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Not So Quiet On the Western Front

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Editors’ Notes

Back in the early ‘80s young people first experimenting with punk and hardcore often bought compilations to help find the sounds that identified with their angst. Alternative Tentacles’ 1982 offering Not So Quiet On The Western Front offered a whopping 46 tunes documenting the Northern California and Nevada punk scene. The collection has aged amazingly well and today is regarded as an integral snapshot of a time before the underground became overcrowded. Berkeley, California’s Crucifix opens with a barrage of D-beat tantrums peppered with anarchistic lyrics. The track from 7 Seconds introduced many flannel-clad kids to anti-Reagan punk (which would later become a subgenre unto itself), while San Jose’s Los Olvidados and San Francisco’s Free Beer proved that punk and skateboarding go together like chocolate and peanut butter. The City’s Flipper made sludge sound nearly accessible with “Sacrifice” and the Ribsy’s “Collapse” kicked out Ritalin-deprived jams with enough nervous anger to start a basement riot. Of course no punk rock comp would be complete without a song that lampoons hippies and Fang’s “Fun With Acid” delivers the goods with shambolic results.

Customer Reviews

Still Good!

Still have that double Lp, somewhere. This is real punk-rock, not that crap of today. Back then we were pissed! And they kept telling us how wrong Reagin was, sound famliar kids.

why cant i buy the whole thing?

yeah, im gonna buy each song individually for 46 bucks, yeah thats REAL realistic. itunes su'cks for this. i wouldve bought this album cuz it sounds great but whoops! its only a PARTIAL album, so i guess that means I'll have to buy each song for 99¢ each. or i could just download it for free somewhwere else, you as'sholes. Oooh, I think I just said a bad word! maybe this comment will be deemed inappropriate by the iTunes Store, and it wont be posted! i guess we'll just have to wait and'sholes PS, wondering why there are quote-marks in the middle of some of my words? well, because simply put, they get censored if I dont. good album by the way

$47 for all the songs?!

$47 for all the songs?! I paid less than $10 for the LP set when it came out. Don't buy it unless somebody at iTunes grows a brain and lets us get the entire album for a fair price. It's a great set but not worth buying by the song.

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