Mission Of Burma had been a staggeringly loud live band, and when guitarist Roger Miller's tinnitus reached a dangerous level, the band had to call it quits, though not before one last tour. Recorded at various shows during that final tour, THE HORRIBLE TRUTH ABOUT BURMA is a posthumous collection of Mission Of Burma classics.
Opening with a blistering version of the band's classic "That's When I Reach for My Revolver" (one of the four bonus tracks added to the Ryko re-issue), it's clear that Burma intended to go out with a bang. The track, along with several others, is played at breakneck speed and what must have been ear-splitting volume. Collectors should note that, despite radically altering the album running order, the Ryko version has been remastered, so that the sound quality is extraordinarily crisp, volume notwithstanding. Other standouts include "Tremolo," during which the importance of Martin Swope's tape manipulations is made abundantly clear, absolutely scorching versions of "Go Fun, Burn Man" and the Stooges' "1970," and "Blackboard," highlighting Miller's scratchy, jagged guitar playing. An essential punk rock document.
Reviews...Consistently excellent, from the raw beginnings tothe mannered middle, to the documentary robusto... - Mojo