DEZERTER: Underground out of Poland: LP

May 15, 2023

One of the most important punk records to come out of Poland gets reissued in a spiffy 35th anniversary edition. As the story goes, D.O.A. were touring through the Eastern Bloc in 1985 and got a first-hand view of what life was like for punks living in the Soviet Union. Joey Shithead took a shine to Dezerter, who were one of Poland’s more popular punk bands, brought back copies of what recordings they had at the time, and compiled this LP, which was originally released by Maximum Rocknroll in 1987. The album garnered the band international acclaim and attention. Decades later, its nineteen tracks have not lost any of their immediacy or bite, as well as serving as a reminder that being a punk was, and in some places still is, a very dangerous endeavor. Add in some nice packaging and a large booklet with lyrics and pics, and it’s a no-brainer to say this comes highly recommended. –Jimmy Alvarado (Pasazer, [email protected], pasazer.pl)

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