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Mission of Burma’s first EP and 7” single had already set the Boston scene on fire, and with this follow-up a year later, their place in the post-punk history books was already clear. Their chapter was woefully short, however, as guitarist Roger Miller suffered from escalating, painful tinnitus, helped in part, no doubt, by the band’s over-the-top use of volume in their live shows. Vs. has been carefully re-mastered by A.O.H. boss (and the band’s original producer) Rick Harte.  Any murkiness resulting from their use of feedback, distortion, and high volume is gone, and the sound is bright, balanced and as sharp as a knife edge.  Benefiting not only the more, er, delicate, tracks, such as the beautiful “Trem Two” and “Dead Pool,” the cleaner sound also makes the pummeling assault of tracks like “Johnny Burma,” “Fun World,” and “Certain Fate” more acute and focused; the time shifts and tidy breaks amidst the artful maelstroms of “Learn How,” “Mica,” and “Weatherbox” give more breadth to the tunes. The first three bonus tracks here are from Vs. recording sessions, while “Ok/NoWay” was the B-side of the “Trem Two” single, and there is not a throwaway among them.

Customer Reviews

this is it.

if you're wondering why the world's never quite gotten beyond the phrase "post-punk," this album is it. this is the bible and handbook of every band after it that wanted to wed frenetic energy to really intelligent and crazy songwriting (sonic youth, r.e.m., et al), and the fact that it's never been topped is telling. this is still the final frontier of "post-punk," twenty-six years later. and it still sounds amazing.

The best band ever to come from the Boston scene

I fell in love with MOB when I bought a punk compilation that contained the track, That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate. I ended up picking up every other release in both cd and LP. And believe me the Lp's did not come cheap. MOB's record Vs. in my opinion is one of the greatest albums every recorded. There is not a single song on the album that is lacking in either complexity or hooks that draw you in like a hypnotist. Each band member plays their instuments to compliment eachother and Martin Swopes tape manipulations add texture and an eariness that adds to the already great songs. I can't imagine MOB without Martin Swoop. I can't name any tracks as my favorite because I love them all but Mica,Weatherbox,Forget, and Progress are true stand outs.

I would say

The greatest indie album of all time.


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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