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3-Way Tie (For Last)

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The Price of Paradise
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Lost
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The Big Stick
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Political Nightmare
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Courage
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Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
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The Red and the Black
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Spoken Word Piece
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No One
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Stories
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What Is It
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Ack Ack Ack
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Just Another Soldier
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Situations at Hand
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Bermuda
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Hittin' the Bong
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 16   Total Length: 36:15

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The Last Release Of a Great Band

Godozo

There's actually a lot that would lead people to assume this would have been an ending album for the band had Boon survived -- The trophy-head cover, three songs that end with permutations of "I No Longer Care," and the LP ending cut "Bermuda" sounding distant. However, the whole band had successfully changed their writing and created a style that allowed for everything from minute-long songs to multi-part epics. That this album was "their last" (and how it became so) was the tragedy.

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Last Album

Pikg

I saw them in support of this album only months before D. Boon's death --- they were opening for Black Flag. The fact that Black Flag blew them off the stage live does not detract from the fact that they put out some superior vinyl. (No disgrace --- Black Flag was probably the best live band of all times). Well, that was then and this is now --- don't get me wrong the music still holds up, but now the album is just a digital click away. Highly Recommended.

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Even an average Minutemen album is GREAT!

TaterX

Sad to say, this was the last outing for the Minutemen before D. Boon's untimely death. Anti-war sentiment abounds and it is spooky how it echoes with today's political situation. Ack! is a great track, so it "Big Stick" and "Courage". The BOC cover of Red and Black is great as well.

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This Is Your Life: Mike Watt

By Douglas Wolk, Contributor

One of the treasures of American punk rock, Mike Watt has been pounding the bass since he played with Minutemen in the '80s. He's still touring and recording nonstop, with a seemingly infinite succession of bands and projects. He's also a great natural talker — or spieler, as he puts it in his one-man argot — and his idea of the relationship between recordings and performances is a bit different from a lot of rock… more »

They Say All Music Guide

D. Boon’s death in December 1985 was one of rock’s most tragic occurrences. And, a decade later, you may find that it still affects the way you listen to this, the “final” Minutemen record. Boon was hitting his stride here; the songs were emphatic, smart, and marked by his increasing sociopolitical awareness. He did not suffer fools gladly, and this record (as do the best of the Minutemen’s) retains a strong sense of moral indignation (listen to “The Price of Paradise” and “The Big Stick”). One fact that shouldn’t be lost in eulogizing over Boon was the significant role Mike Watt was playing in the band. This hadn’t happened overnight, but with each successive record, Watt’s confidence as a bass player and songwriter was growing, and by the time of 3-Way Tie, his skills were in full flower — so much so that one side of the record is called “Side D,” the other, “Side Mike.” Dense and driving, this is a bittersweet moment closing an excellent band’s career. – John Dougan

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