Monday, February 16, 2009

Funeral Oration - 1983-1985



I was never crazy about the later-period Funeral Oration stuff, but these early recordings are top notch. I was lucky enough to get an original copy of the 1983 demo, There's Nothing Left to Laugh About, back in 1989 from someone who was selling off his demo collection for practically nothing. This tape is probably the lesser known of all their recordings, and it's a shame, because it's so much better than anything else they ever did. Raw and melodic basement thrash that never lets up, and only slows down once for the song Walls. They really tapped into something great with this demo, and in my mind it's simply legendary. I ripped this demo, and the follow-up, The Godsend, from the original tapes, and they came out surprisingly good. The 1983 demo is pretty rare from what i understand, and i doubt you'll find a quality copy of this anywhere else. Enjoy. The 1984 demo is great as well, although it's mostly re-recorded tracks from the '83 tape, much cleaner sounding and not as urgent. There are still some gems on there. Also here is the band's first 12" and full length. Punk rock rarely gets better than this, check it out for yourself.

Funeral Oration Collection

14 comments:

  1. What you got here is awesome man. I've already added your blog to my blogroll.

    Keep it up and more power!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hey Stormy,
    I know you've heard it before, but damn great site and the artwork you make it top-shelf! I don't have a blog but occasionally upload lotsa music..If you should want anything...lemme know. Again thanks for all the great music. I just got Dirge,haven't seen that for ages.>JH

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thumbs up!!! You've got a good taste in music and you really put some work in your postings, instead of filling your blog with just another meaningless but rare record.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hey,

    I downloaded this but a lot of it was corrupted. Are you able to reupload it? I would totally apprecite it.

    ReplyDelete
  5. thanks, i liked a lot this band
    also heard some latter stuff and didnt like it so much but will hear some more.... now looking for things in internet
    greetings from mexicou citie

    ReplyDelete
  6. not that it matters, but I took those pictures of the two demo covers

    ReplyDelete
  7. Eric, thanks for taking those pics. I actually have both demos. The original tapes w/ covers from 1983-84. Bought them cheap back in the '90s from some guy selling off his collection.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thank you so much for share this, i like a lot all their 1st records, actually the only record i still trying to catch through the internet is the self titled from 1987 (Swaddle Records)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thanks for sharing. "Going further" is such a great song. I heard this demo version years ago. I knew I had to find it again so thanks a lot for posting this. It had such a clear sound compared to the other versions of it that are easier to find. It's very memorable. It's amazing how great the singer is.

    ReplyDelete
  10. MAN, CAN YOU FUCKING REPOST THIS ALBUB,

    IT HAD YEARS OF FUCKING DEATH INVALID FUCK

    ReplyDelete
  11. I enjoy reading through your article post, I wanted to write a little comment to support you and wish you a good continuation All the best for all your blogging efforts. Appreciate the recommendation! Let me try it out. Keep working ,great job!

    ReplyDelete
  12. would LOVE a repost of this.

    ReplyDelete