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The Greatest Gift

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Cannibal
2:24  
02
Greatest Gift
2:11  
03
Monsters
1:19  
04
Owner's Lament
4:39  
05
She Said
2:27  
06
Mess
2:22  
07
El Espectro
3:39  
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Lay Screaming
2:47  
09
Crazy Dan
4:13  
10
Eyeball
2:06  
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Big Bone Lick
3:48  
12
Unlike a Baptist
2:32  
13
Damned for All Time
2:05  
14
Ain't That Love
2:23  
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Untitled
0:29  
16
Holes
2:00  
17
Albino Slug
3:26  
18
Spit a Kiss
2:02  
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Amicus
3:15  
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Cheese Plug
2:45  
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Untitled 2
2:20  
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Mary Had a Little Drug Problem
2:16  
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For Crying Out Loud
3:06  
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Moron's Moron
3:13  
25
Skin Drips
2:42  
26
This is Bliss
2:16  
27
Flying Houses
3:08  
28
The Scale Song
3:04  
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Total Tracks: 28   Total Length: 74:57

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Rosegarden Funeral of Acid

permafrost154

She Said reminds me of Bauhaus 1979.

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won't get old

krapvag

I love this sound, it's like Fugazi and Melvins have been smashed together, but the sound is theirs

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Yow's finest works

Marshbunny

Classic stuff! Never gets old and impossible to imitate. This is the real deal.

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Amazing

MonsterDad

Scratch Acid was the most amazing band to come out of the 80's. If you like it loud and scary, you must download some tracks. Not all are worthy, but 'She Said' and 'Lay Screaming' will astound you.

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2 out of six reviews agree...

Clagatrix

David Yow's a pooh flinger. Balcony seats sound like good advice. Still, I've taken a lot of acid and enjoyed this album through... most of it. It sounded better when I was tripping but I still like it. El Espectro is a good song. I have yet to understand why David Yow would think he's a fucking specter of all things, but I think I'll let that one go...

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still

clinnen

love that Beserker EP (tracks 22-27), and Untitled track 15 (from Just Keep Eating) used to go on every comp tape I ever made

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really?

pabs138

eat a ten strip and listen to this record and tell me what you think. Greatest psych experience you will ever have. Unless you're some fag college student, then fuck all white people.

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great album

rainvalium

This has always been a favourite album of mine i think its better than anything the jesus lizard did you should just download the first 20 songs though

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Great early psych post punk

Microbe

I couldn't disagree with tania more. This isn't the best album of all time, but it is a gem. No, they are not Jesus Lizard, get over it. Check out Owner's Lament for some almost Helios Creed psych and tell me El Espectro isn't great stuff. This does have some demo recordings on it, mostly towards the end. Overall it sticks its tongue in your ear while kicking your measley arse.

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poop throwers

tania

I've never much liked this record. Even if you are a Jesus Lizard fan, there's only a few moments of this record that are worth hearing. All in all, I'd think of it as a rough demo version of what the Jesus Lizard would produce. But without Duane Denison, there's much lacking. And they threw poop at the audience. That's gross. David Yow likes being gross. but I guess it works. I sat in the balcony last time I saw JL, so I could avoid getting penis on me. But Yow mocked us all night, which was fun. He threatened to play an all Scratch Acid encore, but he was lying, because nobody really wants to hear this.

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They Say All Music Guide

Scratch Acid played a huge part in the noisy underground movement of the 1980s; they took punk to the dirtiest, dingiest mudhole they could find and sullied it from top to bottom until it looked and sounded like some hell-bound bogeyman. It’s not too far-fetched to think of Scratch Acid as the American equivalent of the Birthday Party, the Texans donning the mantle that was dropped when the BP disbanded. The Greatest Gift contains everything the band ever recorded, including a few lo-fidelity instrumentals. Scratch Acid never received the notice it deserved, but the musicians could pound out brilliantly frenzied and highly original post-punk/noise rock that sometimes rivals the material released by singer David Yow and bassist David Sims’ future (and much more well known) project, the Jesus Lizard. The first eight songs were originally released in 1984 as an eponymous EP; from the opening crashing bars of “Cannibal” to the terrifying lyrics heard on “Lay Screaming” (a song which reads like something culled from a medieval book about torture), this band obviously never had any desire to control itself. Only one slight reprieve can be found in the relatively tender “Owner’s Lament,” a song replete with weeping strings. Songs nine through 20 first saw the light of a sickly day as Just Keep Eating, Scratch Acid’s one and only full-length that found the band expanding its musical palette: insane noise rock numbers (“Eyeball,” “Holes”), jaunty, faux lounge grooves (“Amicus”), goofy Zeppelin-esque riffs (“Cheese Plug”), and a spot-on cover of the Webber-Rice rocker “Damned for All Time,” complete with exclamatory horns. The remainder of the disc comprises the songs from their definitive statement, the 1987 Berserker EP. A little more money went into this recording; as the sound quality is better than on Just Keep Eating, it was definitely worth it. “Mary Had a Little Drug Problem” and “Flying Houses” are whirlwinds of pounding drums, foreboding basslines, and scathing, blinding guitar phrases. The band never played so well or wrote better songs. Highly recommended to any Jesus Lizard fan and noise rock/hardcore punk aficionado. – Will Lerner

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