If you're a Bad Brains fan, which you most likely are if you're reading this, you've either watched "Live at CBGB 1982" on DVD, listened to "Live at CBGB 1982" on CD, or both. Personally, I've done both, and while I really enjoyed the DVD for both its intimate look at the band's three-day Christmas holiday performance at the legendary CBGB and its raw but striking audio quality, I was rather disappointed in the quality of the performances captured on the CD. I don't know what happened to the recording equipment or the audio tapes when the CD was edited, mixed, and released, but it is noticeably inferior to the audio quality of the DVD. While the DVD sounds like a professional recording, the CD sounds like a cheap bootleg. MVD Audio, the company responsible for both releases, must have realized the mistake they made with the the release of "Live at CBGB 1982" on CD because, four years later, they released this special vinyl edition. Not to be confused with the CD release, this limited edition vinyl release uses the audio recordings from the DVD. The result: a much cleaner, smoother, and better-sounding "Live at CBGB 1982." Five songs, however, were dropped from the mix: "Big Takeover," "I," "Jah the Conqueror," "Supertouch/S***fit," and "All Rise to Meet Jah." Also, the order of songs has changed from the initial CD release, though why this was done is a mystery to me. All in all, this is a far superior version of "Live at CBGB 1982" than its predecessor on CD. Whether or not MVD Audio will decide to re-release this version of the festival on CD to replace the previous edition is highly doubtful (like I said, they didn't do a digital version and most likely won't), so be sure to pick up a copy when and wherever you can. Only 1,000 copies were made, so they're not joking when they say it's limited edition! This is an absolute must-have for every Bad Brains fan!
I would recommend this to a friend