HÜSKER DÜ: Savage Young Dü: 4 x LP Box Set

Mar 20, 2018

How to tackle something so vast? I guess we’ll stick to the facts. Numero has painstakingly unearthed and refurbished a massive amount of early demo and live material from the legendary Minneapolis band. So many songs I had never heard, and it all sounds so great. I always believed that they began as a lightning fast hardcore band and developed their melodic tendencies along the way, but now I know that in the beginning they had an amazing ‘70s poppy punk sound that reminded me of Vancouver bands such as Pointed Sticks, The Young Canadians, or even The Subhumans a bit. I really love how you can listen to their transformation through the records in this collection. It isn’t all demo and live stuff, though. The set also includes their early singles as well as the Land Speed Record and Everything Falls Apart albums. Interestingly, this is a never-heard version of Land Speed Record, as the original tapes of the live shows that album was recorded at have been lost to the sands of time. They did, however, find a recording of a show on the same tour, with extra songs even. It sounds great! It all does. The box also came with a massive hardcover book full of photos and stories and details on all of the recordings. It is a true historical document. I am so thankful for this and I hope the band and Numero make headway in freeing the rest of their catalog from the claws of SST so they can keep the magic coming! –Ty Stranglehol