Mission Of Burma
Horrible Truth About Burma
2 x LP
US import- RTI=gatefold= + bonus DVD+download+booklet
2008 US repressed in RTI HQ-180 2LP+bonus DVD+download -The posthumous album. "Combining rock 'n' roll's traditional fetish for pure, unmediated feeling, with a more modern sort of artistic calculation, Burma's music could evoke everything from ...
Release date: 25-02-2008 (originally released in 1985)
2008 US repressed in RTI HQ180 2LP+bonus DVD +download+ 4 Extra bonus tracks
Re-mastered and restored to its correct sequence with three bonus tracks. 32-page booklet contains ephemera, photos, and interviews. Vinyl is true all-analog, HQ-180 pressing.
The posthumous album. "Combining rock 'n' roll's traditional fetish for pure, unmediated feeling, with a more modern sort of artistic calculation, Burma's music could evoke everything from the Beatles' ecstatic run of Hamburg rock clubs in the early 60s to the lightning-speed hardcore punk that was developing in the US during Burma's tenure. In this sense, Burma can be said to have blithely encapsulated punk's overarching mission: to draw a line connecting rock rebels past and present, and, in doing so, re-imagine and re-establish the music's anarchic condition" - Salon.com.
bonus DVD Features: Live at the Bradford Ballroom, Boston, March 12, 1983 (evening show)
A2 Peking Spring
A4 New Disco
A6 Go Fun Burn Man
B3 He Is, She Is
B4 Heart Of Darkness
C1 That's When I Reach For My Revolver
D1 Trem Two
D2 Learn How
DVD Live At The Bradford Hotel, March 12, 1983 - Evening Show
Live At The Bradford Hotel, March 12, 1983 - Evening Show
DVD-1 This Is Not A Photograph
DVD-3 He Is/She Is
DVD-5 Peking Spring
DVD-6 Trem Two
DVD-7 Go Fun, Burn Man
DVD-8 Fun World
DVD-10 See My Friend
DVD-11 Max Ernst
DVD-12 That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate
DVD-13 Einstein's Day
DVD-15 That's When I Reach For My Revolver
DVD-17 Academy Fight Song
HQ-180gram vinyl, gatefold sleeve.
Includes coupon for free download of the entire album and a 16 page booklet with interviews and unpublished ephemera and photos.
Signals, Calls and Marches and Vs. proved that Mission of Burma were one of the best American bands to emerge in the wake of punk's first wave (and before the rise of indie rock), and no one who saw them live seems willing to dispute that they were a powerhouse on-stage.
So no one could fault Mission of Burma for commemorating their final tour in 1983 with a live album, but the truth about The Horrible Truth About Burma is it simply isn't as strong as the studio recordings that preceded it; the performances are often superb, but the material on their final gesture lets them down. Mission of Burma chose to fill The Horrible Truth with songs that hadn't previously appeared on an album, which was a fine idea on paper, since the band wanted to preserve tunes that might otherwise be lost to the ages.
But while there isn't a bad song to be found, the best original tunes are the ones that had already earned radio exposure in Boston as demos (in particular "Peking Spring" and "Dirt"), and while "Tremelo" and "Blackboard" were doubtless compelling performance pieces, as songs they don't scale the same heights as "That's When I Reach for My Revolver," "Einstein's Day" or "Fun World." (However, one wonders if Steve Albini was in attendance at the Chicago show where "Dumbells" was recorded, given its resemblance to his signature guitar style.) It seems significant that two of the strongest cuts are covers: a ferocious run-through of the Stooges' "1970," and a nearly nine-minute journey through "Heart of Darkness" by Pere Ubu. And while Mission of Burma are in strong, hard-hitting form throughout, they lack a bit of the fierce precision that made Vs. so memorable. The Horrible Truth About Burma is a fine souvenir for fans but not much of an intro for beginners; the home video release Live at the Bradford, shot at the band's final concert, does a superior job of capturing what made this group so compelling.
Extra info: US import- RTI=gatefold=
Bonus(cd,single,download): bonus DVD+download+booklet
Originally released: 1985
This release: 2008