Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Minutemen - Double Nickels On The Dime

This is my biggest post to date. It has easily required the most work in digitizing, breaking up tracks and even piecing together a scan of the inside of the album jacket. If you look closely you can see where I did a poor job photoshopping the two sides together.

I believe all the work has been for the good of the world because this vinyl rip contains two songs that were never included on any of the various CD re-issues of this masterpiece. I've also preserved all the car jams at the ends of each record side.

I can only speculate why "Ain't Talking About Love" and "Mr. Robot's Holy Orders" were left off of the CD, but I'm guessing it partially had to do with time constraints, but more to do with one song being a Van Halen cover that they would have had to pay for and then it wouldn't make financial sense to make the release a double CD just to include in instrumental. I wish this would be corrected and that the album would get released in a 2 disc set that restored the songs to the original order.

Plenty has been written about this album. You can get a good start on Allmusic.com. Needless to say this is not only the Minutemen's absolute masterpiece it is a masterpiece of alternative/punk music from the 80's that still sounds as fresh and innovative as it did when it was released.

If you have never listened to this record you are in for a treat. Make sure you listen to it in order from start to finish. Don't just jump to "Corona" the theme song from "Jackass". The songs really flow into each other and work off each other. You'll notice that there are a ton of songs here. The reason being that some songs are really short. Others are longer. Songs explore jazz and funk with one foot still in the band's punk roots. It is really quite groundbreaking and influential to so much of what followed in alternative rock after this. So put in the time and download this whole thing here and treat your ears to a pure delight.

Enjoy!


Here is the whole thing in 3 zip files.

16 comments:

Neckdeep said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you...this is an amazing piece of work and I applaud you for taking the time. A fantastic album I'm ready to get even more familiar with. And the fact that you pulled it from the original album gives it more soul.

Thanks and keep it up!

.: Chris

Chris said...

Pure, wonderful audio from this vinyl transfer. Also recommended--Michael Fournier's book from Continuum Press about this album.

Erich said...

Wow, that must have been quite a bit of work. One of the most entertaining records ever made from one of the most outstanding bands. Great post!

5252 said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! I am a huge minutemen fan and have been looking for the proper WHOLE album forever! THANKS AGAIN!!! YOU HAVE MADE ME SO HAPPY. I WISH YOU NOTHING BUT GOOD THINGS!!!

Jesus said...

Hey wow thank you muchly, this is an amazing post and must have taken a long time to set up.

nostromo74 said...

Awesome post. 'Martin's Story' track 40 has some strange white noise going on in it though.

Per Tore said...

You guys doing this are heroes, keeping the history and culture of rock music alive! Yes, really!! But one problem here, the third link doesn't work. Any chance for an upload?

P-T

Spencer said...

So sorry about that.

Are you referring to the 3rd track or the 3rd .zip file?

Sometimes files disappear off mediafire inexplicably. I'll try and get that back up tonight if I can remember. I'll try and post a new comment when it is working again.

Spencer said...

I believe I have fixed the dead links. In doing this I went back to my original files and I realized that I had a previous version of the record that I had ripped where I kept in all the "car jams". I'm going to fix up the artwork on those other rips and post that soon, so check back in soon if you are interested in checking that out. It will give you an even fuller experience of listening to the record as it was originally intended.

Per Tore said...

Yes, I was referring to the third zip. And hey, there it is working! Thank you very much! I just love the idea of making otherwise hard-to-get music available like this. Keep up the good work. It's appreciated!

P-T

terribletee56 said...

I've had the original vinyl since I first bought it in 1984. You have saved me the trouble of having to rip it myself. Thank you so much. This album is truly a masterpiece, and all your hard work is very much appreciated.

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trob said...

Links aren't working! I need to hear this :(

Spencer said...

The reason the links don't work is a long story. If you are still interested in hearing the record e-mail me. sfilichia@sbcglobal.net