BLACK FLAG - Everything Went Black 2LP
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- EVERYTHING WENT BLACK was originally released as a stop-gap during a protracted legal skirmish with SST's former distributor, MCA/Unicorn Records, which temporarily barred Black Flag from using its own name. As a result, the original two-LP vinyl edition featured only the bandmembers' names for identification.
- Featuring live tracks and studio outtakes recorded between 1978 and 1981 with singers Keith Morris (later of the Circle Jerks), Chavo and Dez Cadena, EVERYTHING WENT BLACK is something of a hodgepodge, with several songs repeated by different lineups. Despite its patchwork nature, it's a surprisingly solid and illuminating overview of the band's pre-Rollins years, as they slowly progressed from sloppy Dictators-like goofiness into more streamlined and serious proto-hardcore. The highlight, however, is "Crass Commercialism," a side-long suite of radio ads for Black Flag shows that's a fascinating and often hilarious audio souvenir of the halcyon days of early West Coast punk