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Friday, May 20, 2005
 

Weekend Reissue Roundup #8 05/21/05

Gang of Four: Entertainment! (1979)   Def Leppard: Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection (2005)   Bif Naked: Bif Naked (1996)   Nils Lofren: Favorites 1990-2005


Gang of Four: Entertainment! [Expanded] (Rhino, May 17, 2005) *****
Def Leppard: Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection (Mercury, May 17, 2005) ****
Bif Naked: Bif Naked (WEA International, May 17, 2005) ****
Nils Lofgren: Favorites 1990-2005 (Rykodisc, May 17, 2005) ***

Relatively few new reisssues were released in the past week. Among the more interesting are:

Gang of Four: Entertainment! [Expanded]
Gang of Four: Entertainment! (1979)
Entertainment! is one of the most influential albums ever recorded, pure and simple. It was a stunner when it appeared in 1979, giving the term "angular" a new workout in the rock lexicon. Rhythmic, jagged, staccato, and with vocals both spoken and shouted, it helped define post-punk, and has informed generations of later musicians, among them the Minutemen, Fugazi, Rage Against The Machine, Franz Ferdinand, and too many others to mention. The lyrics are angry and politically charged but erudite, with cutting wit. Perhaps the best thing on the album is "Anthrax" with its scraping feedback, and rubbery, bass-driven rhythm. Vocalist Jon King compares love to disease, while guitarist Andy Gill recites in monotone why Gang of Four doesn't do love songs; their voices synchronize briefly when both reach the line "I feel like a beetle on its back" "Ether" "I Found That Essence Rare" and "Damaged Goods" are also standouts. Rhino adds 7 bonus goodies to this package, including a live version of the Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane", the entire 4-song Yellow EP, and a few alternate versions, making this a fine time to pick up this classic.

Def Leppard: Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection
Def Leppard: Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection (2005)
This double-disc replaces Vault: Def Leppard's Greatest Hits as the definitive anthology for this band in the U.S. At 35 tracks, it includes everything that was on Vault, plus a huge sampling of album tracks and other artefacts (including a cover of Badfinger's "No Matter What"). How much you need this anthology definitely depends on how much you like Def Leppard; the casual fan can still make do with Vault, which contains all the essentials, but those looking for a true career-spanning overview will welcome this one. The band was formed in 1977, and their discography reaches back to 1980; they remain just about the only significant metal band of the early 80's still active today.

Bif Naked: Bif Naked
Bif Naked: Bif Naked (1996)
Bif Naked was born in India but adopted by American missionaries from Minnesota. She had been a member of Canadian acts Jungle Milk, Gorilla Gorilla, and Chrome Dog before recording this debut solo album in 1994 (due to her record company going bust, it wasn't released until 1996). The album is a cross between skatepunk, Goth, and singer/songwriter conventions and is delivered with a real attitude. She takes some interesting byways; the spoken-word lyrics on "The Gross Gross Man" and the lush sensuality of "Succulent". Liz Phair and Courtney Love fans might want to give her a try.

Nils Lofgren: Favorites 1990-2005
Nils Lofren: Favorites 1990-2005
Lofgren has been recording since the late 1960's, as a member of Grin, solo, with Neil Young, and with Bruce Springsteen. In 1974 it was rumored he'd replace Mick Taylor in the Rolling Stones. Despite his lengthy career and notoriety, he's never managed to sell very many records on his own; his peak commercial era was in the late 1970's when his albums hovered around #50 on the charts. His last album to chart, Silver Lining (#153) appeared in 1991. This disc dutifully collects good moments from his later albums, including a couple of rarities, and it makes for fairly pleasant listening. But Lofgren has never really had a commanding style of his own; he works better in the context of a band, making this a purchase for diehards only.


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