Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Something Has Happenend Here

This live bootleg was recorded in 1966 during the European leg of Bob Dylan's tour, that mainly took place in the United Kingdom. Bob Dylan started out as a singer and songwriter mainly influenced by Folk and Blues music. His first albums sounded like that, acoustic with guitar, harmonica. The song texts were the main reason why he obtained recognition. He was considered a spokesman for some. His texts were sociologically-conscious, politically-motivating and about American society as he witnessed it. Songs were critical towards the Vietnam war, establishment, corruption, racism and slavery. Besides those protest songs, he also rewrote some ballads and sang about past loves also.

During these recordings Bob Dylan starts with his traditional songs and they were well received by the London audience that expected this type acoustic 'folk songs'. But in the second part he lets himself be accompanied by a band that plays on drums and electric guitars. Never seen before in his folk-styled pieces and highly untraditional for music in general during those years. A man in the audience yelled "Judas" at him, he replied "I don't believe you"...


This recording is a reflection of this twist or change Bob Dylan created within his music and so gave birth to Rock 'n Roll as we know it. The electrical sound he adapted caused many waves. His success increased, although also a group of fans could not appreciate this and evolution went too fast for them. The change gave music a completely new elan. And the audience felt that something had happened in that concert.


The lesson learned is that change is always confrontational. And that by following his inner vision, he no longer gave the audience what they wanted.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Nations On Fire 1991 - 2017

Strike The Match was Nations On Fire's first LP. It was originally released in 1991 and is quickly becoming the most representative European Straight-Edge Hardcore release to date. Here's why.
Nations On Fire was more than a Straight-Edge band. They have arisen from Rise Above, a pure Straight-Edge band that had took critical stance towards the Hardcore Punk from the USA. But also a 'beat it' stance towards the fascists over here in Belgium. Although Rise Above was a pioneering band in Europe, the message was not effective enough. The Straight-edge message was essential for them and their public but still they had a higher aim. That aim was not to stay away from drugs and booze only, but to become a movement within the scene that was more politically aware also. Racism, nationalism, organised religion and foreign corporate business became topics. All of this was brought in a clear message, written sharply enough to make it comprehensive and appealing for the wider public. A simple but effective approach in their song writing carried all of this.


Nations On Fire "Strike The Match" LP Refuse Records 2017


Nations On Fire "Strike The Match" LP Refuse Records 2017

Reissue with booklet

Being in the year 2017 and seeing this record reissued for the 5th time, proofs the relevance and appeal this record had in the underground music scene of Europe and beyond. The record had pressings in Spain, Poland, Germany and even in Brazil.

This time around the record comes packaged in a gatefold cover. It was pressed on two colours, blue and yellow translucent vinyl. It's accompanied with a booklet that has an interview with the entire band. Taken a few weeks after the original pressing was done in 1991. It's a translation from German.
Inside the gatefold is a photo of a recent installation artwork, by a friend of the band. It still fits the message of this record.

poster of the release: "Your country ain't your blood"

Another well done reissue of this Belgian Hardcore classic...