OFFENDERS: Live at CBGB’s 1985: 2 x CD

Two discs, three live sets from 1982, 1985, and 2002, and thirty-four tracks total from one of the finest hardcore bands from Texas. The sound here is clear throughout, energy and playing precision is on-point, and the songs are fuggin’ choice. If you haven’t yet procured a copy of either their Endless Struggle or We Must Rebel releases, both of which were apparently recently reissued together by Southern Lord, they’re most definitely the prime starting point. But they are not mandatory to appreciate what’s contained here, ‘cause this is some choice listening in its own right for newbie and vet alike.

 –Jimmy Alvarado ()