An album is a collection of audio recordings issued as a collection on compact disc, audio tape, or another medium. Albums of recorded music were developed in the early 20th century as individual 78-rpm records collected in a bound book resembling a photograph album. Vinyl LPs are still issued, though album sales in the 21st-century have focused on CD and MP3 formats; the audio cassette was a format used alongside vinyl from the 1970s into the first decade of the 2000s. An album may be recorded in a recording studio, in a concert venue, at home, in the field, or a mix of places; the time frame for recording an album varies between a few hours to several years. This process requires several takes with different parts recorded separately, brought or "mixed" together. Recordings that are done in one take without overdubbing are termed "live" when done in a studio. Studios are built to absorb sound, eliminating reverberation, so as to assist in mixing different takes. Recordings, including live, may contain sound effects, voice adjustments, etc..
With modern recording technology, musicians can be recorded in separate rooms or at separate times while listening to the other parts using headphones. Album covers and liner notes are used, sometimes additional information is provided, such as analysis of the recording, lyrics or librettos; the term "album" was applied to a collection of various items housed in a book format. In musical usage the word was used for collections of short pieces of printed music from the early nineteenth century. Collections of related 78rpm records were bundled in book-like albums; when long-playing records were introduced, a collection of pieces on a single record was called an album. An album, in ancient Rome, was a board chalked or painted white, on which decrees and other public notices were inscribed in black, it was from this that in medieval and modern times album came to denote a book of blank pages in which verses, sketches and the like are collected. Which in turn led to the modern meaning of an album as a collection of audio recordings issued as a single item.
In the early nineteenth century "album" was used in the titles of some classical music sets, such as Schumann's Album for the Young Opus 68, a set of 43 short pieces. When 78rpm records came out, the popular 10-inch disc could only hold about three minutes of sound per side, so all popular recordings were limited to around three minutes in length. Classical-music and spoken-word items were released on the longer 12-inch 78s, about 4–5 minutes per side. For example, in 1924, George Gershwin recorded a drastically shortened version of the seventeen-minute Rhapsody in Blue with Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra, it ran for 8m 59s. Deutsche Grammophon had produced an album for its complete recording of the opera Carmen in 1908. German record company Odeon released the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky in 1909 on 4 double-sided discs in a specially designed package; this practice of issuing albums does not seem to have been taken up by other record companies for many years. By about 1910, bound collections of empty sleeves with a paperboard or leather cover, similar to a photograph album, were sold as record albums that customers could use to store their records.
These albums came in both 12-inch sizes. The covers of these bound books were wider and taller than the records inside, allowing the record album to be placed on a shelf upright, like a book, suspending the fragile records above the shelf and protecting them. In the 1930s, record companies began issuing collections of 78 rpm records by one performer or of one type of music in specially assembled albums with artwork on the front cover and liner notes on the back or inside cover. Most albums included three or four records, with two sides each, making six or eight compositions per album; the 12-inch LP record, or 33 1⁄3 rpm microgroove vinyl record, is a gramophone record format introduced by Columbia Records in 1948. A single LP record had the same or similar number of tunes as a typical album of 78s, it was adopted by the record industry as a standard format for the "album". Apart from minor refinements and the important addition of stereophonic sound capability, it has remained the standard format for vinyl albums.
The term "album" was extended to other recording media such as Compact audio cassette, compact disc, MiniDisc, digital albums, as they were introduced. As part of a trend of shifting sales in the music industry, some observers feel that the early 21st century experienced the death of the album. While an album may contain as many or as few tracks as required, in the United States, The Recording Academy's rules for Grammy Awards state that an album must comprise a minimum total playing time of 15 minutes with at least five distinct tracks or a minimum total playing time of 30 minutes with no minimum track requirement. In the United Kingdom, the criteria for the UK Albums Chart is that a recording counts as an "album" i
Banned in Boston (GG Allin album)
Banned In Boston is a compilation CD from punk rock singer/songwriter GG Allin, released in 1989. It was the first GG Allin title to be released on compact disc but the release on CD included additional material not on the vinyl version Black and Blue released; the CD was compiled by Black and Blue Records owner Peter Yarmouth with cooperation from GG Allin, since the two previous 7" releases had started to garner interest after the infamous Cat Club show in NYC and all the press in Village Voice and other punk rock fanzines. The other version of the album is a compilation of all of GG Allin recordings with the Jabbers. At the time, Allin's notoriety was established at a fast pace due to his continued outrageous stage antics throughout the United States. Looking to both stretch out the material he had for the first-ever GG Allin CD and attract collectors of Allin's work to a compilation of released material, Yarmouth took the initiative and came up with a professional-sounding recording of Allin and his first band, the Jabbers, playing what was a "full set" of material at the Boston nightclub The Channel.
