GOVERNMENT ISSUE: Joy Ride: LP

Cool that Dr. Strange is doing vinyl reissues of this stuff. Originally released on Fountain Of Youth in 1984, this was/is GI’s second LP. From what I could glean about this reissue, this is the European version with extra songs. For some reason I never picked this up when it originally came out. I’ve always liked these guys, even when the sound started to shift on the later records, which was the stuff I found I listened to the most. However, I don’t think this LP is entirely solid. There’s some filler on here, like the cover of “These Boots Were Made for Walkin’,” and the live tracks. Not to mention the pacing, which seems disjointed. That said, this does have songs like “Understand,” “Notch in My Crotch,” and “Joy Ride” which are great songs where they were transitioning from thrashy and raw to something more tuneful.

 –M.Avrg (Dr. Strange, drstrange.com)