Title - 6 Original Recordings Remastered
Artist - Subhumans
Subhumans were at the forefront of the UK anarcho-punk scene in the early 80s, alongside such bands as Crass, Flux Of Pink Indians, Rudimentary Peni, and Conflict. From the start Subhumans were praised for their ability to stretch the boundaries of punk rock with their unique blend of structured dynamic tunes and incisive socio-political lyrics.
Bluurg Records are proud to announce the reissues of the Subhumans back catalogue. Remastered and presented in a deluxe digi-pack with all original artwork, these re-releases give you another chance to hear one of the original UK punk bands at their very best.
'The Day the Country Died' - I first got this record about ten years ago, and it blew my world apart. It was (and still is) much more unique than any other record from that time period. It is utterly flawless. It was perfect for the angry misfit sixteen year old when I got it and even now it is just as potent and even better than ever. Over the past decade my taste in music has wandered all over and I've been quite a snob (I hate to admit), but when I brought this remaster back out and placed into my player for a listen, man, I was amazed at the strength of the song writing!
'From the Cradle to the Grave' - This release is breathtaking, from the opening fifty second long instrumental to the final sixteen-minute title track that ranks among the ten greatest songs ever recorded by anyone, regardless of genre. It's not just Dick's lyrics, brilliant as always, that make this album a classic, but also the music, constantly changing pace and tone, from the upbeat ska/reggae of "Us Fish Must Swin Together" to the threatening "Wake Up Screaming" to the relentless "Reality Is Waiting For A Bus." Frickin' classic!
'Time Flies / Rats' - Normally, I think it's a bad idea for a band to get back together, especially after a decade's gone by. But, I have to say, I was thrilled when the Subhumans got back together. I saw them on that first tour in Pittsburgh - great show! 'Time Flies / Rats' was the first album I had and have had now (regardless of this remaster) close to twenty years! They are one of the few English punk bands that still sound fresh to me.
'Worlds Apart' - Great album. Punk meets ska in England. Politico-punk with soul. The Subhumans are just fabulous, and this album is one amongst a long list of great albums they have released. What makes this album different than some of the others is that most all of the songs have a real ska beat influence. Plus, each and every song is rich in advanced musicianship. This is not just bar-chord 1-2-3-4 punk rock, but real creative fusion in a fine peace-punk style. Plus the recording job is superb.
'EP-LP' - The best material this band ever recorded are their first 4 EP's.And they're all here, beautifully remastered (the sound is excellent). Clocking in at a decent 42 minutes+, this is a skull-splitting record, with the guitar so loud and bright few people will be able to enjoy this as it was meant to be listened to - ie: at full blast! As a bonus, only one of the ska-ish songs that will soften future album releases is present here, and it ain't bad!
'29:29 Split Vision' - The album gets off to a great start with "Somebody's Mother," hands down one of the ten best songs they ever wrote. Amazing riff, and great melody. The third track, "Walls Of Silence," has backing vocals reminiscent of earlier songs like "Get To Work On Time," and a great bassline. The more I think about it, the only real problem with '29:29 Split Vision' is the last three songs, which combine for half the album's length. The song "Worlds Apart" is half the length of their sixteen minute epic "From The Cradle To The Grave," but nowhere near as musically fascinating.