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Black Dots

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Bad Brains 1996

Review

Surfacing out of nowhere in 1996, Black Dots turned out to be an archival release of the best kind, something truly rare and unheard that also captured a band at its best. The liner notes explain the origins of the release: In 1979, fellow DC locals the Slickee Boys heard an even earlier rehearsal tape from the Brains and suggested hooking up with now-legendary DC producer Don Zientara, who had recently opened his Inner Ear Studios in his house. The group duly booked time, set up in the fledging venue and put on a commanding performance. Nearly all the legendary early hits are here, including "Pay to Cum," "Don't Need It," "Regulator," "Banned in D.C.," "How Low Can a Punk Get?" and "Attitude," while a number of otherwise unheard or never-recorded elsewhere numbers make Black Dots easily the equal of the ROIR cassette. Some of the changes and quirks are really fun -- H.R.'s mock-cockney sneer throughout a number of songs is one of the last things probably anybody expected to hear. Aside from "new" oldie "The Man Won't Annoy Ya," the reggae side of the band went largely by the boards this time around, aside from the reedy inflections HR throws in from time to time. Instead it's all monster-rock power -- Dr. Know plays like a man possessed, Darryl Aaron Jenifer does it low and loud, while Earl Hudson overcomes for the slightly hollow drum sound with sheer manic smashes and just enough control. Absolutely necessary for Brains fans or anyone who appreciates the power of live, loud electric music. ~ Ned Raggett
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Don't Need It Bad Brains 1:58
  3. 2 At the Atlantis Bad Brains 1:57
  4. 3 Pay to Cum Bad Brains 2:3
  5. 4 Supertouch/Shitfit Bad Brains 3:3
  6. 5 Regulator Bad Brains 1:29
  7. 6 You're a Migraine Bad Brains 1:41
  8. 7 Don't Bother Me Bad Brains 2:37
  9. 8 Banned in D.C. Bad Brains 2:40
  10. 9 Why'd You Have to Go? Bad Brains 2:56
  11. 10 The Man Won't Annoy Ya Bad Brains 2:43
  12. 11 Redbone in the City Bad Brains 2:6
  13. 12 Blackdots Bad Brains 1:12
  14. 13 How Low Can a Punk Get? Bad Brains 2:40
  15. 14 Just Another Damn Song Bad Brains 1:57
  16. 15 Attitude Bad Brains 1:40
  17. 16 Send You No Flowers Bad Brains 1:52

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