Spiritual Mental Physical Image
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  • Summary: The demos and rehearsal tracks recorded between 1974 and 1976 from the 1970's Detroit rock band make up the second batch of the trio's music released by Drag City.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Apr 4, 2011
    80
    Few, if any of 2009's more high profile rock releases could match the adrenalin charge of Death's 34 year-old debut. [Mar 2011, p.114]
  2. Feb 1, 2011
    75
    Nothing on the new set is as mind-blowing as The Whole World's alternately assaultive and trippy Politicians In My Eyes, but in some ways, the Hackneys sounded even more ahead of their time when they were just dicking around.
  3. Jan 27, 2011
    70
    Little was done to clean them up: they're rough, woolly, and loose, but they rock.
  4. Jan 27, 2011
    60
    Spiritual-Mental-Physical is occasionally slight, and there are fewer developed ideas than a real album release; for every punk etching on the wall, there is an aimless jam that was undoubtedly more fun to play than listen to.
  5. Jan 27, 2011
    60
    This set of hissy practice tapes varies greatly in quality with the demented trashing of a Beatles melody on "The Masks" and the snotty sneer of "Can You Give Me a Thrill???" abutting stoned instrumentals and solo noodling.
  6. Mar 4, 2011
    56
    The surviving Hackneys-bassist/singer Bobby and drummer Dannis-sifted through their early jams, rehearsals and demos for this ragged set of odds and ends.
  7. Jan 27, 2011
    50
    What Spiritual, Mental, Physical documents is a group kicking around possibilities that could go somewhere great, but as they appear here, only a handful of these half-cooked ideas deserve an audience.

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