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Barnes & Noble - Franklin Bruno
In 1993, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Miskelley Jr. were convicted of the ritualistic murders of three eight-year-olds in West Memphis, Arkansas. Since then, two HBO documentaries Paradise Lost and Revelations have convinced many, including the artists on this legal defense benefit compilation, that the three teens were guilty of nothing more than wearing black, reading Anne Rice, and listening to heavy metal. Joe Strummer's reading of Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come" with backing from the Long Beach Dub All-Stars and 1.7's rap-rock "Boys in Black" are the tracks most obviously inspired by the defendants' plight. Nashville Pussy, Zeke, and the Murder ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Franklin Bruno
In 1993, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Miskelley Jr. were convicted of the ritualistic murders of three eight-year-olds in West Memphis, Arkansas. Since then, two HBO documentaries Paradise Lost and Revelations have convinced many, including the artists on this legal defense benefit compilation, that the three teens were guilty of nothing more than wearing black, reading Anne Rice, and listening to heavy metal. Joe Strummer's reading of Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come" with backing from the Long Beach Dub All-Stars and 1.7's rap-rock "Boys in Black" are the tracks most obviously inspired by the defendants' plight. Nashville Pussy, Zeke, and the Murder City Devils -- bands rarely associated with social consciousness -- contribute solid covers of punk/metal classics by AC/DC, Iron Maiden, and the Misfits, while ex-Breeder Kelley Deal offers a fun-house rendition of Pantera's "Fucking Hostile." The most powerful cuts are new originals by Steve Earle and Tom Waits, both in a twisted blues style similar to the latter's recent work. This isn't the most stylistically consistent compilation you'll ever hear, but the cause it supports can hardly be faulted by anyone with a sense of justice.
All Music Guide - Jeremy Salmon
A fine collection of mainly punk rock covers, with some extra variety sprinkled in. The album is a benefit for, as you might expect, the West Memphis Three. These are three guys incarcerated in the late '90s, either with life sentences or on death row. The details of their conviction are quite problematic, as both the liner notes and Jello Biafra spell out at the end of "Wrong and Important." The Killing Joke contribution adds some more information on capital punishment during their song. Tom Waits growls out a tune with his trusty spronky guitar, which is a highlight among the other interesting tracks. Most of the tracks are on the subject of capital punishment, but some of the cover choices see Zeke's version of "Wrathchild" by Iron Maiden seem to be positive support for the prisoners coming in a singular form.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2000
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923815020
  • Catalog Number: 8150
  • Sales rank: 308,543

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Truth (2:21)
  2. 2 Wrong and Important (3:34)
  3. 3 Boys in Black (3:09)
  4. 4 Heavy Heart (3:29)
  5. 5 The Harder They Come - Long Beach Dub All-Stars (3:50)
  6. 6 Rains on Me (3:20)
  7. 7 Poor Girl (2:44)
  8. 8 Indicted (3:37)
  9. 9 Wraithchild (2:42)
  10. 10 Fucking Hostile (3:03)
  11. 11 Hwy 5 - John Doe Thing (2:50)
  12. 12 Untitled Lullaby - Mike Johnson (3:02)
  13. 13 She (1:31)
  14. 14 Highway to Hell (3:25)
  15. 15 Our Last Goodbye (5:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jello Biafra Spoken Word
Steve Earle Track Performer
Killing Joke Track Performer
Mark Lanegan Track Performer
Joe Strummer Track Performer
Tom Waits Track Performer
Rocket from the Crypt Track Performer
Tippa Irie Track Performer
Duff McKagan Track Performer
Bill Rieflin Track Performer
Ben Shepherd Track Performer
Eddie Vedder Track Performer
Mike Johnson Track Performer
Kelley Deal Track Performer
Zeke Track Performer
Franz Stahl Track Performer
Murder City Devils Track Performer
Tony Scalzo Track Performer
Nashville Pussy Track Performer
Long Beach Dub All-Stars Track Performer
John Doe Thing Track Performer
Joey Schuffied Track Performer
Technical Credits
Killing Joke Composer
L7 Producer
Supersuckers Producer
Kurt Bloch Producer
Gerald Collier Producer
Dave Fisher Engineer
Tom Herbers Engineer
Randall Hage Jamail Producer, Engineer
Bill Kennedy Producer
Scott Parker Executive Producer
Billy Zoom Producer
Eddie Spaghetti Executive Producer
Brian Haught Producer
Twangtrust Producer
Zavo Henks Art Direction
Burk Sauls Liner Notes
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