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Richard Hell & The Voidoids|Blank Generation (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Blank Generation (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

Richard Hell & The Voidoids

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Richard Hell was one of the first men on the scene when punk rock emerged in New York City as an early member of both Television and the Heartbreakers (he left both groups before they could record). But his own version of punk wasn't much like anyone else's, and while Hell's debut album, Blank Generation, remains one of the most powerful to come from punk's first wave, those anticipating a Ramones/Dead Boys-style frontal assault from this set had better readjust their expectations. "Love Comes in Spurts" and "Liars Beware" proved the Voidoids could play fast and loud when they wanted to, but for the most part this group's formula was much more complicated than that. Guitarists Robert Quine and Ivan Julian bounced sharp, edgy patterns off each other that were more about psychological tension than brute force (though Quine's solos suggest a fragile grace beneath the surface of their neo-Beefheart chaos). And while most punk nihilism was of the simplistic "Everything Sucks" variety, Hell was (with the exception of Patti Smith) the most literate and consciously poetic figure in the New York punk scene. While there's little on the album that's friendly or life-affirming, there's a crackling intelligence to songs like "New Pleasure," "Betrayal Takes Two," and "Another World" that confirmed Hell had a truly unique lyrical voice, at once supremely self-confident and dismissive of nearly everything around him (sometimes including himself). Brittle and troubling but brimming with ideas and musical intelligence, Blank Generation was groundbreaking punk rock that followed no one's template, and today it sounds just as fresh -- and nearly as abrasive -- as it did when it first hit the racks.
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1
Love Comes in Spurts (2017 Remaster Audio; Remastered)
00:02:04

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Rob Freeman, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Arranger, Guitar, Background Vocals - Don Hunerberg, Recording Engineer - RICHARD HELL, Producer, Arranger, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - The Voidoids, Arranger - Fred Wilkes, Assistant Engineer - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Background Vocals - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1977 Sire Records 2017 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

2
Liars Beware (2017 Remaster Audio; Remastered)
00:02:52

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Joël Cohen, Assistant Engineer - JERRY SOLOMON, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Arranger, Guitar, Background Vocals - RICHARD HELL, Producer, Arranger, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - The Voidoids, Arranger - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1977 Sire Records 2017 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

3
New Pleasure (2017 Remaster Audio; Remastered)
00:01:57

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Joël Cohen, Assistant Engineer - JERRY SOLOMON, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Arranger, Guitar, Background Vocals - RICHARD HELL, Producer, Arranger, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - The Voidoids, Arranger - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Background Vocals - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1977 Sire Records 2017 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

4
Betrayal Takes Two (2017 Remaster)
00:03:36

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Rob Freeman, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Arranger, Guitar, Background Vocals - Don Hunerberg, Recording Engineer - RICHARD HELL, Producer, Arranger, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - The Voidoids, Arranger - Fred Wilkes, Assistant Engineer - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1977 Sire Records 2017 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

5
Down at the Rock and Roll Club (2017 Remaster Audio; Remastered)
00:03:42

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Rob Freeman, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Arranger, Guitar, Background Vocals - Don Hunerberg, Recording Engineer - RICHARD HELL, Producer, Arranger, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - The Voidoids, Arranger - Fred Wilkes, Assistant Engineer - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Background Vocals - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1977 Sire Records 2017 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

6
Who Says? (2017 Remaster Audio; Remastered)
00:02:08

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Rob Freeman, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Arranger, Guitar, Background Vocals - Don Hunerberg, Recording Engineer - RICHARD HELL, Producer, Arranger, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - The Voidoids, Arranger - Fred Wilkes, Assistant Engineer - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Background Vocals - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1977 Sire Records 2017 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

7
Blank Generation (2017 Remaster Audio; Remastered)
00:02:44

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Rob Freeman, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Arranger, Guitar, Background Vocals - Don Hunerberg, Recording Engineer - RICHARD HELL, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - The Voidoids, Arranger - Fred Wilkes, Assistant Engineer - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Background Vocals - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1977 Sire Records 2017 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

8
Walking on the Water (2017 Remaster Audio; Remastered)
00:02:16

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - John C. Fogerty, Writer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Rob Freeman, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Arranger, Guitar, Background Vocals - Don Hunerberg, Recording Engineer - RICHARD HELL, Producer, Arranger, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals - The Voidoids, Arranger - Fred Wilkes, Assistant Engineer - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Background Vocals - Thomas R. Fogerty, Writer - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1977 Sire Records 2017 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

9
The Plan (2017 Remaster Audio; Remastered)
00:03:55

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Rob Freeman, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Arranger, Guitar, Background Vocals - Don Hunerberg, Recording Engineer - RICHARD HELL, Producer, Arranger, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - The Voidoids, Arranger - Fred Wilkes, Assistant Engineer - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Background Vocals - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1977 Sire Records 2017 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

10
Another World (2017 Remaster Audio; Remastered)
00:08:14

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Joël Cohen, Assistant Engineer - JERRY SOLOMON, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Arranger, Guitar, Background Vocals - RICHARD HELL, Producer, Arranger, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - The Voidoids, Arranger - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Background Vocals - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 1977 Sire Records 2017 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

