The Hammer Party

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The Hammer Party
Compilation album by Big Black
Released 1986
Recorded 1982–1984
Genre Punk rock
Length 38:07
Label Homestead
Big Black chronology
Atomizer
(1986)
The Hammer Party
(1986)
Sound of Impact
(1987)

The Hammer Party is a 1986 release of Big Black's early EPs made between 1982 and 1984. Originally released by Homestead Records, and later rereleased by Touch and Go, the LP came out at the same time as Big Black's Atomizer album, and featured the six songs from Lungs one side and the six songs from Bulldozer. The CD version was expanded to include Big Black's third record, Racer-X.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Steelworker" 1
  2. "Live in a Hole" 1
  3. "Dead Billy" 1
  4. "I Can Be Killed" 1
  5. "Crack" 1
  6. "RIP" 1
  7. "Cables" 2
  8. "Pigeon Kill" 2
  9. "I'm a Mess" 2
  10. "Texas" 2
  11. "Seth" 2
  12. "Jump the Climb" 2
  13. "Racer X" 3
  14. "Shotgun" 3
  15. "The Ugly American" 3
  16. "Deep Six" 3
  17. "Sleep!" 3
  18. "The Big Payback" (James Brown)3

1 Lungs
2 Bulldozer
3 Racer-X (CD Only)

Personnel[edit]

  • Steve Albini: guitar and vocals on all tracks
  • Santiago Durango: guitar on tracks 7-11 and 13-18
  • Jeff Pezzati: bass on tracks 7-11 and 13-18
  • Roland TR-606: drum machine used on all tracks
  • Pat Byrne: real drums on tracks 7-11
  • John Bonhan: saxophone on tracks 2 and 15

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "allmusic ((( The Hammer Party > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "Big Black". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 2004. pg. 69, cited March 17, 2010
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Big Black". robertchristgau.com, Retrieved on March 17, 2010.