Henry Rollins has announced plans to reissue the debut LP from Rollins Band, 1987’s Life Time. Due out on November 18th through Dischord Records, the vinyl package includes a remastered copy of the album, updated artwork, and a bonus digital release featuring five tracks recorded live in Kortrijk, Belgium on October 16, 1987.
In a statement, Rollins said of the album and its resissue:
Life Time is the first studio record by the Rollins Band. We did our first practice on 04-07-87 and went out on a long tour of America and Europe. On the road we wrote songs and put them into the set. By late October we finished the shows in London, UK. We went up to Leeds where Chris [Haskett] had a place to live and booked studio time at the same place that he and I did the Hot Animal Machine recordings a year before. I had no producer for this record and feared that since everyone in the band had strong opinions on how it all should be done that if we tried to do it ourselves we would do more harm than good. I called Ian MacKaye and asked for help. He got on a plane and came right out. That’s Ian. We got straight to work as we had little time or money. All twelve songs were cut and mixed in a few days. We would do a take and Ian would tell us that it was good and we were moving on. When someone would say that they wanted to do it over again, he listened patiently and then asked again which song we wanted to do next. We got it all done and dragged it back to America for about 3,200 dollars. My, how things have changed. The album cover was drawn on the back of a diner place mat by Stephen Myers as a gift for my then roommate, Laura. Only the offset reproduction of the piece remains as the original went with her when she gave up her room. She shot herself a few years later. Special thanks to Ian for coming to the rescue on such short notice. Thanks to you for checking this out.
Below, listen to the album’s opening track, “Burned Beyond Recognition”.
Also on November 18th, Dischord Records will reissue the debut demo tape from DC hardcore legends Fugazi.