The last time they played The Channel the set lasted three songs with one of the "Goon Squad", Mick Horgun, dragging GG off the stage and kicking him in the head till security pulled him off Allin. Yarmouth cleared things up with security pointing out that the perpetrator was on the guest list and part of the show; the Channel never booked Allin again after that show. The show featured on the CD along with the interview pre and post show were all from the same night - September 9, 1981. Rather than add track marks to the beginning of every song Yarmouth incorporated all seven live recordings as one 15-minute-plus track on the CD, framed this track with pre-and-post-show interviews with GG and the band; the interviewer was DJ Uncle Pete Davis. Another interview note is that one of the people answering questions was a fan/roadie, not a member of The Jabbers. For the released material on the CD, Yarmouth presented most of Allin's first album Always Was, Is And Always Shall Be, as well as the single "Gimme Some Head" and the EPs Live Fast Die Fast, No Rules" and You Hate Me And I Hate You.
Of these recordings, only Always Is... "No Rules" and You Hate Me... are by GG and the Jabbers. Live Fast Die Fast was done by Allin and a few of the now defunct Jabbers along with the drummer from a local hair-metal band called the Flying 69, while "Gimme Some Head" was Allin's legendary collaboration with former MC5 members Wayne Kramer and Dennis Thompson along with members of The Jabbers. In a bit of revisionist history and Allin credited production on all of the recordings to "Dick Urine", the fictitious production credit from GG's early post-Jabbers cassette self-releases that became the collective pseudonym for Allin and Yarmouth when Eat My Fuc was recorded and released, claimed on the back cover of the CD, in a parody of standard early compact disc technical notes, "We haven't tried hard to improve the sound." In reality, the sound was improved when the compiled CD was mastered at Bernie Grundman's mastering facilities, but it sounded punk to say that it wasn't. While many might question Yarmouth spending money on such poor source material, the audio quality of the CD was optimized.
This compilation would see re-release in a couple of different variations over the years. In 1993, the entire CD was released with a different front cover under the extended title Insult & Injury Volume 1 - 1977-1982 Banned In Boston, the contents of same would be split into two different CDs in 1998 as Banned In Boston, Volume 1 and Volume 2, with Volume 1 containing the studio recordings and Volume 2 featuring the live tracks and interviews; these versions are still available from Blue Records today. In 1990, a new version was made with The Jabbers; this version of the album has a different track Listing and is only 37:18. Dead or Alive Interview Live Boston You Hate Me and I Hate You Gimme Some Head Don't Talk to Me Automatic Nuke Attack Bored to Death Assface Interview Live Fast Die Fast Livin' Like an Animal Loudenbomber I Need Adventure NYC Tonite No Rules A Fuckup Gimme Some Head You Hate Me and I Hate You Bored to Death Beat Beat Beat One Man Army Assface Cheri Love Affair Automatic I Need Adventure Don't Talk to Me Unpredictable Radio Interview You Hate Me and I Hate You Fuckup No Rules Bored To Death Beat Beat Beat One Man Army Assface Cheri Love Affair Automatic I Need Adventure Don't Talk To Me Unpredictable Up Against The Wall Gimmie Some Head NYC Tonight Dead Or Alive Living Like an Animal
Dennis Thompson (drummer)
Dennis Thompson is an American drummer most famous for being a member of the 1960s–70s Detroit proto-punk/hard rock group MC5, which had a #82 US single with "Kick Out the Jams" and a #30 US album with the same name. Thompson was given the nickname "Machine Gun" because of his "assault" style of fast, hard-hitting drumming that sonically resembles the sound of a Thompson machine gun, his drumming pre-figured and influenced punk and hardcore punk drumming styles. After MC5 broke up, Thompson was a member of the 1975–1976 Los Angeles-based supergroup The New Order, the 1981 Australia-based supergroup New Race, The Motor City Bad Boys, The Secrets. In 2001, he guested for Asmodeus X on The Tiger. Thompson was in the band DKT/MC5 with the surviving members of MC5, from 2003-2012. Official website Interview with Jarrod Dicker
