moves and Alien Soundtracks as indicated — though the later album, Half Machine, appears first on the disc — this release, apparently instigated by Steve Albini's appreciation for this era of Chrome, is a perfect starting point for a Chrome newcomer. While the rereleased Chrome Box makes for an excellent start as well, including both of these albums as well, those wanting a cheaper way to begin searching out Chrome's wonders should start here. Great sound and reproduction of the original art (alas, there are no explanatory liner notes of any kind, the one mark against the collection) enchances the experience.


Formed: 1977 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '10s

One of the original forefathers in the industrial boom of the 1980s, Chrome's amalgam of distorted guitars and vocals, samples from TV, and a raw punk aesthetic (inspired by the Stooges) became much more popular in the early '90s than it ever was while the band was around in the '70s and '80s. Although active for only six years, Chrome left behind a huge discography, including nine full LPs (several of which were released posthumously) and numerous EPs and singles. Chrome were formed in San Francisco...
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