This double album was previously released as Soft Cell Live and it's a total corker. Culled from several different gigs on their superb comeback tour in 2002, it amply demonstrates just a formidable song-writing team Ball and Almond were. I was honoured to see them twice on this tour and they didn't disappoint.
The range of the material covers all of their short but varied career and includes their (then current) album Cruelty Without Beauty. There are so many highlights but certain songs stand out for me: the opening Memorabilia with its wicked three-note bassline, Last Chance which they described as being a sequel to Say Hello Wave Goodbye and Tainted Love. To say the audience is completely behind them is to understate it: chubby forty-something men singing every word with spirit and total conviction really sends a tingle up the spine.
As with all great live albums, the whole set is here and there's a real feeling of the atmosphere that was present. Almond's voice rang true and clear and he didn't look a day older than he did that first time on Top Of The Pops in '81. An amazing album. Buy it.