The Thermals - The Body The Blood The Machine LP - Orange Vinyl, a photo by Tim PopKid on Flickr.
The 3rd of the Thermals Sub Pop LPs up for reissue is The Body The Blood The Machine. This is the record that really seemed to garner them the attention that they deserved from the very beginning. This was the turning point where I started to notice a lot more people at their shows. Oddly, it's my least favorite record of theirs.
It's not to say it's bad, it's not at all. In fact some of the songs are downright amazing. My big beef with it is that this album seems to lack the punch of the first two. They were in flux as far as having a drummer went during this time and I think it cost them some of the energy and drive of the 1st two releases. Again, still a top notch record and it's actually improved with age for me.
The reissue, like the others, sounds great and I think they did a really nice job matching the vinyl color to the artwork for all 3 albums. It's good that these are back in print and anyone without them already in their collection really needs to rectify that problem. Even if you already had all 3 like I did, this is a band I deem 100% worthy of variant hunting.
The Thermals - Pillar Of Salt:
The Thermals - Power Doesn't Run On Nothing: