Σάββατο, 28 Απριλίου 2012

Stress - Athen's Burning I and II (Two 7" E.P's, vinyl rip). 1982-1985 recordings. 2011.

   Stress is a legendary greek punk band - one of the first and the best! Still active in ground shaking gigs, with only one record, " O Ihos tis anasfalias", in 1985 (self released, only 300 copies). 
   I had this record! I lost it somewhere and i'm never gonna forgive myself! 
   (Later Wipe-Out records re-released the LP.)
   And there was somenthing special about this record, if anyone is interested to understand what was happening in Greece in the '80's
   The song "Genoktonia" ("Genocide") - an anti-military anthem - it is not listed on the record label or the lyric sheet. On the back sleeve it is mentioned that this track was removed due to censorship. The record plays only a few seconds of the intro, followed by about 2 minutes of silence, and then the last few seconds of the outro!

    "Stress might very well have been the one & only greek band with a high-paced punk '77/KBD sound, in a scene full of post-punk (& later on hardcore) bands.
    As far as their (sociopolitical in nature) lyrics go, they seem to encapsulate all the events & agonies of their generation; tracks such as "Leros" (name of an aegean island whose mental institution has one of the worst records on human rights violations in europe) , are indicative of the band's leanings. ...." (from band's site above).

   Last year B-other side records collected some old recordings (1982-1985), not included in the LP and released these two beautifull 7" E.P's called "Athen's Burning" I and II (vinyl only, 500 copies).  


   The file contains the two E.P's (9 songs) and all the artwork.
Download  here

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