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Editors’ Notes

Overlooked during its original incarnation in the early ‘70s, the East Detroit-based African-American trio of brothers, David, Bobby and Dannis Hackney, named Death, has existed mostly as a rumor and a sought-out collector’s item (its original vinyl single “Politicians In My Eyes” / “Keep On Knockin’” has fetched astronomical prices). This reissue now finally enables the average music fan to hear and assess these legendary recordings. From the opening energy of “Keep On Knocking,” Death’s homage to the Detroit rock scene is obvious. Guitars charge forth with the menace of the MC5, guitar riffs twisting around the aggressive edge. “Rock-N-Roll Victim” continues the assault. The bare bones production works to the band’s advantage, keeping its garage intensity intact. “Let the World Turn” branches out for six minutes of quasi-psychedelic wallowing, while “You’re a Prisoner” and “Freakin Out” sound remarkably like the early rush of Arthur Lee’s Love. A weird, rare find.

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This Death Came First!

This is the original Death, formed in 1973 by brothers David, Bobby, and Dannis Hackney. Hailing from Detroit, their hard, fast, and simple take on rock and roll strongly influenced what would eventually become punk rock (think similar Michigan bands like the Stooges and MC 5). They were almost picked up by Columbia Records, but a dispute over the band's name condemned them to obscurity. "...For the Whole World to See" has been reissued by Drag City records, and maybe this time the record will really be heard.

Ignorance cannot continue

And this terrible rating caused by it cannot stand. Wake up people. Read the actual informative reviews and appreciate this awesome, long defunct band for what it was. This is really great music from the past.

This album predates the metal band

This is the Detroit proto-punk band Death from 1973, so I think it's safe to say they don't need a new name because another band used the same name in the 80s.


Formed: 1973 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '10s

The East Detroit-based proto-punk outfit Death formed in 1973 around the talents of siblings David, Bobby, and Dannis Hackney. The brothers, who had spent previous summers banging out soul and funk jams, began to gravitate toward the deafening assault of bands like Black Sabbath, MC5, Alice Cooper, and the Stooges, resulting in a volatile live set and demo that found favor with Detroit's burgeoning underground rock scene. Producer Don Davis (Funkadelic) was called in to helm the band's debut studio...
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