Beyond & Back: The X Anthology

No other band from L.A.’s late-’70s, early-’80s punk era can truly sustain a two-CD best-of (sorry, Germs fans). The sour beauty of John Doe and Exene Cervenka’s harmonies seeps through even the badly recorded demos and live cuts on Beyond & Back: The X Anthology, and if the selections have been shuffled chronologically to disguise the fact that their earliest work was their best — well, that best transcended punk itself in its harsh passion and eloquent soul-searching. A-

Beyond & Back: The X Anthology
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