I remember buying this in 1994, when the Dirty Three were an up and coming Melbourne band. But, even before picking up a Slint LP a couple of years later, you could tell this was something different, a landmark not just within the smoke filled pubs within which they would feverishly play. Their whirling dervish live routine excited you like nothing else of the Melbourne scene: Warren Ellis foaming at the mouth as spun around in circles, lost in his own trance as he fiddled amidst a burning Rome. This LP best captures the exhiliration of these concerts, a record at once beautiful and exciting. Not until Godspeed's 'Slow Riot' has any other band come close to the chaotic brilliance of 'The Dirty Equation': a thick, harsh squall that weaves in and out of your head, a six minute rush you'll want to listen to again and again. Treated by an increasingly conservative Australian youth radio as little more than a curiosity it is sad that they eventually had to move overseas to find true appreciation: but, hey, listen to this and you know they deserve it all.