February 12, 1986
Unheard Music Series/Atavistic

Album Review

Another live set from the 1986 tour, Köln could well be the best of the bunch. There is an actual song here (Ronald Shannon Jackson's aptly titled "Brain Damage") and an opening track, the nearly 20-minute rumble called "Hard School," that scorches from top to bottom. This recording was supposed to come after Cassette Recordings '87 and before Iron Path, but Bill Laswell was involved in some rancorous disagreements with Enemy and the record's release was postponed for a couple of years. But man, was it ever worth the wait. Open up and burn.
John Dougan, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Hard School
  2. Brain Damage
  3. Taking a Beating
  4. Last Call
  5. Dark Heart
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