Rites of Spring (album)

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Rites of Spring
Rites of Springalbum.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1985
RecordedFebruary 1985
GenrePost-hardcore, emo[1]
ProducerIan Mackaye
Rites of Spring chronology
Rites of Spring
All Through a Life
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Sputnikmusic4.5/5 link

Rites of Spring is the 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 number 30 on Kurt Cobain's top 50 favorite albums.[2][3] Pitchfork online magazine ranked it number 96 on its list of the Top 100 Albums of the 1980s.[4]

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.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Rites of Spring.

Side one[edit]

  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[edit]

  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


Rites of Spring[edit]

Additional performers[edit]



  1. ^ "40 Greatest Emo Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. March 1, 2016.
  2. ^ "Top 50 by Nirvana [MIXTAPE]". Archived from the original on October 18, 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  3. ^ Cross, Gaar, Gendron, Martens, Yarm (2013). Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History. p. 106. ISBN 978-0-7603-4521-4.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Top 100 albums of the 1980s". Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Subject to Change 12" EP". Kill from the Heart. Archived from the original on 2014-12-17. Retrieved 2012-08-11.

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