Beat Happening

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1983-85 Review

by Jason Ankeny

1983-85 compiles 27 early Beat Happening tracks, spanning the trio's eponymous debut LP, the Three Tea Breakfast EP, a handful of compilation appearances, singles, and a wealth of unreleased material. A portrait of the group at their most primitive, the fidelity is often poor, but the kinetic energy of the early sessions is palpable, and the wide-eyed charm of gems like "Look Around," "Foggy Eyes," "fourteen," and the classic "Bad Seeds" is undeniable.

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