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Album: Vs.
# Song Title   Time
1)    Secrets
2)    Train
3)    Trem Two
4)    New Nails
5)    Dead Pool
6)    Learn How
7)    Mica
8)    Weatherbox
9)    Ballad of Johnny Burma, The
10)    Einstein's Day
11)    Fun World
12)    That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate
13)    Laugh the World Away
14)    Forget
15)    Progress
16)    OK/No Way
 

Album: Vs.
# Song Title   Time
1)    Secrets
2)    Train
3)    Trem Two
4)    New Nails
5)    Dead Pool
6)    Learn How
7)    Mica
8)    Weatherbox
9)    Ballad of Johnny Burma, The
10)    Einstein's Day
11)    Fun World
12)    That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate
13)    Laugh the World Away
14)    Forget
15)    Progress
16)    OK/No Way
 
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  • This 1997 reissue includes 4 bonus tracks not on the original release.
  • The first and only full-length album released before Mission Of Burma disbanded, VS. is one of the high points in American rock. Marrying straight-ahead punk, art-house experimentation, and intelligent songwriting, Mission Of Burma was one of the most important and influential of all punk rock bands, and this record displays it at its apex.
  • Among the best of this inspired collection of songs are "Secrets," the kinetic album opener that highlights Clint Conley's elastic bass playing and the virtuoso touches of Martin Swope's tape manipulations, and the deliberately paced "Weatherbox." The latter features perhaps the best example in the band's catalogue of Roger Miller's patented spiky guitar and Swope's bizarre looping effects. There's also the relatively straight-forward "That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate," and the jagged slashing chords of "Forget," one of four bonus tracks added to the Ryko re-issue. Another of these bonus tracks, "Progress," is an essential Burma piece, complete with breathless vocals, Peter Prescott's formidable drumming, and Miller's ringing guitar. If you own only one Mission Of Burma record, it ought to be this one.
Professional Reviews
Spin (5/01, p.110) - Ranked #34 in Spin's "50 Most Essential Punk Records" - "...As complicated as they were brutal, Boston's revered trio pile the guitars up to the clouds."

Entertainment Weekly (8/01/97, p.75) - "...While some of the sharply geometric riffs and chanted vocals sound dated, the power [on these tracks]...makes almost every album released today sound tame by comparison." - Rating: A+

Q (May 2002, p.132) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...The band's broken anthems and soundman Martin Swope's abrasive electronic conjurings were...groundbreaking..."

Mojo (Publisher) (6/02, p.122) - "...Consistently excellent, from the raw beginnings tothe mannered middle, to the documentary robusto..."
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