This album "CRO-MAGS Best Wishes" is the second album by New York hardcore band, Cro-Mags. It was released in 1989 on Profile Records and was subsequently re-released on Another Planet – along with their debut album, The Age Of Quarrel, on the same disc. This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.


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Album Description & Collectors information:

The Cro-Mags were one of the most influential bands to emerge from the New York hardcore punk scene in the early 1980s. Their second album, "Best Wishes," released in 1989 on Profile Records, is widely regarded as a classic of the crossover thrash genre. This 12" LP vinyl album is a testament to the band's raw energy and intense, socially conscious lyrics.

The opening track, "Death Camps," sets the tone for the album with its urgent guitar riffs and aggressive vocals. The lyrics address the Holocaust and warn of the dangers of complacency in the face of injustice: "Remember Auschwitz, Dachau too / Our forefathers paid the price for me and you / Don't let it happen again, never forget / Fight for your life, before it's too late."

Other standout tracks on the album include "Crush the Demoniac," a blistering attack on materialism and false idols,

The musicianship on "Best Wishes" is top-notch, with guitarist Parris Mayhew delivering virtuosic solos and drummer Mackie Jayson providing thunderous beats. Bassist Doug Holland, who joined the band prior to recording the album, adds a sense of groove and funk to the mix.

Music Genre:

  Hardcore Punk, Crossover Metal 
Album  Production information:

The album: "CRO-MAGS Best Wishes" was produced by: Chris Williamson for Rock Hotel Productions

Tom Soares - Producer, Sound Engineer, Mix Engineer

Jamie Locke - Sound Engineer

Robert Windsor - Sound Engineer

Howie "Iron" Weinberg - Mastering Engineer

Howie Weinberg is a highly renowned and respected mastering engineer in the music industry. With a career spanning over four decades, he has played an instrumental role in shaping the sound and quality of numerous iconic albums. Born on 14 September 14, 1953, in New York City, Howie's passion for music began at a young age.


In the early 1970s, Weinberg embarked on his journey into the music industry, starting as an assistant engineer at Masterdisk, a leading mastering studio in New York City. Under the guidance of accomplished engineers like Bob Ludwig and Greg Calbi, Howie honed his skills and gained invaluable experience working with a diverse range of artists and genres.

Throughout the 1980s, Weinberg emerged as a prominent figure in the industry, known for his meticulous attention to detail and innovative approach to mastering. His ability to enhance the sonic qualities of recordings and optimize their playback on various formats made him highly sought after by both established and emerging artists.

One of the pivotal moments in Howie Weinberg's career came when he collaborated with renowned producer Rick Rubin on the Beastie Boys' groundbreaking album "Licensed to Ill" in 1986. The success of the album further solidified Howie's reputation as an exceptional mastering engineer. This led to a fruitful partnership with Rubin, and they worked together on a string of influential albums, including releases by Slayer, Public Enemy, and Johnny Cash.

Weinberg's remarkable talent for mastering became evident in his ability to capture the essence of an artist's vision while adding his expertise to create a polished and dynamic final product. His work on Nirvana's iconic album "Nevermind" in 1991 is a testament to his ability to bring out the best in a recording, with his mastering contributing to the album's raw energy and sonic impact.

Over the years, Howie Weinberg has collaborated with a wide array of artists and bands from various genres, including U2, The White Stripes, Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many others. His discography boasts an extensive list of critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums, solidifying his position as one of the most influential mastering engineers of his time.

In 1995, Howie Weinberg opened his own mastering studio, Howie Weinberg Mastering, in Los Angeles. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and a deep understanding of the mastering process, the studio became a go-to destination for artists seeking the highest level of audio quality for their projects.

Throughout his career, Weinberg has been recognized with numerous accolades, including several Grammy nominations and wins for his exceptional contributions to the music industry. He is highly respected by his peers and has been a mentor to many aspiring mastering engineers, passing on his knowledge and expertise to the next generation.

Howie Weinberg's unwavering dedication to his craft and his ability to elevate the sonic experience of countless albums have solidified his position as a true master of his art. His meticulous attention to detail, technical expertise, and passion for music continue to shape the industry and inspire generations of mastering engineers to strive for excellence.

Frank White - Photographer

Frank White ( Photographer ) started at a very young age ( 12-13 years ) by photographer Hard Rock greatest like "Led Zeppelin", "Ronnie James DIO". He has photographed DIO from 1975 until 2009 and has published a photobook on DIO. During the 1980s White has published photos of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal bands on album covers and inner sleeves for bands like: Anthrax, Blood Feast, Cro-Mags, Hades, Overkill, Nasty Savage, Nuclear Assault and many others.


Gaile Vazbys - Art Direction

Record Label Information:

Record Format:
12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  
Year & Country 
1989 Made in England
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: CRO-MAGS Best Wishes

    Band-members, Musicians and Performers

    Harley Flanagan - vocals, bass

    Parris Mitchell Mayhew - guitar

    Doug Holland - guitar

    Pete Hines - drums

Complete Track-listing of the album "CRO-MAGS Best Wishes"

The detailed tracklist of this record "CRO-MAGS Best Wishes" is:

  1. Death Camps (Harley Flanagan, Doug Holland, Pete Hines) - 5:22
  2. Days Of Confusion (Flanagan) - 2:19
  3. The Only One (Flanagan, Paris M Mayhew) - 4:55
  4. Down But Not Out (Flanagan, Mayhew) - 3:59
  5. Crush The Demoniac (Flanagan, Holland, Mayhew) - 3:56
  6. Fugitive (Flanagan, Holland, Mayhew) - 4:40
  7. Then And Now (Flanagan, Hines) - 3:12
  8. Age Of Quarrel (Flanagan) - 4:45
Album Front Cover Photo of "CRO-MAGS Best Wishes"
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Album Back Cover  Photo of "CRO-MAGS Best Wishes"
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Index of CRO-MAGS Vinyl Album Discography and Album Cover Gallery

CRO-MAGS - Best Wishes 12" Vinyl LP

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  PROFILE FILER 274   , 1989 , England

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