Jul 25, 2018

It’s the first time on CD for this long out-of-print debut from the band. The sound quality is great and it is definitely cool to have this in a digital format. However, I was slightly surprised that not quite as much care was taken on the production side here. The track numbers are off by one due to the “Intro” track not being credited properly. Instead of the song titles when each song plays, it just says “no text” on each song. I had to look at a picture of the LP to determine that the first side was recorded live at Raincross. For side two, only the last song is listed as a studio track, when—again according to the LP picture—the whole second side is actually not live. The “Art Damage” version I have of Volume III is one of the most beautiful slabs of wax I have in my collection. I wasn’t expecting a Picasso here, but maybe somewhere in the middle. –Sean Koepenick (Hostage,