Thursday, November 26, 2015

DEATHRAGE- Self Conditioned self limited (1989)

1.hard times are coming
2.killing for fame
3.U.S. of redskins
4.self-limited of death and white progress
7.masters of nothing

I love this Italian thrash metal album.  I knew it was Italian the first time hearing it based on the cowbell.  Total Raw Power influence there…haha.  But seriously it def has a European feel to the song writing and production.  I can see them being confused for a German thrash band as well.  I do hear some crossover in their sound.  Obviously these Italians were influenced by the likes of DRI, COC, Raw Power and the Suicidals along with more metal acts like Dark Angel, Exodus, and Sadus.  This came out during a time when underground thrash was exploding.  It seemed like there was a thrash band in every suburban town worldwide.  I miss those days of tape trading, and discovering new bands from everywhere.  I love the ant-satanic stance they took lyrically.  They dwelved more into social/political lyrically which probably comes from the crossover or hardcore influence on the band.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GLEE CLUB-Looking 7" (1989)

1.Elephant head
3.Not to late
4.Role model
5.These Things

When I first moved back to Albany NY from S.F.  in around 1989 I met Brian who was the drummer of Glee Club skating at the Empire state plaza.  He proceeded to introduce me to a lot of great friends that I still have today.
This record has a lot of meaning to me because its the first record I was ever involved in putting out, and everyone involved were dear friends.  There were three or four of us that lived in the Albany area that loved watching Glee Club live and we wanted to help them get something out.  I had just moved back from California and couldn't stop using the term Hella cool for everything, so it became the name of our label.  Glee Club were like 15 and 16 year old kids who loved having a good time and playing hardcore shows.  I personally drove these guys down to Inner Ear studios to record because they worshipped that D.C. scene.  The record didn't turn out as raw as the band sounded live, but the songs are all catchy and hold a special place in my heart.  These straightedge kids were influenced by the Descendants, 7 Seconds, the Clash and Minor Threat.  These guys sounded emo before any of us knew of the word.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

BRUTAL TRUTH- Birth Of Ignorance demo (1990)

1.Birth of ignorance
2.Stench of profit
4.Consumer  Mentality

Oh man I found some tapes in the basement tonight. I havent listened to this one since the mid 90's… Its so great, it really had me excited relisening to it again after all these years.  This demo is when the band was just a three piece (guitarist and drummer did the grunts, and growls).  B.T. along with Terrorizer and Napalm Death are what got me motivated to play in Monster X and write grind riffs in the early 90's.  Obviously nothing we did could ever compare to any of these legends, but they def are the reason we did what we did.
 I bought this demo at Erl records in Albany shortly after it came out.  Dave and Jack went on and on about how cool these guys were, and how I needed this demo.  I bought it and was floored by the four songs.  A few years later I ended up meeting members of the band at Erl as Jack and Dave set up a show for them at Bogies.  One of the band members got busted prior to the show shoplifting breakfast sausages at the price chopper in Albany.  A fond memory I have of seeing them live is when they played Saratoga Winners with some Capital District mosh metal band called Cutthroat.  Cuthhroat played… like 150 kids were going nuts to them.  They get done, and everyone leaves the gig except for me, and like three other friends.  We went to the very front of this huge stage (came up to my chin), and Brutal Truth played to us like they were playing to a million folks.  It was life changing, and impacted  me tremendously.  Total heroes. There are only four songs on this tape but they are crucial for grind/crust fiends.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015


1.Thirty eight milligrams
2.Hold your breath
3.My dead friends and those who may as well be dead
4.Trust is a good concept in theory
5.The straw that broke the camels back
6.Slow veins
7.Still beating heart
8.Natural selection
10.'88 kid
11.Scathed 2000

