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Buried Treasure: …For The Whole World To See

10 April 2009

[Today: Death comes calling...]

Death | ...For The Whole World To See

Death was a trio of brothers from Detroit who originally formed in 1971 as an R&B act. But David (guitar), Dannis (drums) and Bobby (bass/vocals) Hackney soon became enchanted with the primal sonic assault of local bands MC5 and The Stooges, and changed their sound accordingly. Bobby Hackney says that “Like many young African-American musicians, our primary influences were soul and funk music. This changed after seeing Iggy & The Stooges live. We started listening to more rock, stuff like Alice Cooper and Led Zeppelin… In 1974, we put together a demo tape with the most rocking name we could think of: DEATH.”

That demo caught the ear of Columbia Records boss Clive Davis, who was interested in turning it into an album, on the condition that the group change their name. When they refused, their songs started collecting dust, and the band went back to local obscurity. But with the recent release of the triumphantly titled …For The Whole World To See, Death’s music finally gets the push it deserved 35 years ago. Heavier than punk, but faster than the metal of the day, these songs call to mind Bad Brains or Living Colour a decade before the fact. ‘Keep On Knocking’ and ‘Politicians In My Eyes’ are hard-driving highlights, while ‘Freakin’ Out’ sounds like black Buzzcocks. It’s a short album – 7 songs in just over 26 minutes – but what it lacks in length is more than made up in power.

…For The Whole World To See is of interest because it was recorded before punk found an audience, making it an album ahead of its time. I’m not suggesting that this album is a fake, but its easily replicable sound and premise make me wonder when the reissue market will encounter its very own Milli Vanilli – a “long lost” group that makes a splash with an album that is actually a recently-recorded hoax. Death sounds so ahead of their time that you can’t help but wonder if the wool is being pulled over your eyes…

Listen: Keep On Knocking

Listen: Politicians In My Eyes

*****

…For The Whole World To See is the 100th album to be designated as ‘Buried Treasure’ on this blog. Here are the rest, in order of appearance…

