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The Future looks brightThe Future looks brightBack with a brand new 750 GB internal hard disk drive (the old one had serious physical damage after only 2 years) and a brand new stereophonic pick up head (which considerably improves the sound on my hifi).

THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT is plain and simple one of the greatest compilations you will ever hear. Originally released as a cassette tape, 500 copies were pressed onto black gold shortly after and these were sent out to radio stations, zines and promoters only. With some tracks altered, it was officially released as “The Future looks brighter” a bit later, but as always, the first version is the one to have.

There’s not one song to be missed here. If you’re unfamiliar with the early west coast sound or if you just want to give yourself a serious kick in the butt with a comp that goes off like a rocket, then this is quintessential, featuring some of the best of SST, Posh Boy and New Alliance bands.

Hit after hit! SHATTERED FAITH shatter & restore faith, TSOL rip shit up, SOCIAL DISTORTION distort, CH 3 sing about concentration camps for american japanese, MINUTEMEN make me dance around naked, DESCENDENTS were never better, SACCHARINE TRUST as always basically destroy every other band with their cynicism from their mandatory 12er, BLACK FLAG shine in pre-Rollins glory and the STAINS somehow managed to steal Gregg Ginns guitar for recording the bands one and only LP, from which the final track is lifted. Some versions of the songs on FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT seem unreleased elsewhere (Black Flag?), but I’m too lazy to compare right now.

Oh yeah – the labels are plain b&w, not yellowish like on the shots above. So don’t sweat, there’s only press of this ’round. Never in ps, this came in a plain white die-cut sleeve.

Download the entire album ripped with love here. Enjoy!


  1. Jay Thurston

    I only have the cassette version. When this came out, it literally changed my life! It is truly a masterpiece and all the bands had their own unique sound. Incredible!


    Posted on 23-Aug-08 at 08:39 | Permalink
  2. boulevard of br.dr.

    WOW this is FUCKING great!! you actually have a vynyl copy??? never saw one. guess this must be really hard to find.


    Posted on 23-Aug-08 at 13:10 | Permalink
  3. timmy

    i remember buying the cassette version in 1982 at our local record store and the guy who sold it to me gave me the vinyl version to go with it. had no idea that there was only 500 made. one of thee best comps ever!


    Posted on 23-Aug-08 at 14:59 | Permalink
  4. malfeitor

    I didn’t know there was a vinyl version. I spy some adorable little bear ears, give em a scratch for me.


    Posted on 23-Aug-08 at 21:14 | Permalink
  5. simon

    Thanks a lot for this. I’ve had the tape version of this for a while but side 2 sounds horrible on my copy, never seen the vinyl version anywhere. I think some of the Descendents songs might be different to the versions on the Fat EP, Hey Hey sounds different to me, not sure about the other ones.


    Posted on 24-Aug-08 at 03:43 | Permalink
  6. f.m.l.

    “bueno, mejor, goodbadmusic!” as a profound critic says.


    Posted on 24-Aug-08 at 07:39 | Permalink
  7. Jerry B

    Great comp. The Flag tracks are the same as on their 7″ I think but the mastering on this album is a little more defined. Nice!


    Posted on 24-Aug-08 at 13:48 | Permalink
  8. Thanks for posting this great comp! This sound on your rip is far superior to my cassette version which was always kind of fragile. The cassette was cool with the Pettibon artwork on the front, tho. Bought that cassette years ago, sold it a while ago for a LOT. So if you ever need some spare cash, I think the LP goes for a similar amount. But only if you sell it with the cute teddy bear insert like in your picture 😉


    Posted on 25-Aug-08 at 04:27 | Permalink
  9. Cheers on the computer upgrades. I don’t know what can be better than excellent as far as the rips go but you have found a way. Never even heard of this comp but it is well worth the download. Thanx Erich.


    Posted on 25-Aug-08 at 08:28 | Permalink
  10. bitchin dude, i got the cassette way back when but it broke years ago. nice to have it again!


    Posted on 25-Aug-08 at 09:17 | Permalink
  11. Frank Mossi

    Wow what a GREAT sampler! Especially for me: Before GBM I nver listened to Hardcore Punk (I thought it all sounded like Green Day or Sex Pistols) so this is a very welcome introduction. I notice a strong surf / 60s feeling in some of the bands and it’s amazing to hear how great the guitarists were. More Metalheads should listen to this!


    Posted on 25-Aug-08 at 11:26 | Permalink
  12. Fuck I was going to download this baby and then saw the message about leaving the blog if I don’t like the American Steele with Judas :(. I think Rob is cute is that enough? I’ll come back later and check the reply.


    Posted on 27-Aug-08 at 02:19 | Permalink
  13. This cassette and ‘This is Boston Not LA’ are what got me excited about punk rock. Tanx for the memories!


    Posted on 28-Aug-08 at 17:59 | Permalink
  14. Jay Thurston

    It is nice to see that Frank Mossi is learning…hahaha


    Posted on 29-Aug-08 at 21:09 | Permalink
  15. gregory

    this is amazing. especially those minutemen tracks. great post!


    Posted on 04-Sep-08 at 09:33 | Permalink
  16. chris

    fantastic compilation! sound quality is superb, thank you for uploading this.


    Posted on 06-Mar-09 at 09:26 | Permalink
  17. zach

    i’m surprised at the great sound quality. i think i like this better than their first. thanks!


    zach Reply:

    oops that comment above belongs in the minutemen joy 7″. sorry.


    Posted on 18-Apr-10 at 22:24 | Permalink
  18. Thanks for this rip,although I am late to finding it.I actually found this in a thrift store about 5 years ago,unbelievable luck.I thought I had a cassette at some point too,but now I’m not so sure.You have an awesome blog lot’s of great stuff here.


    Posted on 30-Sep-10 at 02:33 | Permalink
  19. dewey.decimal

    Strangely, my copy has a white label. I know yellow signifies first Posh Boy pressing in some instances, like with the TSOL s/t EP, but seems strange they would use two labels for one small pressing. The white label is identical to the one pictured, except the color.


    Admin Reply:

    Mine are white too, this is just a very shitty picture, haha.


    Posted on 17-Oct-10 at 18:17 | Permalink
  20. dewey.decimal

    or you pissed on the labels


    Posted on 18-Oct-10 at 03:56 | Permalink
  21. breadbutt

    oh man … I had the cassette. never thought I’d see this again! thanks so much!


    Posted on 29-Oct-10 at 07:14 | Permalink
  22. There were 2 pressings in my recollection.

    The first at ALCO in 1981 was approximately 500, hence the inscription on the run out groove “1 of 500”. Yes, go have a look!

    I think I also pressed up another 50 or so down the road at Korelich in ’83 or so as he would do small runs and I had some labels left over from the first run.

    I was also looking at ways to promote the music and up to this point there had been no market for punk cassettes. So I came up with the concept and “sold” it to SST. The cassettes sold for $3.99 at Music Plus so there was not much money in it, especially as the 500 vinyl copies were sent out/given away for promotion.

    Of course, the cassette would not sound as good as a decently ripped mp3 off the vinyl. Better still would be any of the Posh Boy tracks downloaded from iTunes or amazon as they would normally be digital transfers from the original master tapes.


    Posted on 04-Sep-11 at 16:53 | Permalink
  23. bigdansk82

    still have an old copy…sun warped it a little only plays when you shove it in a car’s tape deck on tha one side…..but thats what auto reverse is for i guess
    25 years and counting since i got it………


    Posted on 08-Sep-13 at 08:08 | Permalink

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