I met members of this band while I was on an extended stay with my buddy Mark McCoy in California.  We were doing a promotional gig for work, and we ended up staying in a house that our friend Justin Pearson lived in with a bunch of other cats in San Diego.  It was a crazy time, and I have tons of really cool memories about it all.  At any rate I first met a member of RFYFL at Pokez (a Mexican food joint that every one seemed to eat at).  I think he might have worked there?  Whomever it was gave me a unmixed tape or CD of this LP.  I immediatly cranked it in the truck we were driving around the U.S. in.  I fell in love with the recording right away and Mark really nudged me to put it out.  The bands music didn't have anything to do with the "San Diego sound" that had become very popular.  It was straight up, in your face, pissed of 80's styled hardcore thrash.  It reminded me of elements of Poison Idea and Negative Approach (with some more modern epic crust parts).  The sort of stuff I grew up on.  The recording and sound were so genuine that you could feel the hate/ confusion in the songs.  It wasn't manufactured or fake… it felt like these guys not only hated their audience, but hated one another.  After talking to Justin about it, and him telling me that nobody in town was willing to put it out, I tracked down Jeff who played drums for the band, and co-owned a record shop in the area.  A totally sweet guy who I'm still in touch with today.  The rest is history.  They mixed the record, got me artwork and I pressed it up and sold 1000 Lp's.  Not the most popular band ever, but thats not what hardcore is supposed to be about, right?  Still one of my favorite Gloom releases.  If you see it in a used bin grab it up.  Enjoy the tunes!

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GASTUNK-The Fans 7" (1986)

3.Fastest dream
songs one and two are in one track…

I was turned onto these guys by my good buddy Louis who turned me onto almost all things 1980's Japanese.  I hated a lot of it at the time, but this one hit home due to its heavy metal brilliance.  Most all my hc/punk peers disliked this one claiming it was to metal.  Yup.. metal it is.  Catchy and anthematic.  Side B is def weird, really no idea what they were thinking but I like it just the same. Most people will hate it (unless you like Loudness mixed with free jazz).  Gastunk featured ex members from Lip Cream, The Comes, Execute, etc.The only problem I have with this record is that side B's "fastest dream" is so long that it kinda fucks up the sound of the song by the very end the quality gets worse … its over 7 mins. long.  I found this one in the water logged back room of Worlds Records in Albany NY.  Took it up to the counter with its $2.99  price sticker on the sleeve hoping that Buzz (the dude behind the counter) wasn't going to charge me some inflated price like they sometimes did.  He put down his acoustic guitar and charged me $2.99.  I left a very happy camper.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

BIG GULP-Hard to swallow 7" (1987)

1.Hard to Swallow
2.Son of a landlord
3.tongue tied
4.fascist youth
5.Rock Hudson
6.Bossman sucks

I saw these guys a lot back in the day, probably way to much actually.  Live they always reminded me of a poor mans Murphy's Law or A.O.D.  because their shows were always so "wacky" and fun.  Sorta reminded me of what was going on in NJ at the time with all the Buy Our Records bands.  I recall driving my friends from Glee Club up to CT from Albany to play a show, and these guys were the headliners.  They also used to play the Anthrax a lot.  Years later one of the bands I played in drove up to CT to play and surprise... We played with the mighty Big Gulp.  I've been looking for the bands demo for years.  This 7" is a total dollar bin rager.  To really appreciate bands like these guys and bands like Affirmative Action one had to live on the east coast in the 1980's, and sit through the endless wave of NYC hardcore bands that played to large crowds of mostly straight edge jock kids.  I loved a lot of that stuff, but bands like Big Gulp were refreshing in that very dogmatic scene.  Don't get me wrong seeing Underdog, Sick Of It All, Warzone, YOT, and Judge every weekend was great, but like I said bands like this broke all that stuff up for me, and made me remember just how cliche and hyped that NYC scene was at the time.

