Serving as the final Crass album ever, Best Before collects the band's many singles and some rarities into a convenient collection. It covers everything from its first single, "Do They Owe Us a Living?," to a version of that song that concluded the group's final show ever at a benefit for Welsh miners in 1984, with a series of shockingly good high points in between. Generally avoiding the inclusion of their single tracks on albums so as to avoid ripping off the fans, as well as allowing for more immediate responses to outside situations, Crass made the pointed, questioning.
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Best Before 1984 is a compilation of Crass' singles and other tracks, released in 1986, including lyrics and a booklet (. .In Which Crass Voluntarily 'Blow Their Own'") which details the history of the band in their own words . Compilation album by. Crass.
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Best Before 1984 is a compilation of Crass' singles and other tracks, released in 1986, including lyrics and a booklet which details the history of the band in their own words . The album was named in reference to the notion that 1984 was the band's "' sell by date ", the year that they had often publicly stated that they would split up. Indeed, the band ceased gigging and recording in that year.
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|A1||Do They Owe Us A Living?||1:51|
|A2||Major General Despair||1:16|
|B2||Big A Little A||6:13|
|B3||Rival Tribal Rebel Revel||3:09|
|C1||Sheep Farming In The Falklands||5:19|
|C2||How Does It Feel?||4:24|
|C3||The Immortal Death||3:58|
|C4||Don't Tell Me You Care||3:34|
|C5||Sheep Farming In The Falklands||3:53|
|D2||You're Already Dead||4:27|
|D3||Nagasaki Is Yesterday's Dogend||2:00|
|D4||Don't Get Caught||3:10|
|D5||Smash The Mac||4:00|
|D6||Do They Owe Us A Living?||1:29|
- Pressed By – MPO
- Artwork By, Video Editor [Videos], Tape – Ge. Sus*
- Bass, Vocals – Pete Wright
- Drums – Penny Rimbaud
- Edited By – Mel Jefferson
- Engineer – David Motion (tracks: D5), John Loder (tracks: A1 to D4, D6)
- Film Editor [Films] – Mick Duffield
- Lead Guitar – Phil Free
- Rhythm Guitar – Hari Nana
- Vocals – Eve Libertine, Joy De Vivre, Steve Ignorant
NotesMade in France under 1984 on back cover
A1 to A3 - 1977; A4, A5 -1979; B1 to B3 - 1980;
C1 to C4 - 1982; C5 - 1983; D1, D2 - 1983; D3 to D6 - 1984
D6 (Last gig, Miners' benefit, Aberdare, Wales)
Comes with a four-sided gatefold inlay with lyrics and a double-sided with band notes.
This version made in France.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout (Side 1): CAT NO 5 A-2 SEVEN TO ONE NINE EIGHT FOUR
- Matrix / Runout (Side 2): CAT NO 5-B BAADER AND MEINHOF ARE DEAD
- Matrix / Runout (Side 3): CAT NO 5 C-2 SEVEN TO ONE NINE EIGHT FOUR
- Matrix / Runout (Side 4): CAT NO 5 D-2 SHOT IN THE BACK OF THE 'ED
|Cat. No. 5||Crass||Best Before...1984 (2xLP, Comp)||Crass Records||Cat. No. 5||UK||1986|
|CAT NO 5CD., catNO 5. CD.||Crass||Best Before (CD, Comp)||Crass Records, Crass Records||CAT NO 5CD., catNO 5. CD.||UK||1994|
|CATNO 5CD, catNO 5. CD.||Crass||Best Before (CD, Comp)||Crass Records, Crass Records||CATNO 5CD, catNO 5. CD.||UK||Unknown|
|A-309||Crass||Best Before...1984 (Cass, Comp, Unofficial)||ALF||A-309||Poland||Unknown|
|none||Crass||Best Before 1984 (26xFile, MP3, Comp, 320)||Not On Label (Crass Self-released)||none||UK||2019|