DISC 2

1
Love Comes in Spurts (Electric Lady Studios; Alternate Version)
00:02:01

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Joël Cohen, Assistant Engineer - JERRY SOLOMON, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Arranger, Guitar, Background Vocals - RICHARD HELL, Producer, Arranger, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - The Voidoids, Arranger - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Background Vocals - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2017 Sire Records. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

2
Blank Generation (Electric Lady Studios; Alternate Version)
00:02:54

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Joël Cohen, Assistant Engineer - JERRY SOLOMON, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Guitar, Background Vocals - RICHARD HELL, Composer, Producer, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Background Vocals - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2017 Sire Records. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

3
You Gotta Lose (Electric Lady Studios; Outtake Version)
00:03:43

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Joël Cohen, Assistant Engineer - JERRY SOLOMON, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Guitar, Background Vocals - RICHARD HELL, Composer, Producer, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Background Vocals - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2017 Sire Records. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

4
Who Says? [Alternate Version] (Plaza Sound Studios)
00:02:12

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Joël Cohen, Assistant Engineer - JERRY SOLOMON, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Arranger, Guitar, Background Vocals - RICHARD HELL, Producer, Arranger, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - The Voidoids, Arranger - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Background Vocals - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2017 Sire Records. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

5
Love Comes in Spurts [November 19, 1976] (Live at CBGB)
00:02:11

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Joël Cohen, Assistant Engineer - JERRY SOLOMON, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Arranger, Guitar, Background Vocals - RICHARD HELL, Producer, Arranger, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - The Voidoids, Arranger - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Background Vocals - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2017 Sire Records. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

6
Blank Generation (Live at CBGB November 19, 1976)
00:02:41

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Joël Cohen, Assistant Engineer - JERRY SOLOMON, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Guitar, Background Vocals - RICHARD HELL, Composer, Producer, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Background Vocals - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2017 Sire Records. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

7
Liars Beware (Live at CBGB April 14th, 1977)
00:02:57

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Joël Cohen, Assistant Engineer - JERRY SOLOMON, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Arranger, Guitar, Background Vocals - RICHARD HELL, Producer, Arranger, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - The Voidoids, Arranger - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2017 Sire Records. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

8
New Pleasure [April 14th, 1977] (Live at CBGB)
00:02:35

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Joël Cohen, Assistant Engineer - JERRY SOLOMON, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Arranger, Guitar, Background Vocals - RICHARD HELL, Producer, Arranger, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - The Voidoids, Arranger - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Background Vocals - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2017 Sire Records. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

9
Walking on the Water (Live at CBGB April 14th, 1977)
00:02:09

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - John C. Fogerty, Writer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Joël Cohen, Assistant Engineer - JERRY SOLOMON, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Arranger, Guitar, Background Vocals - RICHARD HELL, Producer, Arranger, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals - The Voidoids, Arranger - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Background Vocals - Thomas R. Fogerty, Writer - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2017 Sire Records. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

10
Another World (Ork Records Version, 1976)
00:06:09

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Joël Cohen, Assistant Engineer - JERRY SOLOMON, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Arranger, Guitar, Background Vocals - RICHARD HELL, Producer, Arranger, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - The Voidoids, Arranger - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Background Vocals - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2017 Sire Records. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

11
Oh (2000 Recorded Version)
00:04:20

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Joël Cohen, Assistant Engineer - JERRY SOLOMON, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Guitar, Background Vocals - RICHARD HELL, Producer, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Background Vocals - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2017 Sire Records. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

12
1977 Sire Records Radio Ad
00:01:04

Richard Gottehrer, Producer - Marc Bell, Drums - Greg Calbi, Masterer - Joël Cohen, Assistant Engineer - JERRY SOLOMON, Recording Engineer - Robert Quine, Arranger, Guitar, Background Vocals - RICHARD HELL, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer - The Voidoids, Arranger - Ivan Julian, Guitar, Background Vocals - Richard Hell & The Voidoids, MainArtist

© 2017 Sire Records Company. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. ℗ 2017 Sire Records. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

Album Description

Richard Hell was one of the first men on the scene when punk rock emerged in New York City as an early member of both Television and the Heartbreakers (he left both groups before they could record). But his own version of punk wasn't much like anyone else's, and while Hell's debut album, Blank Generation, remains one of the most powerful to come from punk's first wave, those anticipating a Ramones/Dead Boys-style frontal assault from this set had better readjust their expectations. "Love Comes in Spurts" and "Liars Beware" proved the Voidoids could play fast and loud when they wanted to, but for the most part this group's formula was much more complicated than that. Guitarists Robert Quine and Ivan Julian bounced sharp, edgy patterns off each other that were more about psychological tension than brute force (though Quine's solos suggest a fragile grace beneath the surface of their neo-Beefheart chaos). And while most punk nihilism was of the simplistic "Everything Sucks" variety, Hell was (with the exception of Patti Smith) the most literate and consciously poetic figure in the New York punk scene. While there's little on the album that's friendly or life-affirming, there's a crackling intelligence to songs like "New Pleasure," "Betrayal Takes Two," and "Another World" that confirmed Hell had a truly unique lyrical voice, at once supremely self-confident and dismissive of nearly everything around him (sometimes including himself). Brittle and troubling but brimming with ideas and musical intelligence, Blank Generation was groundbreaking punk rock that followed no one's template, and today it sounds just as fresh -- and nearly as abrasive -- as it did when it first hit the racks.
© Mark Deming /TiVo

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