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Sunday, November 15, 2015


Loved this crossover beauty.  Both bands were from Canada.  Fratricide have a very AF Cause For Alarm sound to them, mostly vocally.   M.O.C. have more of an Accused style they are ripping.  I love both sides.  I was turned onto this release by Simon Harvey who was my Canadian hc connection at the time. It took me a few years to track this puppy down to add to my collection (thanks once again Wedge).  Enjoy this shit…

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

MEATWAGON- Drink, Fight, Fuck 7" (1989)

1.drink, fight, and fuck
3.evil twin
4.econo buy more beer
5.I am god syndrome
6.calling all cars

These guys formed in around 1987 out of San Diego California. The band was overlooked in my opinion mainly because they were a " D. Moody" Mystic Records band.  Everyone I know hated this label based on its bad reputation, and to this day Many are still writing off most the bands on label as a waste of wax.  Moody is still alive and well into his 80's.  Myself I loved much of the labels output, specifically RKL, Dr. Know, and Ill Repute.
Brief history for those not familiar with the label:
Dude bought a studio in LA in the 1980, and converted it from a 2 track studio into an 8 track studio.  He would approach punk/hardcore bands about recording there, and putting out a record on his label.  He charged the bands to record at the studio and then worked that payment against future royalties of the record he put out.  Many of the bands claimed to be ripped off because of this way of doing business.  Between 1982-1989 the label released over 200 punk/hardcore records.  Pretty crazy...
At any rate I love this thrashy beast.  Enjoy the tunes!

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

SANHEDRIN- Answer The Call 7" (1993)

1. Answer the call
2. When the antlers collide

Elk Metal!!!  This is one of the many projects/bands that Jim Konya did before his untimely demise in October of this year.  Far to young...Dude was a total in it for life raging metalhead who played drums in Nunslaughter, Apartment 213, The Spawn Of Satan, Hangnail, Schnauzer, Satanic Threat, Sloth, Blood Of Christ and many, many more.  This is one of the many records he gave me over the years. Dude would just hand you a pile of records if he knew you and thought you would appreciate the stuff.  This is an obvious parody band that he did on a 4 track in '93.  A cool project that only recorded these two songs.  Mix viking metal with Carcass and some low fi grind and you have Sanhedrin.  RIP Jim Konya, you'll forever be missed by metalheads and punks everywhere.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

DEATHSQUAD-Demo Sessions

This was recorded in 2002 or 2003.  Five songs in all were recorded by Will at Dead Air Studios in Western MA. For a demo tape we sold.  Four of these demo songs we later put out on a 7".  The fifth song "Attack And Retreat" we later re-recorded for the Youth Attack Records 7" that McCoy put out.  I've included the demo version of that song with this file.  Its the last song on here.  I think initially it was recorded for the Mein Comp 7" but McCoy decided against using it.  I think the song was to long to be on a 7" compilation with 9 other bands.  This was a fun band to do with my good friends Mark Telfian, Barker, and Eric.  More info and thoughts about the band if you look and read an older post I did upping the Youth Attack ep. We had an entire LPs worth of material written and practiced.  Just never recorded the stuff.  Total bummer, and a huge regret for me.   Enjoy the tunes

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

NO REFUND-Cross Core Demo tape (1989)

What happens when you get a bunch of heshers from the 'burbs of New Jersey, who most likely live and die by Anthrax, Exodus, and Slayer…Then you turn them onto S.O.D. and Adrenalin OD?  I'd say you get something like this.  Silly injokes played by dudes that can actually play their instruments, but just wanna piss people off and have some fun.  I'm not sure if they released much else, but there are 22 songs on this tape.  Funny to think these guys came out of Glen Ridge NJ (around 7 miles from my house).  Enjoy this obscure rarity.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

GAUZE - 限界は何処だ CD (1991)

The mighty Gauze… I'm posting this because I'd recently heard a rumor that these gods finally broke up.  They've been a band since 1981.  When I was on tour in Japan back in 2002 I met the drummer and the guitarist.  To watch the Japanese kids interact with members of this band was really oddly enjoyable.  The amount of respect that these guys get from their local fan base is insane.  Watching a teen boy bow repeatedly to the drummer will forever be etched in my mind.  This CD has two tracks
 on it. The first track is the entire album, and the second track is a live gig in Scotland from 1989.  

