For any Bob Mould fan, just looking down the set list on the back cover makes you think this is going to be something a bit special. Popping the CD in and pressing "Play", you're greeted with a few drum hits and guitar noises that let you know it's been well recorded and that this *is* going to be an awesome listen.
Starting off with the opening tracks from Sugar's classic Copper Blue, "The Act We Act" and "A Good Idea", the intensity rarely lets up throughout the entire CD. When this was recorded in 2008, Bob Mould was almost 50 and he still had more energy and vitality than any modern-day watered-down punk upstarts. After delving into the the "hubcap" solo album ("I Hate Alternative Rock", one of the better tracks from that patchy record) and representing the brilliant "Workbook" album with "See a Little Light", it's back to "Copper Blue" for "Hoover Dam", before playing the more recent "Circles" and "Paralyzed", both of which offer a slight change of pace (but are also the weakest tracks here). The final four songs are classics taken from the Hüskers back catalogue with "I Apologise", "Chartered Trips", the untouchable "Celebrated Summer" (worth buying for this track alone!), "Makes No Sense At All" and closing with the rousing thrash of "New Day Rising". It's understandable that after nearly 25 years, there's a lack of desperation in the delivery of the closing track, but with the drums and guitar as fierce as ever, it still seems to blow everything away that has come since! Having seen Bob Mould solo and with an electric band, his vocals were always really strong and close to perfection. On here, however, he's having a rare off-day and his voice cracks and several points during the set. It doesn't detract massively though and this is a great live recording of an artist of great power. If you have even a passing interest in the man's music, you'll love this CD!