For The Whole World To See

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Also hot on February 17th is the 1975 archival album re-issue from Death titled “…for the Whole World to See”. Death were the Hackney brothers, three young black musicians in the melting-pot of mid-70s Detroit. After they began to absorb the rock and roll sounds of local heroes like Alice Cooper and Iggy and the Stooges, they traded the strength of the r’n’b and funk that they’d been raised on for the strength of the rock music that was in the air all around them. With a set of new songs displaying their vigorous application to this new music (as well as they chops they’d developed playing funky soul music), they recorded an album’s worth of songs before quitting in a fury of youthful passion over the divisively rockin’ name of Death they’d chosen for themselves. Today, this music drives like the music that became known as punk rock just a few years later — but with the originality that only the Hackney brothers could bring to it in their brief shining moment. …For the Whole World to See is powerful stuff from any age.

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