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Fourteen Or Fight Side:
1.Revenge of the latchkey kids
2.Agressive collector
3.combo amp a go go
4.godless America
The Repos Side: control last time
7.fugitive family 2
8.haha hardcore
9.alright!?! decline
11.hollow trees

I put this one out many years ago on my label.  Pretty sure it was both bands first vinyl appearance.  I remember hearing the Repos demo in my bedroom in Albany NY… I was floored.  Totally reminded me of Septic Death meets Infest in some really warped way. So When I talked to Aaron from the Repos and he told me they were supposed to do a split with Fourteen Or Fight and it couldn't happen for whatever reason I jumped at the chance to help them out by releasing it.  Fourteen Or Fight was my old room mate Jon Arends hc band after Charles Bronson.  The band also featured Frank on vox who years earlier fronted the legendary MK Ultra.  The copy I have up on here is the limited to 30 copies or something… how can you go wrong with an 11 song 7".  Enjoy and Share

Monday, September 21, 2015

KURO-15 Song Fanclub CD

I hung out with some Japanese hc friends this weekend, and that got me thinking about this band. For those who don't know...Kuro are one of the more legendary Japanese punk bands from the early wave of 80's punk/hardcore.  Members were rumored to be low level muscle for the Japanese mob (yakuza), so it even made the band more interesting and dangerous to lots of us listeners.  Vocalist Morikawa and guitarist Hide are supposedly dead according to other members of the band, so thankfully there will never be a crappy reunion.
 I was first introduced to the band in 1989 by my friend Louis who was at the forefront of international tape trading (mainly Japanese and Scandinavian bands). In those days I can count on one hand Americans that I knew that were into that stuff.   I must admit that when I first heard the Kuro and Gism I thought it was awful.  It wasn't until many rides to the Anthrax club with Louis in his red pick up truck that I finally got it.  Those long rides and endless rumored stories about the bands finally broke me down and I finally got it.  Even back in 1989 people were paying ridiculous prices for these collectable records.  Obviously a lot has changed.  Now Japanese hardcore isn't as obscure as it once was, its actually become super popular and sorta trendy worldwide.  This is a boot that compiles the bands hard to decipher discography.  Enjoy the Tunes, download and share with the world.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015


I remember being so stoked to have Ken from Sound Pollution records touch base with us (Monster X) in the early 90's to see if we could put a song on a compilation he was helping MCR records Japan put out.  We immediately had our friend Jason Martin record us on his four track.  Later when the comp came out I became fascinated with the band Quadiliacha from Atlanta.  I wrote them a letter telling them i loved their track on the comp.  We became immediate friends… they toured non stop, and spent much time with me and my friends in Albany NY.  The comp featured Japanese and American bands coming together.  Great stuff by the likes of Insane Youth, Disclose, Balzac, Spazz, CFDL, Masskontrol, and many others.  21 killer songs by 17 1990's hardcore bands…Enjoy!

1.INSANE YOUTH-the world has reached its worst
3.OTTAWA-a million reasons
5.ANTI AUTHORIZE-its time for change
6.FINAL WARNING-death sentence
9.SUPPRESSION-machines of war
10.DISCLOSE-burned alive
11.MANKIND-strategic deterence
12.BALZAC-day the earth caught fire
13.SPAZZ-DJ tinkle fingers
15.MONSTER X-battle fatigue
16.CFDL-let you know
17.CFDL-tofu song
18.QUADILIACHA-think about it
19.MASSKONTROLL-winds of genocide
20.VIOLENT PAIN-feel for a new age

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Friday, September 11, 2015

NEON BITCHES Unreleased final recordings

1.Human animal
2.Give us more
3.Righteous snakes
4.Nuclear dawn
5.The plague
6.The succubus
7.Possessive obsession

