Perfectly new. This album, whilst the Holy Bible is my favorite, hasn't ceased to blow me away. It's funny how glam rock, the music of sell out money whores, goes so well with far left protest lyrics. Anyhow, the album kicks ass and everyone should give it a listen, despite the Manics' unique, acquired sound.
The fact you can get a new quality vinyl version One person found this helpful. But, a fan of any of these artists can easily see that GT fell short of that by quite a bit. The lyrics itself are great. Mostly shotgun blasts of Situationist slogans, political inventive, and rebel chic.
Often the lyrics comes across as shallow, adolescent, and self-impressed; but, that's precisely the point. For a band to forbode greatness, it's Manic Street Preachers - Slash N Burn (Vinyl) record must have the hubris of rock'n'roll youth.
And for an album so full of itself, MANY a trenchant political and philosophical insight can be found. Then, where is the problem? The music. Even working in glam rock, it's still possible to create still brutal, brilliant music. Guns and Roses have done it again and again. It's well done, with plenty of hooks, catchy melodies and riffs, and solid musicianship. In fact, if the lyrics were more conventional, this would be bloody great in the car. Nevertheless, it doesn't transcend its limitations and sells the lyrics short by alot.
There are significant exceptions, however. You have the epic "Little Baby Nothing" - their most succesful attempt to depict a femninist archetype in this case, porn staras tragic victim. Then, you have the truly magnificent "Motorcycle Emptiness.
If anything, at this point in the game, the Manics already were gifted in conveying "beautiful sadness", in creating memorable, moving anthems to existential despair. This is simply one of the finest anthems ever written in the 90s. So, all in all, GT stands not as a taste of things to come, but the conceits that the Manics would attempt and bittersweetly succeed to create greatness from. On its own, it's a pretty good hair rawk album to strike the poses with.
See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. Many fans of this album remain unaware that upon its release in the American and UK versions were very differently configured. For the US market four tracks were removed from the original UK running order Tennesee, So Dead, Damn Dog, Methadone Prettythe B-side of a single was added Democracy Comaand four tracks were completely remixed and had their drums re-recorded by an American session musician.
If you're wondering how the US remixes differ, a cursory explanation; Slash And Burn; New drums, vocals mixed higher with added reverb, bass seems slightly distorted at times, and there's various repositioning of guitars in the mix. Natwest-Barclays-Midland-Lloyds; Not too different from the original mix apart from the new drums and some repositioning of guitar parts. The outro has a much more prominent keyboard part.
Little Baby Nothing; More prominence to the rhythm guitars,with a lead guitar barely audible in the verse of the original mix brought Manic Street Preachers - Slash N Burn (Vinyl) the fore. Various instruments are repositioned, vocals are louder, and of course the drums newly recorded. This mix would actually sit better on the UK CD than the softer mix which appears there. You Love Us; New drums, vocals mixed higher with added reverb, Manic Street Preachers - Slash N Burn (Vinyl).
There's an additional guitar riff on the chorus, and a strangely out-of-tune vocal line has been added to the instrumental outro. Also, there's various repositioning of instruments. And one final difference, Loves Sweet Exile, although not a remix, has its acoustic intro removed.
The four remixed tracks have been mastered at a noticeably higher volume to that of the UK CD, and the remainder of the album all original UK mixes has been volume boosted to match.
Although the newly recorded drums, much louder in the mix than those on the UK original, do give the remixes an added immediate impact, they also serve to somewhat bury the bass and guitars. My opinion on the two albums? The original UK mix is more powerful and certainly has more bottom-end driving it along. That said, and I'm sure some readers may consider this heresy, I have to admit to finding the trimmed setlist of the US CD improves the focus of the album.
Each version has its own downsides and upsides, but each is excellent within its own right. For a debut album and running at twice the length of a normal release the consistancy of quality from start to finish makes Generation Terrorists a quite astounding piece of work.
All the more when one considers the complexity and unsuitabilty for Rock music of many of the lyrics, around which James Bradfield certainly one of the best guitarists of his generation managed to meld music and melody almost seamlessly.
Had the band remained true to their original intent and broken up immediately after releasing Generation Terrorists the album would certainly have gone on to become fuel for much "what if" discussion across numerous online musical communities.
