Friday, January 21, 2011

The Worst - Expect The Worst bootleg














Bootleg of the classic NJ hardcore punk 12" "Expect The Worst" which was originally released in 1983 by Mutha Records. This is essential stuff right here, though in a far inferior package when compared to the original release, with the songs spread out in completely random order ( I corrected the track list) that is not consistent with the original track listing. Overall thought this is great stuff and I sure as hell can't afford an original copy.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I got besotted with this one by hearing it off Erich's website: what a juggernaut of a record, simply the best early Hardcore record people haven't heard (strikes me kinda like Koro/ let's BBQ-AOD meets Iggy & the Stooges); great songs, great singer, superb musicianship... holy shit.
Anyway, I bought this, and you realize when comparing it to Erich's files that the sound leaves something to be desired (I've gotten a couple more bootlegs from Reagan Era HC- 5150, Genetic Control-, and it seems to be their signature shitty sound quality).
I finally bought the CD compilation on Parts Unknown records ("the worst of the Worst"), and that one sounds great.
I'm still waiting for some indie label to take a bold step and give it a proper vinyl reissue, though.

Dave G said...

yeah the quality on the reagan era boots is pretty bad. I posted this version to make it available and document it but if you want the best rip of it I would go get it from Erich.

CHRIS said...

I saw The Worst live back in the 80's....some show in Jersey w/ U.S. Chaos & a few others.......wish I had better memories of it.

Anonymous said...

Ah, the Reagan-Era HC "label." I am thankful that they made some great music available again, but I was always miffed at the liberties that they took with redesigning the packaging -- usually for the worse.

Maybe the idea was to make the boots stand out from the originals so noone would get suckered into buying a boot for orig prices.

As far as the sound quality, it could have been better, but I have certainly heard worse.

I think the complete Reagan Era HC catalog is: The Worst, Koro, Insults, 5150, Neon Christ, Genetic Control and Offenders. Am I missing any?

It would be cool to see a feature article about the Revoltation Records bootleg label, if anyone has good details.

Zach said...

you're missing YDI.

Anonymous said...

The original copy of this is up for sale on ebay

Dave G said...

Out of my price range unfortunately.

Anonymous said...

same here, theres cheaper ones on discogs.com but alas, they too are out of my price range...