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Flesh Eaters - A Minute To Pray A Second To Die (LP)
Awesome debut from members of X and The Blasters! This is an LA punk classic that has influenced countless bands. 2014 reissue on black vinyl with replica packaging.
A classic album of trashy-noir darkness, seamy Hollywood dreck, campy blues horror, and Stax-influenced, stripped-down guitar punk, the Flesheaters' first release, A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die, truly delivers what it promises: simple, direct, roots-flavored early L.A. punk. However, calling this a punk album is reductive at best. Sure, it utilizes the less-is-more, low-rent attitude and musicianship, but Chris D. and crew -- and it's an exceptional crew, featuring former Blasters Dave Alvin and Bill Bateman (accomplished roots players in their own right), saxman Steve Berlin, who later played with Los Lobos, and John Doe and DJ Bonebrake of X -- succeed in creating a sonic pastiche of true American music. From blues to jazz to rock to rockabilly, the Flesheaters were able to accomplish all, and that is no more apparent in their catalog than on this debut, which captures the fire and directness of early Sun Studios recordings -- albeit with more self-consciousness. Later the band would devolve into campier, less invigorating rock, but songs like "See You in the Boneyard," "So Long," and "Digging My Grave" are enduring testaments to this lineup's power, simplicity, and prestige. Chris D., with his whine and shriek -- a bit like Darby Crash -- later formed the Divine Horsemen, as well.
|A1||Digging My Grave||4:19|
|A2||Pray Til You Sweat||2:35|
|A3||River Of Fever||3:54|
|B1||See You In The Boneyard||3:29|
|B3||Cyrano De Berger's Back||3:21|
Original Release Year: 1981
Label: Superior Viaduct
Catalog #: SV051
Format: 12" Vinyl LP
Vinyl Color: Black