On the one hand, after listening to it again last night I'm ready to say that Clutch's Robot Hive/Exodus
is one of the best records I've ever heard, truly muscular and propulsive hard rock (or whatever you want to call it) with surprisingly deep reserves of humour and wisdom; but on the other, the version I listen to on my iPod is minus "Small Upsetters," "Tripping the Alarm" and "Gravel Road" (it does include "Slow Hole to China," though). Normally when I alter stuff for my own consumption (like, say, taking "Crew Filth" off of the end of the otherwise stellar Code: Selfish
) it's to remove stuff I don't really consider essential and I still feel comfortable talking about the album, but do I really
love Robot Hive/Exodus
if I only love it with a little of the fat trimmed off?