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Live at the Longhorn - April 1, 1978 [Import]

Pere Ubu Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Nero's Neptune
  • ASIN: B00C8CUCS8
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,394 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal 18 Sep 2013
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Great early Pere Ubu. It's like the Modern Dance but "Live". Good recording and a real feel for what this all meant at the time. For me this recording beats most of the live releases that have been put out over the years. I do give a glowing review as i still think the Modern Dance is up there amongst the greats.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time Machines 5 Dec 2013
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Remarkable recording of those decisive early years combining the modern dance with the about to be even weirder elements spying through the cracks. Recorded in 1978, what took them so long? It contains some of the highlights of the 1970's in clear pristine stereo blasting through the speakers pulling you into the steamy sweaty gig in Longhorn, wherever that is. (The sleeve notes, no doubt explain).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Pere Ubu 13 April 2014
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This is a fantastic CD with intense music Pere Ubu style. Enjoyable from beginning to end. Also good service and delivery. Thank you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Back To The Future With PERE UBU......" 5 July 2013
By John H. McCarthy - Published on Amazon.com
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2013 is turning out to be a banner year for classic rock archival concert releases. LITTLE FEAT's 'HELLZAPOPPIN'' (live Halloween Boston '76), GRATEFUL DEAD's 'MAY 1977' (a revelation), THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND's 'BROTHERS & SISTERS (Super Deluxe Edition) (on fire in '73 at Winterland), MILES DAVIS' 'LIVE IN EUROPE 1969/70: The Bootleg Series Vol 2)' (fusion at it's finest) and now PERE UBU's 'LIVE AT THE LONGHORN; April 1, 1978.' Featuring the classic UBU line-up of David Thomas (vocals, musette), Tom Herman (guitar), Allen Ravenstine (keyboards, electronics, sax), Tony Maimone (bass) and Scott Krauss (drums), the band performs material from their first album, the essential 'THE MODERN DANCE' and their earlier self-released singles (later collected on 'TERMINAL TOWER'). On tour with fellow (and only) label mates THE SUICIDE COMMANDOS, the Cleveland boys were on the Minnesotan COMMANDO's turf, Jay's Longhorn, a former Minneapolis jazz bar now catering to the burgeoning Punk and New Wave scene.

PERE UBU surely had a chuckle that the gig fell on April Fool's Day, they were a band who were not only steeped in irony, but embraced it. UBU arose from the ashes of ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS, whose classic line-up featured Thomas, founding UBU guitarist Peter Laughner and soon to be DEAD BOY Stiv Bators. Naming themselves after the absurdist antihero of a number of plays written by 19th century symbolist author Alfred Jarry, Thomas, Laughner, Herman, Ravenstine, Krauss and bassist Tim Wright released two singles on their own Hearpen/Hearthan imprint; "30 Seconds Over Tokyo/Heart Of Darkness" and "Final Solution/Cloud 149" (the latter three are performed on the CD). Laughner left afterwards to go solo, unfortunately dying from complications caused by substance abuse in 1977. A fantastic album of his solo material, 'TAKE THE GUITAR PLAYER FOR A RIDE' is well worth searching out. The album title comes from a line is his song "Amphetamine," and was recorded by WILCO as part of "Misunderstood," the lead tune from 'BEING THERE.' Wright also left to join Arto Lindsay in DNA replaced by Maimone. THE MODERN DANCE and THE SUICIDE COMMANDO's 'MAKE A RECORD' were the only two releases on Mercury Records' very short-lived Blank imprint, it folded soon afterwards due to poor initial sales of both records.

'LIVE AT LONGHORN: April 1, 1978' comes in a tri-fold digipak with informative liner notes and sounds great considering the era and venue. Although at this writing 35 years (!) removed from the days of super-group backlash, spiked hair, skinny ties, jackets with pins, ripped clothing, indie singles with picture-sleeves and smoky dark dank bars smelling of cigarettes, sweat and stale beer, PERE UBU's retro-futurist vision sounds fresh and vital, still able to thrill, scare and amuse, sometimes all at once! Classic UBU may be dead, but UBU is still the king......Long Live UBU......!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you want to know what good Cleveland punk of the original era sounds like, this is IT 22 Jun 2013
By James Zinn - Published on Amazon.com
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This recording comes from a bar called The Longhorn from April 1, 1978. I have no idea what city it was in.
Perhaps Cleveland? The liner notes don't really say.

If you think this is just another badly recorded Lo-fi audience tape, you would be WRONG. This sounds like
from the mixer board, and is a good recording for the period, especially for an "underground" band. It's not
really "Hi-fi", though.

Pere Ubu is not for everyone but if you want to know what a variant of American punk was in a live setting,
you can't get any better than this. I always considered their brand of punk more art & emotion, rather than
anger & attack, like most punk bands of the period. For that, this band sounds a bit more like PIL rather
than the Sex Pistols, for example. Both bands mined a similar territory, except PIL were not as good
of musicians. Also PIL tended to be more of a dance groove band.

For this CD, some songs come from the "Modern Dance" LP, which is good, because I personally think that
is their best LP/CD that I've ever heard. One of my favorites, "Non-alignment Pact" is missing, though.
The rest mainly come from "Terminal Tower".

So you get a lot of variety of Pere Ubu's style with the mix of guitars, keyboards, audio generators, saxes, etc.

You get the full range of emotions from the more mellow until they rise to the more standard punk attack on "Life Stinks".

I had pretty much lost track of Pere Ubu since the early 2000s reunions of Rocket From The Tombs, which I was
lucky to catch at The Abbey Pub in Chicago, but this sort of makes me want to pay attention again.

All-in-all, a nice surprise release. Not the place to start with Pere Ubu, as Modern Dance is a classic.
Beginners should start there.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pere Ubu clearly 5 Nov 2013
By M. Lang - Published on Amazon.com
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Too tasty for words. Most Pere Ubu live recording are cassette tape quality, but this sounds really crisp. The performance is very spirited. Great to really hear the guitar and bass parts. I wish it was much longer.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing look into the world of ubu 1978 24 Aug 2013
By Bob Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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Amazing look into the world of ubu ,1978
Really good sound and great versions from the modern dance lp ... a must have!
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh breath of air in a stagnate pond of swill 14 April 2014
By Eric Sand - Published on Amazon.com
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Go to you tube and find all the early vid's you can and enjoy.
This was an awesome band.

Not a bunch of pretty boys and girls, playing fast slick emotionless music with lyrics written for a 4th grader
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