May 31, 2007

Okay, gripes first: 1) What is this insistence in using the version of “Right Is Right” with the guitar intro cut off? If the original master wasn’t available with the intro intact, why not find a pristine copy of the second Rodney on the Roq comp and use that instead? Most perplexing of all, who decided starting off the disc with that song was a good idea? 2) Why are the Life Is… comp tracks absent and replaced with the vastly inferior Volume 2 versions? Goblin did a fine job singing on them, and one of ’em, “The Omen,” isn’t represented here at all. 3) Given the number of rarities that didn’t make it on here, why the inclusion of so much stuff readily available on the CD GTA put out a couple of years ago? Seems like such a waste, you know? Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let me say that any collection highlighting Shattered Faith’s “golden era” is friggin’ mandatory listening. Although much is missing here, the fact that the inclusion of all the tracks from The Future Looks Bright comp, “Discontent” from the Who Cares comp, and one of the two tracks from the Destroy L.A. comp make this an invaluable addition to the collection of any self-respecting punker. Bitching aside, I’m stoked as hell to hear these songs again.

 –jimmy (Finger)