The sound quality also isn't too great. The guitar, bass, and drums sound pretty good, but Rollins's frantic growls fade in and out, and the vocals aren't up to par. The studio versions of all the LP) on this album are better than these versions.
For an intro to the band, I'd recommend "Loose Nut". Most would recommend "Damaged", which I actually think pales in comparison to the later stuff as well as Keith Morris era Black Flag. Good stuff, decent recording, but not enough of the "Damaged" and pre-Henry stuff. I wish they'd release a live CD of stuff before Henry was in the band. Anyway, I like some of the versions here better than the studio recordings. It sounds like there was a lot of energy in this band that might have been dulled in the studio by the search for "perfection", especially when it comes to the "My War" stuff.
Lots of songs, very little between-song banter. I always imagined Henry to be a little LP) talkative on stage. There is also virtually no improvising here at all. All the songs are pretty faithful to the original recordings. Very good addition to your Black Flag collection. Decent live CD. I would rather listen to the studio tracks on their albums, though. For fans of Black Flag and those that want to hear a fresh version of the studio tracksyou should get this!
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Black Flag My War 4. The years leading up to the release of Black Flag's second full-length, My Warwere tumultuous in every sense of the word.
Following the release of Damaged and subsequent touring, the band began feuding with Unicorn Records, an MCA subsidiary that was supposed to distribute their debut LP; the parent company refused to distribute Damaged because of its "anti-parent" content. Black Flag then released the record themselves via Greg Ginn's SST, resulting in a lawsuit from Unicorn and a court injuncture preventing the band from recording under their name.
During the two years between their debut and the recording of My WarBlack Flag made a series of demos that showed them growing in leaps and bounds musically; tempos began to slow, with the obvious nods to Black Sabbath and locals Saint Vitus. Henry Rollins' strained bark became more ferocious and varied, while Greg Ginn's guitar repertoire began to expand beyond punk rock standards, incorporating elements of free-jazz into his soloing and penning more LP) complex and unorthodox guitar parts.
All of these factors played heavily into My War 's final outcome. The song sets the tone for the first portion of an album brimming with angst.
At first the song appears to be an ironic take on stereotypical love songs, but further investigation reveals a darker slant; the protagonist gives himself to a woman only to be taken for granted and possibly cheated on, and as a result, decides to kill her. Black Flag's progression thus far is most obvious in the final three songs, all of which are over six minutes. None of them stray from a laggard pace, dwelling on murky atmospheres that punk rock bands had never successfully attempted before.
Haunting background guitar aids the psychedelic feel of "Three Nights" in addition various vocal effects, haunting bass lines, and improvisational soloing. My War ends with a single chug of a guitar string; a particularly quiet ending to an album rife with anger that somehow never feels completely vented.
Many of the people who appreciate the album will more than likely identify I Love You - Black Flag - My War (Vinyl the lyrical themes, however strangely juvenile they appear to be. Along with Saccharine Trust, Butthole Surfers, and several other underground bands of time, Black Flag helped carve out a niche for experimentation within a punk framework.
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