Various Artists

Dangerhouse Compilation, Vol. 1

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Of the small labels that popped up to document the West Coast punk scene in the late '70s when it became obvious the major labels wanted nothing to do with the hard-edged new sounds, Dangerhouse Records was easily the best. Dangerhouse not only released singles by many of the best and most important bands in Los Angeles and San Francisco, label founders David Brown and Pat Garrett (aka Rand McNally) had an admirable commitment to quality, making sure their singles sounded like professional product while still capturing the fury and personality of the artists. Dangerhouse was only in business for three years, but their releases made a seismic impression on the California punk community, and Dangerhouse Compilation, Vol. 1 is a collection of 12 outstanding tracks from the label's archives. Selections include "Solitary Confinement" by the Weirdos, "We Are the One" by the Avengers, "Class War" by the Dils, "Trouble at the Cup" by Black Randy & the Metrosquad, "Survive" by the Bags, and "Los Angeles" by X (the original recording, which predated the version that appeared on their debut album). [Dangerhouse Compilation, Vol. 1 is a cassette-only reissue of a 1991 collection that was released on CD and vinyl under the title Dangerhouse, Vol. 1.]