You'll Never Tame Me
You'll Never Tame Me is the third full-length studio album by American punk rock musician GG Allin and released in 1985 with the backing band The Scumfucs. Like Eat My Fuc before it, the lyrics continued to contain shock value, although Allin's singing voice, for the most part, had yet to deteriorate to a husky growl. Included on the album are two rewrites of Hank Williams Jr. songs, "Women I've Never Had" and "Family Tradition." Allin retitled his own versions "Fuck Women I've Never Had" and "Scumfuc Tradition" respectively. Released in cassette in 1985, the album was re-released in CD format by Black & Blue Records in 1999. Fuck Women I've Never Had I Want to Fuck Myself Needle Up My Cock Assfuckin, Butt Suckin, Cunt Lickin, Masturbation You'll Never Tame Me Torture You Bite It You Scum Scumfuc Tradition I Fuck The Dead I Wanna Die Kill The Children, Save The Food I Wanna Piss On You GG Allin discography
Murder Junkies is the seventh studio album by GG Allin and Antiseen, released in France by New Rose Records. The lyrics and music were written by Allin; the album consists of spoken word by Allin, interspersed with musical tracks featuring Allin on vocals backed by Antiseen. The title of the album was appropriated from the name of an obscure Texas band - which performed as his backing band for several live dates in the late 1980s, a name in turn appropriated by Allin for the name of the studio band which recorded the GG Allin and the Murder Junkies Watch Me Kill 6-track EP, released on Fuckin' A/Stomach Ache Records in 1991; the third GG Allin-related band calling itself The Murder Junkies was formed in the same year, around the time that the Allin and ANTiSEEN Murder Junkies album was recorded. This final outfit calling itself The Murder Junkies became what would prove to be Allin's last backing band. Jeff Clayton, lead singer of ANTiSEEN, has described this album as a mixed blessing. Although he is happy with the way it turned out, he thinks that a lot of people got the impression that they are nothing more than a backing band for Allin.
Clayton has stated that Allin was professional during the recording of the album, he wonders how much of Allin's stage act was real and how much of it was "for the marks." In 2003, a second CD version of the album was released by TKO Records. This version omitted Allin's spoken word material in favor of bonus material: the GG Allin and ANTiSEEN "Violence Now" 7", the GG Allin and the Carolina Shitkickers "Layin' Up With Linda" 7" EP; the Carolina Shitkickers, contrary to popular hearsay, were not ANTiSEEN under another name. The band was composed of Jeff Young, Greg Clayton and Robert Everett; the Carolina Shitkickers e.p. is composed of acoustic country music – as opposed to the punk rock that that ANTiSEEN played on the "Murder Junkies" album and "Violence Now" 7" – and was recorded in Charlotte, NC shortly before Allin's passing. A version of the album was released during the 1990s by the label Baloney Shrapnel, minus the spoken word pieces and with added live tracks. Savage Blood Bath Murder For The Mission - Terrorist Anarchy Sidewalk Walking I Love Nothing Self Absorbed 99 Stab Wounds - Decapitation Ritual No Limits No Laws War In My Head - I'm Your Enemy A Dead Fuck Sister Sodomy - Death and Defecation Kill, Kill Violence Now - Assassinate The President Drink From The Pissing Snakes Mouth Rape, Terminate And Fuck Guns And Revolution Kill The Police - Destroy The System Immortal Pieces Of Me My Prison Walls - 206045 Death Before Life - Bloody Cunt Slider I Hate People Murder For The Mission I Love Nothing 99 Stab Wounds War In My Head Sister Sodomy Violence Now Rape, Terminate & Fuck Kill The Police I Hate People My Prison Walls Layin' Up With Linda I Wanna Fuck The Shit Out Of You Outlaw Scumfuc