These dudes broke up this year (2007-2015) and had a final seven songs that they recorded before calling it a day.  After communicating with members I've decided to share the unreleased tracks with the world.  These guys were a wicked great Rhode Island hardcore thrash band featuring hero and my long time friend Brian from Dropdead on drums.  The other members were from Straight To Hell and Vincebus Eruptum. The band played mainly on the East Coast in NYC, Philly, MA. and of course Rhode Island.  Enjoy the tunes and feel free to share them on other blogs or with friends worldwide.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

V/A TOGETHER 7" Compilation (1987)

1.Warzone- as one
2.Gorilla Bisquits- better than you
3.Bold- talk is cheap
4.Youth Of Today- together
5.Sick Of It All- my life
6.Side By Side- violence to fade
7.Super Touch- searching for the light

This ep compilation came out while I was living on the West Coast in the Bay Area.  I had been seeing Youth Of Today since 1985, but when I saw both YOT and Bold at the Covered Wagon Saloon in SF,  it got me to start tinkering with the idea of straight edge.  I was also planning a move back East to Albany NY so this crappy compilation helped to inspire me and excite me for that move.  My friend Kurt and I would sit around listening to this comp in his bed room, and wishing we could go straight edge.  It was crazy what kind of an influence these bands/scene had on so many of us during the 80's. relistening to this record made me realize that I was wrong in remembering that the Side By Side 7" is my fav rev release…to tough to call… Sick Of It All, Judge, Warzone, Side By Side… I can't pick one.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

G-ANX- Flashbacks CD

G-anx were a hardcore punk band from Sweden who existed from 1984-1992.  I absolutely loved these guys… even more so then the more legendary Swedish hc acts of the 80's.  Crusty hc that could go from generic punk, to aggressive hc, to weird metallic ballads.  Their stuff just always hit home with me.   This features the bands discography… a bunch of 7"s, and a split with Filthy Christians.  When the band broke up, members formed Counterblast who were doing a more Neurosis style thing.  One of my old bands was supposed to do a split 7" with them, but the label dude turned into a total flake and just suddenly dropped out.  We were bummed.  Lots of songs on this discography.    My favorites are the ones that start off as metal type ballads…"the beast within", toilets", "clouds of cancer" and "life".   My favorite song by them ever is "In Harmony".  It sends shivers down my spine and makes me so happy when I hear it.

Sample: In Harmony

Thursday, August 13, 2015

HAXAN- demo 12" (2004)

I played drums on this 12", and my best buddy Mark McCoy played guitars, bass, and did the vox.  We had written the songs, and then practiced them for a few weeks in our basement at Warren Street in Albany NY.  Mark had been living with me there for a few years, and we'd been listening to a lot of Beherit at the time.  We then piled my drums, my guitar and amp in my car and drove out to Western Mass to record with the brilliant Will Dandy at Dead Air studios.  I loved the way the stuff turned out and really wish we'd recorded more songs.  The songs we then put together as a demo to send out to prospective labels.  We didn't really get much response from labels besides NWN who had to much going on at the time.  I had been in touch with Beth at United Record Pressing and she mentioned a special DJ pressing they were doing…120 12"s with blank sleeves for a really great price.  I did the Bomb Builder 12" this way, and Mark released the Haxan on Youth Attack this way.  120 records, hand numbered with home made art work by Mark.  Pretty fucking DIY!  More fond memories of a time i'll always remember with a smile on my face.  Enjoy these tunes…


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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SIDE BY SIDE- You're Only Young Once…7" (1988)

1.backfire life to live a lie
4.look back're only young once..
7.side by side

This and the Warzone 7" are by far my favorite rev releases.  I unfortunately never got to see these guys live, but saw most all the other early rev bands due to them always making Albany NY an important place to play.  That had much to do with Dave Stein, and Steve Reddy living in the area, putting on shows and being down with that NYC HC scene.  Admittedly this scene drove me crazy as it was happening.  It seemed totally inclusionary, and like a high school popularity contest.  If you weren't edge you and your bands were treated differently by this crowd.  At any rate this ep is sick.  It sounds totally raw and pissed… but the songs are all totally catchy.

