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  • Summary: After refusing to change the band's name, the trio of brothers from Detroit were turned away by Clive Davis of Columbia Records and the album was never completed. The surviving songs receive a proper album release some 30-plus years later from Drag City.

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Keep on Knocking
If I can remember, it was you (who) didn't wanna see my face If I can remember, it was you (who) put me in my place You get down, and I, I wanna play... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Q Magazine
    Although just 26 minutes long, it's an unexpected triumph. [Apr 2009, p.115]
  2. Uncut
    Belatedly, it turns out to be great: seven prescise, insurrectionist ramalams that somehow fit somewhere between the MC5's high Time and Dead Boys' 'Sonic Reducer.' [Mar 2009, p.82]
  3. As hard-rock takes on the shape of minimalist composition, the repeated rhythms and snatches of melody express rage and frustration long after the lyrics have ceased explicitly stating the message. It’s the kind of song that feels as appropriate today as it did 33 years ago. That kind of fervor makes ...For the Whole World to See such a blast and a defining example of the spirit that drives not just rock ‘n’ roll, but true outsider art.
  4. The album falls short of a diamond-in-the-rough-caliber discovery, but considering these seven songs are the remains of an aborted 12-song full-length-from a band that reinvented itself every three or four years, For the Whole World holds up well alongside, say, concurrent Blue Oyster Cult or New York Dolls albums.
  5. There’s not a bad song in the bunch, but the songs from Death’s only official release are the clear highlights on ...For the Whole World to See.
  6. For the Whole World to See is not the true revelation the label wants you to think it is but it has some catchy melodies and delivers them at breakneck speeds.
  7. Lost in the dustbins until now was 'Freakin Out,' which sounds like a primal version of the Buzzcocks. 'Rock–N–Roll Victim' is the kind of chunky cock rock Kiss would refine for arenas. But not everything is so visionary.

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  1. Joseph
    Mar 20, 2009
    If you read Pitchfork, you're an idiot. This album IS diamond-in-the-rough territory. Am I to believe the limp shoegaze indie pop If you read Pitchfork, you're an idiot. This album IS diamond-in-the-rough territory. Am I to believe the limp shoegaze indie pop throw-back of The Pains of Being Pure At Heart or the lemme-run-my-mix-through-a-digital-brickwall-compressor-so-no-one-realizes-my-songs-suck of Wavves is better than DEATH!? Get the hell outta here! Expand
  2. ryink
    Mar 24, 2009
    Not necessarily a lost classic, but an incredible document.