Kevin Michael "GG" Allin was an American singer and record producer, who performed and recorded with many groups during his career. GG Allin was best known for his outlandish live performances, which featured transgressive acts, including coprophagia, self-mutilation, attacking audience members, for which he was arrested and imprisoned on multiple occasions. AllMusic and G4TV's That's Tough have called him "the most spectacular degenerate in rock & roll history" and the "toughest rock star in the world”. Known more for his notorious stage antics than for his music, he recorded prolifically, not only in the punk rock genre, but in spoken word and more traditional-style rock, his lyrics, which expressed themes of misogyny, pedophilia and racism, polarized listeners and created varied opinions of him within the politicized punk community. When questioned about his music and shows, Allin replied that he was trying to make rock music "dangerous" again. Allin's music was poorly recorded and produced, given limited distribution, met with negative reviews from critics, although he maintained a cult following throughout and after his career.
Allin promised for several years that he would die by suicide on stage during one of his concerts, but instead died offstage from an accidental heroin overdose on June 28, 1993. Allin was born Jesus Christ Allin at Weeks Memorial Hospital in Lancaster, New Hampshire, the younger of two sons born to Merle Colby Allin, Sr. and Arleta Gunther. He was given this name because his father told his wife that Jesus Christ had visited him, told him that his newborn son would be a great man in the vein of the Messiah. During early childhood, his older brother, was unable to pronounce "Jesus" properly and called him "Jeje", which became "GG"; the family lived in a log cabin with no running electricity in Groveton, New Hampshire. Merle Sr. was an abusive recluse and religious Christian fanatic, who threatened his family with death, digging graves in their cellar. In an essay titled "The First Ten Years", Allin wrote that his father wanted to kill his family in a murder-suicide, he "despised pleasure" and allowed his family "very little contact with others".
They lived a "primitive existence" and "were more like prisoners than a family". Allin stated that his mother attempted to escape before she filed for divorce, but Merle Sr. thwarted the attempt by kidnapping Allin. Allin said that he was glad to experience such an upbringing, that it "made a warrior soul at an early age."In 1961, Arleta filed for divorce from Merle Sr. as his mental instability was worsening. Allin and his brother were from that time raised by their mother and stepfather, settled in East St. Johnsbury, Vermont in 1966. Arleta changed her younger son's legal name to Kevin Michael Allin on March 2, 1962, during his first year of schooling. Arleta had allowed his birth name to stand until this point and changed it to give her son a chance of a mockery-free childhood. Allin, a poor student, was placed in special education classes and required to repeat the third grade. According to his older brother, he experienced bullying by fellow students for nonconformity. In his second year of high school, he began attending school cross-dressed, which he said was inspired by the New York Dolls.
When asked about his childhood, Allin said. Full of chances and dangers. We sold drugs, broke into houses, cars. Did whatever we wanted to for the most part – including all the bands we played in. People hated us back then." Allin's earliest musical influences were 1960s British Invasion bands including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five. In the early 70s, Alice Cooper became a large influence on Allin. Allin's earliest recorded musical endeavors were as a drummer. In his mid-teens, he and his older brother Merle, who plays bass guitar, formed their first band, Little Sister's Date, which lasted a little over a year; the group covered songs by Aerosmith and other popular hard rock bands of the time period. Both Allin and his brother Merle gained a strong interest in punk rock; the Ramones and the Stooges were a strong influence on Allin. Allin graduated from Concord High School in Concord, Vermont in 1975, shortly after formed the band Malpractice with his older brother, local musician Jeff Penny, Brian Demurs.
