Hallraker: Live!

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Hallraker: Live!
Live album by the Descendents
Released 1989
Recorded April 9, 1987 at Berkeley Square in Berkeley, California and July 13, 1987 at First Avenue in Minneapolis
Genre Punk rock
Length 32:16
Label SST
Producer Bill Stevenson
Descendents chronology
Two Things at Once
(1988)
Hallraker: Live!
(1989)
Somery
(1989)

Hallraker: Live! is a live album by the Los Angeles-based punk rock band the Descendents, released in 1989 through SST Records. It was their second live album and was recorded during their Spring 1987 tour in support of All and their Summer 1987 "FinALL" tour. These were the band's final tours with singer Milo Aukerman before his departure to pursue a career in biochemistry, after which the band's name was changed to All (the Descendents would reunite with Aukerman in 1995). Hallraker: Live! followed 1987's Liveage!, which featured a completely different set of songs recorded on the same tours.

Background[edit]

The tracks on Hallraker: Live! were taken from two performances: April 9, 1987 at Berkeley Square in Berkeley, California on the band's tour in support of All, and July 13, 1987 at First Avenue in Minneapolis during the last week of their "FinALL" tour, so-called due to singer Milo Aukerman's decision to leave the band to pursue a career in biochemistry.[1][2][3][4] Following these tours the band's name was changed to All, and they recorded eight albums between 1988 and 1995 with singers Dave Smalley, Scott Reynolds, and Chad Price before reuniting with Aukerman to record Everything Sucks as the Descendents.[4]

Hallraker: Live! is a companion album to 1987's Liveage!, which was recorded during the same two tours.[4] Drummer Bill Stevenson explained:

Hallraker will be thought of as "the other" live Descendents LP. The Liveage LP served as a sort of "greatist [sic] hits" album, as well as being an accurate documentary of the band in concert. But at the request of fans telling us about all of the songs we "should have put" on Liveage, we decided to release another album with a completely different set of songs, giving people the entire view of the band, with nothing held back.[3]

Reception[edit]

Jeremy Salmon of Allmusic gave Hallraker: Live! three stars out of five, saying that "The recordings here do well to capture the vitality and frenzy of the band in action, even as they were in the final throes of existence. Among the songs that are included, 'Pep Talk,' 'Cheer,' and 'My World' are the highlights. Other tracks like 'Iceman' and 'Jealous of the World' demonstrate the metal edge that developed in the band's sound in their last couple of studio albums."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Global Probing"   Frank Navetta 1:20
2. "My World"   Milo Aukerman 3:36
3. "Hürtin' Crüe"   Aukerman, Doug Carrion, Ray Cooper, Bill Stevenson 2:31
4. "Hey Hey"   Tony Lombardo 1:39
5. "Kabuki Girl / All"   Lombardo / Stevenson, Pat McCuistion 1:07
6. "Pep Talk"   lyrics: Stevenson, Aukerman; music: Aukerman 3:01
7. "Jealous of the World"   Aukerman 3:48
8. "Christmas Vacation"   lyrics: Aukerman; music: Stevenson 2:41
9. "I Like Food"   Stevenson 0:15
10. "Iceman"   lyrics: Aukerman; music: Stephen Egerton 3:14
11. "Good Good Things"   Stevenson 2:03
12. "Cheer"   Stevenson 2:53
13. "Rockstar"   lyrics: Navetta; music: Lombardo 0:38
14. "No FB"   Aukerman 0:34
15. "Cameage"   Stevenson 2:56
Total length:
32:16

Personnel[edit]

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Band[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Timothy Powel, Mark Harder, Jim Hibbard, and Richard Andrews – engineers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All/Descendents Family Shrub". All (CD bookelt). All. Fort Collins, Colorado: Owned & Operated Records. 1998. O&O 007-2. 
  2. ^ "All/Descendents Family Shrub". descendentsonline.com. Descendents. 1996. Retrieved 2010-02-07. 
  3. ^ a b c Stevenson, Bill (1989). Hallraker: Live! (CD liner). Descendents. Lawndale, California: SST Records. SST CD 205. 
  4. ^ a b c d Salmon, Jeremy. "Review: Hallraker: Live!". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-02-10.