Anthrax - Among The Living 12" Vinyl LP Album

- German Release, Island Records

Anthrax's "Among the Living" is a thrash metal masterpiece. The German 12" vinyl release on Island Records offers a classic listening experience, featuring iconic tracks like "Among the Living," "I Am the Law," and "Caught in a Mosh." This high-quality pressing with detailed artwork is a collector's item and a testament to the album's enduring legacy.

 

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"Among the Living" Album Description

Anthrax's 1987 masterpiece, "Among the Living," cemented their status as one of thrash metal's leading forces. This album showcased the band's relentless energy, sharp wit, and an evolved sound that pushed the boundaries of the genre. The German 12" vinyl LP release on Island Records offers fans a classic way to experience this iconic record.

Unleashing Iconic Tracks

The German release of "Among the Living" includes all of the original powerhouse tracks that made the album an instant classic:

* Among the Living: The title track delivers a blistering dose of social commentary with its infectious riffs and pummeling drums.

* Caught in a Mosh: This anthem for the mosh pit remains a staple at Anthrax concerts.

* I Am the Law: Inspired by the comic book character Judge Dredd, this track's driving rhythm and anthemic chorus leave an unforgettable impression.

* Indians: Another Anthrax live show favorite, its politically-charged lyrics and ferocious instrumentals made it a standout.

* Imitation of Life: This powerful closer perfectly encapsulates the album's energy and leaves listeners wanting more.

The Vinyl Experience

The German 12" vinyl LP provides a unique listening experience compared to digital formats. The rich, warm sound of vinyl adds depth to the intensity of "Among the Living." The larger format of the record sleeve allows for detailed artwork and liner notes, immersing listeners further into the world of Anthrax. This specific pressing likely features the original custom inner sleeve showcasing complete song lyrics and band photos.

Eddie Kramer's Production

The legendary Eddie Kramer produced "Among the Living," bringing his exceptional skills to the table. Kramer, known for his work with icons like Led Zeppelin, Kiss, and Jimi Hendrix, helped Anthrax achieve a powerful and polished sound that highlights their musical prowess.

Featured Song: "I Am the Law" Explained

"I Am the Law": Anthrax Explores Power and Justice in a Dystopian World

Anthrax's thrash metal powerhouse, "I Am the Law," stands as one of their most popular anthems. The lyrics, inspired by the comic book antihero Judge Dredd, delve into themes of power, justice, and the complexities of authority in a futuristic dystopia.

Judge Dredd: Symbol of Absolute Power

Fans of the comic will instantly connect with the imagery painted in the song. It sets the stage in Mega-City One, a sprawling world teeming with lawlessness. In this environment, Judge Dredd emerges as the pinnacle of authority, dispensing immediate and often brutal verdicts. The repeated proclamation "I am the law" reinforces his unyielding influence–he embodies judge, jury, and executioner.

Questioning Blind Obedience

While "I Am the Law" rocks with an energetic thrash beat, it also leaves room for contemplation. The extreme power concentrated in one individual raises ethical questions. Lyrics like "Know your rights – what's left of them" suggest a society where freedoms are sacrificed for an illusion of order. Is this the right kind of justice, or merely an oppressive power structure?

A Commentary on Authority

Anthrax doesn't provide easy answers, but the song serves as a powerful commentary on the dangers of unchecked authority. "I Am the Law" reminds listeners to think critically about power structures and question the decisions of those in charge.

The Legacy of an Anthem

Beyond its analysis of the Judge Dredd character, "I Am the Law" transcends its source material. It becomes a universal anthem for anyone questioning the limits of authority, making it resonate with listeners long after the music stops. It's a testament to the ability of art to spark both headbanging and thoughtful reflection.

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Music Genre:

  American Heavy Thrash Speed Metal Music

Album Production information:

Produced by Eddie Kramer and Anthrax for Remarkable Productions,

Edwin H. "Eddie" Kramer Eddie Kramer is a renowned music producer and sound engineer who has made significant contributions to the music industry. Born on 19 April 1942, in Cape Town, South Africa, Kramer has worked with some of the most iconic musicians and bands of the 20th century.

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Kramer initially started his career as a musician, playing the trumpet and the piano. However, his passion for recording and engineering led him to focus on becoming a sound engineer. In the 1960s, he relocated to London, England, where he began working at Pye Studios and later joined Olympic Studios.

