Necros: Live in '85 12"

Jett Plastic Recordings


Recorded on 11/17/1985 at The Outhouse in Lawrence, KS, this full length album brings together 17 tracks recorded before the release of 'Tangled Up', the second (and sadly, final) studio album by the band. Emerging onto the hardcore scene in the early 80's, the Necros released a string of singles (Sex Drive EP, IQ32 EP, Conquest For Death 7") before the release of their first album, also titled Conquest For Death, which quickly became an irresistible and highly sought-after hardcore classic. This live album marks the first new live Necros recordings made officially available in over ten years, and the first 12" vinyl record by the band issued since 1987. Featuring the stunning Tangled Up era lineup of Barry Henssler (vocals), Andy Wendler (guitar), Ron Sakowski (bass) and Todd A. Swalla (drums), this album showcases a never before seen glimpse into the transformation between Conquest For Death and the Tangled Up album, along with many covers that would become staples in their live set, including Help (The Beatles) The Nile Song (Pink Floyd, with the studio version being issued as the B-Side of the 'Tangled Up' 7"), Pipeline (The Chantays) and Walking The Dog (Rufus Thomas). The album also features newly found pictures, an original interview from 1985 to promote the show, and newly written liner notes by award-winning journalist Brian Smith.

Our take: Live LP of a vintage Necros set recorded, as far as I can tell, between Conquest for Death and Tangled Up. I must say, this set does NOT start off promising. They open with "Tangled Up" and Barry lets out this ridiculous wail that's on par with Grave New World era Discharge. Honestly, if I was in the audience and they started with that I would probably leave before they were done with the first song. Fortunately, it does get much better as a good portion of the set (certainly more than half) is comprised of the band's hardcore material, leaning heavily on the tracks that appeared on the Conquest for Death LP. I must say, I am sort of fascinated with this particular era of bands' histories, when they were pushing toward something new but it was clearly not what their audiences wanted or expected. Sometimes that works out well (and I think that How We Rock is a bit underrated), and it does on a few tracks here, but mostly it's just really fascinating to hear the band waver back and forth between hardcore and the high-energy rock/metal hybrid they were shooting for on Tangled Up. I'm not really sure who the target audience of this LP is, but if you're that rare person who celebrates the Necros' entire discography then I'm sure you'll have a blast listening to this.
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