1) George Brigman | Jungle Rot [5/1/07]
2) Wynton Marsalis | Baroque Music For Trumpets [5/4/07]
3) Alabama 3 | Exile On Coldharbour Lane [5/10/07]
4) David Holmes | Let’s Get Killed [5/19/07]
5) Shorty Baker & Doc Cheatham | Shorty & Doc [5/29/07]
6) Buckethead | Colma [6/5/07]
7) The Peddlers | Suite London [6/13/07]
8) Frank Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim | Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim [6/18/07]
9) Lee Oskar | Lee Oskar [6/26/07]
10) The Soft Boys | Underwater Moonlight [7/10/07]
11) Dead Or Alive | Youthquake [7/18/07]
12) Spirit | Spirit Of ’76 [7/24/07]
13) Osibisa | Heads [8/1/07]
14) Shelly Manne | “The Three” & “The Two” [8/10/07]
15) Ben Webster | Soulville [8/13/07]
16) Elvis Presley | Elvis Country “I’m 10,000 Years Old” [8/16/07]
17) Lee Hazlewood | Poet, Fool Or Bum/Back On The Street Again [8/17/07]
18) M. Ward | End Of Amnesia [8/22/07]
19) Machito | At The Crescendo [8/25/07]
20) Willie Colon | Cosa Nuestra [9/4/07]
21) Fred Neil | Bleecker & MacDougal [9/12/07]
22) The Remains | The Remains [9/24/07]
23) Neu! | Neu! 75 [10/3/07]
24) ZZ Top | Rio Grande Mud [10/9/07]
25) Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington | Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington [10/13/07]
26) Neil Diamond | Just For You [10/18/07]
27) Peter Gabriel | Passion [10/22/07]
28) Various Artists | Rat Music For Rat People, Volumes I, II, & III [10/29/07]
29) Otis Rush | Right Place, Wrong Time [11/3/07]
30) Screaming Lord Sutch | Lord Sutch And Heavy Friends [11/12/07]
31) The Benedictine Monks Of Santo Domingo De Silos | Chant [11/18/07]
32) Richard Betts | Highway Call [11/19/07]
33) Various Artists | Music For Dancefloors [11/25/07]
34) The Dream Syndicate | Live At Raji’s [11/29/07]
35) The Squirrels | The Not-So-Bright Side Of The Moon [12/4/07]
36) Gary Higgins | Red Hash [12/10/07]
37) Tommy Guerrero | Soul Food Taqueria [12/15/07]
38) Greg Brown | Slant 6 Mind [12/23/07]
39) John & Beverly Martyn | Stormbringer [1/3/08]
40) The Last Emperor | Palace Of The Pretender [1/7/08]
41) The Yardbirds | Roger The Engineer [1/11/08]
42) D.R. Hooker | The Truth [1/14/08]
43) Ben Webster | Atmosphere For Lovers And Thieves [1/19/08]
44) Joe Maphis | Fire On The Strings [1/23/08]
45) James Luther Dickinson | Free Beer Tomorrow [1/27/08]
46) The Standells | The Best Of The Standells [2/2/08]
47) Various Artists | The Concert For Bangladesh [2/8/08]
48) Tim Buckley | Greetings From L.A. [2/13/08]
49) Jimi Hendrix | Nine To The Universe [2/20/08]
50) Fred Eaglesmith | Lipstick, Lies & Gasoline [2/26/08]
51) Buried Treasure – The Cover Art [2/28/08]
52) Sam Prekop | Sam Prekop [3/2/08]
53) Ben Vaughn | Designs In Music [3/8/08]
54) Bunny Wailer | Tribute [3/15/08]
55) Nicky Siano | The Gallery [3/24/08]
56) Erik Truffaz | Out Of A Dream [3/29/08]
57) Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe & His Nigerian Soundmakers | Sound Time [4/9/08]
58) The BellRays | Let It Blast [4/19/08]
59) Mark Lanegan | Whiskey For The Holy Ghost [4/26/08]
60) Leon Russell | Leon Russell [5/2/08]
61) Crazy Horse | Crazy Horse [5/16/08]
62) Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band | Safe As Milk [5/21/08]
63) The Heartbreakers | L.A.M.F. [5/25/08]
64) David & David | Boomtown [6/2/08]
65) Hurricane | The Hurra [6/8/08]
66) Terry Allen | Human Remains [6/20/08]
67) Dino Valente | Dino Valente [6/23/08]
68) Artur Rubinstein | Mazurkas And Polonaises [6/27/08]
69) Various Artists | The King Kong Compilation [7/3/08]
70) Os Mutantes | Os Mutantes [7/10/08]
71) James Gang | Rides Again [7/18/08]
72) The Mighty Imperials | Thunder Chicken [7/27/08]
73) Duke Pearson | The Right Touch [8/7/08]
74) Sweet | Desolation Boulevard [8/14/08]
75) John Phillips | John, The Wolfking Of L.A. [8/30/08]
76) Ike Turner & The Kings Of Rhythm | A Black Man’s Soul [9/6/08]
77) Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry | Battle Of Armagideon [9/12/08]
78) Easy Star All-Stars | Dub Side Of The Moon [9/21/08]
79) The Flatlanders | More A Legend Than A Band [9/27/08]
80) Jackson C. Frank | Jackson C. Frank [10/7/08]
81) Red House Painters | Songs For A Blue Guitar [10/12/08]
82) Eric Burdon & War | The Black Man’s Burdon [10/21/08]
83) Bauhaus | Burning From The Inside [10/30/08]
84) Vangelis | Blade Runner Soundtrack [11/6/08]
85) Blue Mitchell | Blue’s Moods [11/30/08]
86) Dennis Coffey | Big City Funk [12/12/08]
87) Alexander ‘Skip’ Spence | Oar [12/16/08]
88) Lou Reed | American Poet [12/26/08]
89) J.K. & Co. | Suddenly One Summer [1/9/09]
90) J.J. Cale | Anyway The Wind Blows: The Anthology [1/15/09]
91) Funky 4+1 | That’s The Joint [1/22/09]
92) Fleetwood Mac | Then Play On [1/29/09]
93) The Rolling Stones | LiveR Than You’ll Ever Be [2/7/09]
94) The Stairs | Mexican R ‘n’ B [2/20/09]
95) Dr. John | The Sun, Moon & Herbs [3/1/09]
96) Slaid Cleaves | Broke Down [3/6/09]
97) Swamp Dogg | I’m Not Selling Out/I’m Buying In! [3/17/09]
98) Jackie Mittoo | The Keyboard King At Studio One [3/27/09]
99) Mark Alan | Crazy World Outside [4/2/08]
100) Death | …For The Whole World To See [4/10/08]


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