Live from the Masque: The Definitive Collection

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All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
I might be talked into the wisdom of condensing into one handy disc the three individual CDs that formerly made up this series, when released in 1996 by X's Exene Cervenka on her Year One label -- the first volume of which, Forming, was originally released a few years before that on Masque booker Brendan Mullen's own label. Those three CDs splendidly documented the boiling 1977-1978 L.A. punk rock scene. But I can't understand why this CD is only 35 minutes. Hello? If we must edit each of the 12 band's sets from six or seven songs each, why must we make do with only one or two tracks instead? And just as perplexing, why remove the group that would do the most to sell this: X...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
I might be talked into the wisdom of condensing into one handy disc the three individual CDs that formerly made up this series, when released in 1996 by X's Exene Cervenka on her Year One label -- the first volume of which, Forming, was originally released a few years before that on Masque booker Brendan Mullen's own label. Those three CDs splendidly documented the boiling 1977-1978 L.A. punk rock scene. But I can't understand why this CD is only 35 minutes. Hello? If we must edit each of the 12 band's sets from six or seven songs each, why must we make do with only one or two tracks instead? And just as perplexing, why remove the group that would do the most to sell this: X themselves? All that said, for those who do want the most succinct and tightly edited document, outside of X's mysterious exclusion (and the apparent lack of extent tapes of the other groups who played these Masque benefit shows), the label did an excellent job of picking these 16 tracks. So anyone who missed Year One's issues should still run -- don't walk -- to the store to get this. The riotous inspiration running through this stunning scene is as frenzied fun as on the two seminal, hard-to-find CDs compiling all the Dangerhouse label's astonishing singles of these bands. The best of them all, the absolutely ungodly Weirdos, rip apart "Teenage"; the Dickies are preserved doing the otherwise lost "Shake and Bake"; the Skulls sound typically lewd on "Building Models"; and the underrated F-Word destroy "Hillside Strangler." These smokin' raw but clear tapes are enough to short circuit every neuron in your brain! Buy this, and when you're finished playing it 150 times, start the difficult search for the Dangerhouse and Year One comps.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2002
  • Label: Bacchus Archives
  • UPC: 053477117023
  • Catalog Number: 1170
  • Sales rank: 208,764

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Teenage (3:14)
  2. 2 T.V. Dinner - The Bags (1:51)
  3. 3 Chainsaw - The Bags (1:18)
  4. 4 Let's Pretend - The Germs (2:55)
  5. 5 Building Models (1:48)
  6. 6 Eniwetok - Eyes (0:48)
  7. 7 Go Go Bee - Eyes (2:47)
  8. 8 Happy Song - Eyes (2:41)
  9. 9 Shake and Bake (2:22)
  10. 10 Government Official - F Word (2:49)
  11. 11 Hillside Strangler - F Word (2:08)
  12. 12 One More Chance - The Alleycats (2:51)
  13. 13 Cosmetic Couple - The Zeros (1:54)
  14. 14 Lay Off, She's Mine - The Zeros (1:28)
  15. 15 Let's Get Rid of L.A. (1:53)
  16. 16 Trouble at the Cup - Black Randy & The Metrosquad (1:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Dickies Track Performer
The Germs Track Performer
The Weirdos Track Performer
The Bags Track Performer
The Skulls Track Performer
Randoms Track Performer
Technical Credits
Sandy Denny Composer
Geza X Engineer
Brendan Mullen Liner Notes
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