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Mould's brief, post-Hüsker Dü, pre-Sugar solo career is summed up in 14 tracks. The three offerings from Workbook (1989) prove why that surprising disc is on more than a few desert island lists (it was acoustic and introsp... more »
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Mould's brief, post-Hüsker Dü, pre-Sugar solo career is summed up in 14 tracks. The three offerings from Workbook (1989) prove why that surprising disc is on more than a few desert island lists (it was acoustic and introspective, not incendiary), while the Dü-like and critically reviled Black Sheets of Rain (1990) is leagues more impressive now that we've endured years of assembly line grunge. --Jeff Bateman
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Scott K. (DrScott) from HENDERSON, NV
Reviewed on 3/7/2012...
I agree with the previous review that this is an odd disc at best. My understanding is that it was a contractural obligation album, and that Bob had nothing to do with it. It oddly compiles studio tracks and live tracks, but the live tracks! Astounding live tracks are what make this an important release. Is it Sugar? - no. Is it Husker Du? - certainly not. Is it great Bob Mould? - why yes, yes it is and you should own it.
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A strange but compelling Mould anthology
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a weird record, one gets the feeling that Bob Mould didn't have much to do with it's release. It takes five songs from the "Black Sheets" album, two from "Workbook," one unreleased gem, and five live cuts. Perhaps it's meant as an introduction to Mould before you jump all the way in. Either way, fans new and old are better off shelling out their money for the "Black Sheets" and "Workbook" albums in their entirety, as this compilation lacks many key cuts. This is a worhtwhile record, however, for the new or old fan. "All The People Know" is a previously unreleased song that is classic Mould. And the five live tracks from 1989 are brilliant, absolute masterworks that no Mould fan will want to go without. I'm a die-hard who at first resisted "Poison Years" because I already had "Black" and "Workbook," but I recently gave in. I can now say without a doubt that the live tracks are worth the price of the CD alone. He rips through alot of "Workbook" stuff and does a killer cover, R. Thompson's "Shoot Out The Lights." Each and every Bob Mould fan has to hear this track. It's a major work, beautiful, cathartic, stunning raw power. It makes "Poison Years" rise above the rest of the cheap compilations out there and enter the ranks as a Great Bob Mould Record."
Don't buy it!
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Bob's record company put out this album to try and scrap a few more bucks out of his fans, Bob himself urged people not to buy it, it was compiled and released without his consent. You're doing Bob a disservice if you pony up any dough for this one."