GOVERNMENT ISSUE: Strange Wine/Live at CBGB: CD

Primarily a live set from this legendary band blessed with good sound and a nice mix of tunes spanning their entire career. The last three songs are studio reworkings of some of their older tunes, the best being a pretty thrashin’ take of “I’m James Dean” and the worst being a sub-par version of “Teenager in a Box,” which has none of the intensity of the original version. Serves as a nice, concise overview of their career for those who want to know what all the fuss is about but aren’t willing or aren’t financially able to invest in their two-volume discography.

 –jimmy (Dr. Strange)