2013 two CD release that combines the two volumes of Hardcore, which contained early Devo recordings. Hardcore documents the group's beginning as Pre-Punk outcasts in the fertile Akron, Ohio, underground Rock scene. Spawned at the nearby college of Kent State, Devo formed as a conceptual art project armed with the radical philosophy of de-evolution. Recorded on various four-track machines and in tiny studios, basements and garages between 1974 and 1977, Hardcore reveals their strikingly clear vision: Rock 'n' Roll stripped bare of its collective cool and jerked back into propaganda fit for post-modern man. It's no surprise that these transmissions would soon catch the eye and ear of Brian Eno, who later produced their landmark 1978 debut album. Noisy synth, strangled guitar chops and a primitive rhythmic thud power the early Devo sound. This is pure Devo: the sweetest crude, straight from the source!
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