One of the major turning points in Eddie Kramer's career came when he was introduced to Jimi Hendrix in 1967. Kramer became Hendrix's primary recording engineer and played a crucial role in shaping the sound and aesthetic of Hendrix's music. He worked on all of Hendrix's albums released during his lifetime, including the groundbreaking "Are You Experienced," "Axis: Bold as Love," and "Electric Ladyland." Kramer's innovative techniques and attention to detail helped capture the raw energy and sonic experimentation that defined Hendrix's music.

In addition to his work with Hendrix, Kramer collaborated with numerous other influential artists, including Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Traffic, Santana, David Bowie, and many more. He became known for his ability to capture the essence of a band's sound and translate it into powerful recordings. Kramer's work often involved experimenting with different recording techniques, utilizing effects, and pushing the boundaries of what was possible in the studio.

Following his successful years in the 1960s and 1970s, Kramer continued to work as a producer and engineer in the following decades. He worked on projects with artists such as Peter Frampton, Carly Simon, Kiss, Ace Frehley, and John Mayall. Kramer also played a significant role in the revitalization of the Woodstock festival in 1994, serving as the principal producer and engineer for the event.

Eddie Kramer's contributions to the music industry have been widely recognized and celebrated. He has received several Grammy Awards for his engineering and production work, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020. Kramer's expertise, technical skill, and ability to capture the essence of an artist's vision have made him one of the most respected figures in the field of music production and engineering.

To this day, Eddie Kramer remains active in the industry, working on various projects and sharing his knowledge through workshops and masterclasses. His work continues to inspire generations of musicians, engineers, and producers who strive to create exceptional recordings and push the boundaries of sound.

Kramer has collaborated with several artists now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including the Beatles  ,  David Bowie  ,  Eric Clapton  ,  Jimi Hendrix  ,  The Kinks, Kiss  ,  Led Zeppelin  ,  the Rolling Stones    and    Carlos Santana . Kramer has also been responsible for the production and engineering of Heavy Metal bands like: Anthrax  ,  Icon  ,  Kiss  ,  Loudness  ,  TT Quick .

Publisher: Black Lion Music

Record Label & Catalognr:

Island Records 208 210 (208210)

Album Packaging:

This album includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and photos of the Anthrax band. 

Media Format:

  12" Vinyl LP  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country 

1987 Made in Germany
Band Members and Musicians on: Anthrax Among The Living
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Joey Belladonna Vocals

    Joey Belladonna ( Lead Vocals, Drums ) is an American Singer from Oswego, New York and best known as lead singer in the American ( East-Coast ) Thrash Metal band Anthrax. Belladonna has been with Anthrax since 1984 with several long breaks in-between. Learn more about him

  • Dan Spitz Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar on A.D.I

    Dan Spitz ( full-name: Daniel Alan Spitz ) is an American musician and Heavy Metal watch-maker. Spitz started his musical career in 1981 as guitarist in the American Thrash Metal band Overkill. He left Overkill in 1983 to join Anthrax as lead guitarist. Spitz performed in Anthrax mainly from 1983 until 1995. After 1995 he started to developed himself into mechanical watchmaker and has won several awards for this.

  • Scott Ian Rhythm Guitar

    Scott Ian ( full-name Scott Ian Rosenfeld ) is an American guitarist and founding member of "Anthrax" and "Stormtroopers of Death". His wife "Pearl Aday" is daughter of the singer "Meat Loaf". In his musical career he has performed with the bands: Anthrax (USA) , Damnocracy, Doom Squad, Four-X, Motor Sister, Pearl, Posehn, S.O.D. STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH (USA) , Slam Jam, The Damned Things.

  • Frank Bello Bass

    Frank Bello ( Full-name: Francis Charles Joseph Bello ) is from the Bronx, New York and has been bass guitarist with the American Thrash Metal band Anthrax since 1984.

  • Charlie Benante Drums

    Charlie Benante ( Drums ) long-time drummer with the American Thrash Metal band Anthrax, since 1983 and also performed in S.O.D. Stormtroopers Of Death.

Track Listing of: Anthrax Among The Living

The Song/tracks on "Anthrax Among The Living" are

  • Among the Living (Anthrax) 5:16
  • Caught in a Mosh (Anthrax) 4:59
  • I Am the Law (Anthrax/Lilker) 5:57
  • Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.) (Anthrax) 4:54
  • A Skeleton in the Closet (Anthrax) 5:32
  • Indians (Anthrax) 5:40
  • One World (Anthrax) 5:56
  • A.D.I./Horror of It All (Anthrax) 7:49
  • Imitation of Life (Anthrax/Lilker) 4:22

 

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