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Viva Le Rock


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  • Audio CD (19 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Burning Airlines
  • ASIN: B000086ETK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 621,857 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Inessential but historically interesting, Viva Le Rock is a two-CD set featuring no less than three 1978 concerts (two from Max's Kansas City in New York, one from London's Electric Ballroom) all of which--performance-wise--are rough and ready and seem to have been recorded by a shady character at the back of the hall (the safest place to be, presumably) with a dictaphone under his armpit. In all honesty, this probably isn't the best way to remember Sid Vicious. Then again, is there a "best" way to remember him at all? Would it be for his sneering, RSPCA-bothering rendition of "My Way"? For fatally wounding his girlfriend with a hunting knife during a druggy stupor? Or for being an apparent threat to British parliamentary democracy?

In reality, Sid was always more of a threat to himself. Besides, when the Sex Pistols' punter-bludgeoning pretend bass player and walking punk publicity stunt shuffled off this mortal coil in 1979 at the age of 21 he didn't exactly leave much behind in the way of a recording heritage. And once you've got past the cash-from-chaos Eddie Cochran covers and the compellingly tasteless "Belsen Was a Gas", this is it. No doubting then, the historical value of these slovenly live recordings in which Sid is joined by high-profile punk contemporaries: the London gig features Rat Scabies as well as Glen Matlock and fellow "Rich Kid" Steve New, while various New York Dolls and Mick Jones from the Clash do their thing at the show at Max's in Kansas City. But these ragged covers of Iggy Pop, the Small Faces and the Monkees somehow don't do justice to his lasting infamy. --Kevin Maidment

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scotty Ramone on 11 Mar 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was expecting poor quality recordings (& I got poor quality recordings, but hey, it's punk rock!) But what I wasn't expecting was poor quality mastering. This has obviously been mastered on someone�s home computer and they have not deselected the 2-second pause option between each track. Not usually a big problem except when it's two CDs of live material. Then, a 2-second pause between each track sounds pretty awful! ...And they haven't even managed to put the track markers at the beginning of each track. Instead, each track starts about 3 seconds into each song. The CDs are basically un-listenable and whichever way you try to package it, you can't blame this mess on punk rock!!!
[Not even worth 1 star but Amazon don't give a zero star rating option]
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Mckee on 6 Nov 2003
Format: Audio CD
As far as I know, these are the COMPLETE Sid recordings. Rough quality? Yes... but essential punk none the less. Forget the other Sid cd's, this has everything. Indispensible.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Poor attempt 13 Mar 2004
By Scotty Ramone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was expecting poor quality recordings (& I got poor quality recordings, but hey, it's punk rock!). But what I wasn't expecting was poor quality mastering. This has obviously been mastered on someone's home computer and they haven't even bothered to deselect the 2-second pause option between each track. This is not usually a big problem, except this compilation is two CDs of live music. So 2-seconds of silence between each track sounds pretty awful! ...And they also haven't managed to put the track markers at the beginning of each track. Instead, each track starts about 3 seconds into the song. The CDs are basically un-listenable and whichever way you try to package it, you can't blame this mess on punk rock!!!
Get Sid Sings instead. They did a bit of a cut and paste job with the set list running order but it's a far superior package.
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