And in all probability it would today be held in a far higher regard by and have a far higher recognition factor amongst the mainstream Rock community. It really is that strong. Enough said. Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again. I remember years ago hearing Motorcycle Emptiness likeing it but for reasons i cant recall not buying the album.
Shame on me. Whilst this the first Manics album is no classic it contains some classic songs which to this day are still fondly remembered by fans and rightly so. The first thing that hit me when i first played the album was hey this is good even great at times and much better than expected.
So many times have i bought an album on the back of a single and found the album bitterly disappointing not so here. Indeed record one of the vinyl aka first 9 songs on the cd features only one song i dont like Repeat Stars and Stripes.
The rest is great to me. The challenge is the the next 9 songs. Wether the album would have been better with 12 tracks on its original release and which you leave off is for serious fans to debate.
All i know is most people ive read think that despite its flaws generally it has stood the test of time well and is worth getting.
This pressing is excellent and a great alternative to paying a fortune for an original pressing. With the current and still fairly new resurgence of vinyl, some of the brand new releases tend to suffer from a lack of quality control.
A great pressing! Bought this album originally on tape around after seeing The Manics playing live on Channel 4 one late Friday night around the time that "Know Your Enemy" was popular. Here is the original, the album that started it all, and in many ways their best for me personally.
I love all of The Manics albums but this one holds a special place in my heart. Not as dark as Holy Bible, not as weak as Lifeblood, not as commercially mass viable as This is my Truth, it's got some of the strength of Plague Lovers it's a whole world of it's own and I just love it.
Plus, it's got a lot of Richie in it, which can't be a bad thing. Long may you all produce excellent music Manics, my tunes of life! Epitomises what the manics are about, paints a clear picture of the 'culture, alienation boredom and despair' their music was born from. This is just a glimpse in to their early catalogue but an essential one for any fan. For many it may not be their best but it's such an important one, this was the album they were gonna release only to break up and call it quits, creating a rock and roll myth, that's just what this album is completely rock n roll at its finest.
Load more international reviews. Downside to vinyl is you have to get off the dance floor to turn it over Funny how some critics and fans peg this as a PUNK album. Sure, the brash exuberance and rage is all there, but this here baby ain't no punk album never mind the band quoting the likes of The Clash as influential - but a rock album for the history books.
James Dean Bradfield, along-side Bernard Butler and Dean Deleo, is the greatest rock guitar player to have emerged out of the 90's. The magnificent outro for Condemned to Rock and Roll is testimony enough. His tone, taste and riffs put him comfortably amongst the likes of May and Page. As a vocalist he is eerily reminiscent of Mercury - that being the greatest of compliments. Nicky Wire, a once-in-a-lifetime character on and off stage, lays down his unique and self-depreciated brand of de-tuned, almost subsonic bass lines - tightly locked with Sean Moore's spacious drumming, to form a perfect platform for Bradfield's guitar pyrotechnic.
Lyrically - well, what can one say that has not been said before? Never has such superb, modern poetry been put to rock music before - or since.
Ritchey Manic Street Preachers - Slash N Burn (Vinyl) and Nicky Wire paint their landscapes with colours that break your heart and make it soar all at once. Prior to getting this albun, I had two Manics albums, Gold against the soul and Everything must go. I love them both and bought Generation Terrorist along with Postcards their first and most recent because I wanted more!
I cannot understand why, if they like the manics, some don,t rate this album!!! Motorcycle loneliness is superb. I really like this album and much preferred the manics early stuff to some of the later albums. They are still a great band but I think they meant it more with this first album, it's a bit more direct and urgent. All in all, a great album. Very happy with my purchase. Slash 'N' Burn. Motorcycle Emptiness.
Little Baby Nothing. La Tristesse Durera Scream to a Sigh. Roses In the Hospital. Life Becoming a Landslide. She Is Suffering. A Design for Life. Everything Must Go. Kevin Carter. The Everlasting. You Stole the Sun from My Heart. The Masses Against the Classes. So Why So Sad. Found That Soul. Ocean Spray. Let Robeson Sing. There By the Grace of God. The Love of Richard Nixon. Manic Street Preachers - Slash N Burn (Vinyl) Souls. Indian Summer.
Some Kind of Nothingness. Postcards from a Young Man. This Is the Day.
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