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Not only is this unarguably the best live recording of Bad Brains, but in sound quality and performance it also rivals some of the Washington, D.C. hardcore band’s best studio-recorded moments. Indicative of the era, H.R. opens the set with a dedication to “Ronald Reagan and his puppets” before exploding into a punchy version of the instrumental “Attitude.” Their signature tune “Banned In D.C.” throws heated bolts of energy as propelling drums and a fast-pedaling bass support a winding guitar culminating in what sounds like imminent destruction until the song slows down to make way for some of Dr. Know’s best captured leads to date. The bastardized reggae of "Rally" downshifts into a mellower vibe while recalling a time in the early ‘80s when reggae was rising from the underground and into mainstream acts like Blondie, the Police, and the Clash; but this version also holds a magnifying glass over H.R.’s versatility as a vocalist. “Riot Squad” puts the hard back in the core with a fast and feral performance that punctuated everything early-‘80s skate-punk embodied.

Customer Reviews

Best Live Recording!

Amazing mp3--this is the best recording of this band I've ever heard! And the booklet is a delightful read--really a nice treat with the album blazing from my speakers!

A rare treat!

It's not every day a never-before-heard Bad Brains album is released! Fantastic!

Great Record--Great mp3!

I love this band! And I'm blown away by the quality of this recording! Not to mention the digital booklet that's a fantastic insight to the Bad Brains story!


Formed: 1979 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

By melding punk with reggae, Bad Brains became one of the definitive American hardcore punk groups of the early '80s. Although the group released only a handful of records during its peak, including the legendary cassette-only debut, Bad Brains, they developed a dedicated following, many of whom would later form their own hardcore and alternative bands. As for Bad Brains themselves, they continued to record and tour in varying lineups led by guitarist Dr. Know into the late '90s yet never managed...
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