Compilation of early material from Hermosa Beach's Black Flag . The First Four Years was originally released in 1983 and includes all of the band's recorded output before Henry Rollins took over as vocalist in 1981. The band appears to be razor focused as they plow through songs like "Nervous Breakdown" and "Fix Me" from the Nervous Breakdown 7". At the time they were fronted by Keith Morris who would go on to start Circle Jerks after leaving the band. The follow up, Jealous Again, features Ron Reyes (aka Chavo) on vocals, but he does not quite live up to the precedent set by Morris' crowd baiting bursts of anger and sarcasm. The compilation closes out with the Six Pack EP, with Dez Cadena replacing Reyes. Cadena's strained, hoarse vocals would often be imitated throughout the hardcore punk scene. The cover of "Louie Louie" is not to be missed. Sixteen tracks in all. Released by SST Records on black vinyl housed in a full color sleeve.
- music label: SST Records 1988
reviewed by ninetwofour 06/2018
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