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Bad Religion: TestedTested (1997)
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Many of you starting to read this are wondering exactly what this album is. Well, to begin, this is the best live album ever created. Period. As hard as it is for me, I hold it in higher regards than the Face to Face live album, Social D's "Live at the Roxy", even the Descendents "Liveage". Yes, the.
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Many of you starting to read this are wondering exactly what this album is. Well, to begin, this is the best live album ever created. Period. As hard as it is for me, I hold it in higher regards than the Face to Face live album, Social D's "Live at the Roxy", even the Descendents "Liveage". Yes, the Descendents.

'Tested' is a true experimentation in the concept of live albums. As opposed to one show, where the band may be acting, feeling, or playing a certain way, Bad Religion offers a large sample of the 1996 European tour. Sixty shows in 57 cities were recorded and narrowed down to create this incredible album.

The album has little something for every fan of BR. From the popular live favorites such as "American Jesus", "Fuck Armageddon", Generator" and "A Walk"; to the more obscure and rarely played marvels such as "Struck a Nerve", "Along the Way", "Drunk Sincerity", and your humble narrator's favorite- "Part III".

The recording itself focuses primarily on the music, as opposed to trying to capture the "magic of the audience". Produces by the band, the album reflects what a band, and not a studio, corporation or name would want out of a live production- raw music. (Oddly enough you'll notice Sony released this album)

The other trophy part of the album consists of the booklet itself. The liner notes, explaining the history of the the live "experiment" album, a brief history of each track recorded, and the theme consisting of Bad Religion stamps, a sign of their "worldly travels". (A little cliche, but noneless, this has no bearing on the scoring of this album).

This is without question, one of my five favorite albums, ever. It may be a tad difficult to find, although I think the Bad Religion website carries it, and I remember a friend finding it at Camelot music 3 or 4 years ago. I can't think of a clever way to say this so I'll be frank....buy this. Buy it now. Listen to me. I'm being paid nothing to tell you this. Just do it.

 

 
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jedimonkey (September 21, 2005)

few problems with this review...first off, its not just their europe tour, i was at the show where "struck a nerve" and "no control" were recorded, really crappy club that was also a gentlemen's club. and second, it was actually never released stateside. Sony's europe label released it as thier stateside label (pretty sure it was atlantic, but certain) wouldn't allow the release. I actually ordered it from the newsletter they sent out, Bad Times i seem to remember. other than those gripes, it is in fact a killer live album

RandyTheShoe (August 3, 2002)

This album is pretty TITS. Right up there with the Circle Jerks "Gig". BR has always been a pretty tight band live. I got this Tested CD as a Promo probably about 6 years ago in one of those cardboard sleeves for about 2 or 3 bucks. It was totally worth it. hahahahaha!

Anonymous (July 27, 2002)

Dude, I've seen them about 10 times and they've played ALONG THE WAY every single time. That song is super popular. I'm thinking you've never been to a BR show. At least not more than one.

Anonymous (July 27, 2002)

I actually like this album.
Yes there's flaws in it here and there but isn't that what punk's all about.Not mattering about your sound or image and doing exactly what you like or want to do.I'll take that anyday.
Rock on guys!
When BR finally does call it a day,punk can officially retire as well.

Anonymous (July 26, 2002)

yeah its a great live album, but there are a few others i think are as good (if not better) most notably midnight oils "scream in blue - live" which was a collection of songs recorded at different venues over 10 years. And who can forget Iron Maiden 'Live after death' or Uk Subs 'left for dead' or even slayers 'decade of aggression'... and my fave live album ever, the damned - live at newcastle. Sounds like shit but its so fucking funny and punk rock...

Anonymous (July 26, 2002)

While it's a good recording, it totally lacked many of Brett's songs. There were like 3 Brett songs, and the rest was all Graffin. Ahh well, all in all it was a pretty good CD.

~ H

seek (July 25, 2002)

I agree with the guy down below, Live At Leeds by The Who is the greatest live album I can think of off the top of my head. I never heard this album the whole way through, but I really doubt it can top Live At Leeds, which is as good as most any studio album ever made, not just by The Who, mind you. 10 stars for Live At Leeds!

Anonymous (July 25, 2002)

I never said they always play Generator, I said it is a popular live favorite...

zeiter (July 25, 2002)

They didnt even play Generator in Calgary at warped, so calling that a song they always play is wrong.

Anonymous (July 24, 2002)

they didnt play along the way at my citys warped tour this year

so no, they dont play it at every show.

Anonymous (July 24, 2002)

The blue meanies also did a live album where they took songs they recorded live all over the country and made it sound like one show

Anonymous (July 23, 2002)

they didn't play it on their tour with blink 182.

evildeadalive (July 23, 2002)

Yeah, I've seen BR 7 times and they played Along the Way all 7 times.

Anonymous (July 23, 2002)

I wonder if this reviewer has ever been to a Bad Religion concert! They always play Along the Way, let me tell you! IN spite of the simplicity of the song, it's a must in every gig, otherwise they get beat!

Anonymous (July 23, 2002)

It actually has 3 studio tracks, dream of unity, it's reciprocal and tested.

A good album overall

Anonymous (July 23, 2002)

My second favorite live album from my second favorite band of all time, this is a great one, and probably the best produced live album ever made. However, to claim that this is better than The Who's "Live at Leeds" is lunacy. Sure this is punknews.org, but there wouldn't really be punk without the 'Oo anyway, I suggest you pick up that album if you don't have it.

Anonymous (July 23, 2002)

My mom bought this cd for me for X-mas a few years back, and they sold her a fucking burnt version. I could never figure out why there were no liner notes or anything like that until I saw it at a store and asked to open it up. If you're ever in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, never buy albums from the Vinyl Exchange. Fuck them!

wyzo (July 23, 2002)

HEY! It also has two studio tracks that were never released on an album here. "Dream of Unity" (one of my favorite BR songs) and "Its reciprocal" (not as good but a good bridge).

There is a reason this was not released stateside. Its a good Disc for fans, and even people only mildly interested, but the song selection could have been better (as Mr.Brett has commented) and some of the songs sound a little flat (the grey race songs largely).

However, there are some gems (Part III is phenomenal, as well as the live version of Generator, and the great play of American Jesus).
Hopefully they'll try this 'experiment' again for a Stateside release with a broader setlist. I think having two different live discs, one for each side of the ocean would turn out really well instead of re-releasing this here.

wyzo

TheOneTrueBill (July 23, 2002)

this thing cost me 20 goddamn bucks, but it was well worth it

not as good as Live At The Roxy though...

punky (July 23, 2002)

Its ok.Nice collection of some of the best BR songs, but some sound like shit.

Anonymous (July 23, 2002)

have you ever heard the 7 Seconds live cd (scream real loud). It is very good.

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