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I Against I

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Intro
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I Against I
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House Of Suffering
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Re-Ignition
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Secret 77
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Let Me Help
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She's Calling You
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Sacred Love
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Hired Gun
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Return To Heaven
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 31:53

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Words of advice

djFLWB

Don't listen to this in the car on the highway stuck behind a q-tip doing 45 in a 60 with their left blinker relentlessly mocking you...

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The Best.

Vogellied

As much as I loved the energy from the 82 self titled album, this album is perfect, song after song, everything just works and works well! The songs are all classics and how much more punk can you get than writing, singing, and recording a love song from a prison phone (Sacred Love) to songs like Let Me Help which displays a true punk ethos. The music is timeless and feels as distinct and unique today as it did in 86. Cheers!

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Timeless!

hoogiecoogie

I went through about 3 copies of this tape when I was younger and still listen to this album once a week. Will probably have it in my top 10 playlist when I'm 80. Watching them play these tracks live back then sealed the deal!

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National Treasure

ludlow555

This just might be the greatest Hardcore album of all time. One of the most fierce bands ever... no doubt. Get this album now.

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hardcore from one of the genre's innovators

Skydog7

From the opening intro/i against i combo (still can't capitalize it after all these years) through Return to Heaven, there's not a clunker on this album. I've owned it since the mid-80s and have listened to it incessently since then. Standout tracks for me have always been the title track, Reignition, Let Me Help, Sacred Love, Return to Heaven. Worth the 10 credit d/l.

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Whoa!

Pikg

This is a masterpiece --- easiest review in the world.

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The Best Live Act....Ever

slainte

An amazing album. I saw them play on this tour and it was the greatest show I have ever seen. The energy they created on record and live is unequaled--not just in "hardcore", but in rock music.

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Best Album Ever,

baker

I have all of their releases or at least all of the ones I can find, and this was the album that got me into Bad Brains. I morned the day that HR left the band in the 90's and even bought the album when he came back. Anyone who doesn't like this ablum because of "production values" must remember that we are listening to it over a compressed media that was taken off of analog tape. Get a life!! If you want perfect sound quality build a time machine and go see them live!

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Metal or Punk? The best of both worlds!

conorbendle

Look, fans can debate the merits of this album versus Bad Brains' early hardcore recordings till Black Flag reunites, but one fact remains: this album rocks like a muthaf*cker! Okay, so the production is a little tinny, but, c'mon, it was 1986. The rifts are so hard and the playing so intense, that not even layers of reverb can keep the songs down. Viz: the title track. With no discernable tune or chorus, it still manages to blow you away with the intensity of H.R.'s vocals. Also, this album did serve as the template for a dozen Funk-Metal acts of the late 80s. Some would see that as a bad thing, but not me!

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favorite album

silverstreak3147

I think some of you are missing the point..... this album totally rocks. If you want the speed and intensity that some of you seem to be missing then you need to catch them live...don't pick on this album because it's not whatever you expect of Bad Brains this is by far what one should have expected as Growth and Maturity of true masters. By the way HR was in jail when this was recorded...what dedication...wtf.

They Say All Music Guide

I Against I was for Bad Brains what London Calling was for the Clash — the band’s first fully mature work, one which successfully brought together all of its diverse influences while at the same time showcasing a singular vision. Also like London Calling, it was to be the band’s masterpiece, in the original sense of that term — a creative pinnacle which they would not reach again. The album opens with the title track, a blistering and musically exhilarating deploration of violence, and then moves directly into “House of Suffering,” easily the most complex and yet viscerally compelling song the band ever produced. Singer H.R. digs deep into his bag of voices and pulls them all out, one by one: the frightening nasal falsetto that was his signature in the band’s hardcore days, an almost bel canto baritone, and a declamatory speed-rap chatter that spews lyrics with the mechanical precision of a machine gun. He positively croons on the surprisingly melodic “Secret 77″ and “Let Me Help.” But his voice isn’t even the best thing happening here. It’s the incredibly tight, funky, and tonally rich interplay between guitarist Dr. Know, bassist Darryl Jenifer, and drummer Earl Hudson that gives this album its deeply satisfying texture. The stop/start rhythms of “Secret 77″ and “Sacred Love,” the gorgeous guitar hook on “She’s Calling You,” Dr. Know’s completely counterintuitive ability to meld the raw directness of hardcore punk with an almost supernatural virtuosity without sacrificing the power of either approach — this is music-making of an order not usually seen in rock & roll. – Rick Anderson

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