PAGANS: What’s This Shit? 1977/1979: LP

Now this is a Record Store Day release I can really get into! Time for commentary: I love the concept of record stores country-wide getting some respect (in the form of life supporting sales) but RSD ain’t nothing but big biz malarkey. Maybe some of you share my opinion, maybe not. The faux-cool “limited” releases, the overpriced reissuing of “classic” rock albums… isn’t this what the cool kids-only club of underground rock is supposed to be against? Time for record review: side one is a fiery live performance from 1979 with surprisingly decent fidelity, especially considering the sounds on some of their official releases. Side two has a few versions of “Six and Change” recorded on the same random October 1977 afternoon. These recordings get better as they progress, and according to notes on the back cover, the third version is what made it to record. My only complaint is that I wish there were more pics/liners, but I think everything that can be said about The Pagans is in the liner notes on all their Crypt Records releases. I won’t pretend to have all the Pagans ephemera out there, nor do I necessarily want it all, but I’m really amazed that these recordings have gone this long unreleased. What’s this shit, indeed!

 –Sal Lucci (Thermionic)