Allin played the drums for Malpractice until the band separated in 1977. He became the drummer for the band Stripsearch, which released one 7" single, containing the songs "Galileo" and "Jesus Over New York". From September 1977 to April 1984, Allin performed as front man for the Jabbers, in which he played drums and performed vocals. Allin's 1980 debut album was Always Was, Always Shall Be for Orange Records, it would be reissued for the first time on CD in 1995 by the Halycon imprint. At one point, industry veteran and the Dead Boys producer Genya Ravan served as his manager. Tension within the Jabbers mounted as Allin grew uncontrollable and vicious; the Jabbers disbanded. Allin fronted many acts during the early to mid-1980s; this includes albums from the Cedar Street Sluts, the Scumfucs in 1982 and the Texas Nazis in 1985. Allin remained in the underground hardcore scene yet was not part of the East Coast hardcore scene, his performances in Manchester, New Hampshire with the Cedar Street Sluts earned him the nickname of "the madman of Manchester."
Allin gained wider attention with the ROIR cassette-only release of Hated in the Nation containing tracks from Allin's out-of-print catalog with the Jabbers, the Scumfucs and Cedar Street Sluts. The tape featured several in-studio and in-concert
The Troubled Troubador (EP)
This article is about the original 7" vinyl EP edition of The Troubled Troubador. For the more widespread, expanded CD edition, please see The Troubled Troubador; the Troubled Troubador is a 7" EP by punk rock singer/songwriter GG Allin, on which Allin takes a deliberate excursion into country music. A longtime fan of Hank Williams Sr. to the point where he had long adapted a similar lifestyle, The Troubled Troubador's roots originated when Allin, while making some song demos, sat down and proceeded to improvise, on the spot, the song that became "When I Die". Overtly pleased with how well the song turned out, Allin refined the song and wrote down the lyrics to the final version, recorded it, along with three other similar songs, on a four-track cassette machine with Allin singing and playing acoustic rhythm guitar while friend and collaborator Mark Sheehan played acoustic slide guitar. With the songs completed and Sheehan did a quick mixdown of the recording, which Allin put aside, feeling that at the time, no one would release it.
Came Allin's sudden arrest and extradition to Michigan on charges of felonious assault. Mountain Records founder and president Stewart Brodian made contact with Allin in prison via Allin's Oak Lawn, Illinois post office box. Mountain Records recorded and released Brodian's own work, Brodian was interested in working with Allin on something; the two factors spurred GG to suggest releasing a recording of his acoustic material on Mountain. Brodian, after hearing a tape of the sessions agreed. Allin and Brodian began communicating through both mail and via collect phone calls Allin would make from prison. Excited about the material, Brodian arranged to have 1,500 copies of the EP pressed up. Brodian was only able to fit three songs onto the record, so the song "Kissing The Flames" was left out; the first pressing of the EP consisted of 1,000 black vinyl. The entire red vinyl pressing, the first 500 copies of the black vinyl version, featured a label that adapted some of Allin's line drawings and envelope art, as well as a hand-drawn version of the Mountain Records logo.
The remaining 500 copies were pressed using a standard Mountain Records label. All but 25 copies of the red vinyl and 25 of the black vinyl were sold by December 1990, a sales figure that both amazed Allin and made him pleased, given his pride in how the recordings came out. "When I Die" would be heard as the closing song on the GG Allin documentary Hated: GG Allin And The Murder Junkies. "Sitting In This Room" is the second version of this early GG acoustic song. A demo version, recorded in the mid-80's, was released on the Doctrine Of Mayhem compilation earlier in 1990. A third version of the song would be recorded by Allin during the sessions for his country album Carnival of Excess, would be released in 2016 on the Uncool Unclean Unplugged compilation. With the EP selling out, plus Allin's death in 1993, demand for the original EP spurred Brodian to compile the EP, along with its lone outtake and some other related material, into the Troubled Troubador CD in 1996. All songs written by GG Allin.
"When I Die" - 3:52 "Liquor Slicked Highway" - 2:55 "Sitting in This Room" - 2:53