The Dils - Class War !
The Dils - Class War
01. I Hate The Rich
02. You're Not Blank
03. Tell Her You Love Her
04. Tell Me What I Want To Hear
05. I'ts Not Worth It
06. You're Not Blank
07. Red Rockers Rule
08. Mr. Big
09. Sound Of The Rain
10. Gimme A Break
11. Modern Don Juan
12. Class War
Compilation of cuts from this seminal California punk trio that went onto become Rank And File.
Contains all three tracks from their 1977 7 inch single 'What', including the local underground hit 'I Hate The Rich', plus nine cuts from their rare 1980 (1987 released) live album 'Live!'.
Soon after forming in 1977 the band relocated to San Francisco, where they would have a significant influence on that city's embryonic punk scene (bassist Tony Kinman would play very briefly with San Francisco punk band The Avengers during 1977), and then Los Angeles, becoming one of the major bands in the early Los Angeles punk scene too. They were known for their conspicuous radical left politics, and for a strong melodic sense that earned them the nickname "punk rock Everly Brothers".
Their debut single was "I Hate The Rich" / "You're Not Blank" (the latter most famously covered by Minneapolis punk band Dillinger Four), on Los Angeles-based label What? Records (also home to The Germs, amongst others), originally released in 1977 in what collectors refer to as the "Oils" sleeve - the lettering chosen for the band's logo looking more like "The Oils" than "The Dils" at first glance. This was later reissued by the same label in a more easy-to-decipher font. Their next record was their critical high-point, 1977's "Class War" / "Mr.Big" (the former most famously covered by Canadian punks D.O.A., issued on L.A.'s groundbreaking Dangerhouse label, in a pressing of 1500 copies entitled "198 Seconds Of The Dils". The last contemporary release was a three-sided double-7", "Made In Canada", which showed a gathering roots rock orientation. The Dils broke up in 1980. (Wiki)
This is a reissue of the vinyl LP Live, a high-quality 1980 board tape released on Iloki/XXX in 1987. 'Class War' features a new title, new sleeve, new photos, and different liner notes. Additionally, the band's debut single is tacked on in lieu of the four poor quality live tracks from 1977 that closed out Live. The sound on the disc, recorded just before the trio sadly split up, is hotter than most bootlegs, offering a parade of neo-classics: "I Hate the Rich," "Class War," and an incredibly improved (slowed down) "You're Not Blank." (Fans will also recognize "The Sound of the Rain," a Dils single the Kinmans re-recorded for their second LP with Rank & File, 1984's "Long Gone Dead", as well as "Tell Her I Love Her," a hot song badly reworked for that same LP.) As John Silvers, the longest-running and best of four drummers who served with the pair, makes his vinyl debut here, even the material that's familiar from the singles (about half) sounds tighter and more powerful. (AMG review)
This CD is basically side 1 of the now impossible to find (trust me, I've tried) 1987 XXX posthumous "Live" album, and the "I Hate The Rich" single. But that's more then enough. I mean, it's got 2 versions of "You're Not Blank", the ultimate anti-hippie anthem. How can you go wrong? (Amazon.com)
The Dils, du punk rock 70s du plus bel acabit sans qu'il ait été immortalisé sur un album et c'est bien dommage quand on entend ce qui sort des enceintes: çà pête sec, çà cogne fort et c'est mélodique à souhait! Même si la plupart des morceaux sont enregistrés Live, c'est de qualité puisqu'on discerne bien les instruments et que la fougue transpire à flots dans une pagaille toute propre au style punk, transportés qu'on est par ces compos diaboliques et des refrains qui font toujours mouche! Ah ces frères Kinman, vous en reprendrez bien un peu mon cher? Oh que oui, merci Bacchus et tes sublimes archives!
EAC extracted, 224~320kbs Mp3 encoded + tags, time to hate the rich and listen to the sound of the rain!
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