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Editors’ Notes

The third and final Mission of Burma re-release by Matador Records in 2008 is the band’s live album, The Horrible Truth ..., which was recorded during their farewell tour in 1983 and originally released in 1985. While many live records fail to deliver, this document stood as an exciting and fairly clean representation of the power of M.O.B. in a live setting. Now, re-mastered by original producer and Ace of Hearts label honcho Rick Harte, and re-released here in their original, correct sequence (other re-releases messed with the natural order of things), the songs are pure power, newly invigorated and carrying a palpable sting. “Peking Spring,” the song that started it all way back in 1979 as a tape-only college radio hit in Boston but was never properly released, is polished up here, and worth celebrating as one of their best songs.  Pere Ubu’s “Heart of Darkness,” an exhilarating ride in art-punk land, and the Stooges’ “1970,” which virtually explodes out of your earbuds, are almost worth the price alone. Kudos to Matador and Harte, for putting some spit and sparkle on what had been an enjoyable but flawed live album, documenting one of the most important bands of the indie-rock genre.

Customer Reviews

" And Mother Taught Us Patience!"

.."Father Taught Us Boundaries!" And the Mission Of Burma taught us just how far Modern Rock could go back in those old "Punk-Rock-Boston" days! Pack up your "Weatherbox" and set the controls for the "Heart Of Darkness!" {We're not horribly displeased to have this "Live" collection of some of the most memorable "Missions Of Burma!"} (If you were among the lucky & loyal fans to have ever experienced a MOB live set; Then you know who you are!) <Nights crammed into places like: 38 Thayer Street, The RED Loft; The Space & The Inman Square Men's Bar; You felt the "Raw Power" of this talented "Power Trio!">"The Mission Of Burma" still exists; All of the founding members still active in one way or another in "The Biz!" "Learn How" by tuning in to "The Truth about Burma" today! Grimmbo.

Remastered Classic

Mission of Burma is one of my favorite bands, and this album is no disappointment. If you don't know them, well worth the time to give their few albums a good listen. Really pioneers. By the way, Moby covered 'That's When I Reach For My Revolver', not the other way around. M of B member Clint Conley wrote that song, and it was on their 1981 EP.

good stuff

Nice live set from one of the early 80s best bands.....nice to see that stanfordman is on top of things. Moby covered Burma's song, not the other way around.....


Formed: 1980 in Boston, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '00s, '10s

Of all the punk-inspired bands that came out of Boston in the early '80s, none were better than Mission of Burma. Arty without being too pretentious, capable of writing gripping songs and playing with ferocious intensity, guitarist Roger Miller, bassist Clint Conley, drummer Peter Prescott, and tape head Martin Swope galvanized the city's alternative rock scene, and despite a too-short existence, set a standard for excellence that has rarely been equalled -- a standard the band upheld when they unexpectedly...
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