In 1986, then Big Black frontman Steve Albini panned the debut LP, We Care A Lot, of a then little known band known as Faith No More. Albini’s review, published in a small Chicago magazine, did little to deter the band’s future success.
Since Albini’s review, Faith No More have released six additional studio albums to massive commercial and varying critical acclaim. Albini, meanwhile, disbanded Big Black in 1987 to pursue a career in production. His influence grew exponentially as a recording engineer, producing legendary albums for artists including The Pixies, Nirvana, and PJ Harvey. Look for Albini’s review below.
Faith No More recently announced the impending re-releases of three touchstone albums. They will re-release We Care A Lot on August 19, as well as King For A Day…Fool for a Lifetime (1995) and Album of the Year (1997) on Sept. 9. All three re-issues will be available both digitally and vinyl, marking We Care A Lot’s return to print for the first time in 20 years.
We Care A Lot will be re-released nearly 21 years after the album’s initial release. The LP consists of the album’s 10 original tracks, all remastered, and nine bonus tracks. Bonus tracks include live versions of songs “The Jungle” and “New Beginnings”, as well as four never before released remixes produced by long time producer Matt Wallace. Additionally, the repackaged albums will contain liner notes from keyboardist Roddy Bottum and behind-the-scenes photos. The group recently released rare footage of their live concert in San Francisco’s at the I-Beam in 1986 to celebrate the album’s upcoming re-release.
Like We Care A Lot, the re-releases of King For A Day…Fool for a Lifetime (1995) and Album of the Year(1997) will contain numerous rare bonus tracks and b-sides. King For A Day…Fool for a Lifetime features b-sides such as “Spanish Eyes,” and “Absolute Zero”, as well as the band’s cover of the Bee Gee’s “I Started A Joke.” Album of the Year holds live versions of both“Collision” and “This Guy’s in Love With You”.
Read Albini’s review in Matter magazine below.