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Album: The Hard Stuff+
# Song Title   Time
1)    Crack In The Universe
2)    Junkie Romance
3)    Bad Seed
4)    Poison
5)    Realm Of The Pirate Kings
6)    Incident On Stock Island
7)    Pillar Of Fire
8)    Hope For Sale
9)    Edge Of The Switchblade
10)    Sharkskin Suit
11)    So Long, Hank
12)    God's Worst Nightmare [Original Version]
13)    'Til The Police Come
14)    Back To The Wasteland
 

Album: The Hard Stuff+
# Song Title   Time
1)    Crack In The Universe
2)    Junkie Romance
3)    Bad Seed
4)    Poison
5)    Realm Of The Pirate Kings
6)    Incident On Stock Island
7)    Pillar Of Fire
8)    Hope For Sale
9)    Edge Of The Switchblade
10)    Sharkskin Suit
11)    So Long, Hank
12)    God's Worst Nightmare [Original Version]
13)    'Til The Police Come
14)    Back To The Wasteland
 
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  • Personnel: Wayne Kramer (vocals, guitar), Marjorie Kramer (vocals), Jon Wahl (guitar, harmonica), Christopher Bagarozzi (guitar), Rob Walther, Randy Bradbury, Mark Deutrom, Matt Freeman, James Jamerson Jr., Bruce Duff (bass), Bob Lee, Josh Freese, Brett Reed (drums).
  • Engineers: Sally Browder (tracks 1-3, 5-10); Joe Barrisi (track 4).
  • Principally recorded at Westbeach Recorders, Hollywood, California. Includes liner notes by Henry Rollins.
  • All songs written or co-written by Wayne Kramer.
  • This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
  • Personnel: Wayne Kramer (vocals, guitar, bass); Bret Gurewitz (vocals, guitar); Kim Shattuck, King Buzzo, Sweet Pea Atkinson, Keith Morris (vocals); Marjorie Kramer (spoken vocals); Jon Wahl (guitar, harmonica); Christopher Bagarozzi (guitar); Rob Walther, Randy Bradbury, Mark Deutron, Matt Freeman, James Jamerson, Jr., Bruce Duff (bass); Dale Crover (drums, percussion); Bob Lee, Josh Freese, Bret Reed (drums).
  • Recorded at Westbeach Recorders, Hollywood, California.
  • Audio Mixers: Sally Browder; Wayne Kramer ; Jason Roberts ; Brett Gurewitz .
  • While it made sense that a label inspired by the punk ethic the MC5 helped found put out Wayne Kramer's first full-on solo album, in many ways The Hard Stuff sticks out like a sore thumb from the usual Epitaph fare -- namely, because it's not interested in toeing a particular sonic line. Kramer's youthful obsession with soul power mixed with rough and ready noise, tempered by his older and wiser years but not lacking for a section of energy, makes for a great full-on rock & roll album. Certainly when one compares this work with the neutered slop his Detroit contemporary Ted Nugent was churning out in the late '80s and into the '90s, there's little question who chose to rest on laurels and who decided to jump into things full on. Kramer's choice of musicians to work with doesn't hurt -- all of Claw Hammer back him up on a number of songs, including the great opening blast "Crack in the Universe," while elsewhere the Melvins, Josh Freese, Keith Morris, Kim Shattuck, and even label boss Brett Gurewitz sit in. In a fine nod to Kramer's soul roots, Was (Not Was)'s Sweet Pea Atkinson, along with bassist James Jamerson, Jr., take a turn on the heavy groove "Pillar of Fire." Kramer's lyrics take on the wreckage of America with compassion for those stuck at the bottom, but it's his wailing guitar work, direct and powerful, that demonstrates best of all how you can't keep a good man down. Hearing the perversely beautiful sludge/slow jam of "Junkie Romance," Kramer demolishing the heroin chic image with the eye of a weathered survivor armed with wit and compassion, or the spoken word portrayal of an argument turned violent in "Incident on Stock Island" shows how his gifts are in full swing. Fine bonus: the untitled bonus track paying tribute to Kramer's personal hero Charles Bukowski. ~ Ned Raggett
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (3/23/95, p.122) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Despite his chiseled writing, Kramer speaks loudest with his Stratocaster. Riffs drop out of the mix like blockbusters; random squawks and guttural honks burp throughout his hardscrabble tales....At 46, Kramer is one motherf***** who can still kick out the jams..." New Musical Express (1/14/95, p.38) - 8 - Excellent - "...a startlingly diverse collection of high-tension, post-punk passions, spoken word atmospherics, fretboard gymnastics and stark reminiscence, all drenched in the cream of '90s hardcore...preposterously good..."
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