The "Seattle Sound" of the '90s may have brought grunge to the masses, but there are those who believe it first came to fruition in Sydney, Australia in the 1980s. That's when the late, great Scientists stalked the earth, rumbling and howling like a pack of wild dingoes. Although the group had formed in Perth a few years before, they really hit their stride from 1982-1984 while based in Sydney, then later London. This six-song EP was originally released by Au-go-go in 1983 and reissued by Sympathy for the Record Industry in 2000. (The 2000 re-release includes the original tracks, plus selections from four different sessions, including the Brussels-recorded Demolition Derby 12".) No Scientists collection would be complete without "Swampland and "We Had Love, so Blood Red River isn't a bad place to begin one's journey into their dark yet inviting world. Human Jukebox, which covers the years 1984-1986, was released shortly afterwards. Kim Salmon provided the liner notes for both.
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AllMusic Review by Kathleen C. Fennessy