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Monday, August 3, 2015


2.melting hopeful
4.poison the supply
HALFMAN control
8.childs play
10. worship the porcelain god
11.bonkee 3
13.mindless icon
14.part two
15.snort teeeth
18.bugs will run the world
19.gospel scholars
20.take a walk
21.frustrated existence
22.flies on shit
24.system upheaval

This compilation LP came out in 1996 on Reservoir Records.  Andrew Orlando was the brain child behind this 90's Extreme East Coast Compilation.  Pretty sure it started off as a 7", then a 10", and finally a LP.  I was lucky enough to play in two bands that were on the record.  One of the bands(DOF) was supposed to do a LP on Andrews label, but things just didn't work out.  The best tracks on this record are from the obscure Richmond Virginia band Eucharist.  I mean come on man… a comp with Suppression, Monster X, Judas Iscariot, Halfman, Dropdead, Disassociate, Devoid Of Faith, Coercion, Brutal Truth, Black Army Jacket and Assfactor 4?  With most bands doing at least two songs… Pretty cool.  Includes a 16 page booklet/lyric sheet.
In my opinion 90's hardcore was mainly a mess with moshoholic and screamo/emo bands cluttering up the hc scene.  It was everywhere.  The bands who were playing fast harsh sounding stuff literally had people just standing there looking at us like we were freaks.  It was in many instances kinda awkward.
Anyway, enjoy the 24 tracks of raw 90's hc.  The song titles and bands are all labeled and tagged in Download.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

NO THANKS-1982 Demo

Blistering fast NYC political hardcore/punk that is fronted by a female in 1982!!! Almost unheard of back then. This will forever be a classic. I still sorta wish I'd been involved in releasing this as an ep... its so far ahead of its time, and lyrically still is relevant today.
I was contacted by vocalist Donna Damage years back, and she was currently living in Berkley California, and planning a reunion tour with remaining members of No Thanks. Seth(the drummer) died of cancer a bit over a year ago.  A year after communicating with her Donna and I had a falling out over the art that she wanted to use for the release.  I wanted the release to look older, she was using photo shop, and different logos, etc.   I've pictured one of the versions below.
No Thanks released a 7" ep that has been forever out of print, and valuable amongst record collectors world wide. After the bands demise Donna fronted a metal band called Navigator (No Thanks guitarist played as well). In a time when NYC punk/hardcore was macho & didn't have much going on politically, these guys did something completey different.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

AClD-Black Car cassette(1984) car
2.drop dead
3.the day you die

During the early days of heavy metal it was pretty unheard of(or at least uncommon) for women to be involved in playing in bands.  Sadly it was a sausage party for sure.  In recent years having a female vocalist has sorta become a novelty.  At any rate Acid and Bitch were some of the first heavy bands I can recall hearing that had a female vocalists.  The band was from Belgium and crucial in my upbringing in metal.  It was due to bands like this that helped open my mind to other bands with female vocalists. Sadly I was a closed minded metalhead in the early 80's.
 I recall seeing and hearing a local band from Albany NY called Blacksmith at of all places Chucky Cheese's.  Blacksmith at the time had a girl singing for them.  I ended up striking up a conversation with the singer who's name was Heidi Black.  She was the one who clued me into Acid as it was a influence on her vocally.  I immediately went to Record Town in the Latham circle Mall and picked up the tape.  Thanks Heidi.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

B.S. Canadian Nightmare 4/6/1974

My friend Kevin 'O gave me a cassette copy of this decades ago.  He was always seeking out, and trading obscure live sets from bands he loved.   I have a few great Sabb ones that he gave me over the years.  In this Particular recording the bass is a lot lower volume wise then it should be.  It would be an outstanding recording if the bass was loud as a bomb blast, but it isn't.  Lots of cool guitar solos through out the gig, and some hilarious in between song banter by the Oz man make this essential for the true fan.  Eleven tunes recorded in Toronto… Enjoy