Rites of Spring (album)

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Rites of Spring
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Studio album by Rites of Spring
Released June 1985
Recorded February 1985
Genre Post-hardcore
Length 37:32
Label Dischord
Producer Ian Mackaye
Rites of Spring chronology
Rites of Spring
All Through a Life
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Rites of Spring is the first and only studio album by American post-hardcore band Rites of Spring. It was recorded at Inner Ear Studios in February 1985 and released on vinyl in June 1985 as Dischord Records #16. The album was produced by Ian MacKaye and contains twelve songs.

The album was re-released on CD and cassette in 1987, with an additional track from the same session, "Other Way Around", as well as the four songs from the Rites' follow-up EP, All Through a Life (track 14–17), recorded January 1986 and released in 1987 (Dischord #22). End on End features the same cover as the debut album.

The CD and cassette originally retained the number "16", while the 1991 repress, as well as the 2001 remastered version of the same seventeen songs, were numbered "16CD" and given the new title "End On End".

The album was listed at #30 on Kurt Cobain's top 50 favorite albums.[1][2] Pitchfork named this album #96 on their list of the Top 100 Albums of the 1980s. [3]

Influenced by The Faith, Rites of Spring continued to combine desperate introspective lyrics with angry melody-tinged songwriting that moved even further from the hardcore formula.[4]

Track listing[edit]

(All songs by Rites of Spring)

Side one

  1. "Spring" – 2:09
  2. "Deeper Than Inside" – 2:17
  3. "For Want Of" – 3:09
  4. "Hain's Point" – 2:08
  5. "All There Is" – 2:54
  6. "Drink Deep" – 4:54

Side two

  1. "Theme" – 2:19
  2. "By Design" – 2:38
  3. "Remainder" – 2:30
  4. "Persistent Vision" – 2:21
  5. "Nudes" – 2:48
  6. "End On End" – 7:23



  1. ^ "Top 50 by Nirvana [MIXTAPE]". Archived from the original on October 18, 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Cross, Gaar, Gendron, Martens, Yarm (2013). Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History. p. 106. ISBN 978-0-7603-4521-4. 
  3. ^ "Top 100 albums of the 1980s". Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Subject to Change 12" EP". Kill from the Heart. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 

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