Hard Volume

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Hard Volume
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Studio album by
Released1989 (original)
1999 (remaster)
RecordedJuly–December 1988
Genre Post-hardcore, alternative metal, noise rock
Length71:03 (original)
76:34 (remaster)
Label Texas Hotel (original)
Buddah (remaster) [1]
Producer Theo Van Rock
Rollins Band chronology
Life Time
Hard Volume
Turned On
Professional ratings
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Alternative Press Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg p.97-8, 4/00
The Austin Chronicle Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [3]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [4]
MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [5]
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Spin Alternative Record Guide 5/10 [7]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 [8]

Hard Volume is the second album by the Rollins Band, released in 1989. [9] [10] [11] It was reissued with new tracks in 1999. [12]


The original CD release contained a 32-minute jam on the Velvet Underground outtake "Move Right In," titled "Joy Riding with Frank." The track was recorded live in Linz, Austria, during the band's 1988 tour. The 1999 remastered edition replaced this track with six studio tracks: three from the album session at Echo Sound in Los Angeles on December 1988, and three from a demo session recorded in July 1988 at Graphic Studios in New Jersey.

Critical reception

Trouser Press wrote that Rollins "sinks into an existential funk on the seven-song Hard Volume ... Oddly, the rest of the band seems unaffected by his moods, and the music — a well-organized rock juggernaut — thunders along happily." [1] Dave Thompson, in Alternative Rock, called the album "a funked-up swagger that is moody and electrically eclectic." [13]

Track listing

All tracks composed by the Rollins Band, except where indicated.

Original release

  1. "Hard" – 4:06
  2. "What Have I Got" – 4:58
  3. "I Feel Like This" – 4:26
  4. "Planet Joe" – 4:18
  5. "Love Song" – 6:22
  6. "Turned Inside Out" – 6:24
  7. "Down and Away" – 8:20
  8. "Joy Riding with Frank" - 32:04

Remastered version (1999)

  1. "Hard" – 4:06
  2. "What Have I Got" – 4:58
  3. "I Feel Like This" – 4:26
  4. "Planet Joe" – 4:18
  5. "Love Song" – 6:22
  6. "Turned Inside Out" – 6:24
  7. "Down and Away" – 8:20

Session outtakes

  1. "Tearing" – 4:58*
  2. "You Didn't Need" – 5:11*
  3. "Ghost Rider" (Martin Rev, Alan Vega) – 7:23*

Demo: July 1988

  1. "What Have I Got" – 4:33*
  2. "Thin Air" – 8:21*
  3. "Down and Away" – 7:14*


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