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  • Audio CD (March 12 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000272D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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1. So Far Away
2. Let It Be Me
3. Story of My Life
4. Sick Boys
5. Ring of Fire
6. Ball and Chain
7. It Coulda Been Me
8. She's A Knockout
9. A Place In My Heart
10. Drug Train

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For bands like Soundgarden and Jane's Addiction, albums like Superunknown and Ritual de lo Habitual, respectively, are the albums that put them on the map. Equally important to the alternative rock soundscape was SoCal punk/rockabilly outfit Social Distortion. For Social Distortion, their turning point album was/is their 1990 self-titled album. From the opening, Social D, as they are affectionally called by punk purists everywhere, come out swinging with "So Far Away", it with its soaring riffs and Mike Ness's trademark gruff, gritty vocals. "Let it Be Me" carries the same hard-rocking torch, setting the tone for the quieter, more rockabilly "Story of My Life", and the excellent Johnny Cash cover "Ring of Fire". Throw in hit song, "Ball and Chain" and what we have here is the making of a punk rock/rockabilly masterpiece. In its future albums, Social Distortion would tinker with more overtly rockabilly sounds (Somewhere between Heaven and Hell) and straight ahead hard rock (White Light, White Heat, White Trash), with interesting but sometimes mixed results. On their 1990 self-titled, Social D got the balance the most correct, and for this reason, this, their self-titled imprint, is the definitive Social Distortion album to own.
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When hardcore began to decay after 1985, a handful of bands kept going with different sounds and different names. Most of the bands that didn't cross over into metal became pretentious college/art/indie rock that contradicted what hardcore originally stood for. Furthermore, many ex-hardcore bands signed with major label record companies after they once proclaimed to be anti-corporate, DIY punks. Social Distortion was one of the only hardcore bands to evolve without ever contradicting themselves and developed a new sound that was true to hardcore roots. But, most importantly, they sounded great and actually intensified the emotional impact of the music.
"Social Distortion" was their major label debt for Epic records. With the opening track, "So Far Away", it's apparent they hadn't lost a bit of energy. The teenage rebellion had changed into adult hardships, making their lyrical progression right on target. The pop vocals, such as ah-ah-ah and la-la-la, in the music feel more like 50's rock and roll, which isn't used in mainstream pop.
Mike Ness' rough voice is the epitome of masculinity. He can sing lyrics that would normally come across as whining, but he does it with a tougher, stronger attitude.
Musically, it's a raw, faster version of rockabilly. The guitar distortion is like the humming engine of a hot rod, ready to take off. The overall sound is very solid and supports the lyrical toughness to a T.

In the early nineties, Social Distortion opened a concert tour for Neil Young along with Sonic Youth. From what I heard, Social Distortion blew both of them off the stage.
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This album is really a great one. One of Social D'S all time best. There are so many songs on here that just make you feel good when you hear them.
Mike Ness has a style that is unmatchable, and he puts a lot of heart and soul into his tunes. Songs like Let it be me, Sick Boy, and So Far Away make me feel good on bad days.Ball and Chain is a good one, but I must say as famous as this one got I think there are some others on this album that should have got just as much recognition.
This band has been making tunes for a long time, and they deserve much respect, not to mention that the band members have been through a lot. Social Distortion isn't just a another Punk group. These guys are different. It seems like Punk Rock today is a bunch of sophmoric boys singing and whining. Social Distortion on the other hand are MEN who sing about real life, and what we all go through good and bad. Lots of times when I hear Social D I don't just hear great music, I hear the sounds of a band who understands people today, and the problems and rough spots of our society and living in Urban America.
I saw Social Distortion about a year ago, and I was so impressed to see and hear a punk rock group that I grew up listening to as a boy play in front of me as a man and have all of the power and energy a band could ever desire.They played quite a long set list too.

Social Distortion isn't on MTV AND VH1, and to me thats a good thing because it seperates the true punk rock from the sophmoric cheese punk of today. These guys don't sing about what its like to be rich, and do abnoctious videos were they dance around and try and get you to giggle. Social Distortion appeals to us middle class Americans who work long hours, mis our girlfriends/wives and have ups and downs with the law.
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This has to be their best studio album so far. The songs have a noticeable country/hard rock type of influence to them and were recorded when the band seemed to be going more for the 1950s "greaser" , tight white shirt and leather jacket image and less for their earlier eye-liner and spiked hair look . Aside from that the album is great ...every song on here is a classic and will never get old . Like others have commented Social D is true punk rock and is not on mtv or vh1 or the charts (most radio stations never play them either). This really is a good thing too because it keeps them from getting mixed up with everyone who calls themself punk (good charlette , blink 182 , avril lavinge). Come on do you want to listen to some real punk sung by a guy thats 42 or some guy that looks like he hasnt even started shavin' ....As far as the album goes you will like it its one of their best!!
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