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Death - Spiritual Mental Physical lp (Drag City)


"Spiritual-Mental-Physical is a collection of wild early DEATH demos,
presenting the three young HACKNEY brothers consolidating their powers
as they embark on a trip into pure rock and roll music. For many years
following the emergence of punk rock, nothing changed. Punk bands either
signed contracts and played the rock band game or they lived in a world
parallel to the world of commercial rock and roll. Farther along came
“the year that punk broke,” a puzzling decade and a half after the whole
thing had first been absorbed into the mainstream in the last of the
1970s. And so it was. The books were written; the pronouncements made.
Then came news of Death. They’d self-released a single in 1976; the
tracks made it onto an unheard punk compilation a couple decades later.
In 2008, an obsessive young man tracked them down and found that the
surviving two brothers had master tapes from all those years ago. These
made up the truly senses-shattering album…For The Whole World To See.
Suddenly, the book was open again and the history of punk rock needed to
be rewritten to include Death. The sounds on …For the Whole World To
See are those of young men, scorching their influences in the process of
becoming new. Spiritual-Mental-Physical gives us Death by transistor
radio, with a tinnyyet- furious sound representing the 1970s environment
of Death. Here, the musical landscape that inspired them is more
clearly defined as they demo material that didn’t make it to the studio,
but shares the same ferocious bent as “Politicians In My Eyes,” “Keep
On Knocking,” and the rest of ...For the Whole World To See.
Spiritual-Mental-Physical is an inside look at Death’s early days, one
that fans of the group and fans of punk rock (and, indeed, rock of all
kinds) are sure to enjoy for the rest of time."

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 24 January, 2011.

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