Bad Brains, the wildly influential and impressively incendiary D.C. punk/hardcore band, have announced that they recently won back the rights to their back catalog. As a result, they’ll undertake an extensive remaster/reissue campaign. All of the albums will be coming out on a custom imprint, Bad Brains Records via Org Music.
“I’m proud to announce to you the blessings and return of all Bad Brains master rights/recordings to Bad Brains and out of Babylonian captivity,” says bassist Daryl Jenifer. “These rights and other items include master reels, recently discovered photos, and etc. Thanks to JAH and all involved in this glorious feat. Stay tuned for the “re-everything” involved in all of our NINE studio albums and more. Big UP to Org Music for their faith, hard work, and dedication to BAD BRAINS RECORDS WE GOT THAT PMA 2020 and beyond.”
Each title will receive a standard (black) vinyl release and limited edition color vinyl release, with many also available on CD and cassette. In addition, all of the releases will be distributed internationally.
More titles will be added to the series as Bad Brains regains control of additional masters.
Here’s the release line up as of yesterday:
Rock For Light: This reissue will use the original mix of the album, as the band originally intended. This will be the first legitimate pressing of this version in decades. (Most fans will be more familiar with the 1991 reissue, which was remixed by Ocasek and bass player Darryl Jenifer. That version used an altered track order, significantly different mixes and a speed increase of the master which results in a raising of the pitch by one-half step.)
Live at The Fillmore 1982: This is the first ever physical release of this incredible live recording.
Punk Note Series: Bad Brains Records and Org Music have partnered with designer John Yates (Stealworks) to bring his fictional ‘Punk Note’ series to life. Limited edition color vinyl pressings for each full-length studio album from Bad Brains Records will be reimagined and stylized as a classic Blue Note release. A nod to Reid Miles and Francis Wolff, and their amazing work at the Blue Note label.
Zine: Org Music is creating a sixteen page fanzine-style booklet, printed on newsprint, which features never before seen photos, vintage concert flyers, and new writings about the band from contemporaries like Henry Rollins, Chuck Dukowski, Jack Rabid (Big Takeover Magazine), and Jesse Malin. The zine will be available from select independent record stores as a gift with purchase, and from the Bad Brains Records web-store.