PREVIEW/BUY THE VINYL HERE
In 1999, Alternative Tentacles reissued this classic compilation with Jeff Bale (longtime Maximumrocknroll columnist and one of the compilers of this compilation) and his label, Sonic Reducer Records. Originally released in 1982 by MaximumRocknRoll on Alternative Tentacles Records, NOT SO QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT was the first compilation to document the Northern California punk scene (an idea that was subsequently copied in other cities). It contained the first issue of MRR before it was MRR.
Fast forward to 2013 & the 30th anniversary of this compilation. Alternative Tentacles has teamed up again with Jeff Bale and the current crew at Maximumrocknroll to reissue the vinyl version of this classic, complete with the 48 page newsprint booklet printed directly from the 1999 transparencies at the same San Francisco print shop that printed it last time. There’s also a brand new 2013 insert written by Maximumrocknroll. The piece gives a contextual overview of the record and the scenes that existed in 1982, 1999, and now!
And just like the original release, all songs are in the same order, pretty much the same artwork, and it still comes with the first issue of MRR — a.k.a. the 48-page lyric booklet. Unlike the original pressing, this one comes with a free download code!