Vs. [Definitive Edition]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The EP Signals, Calls and Marches suggested that Mission of Burma had the talent and vision to become one of America's great rock bands; the subsequent album Vs. proved beyond a doubt that the group had arrived and was fully realizing its potential. MOB's blend of punk rock fury and post-collegiate musical smarts had been honed to a razor-sharp point by the time Vs. was recorded, and they had fully worked through the British influences that occasionally surfaced on Signals, Calls and Marches, maturing into a band whose sound was as distinctive as anyone of its generation. Roger Miller's guitar work had gained greater depth and confidence in the year since Signals, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The EP Signals, Calls and Marches suggested that Mission of Burma had the talent and vision to become one of America's great rock bands; the subsequent album Vs. proved beyond a doubt that the group had arrived and was fully realizing its potential. MOB's blend of punk rock fury and post-collegiate musical smarts had been honed to a razor-sharp point by the time Vs. was recorded, and they had fully worked through the British influences that occasionally surfaced on Signals, Calls and Marches, maturing into a band whose sound was as distinctive as anyone of its generation. Roger Miller's guitar work had gained greater depth and confidence in the year since Signals, the rhythm section of Clint Conley and Peter Prescott epitomized both strength and intelligence, and MOB was exploring trickier structures and more dramatic use of dynamics this time out; the subtle tension of "Trem Two" and the powerful mid-tempo angst of "Einstein's Day" were a genuine step forward in the group's development, while "The Ballad of Johnny Burma," "Fun World," and "That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate" made it clear that the band had lost none of its rib-cracking impact along the way. It's daunting to imagine just how far Mission of Burma could have taken its music had Roger Miller's hearing problems not caused the band to break up the following year, but regardless of lost potential, very few American bands from the '80s released an album as ambitious or as powerful as Vs., and it still sounds like a classic. [In 1997, Rykodisc reissued Vs. on CD with four bonus tracks; the same bonus tracks also appear on Matador's 2008 "Definitive Edition," along with extensive new liner notes, bonus artwork, and a DVD featuring a chaotic all-ages matinee show from MOB's final Boston stand in 1983. The remastered Matador edition does boast a bit of presence and detail missing from the already solid Rykodisc release, and the DVD and expanded booklet will certainly please longtime fans of the band; this is certainly the best and most complete version of Vs. to date.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2008
  • Label: Matador Records
  • UPC: 744861073116
  • Catalog Number: 10731
  • Sales rank: 241,657

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Secrets (3:22)
  2. 2 Train (3:31)
  3. 3 Trem Two (4:10)
  4. 4 New Nails (3:00)
  5. 5 Dead Pool (4:06)
  6. 6 Learn How (3:56)
  7. 7 Mica (3:34)
  8. 8 Weatherbox (3:27)
  9. 9 The Ballad of Johnny Burma (2:02)
  10. 10 Einstein's Day (4:35)
  11. 11 Fun World (3:41)
  12. 12 That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate (2:05)
  13. 13 Laugh the World Away (3:53)
  14. 14 Forget (2:59)
  15. 15 Progress (3:06)
  16. 16 OK/No Way (1:57)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Ballad of Johnny Burma
  2. 2 Red
  3. 3 Dirt
  4. 4 Forget
  5. 5 Secrets
  6. 6 Academy Fight Song
  7. 7 Trem Two
  8. 8 Sing-A-Long
  9. 9 That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate
  10. 10 Weatherbox
  11. 11 That's When I Reach for My Revolver
  12. 12 Learn How
  13. 13 OK/No Way
  14. 14 Fun World
  15. 15 All World Cowboy Romance
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mission of Burma Primary Artist
Clint Conley Bass, Percussion, Vocals
Peter Prescott Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Martin Swope Percussion
Roger Miller Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Trumpet, Vocals
Technical Credits
Clint Conley Composer, Liner Notes
Ted Jensen Remastering
John Kiehl Engineer
Peter Prescott Composer, Liner Notes
Martin Swope Loop
Roger Miller Composer, Liner Notes
Michael Whittaker Audio Book Abridgement
Gerard Cosloy Liner Notes
Mark Ohe Reissue Design
Holly Anderson Composer, Artwork, Cover Design
Brian Kelly Reissue Design
Paul Rachman Producer
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