21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2001
live roundup of everyone's experimental germans. The majority of this was recorded after Damo left, as the group began to get a bit useless. Some of the old power is retained on tracks like Vernal Equinox, and Dizzy Dizzy bounces along nicely enough (it's still a complete clodhopping bast compared to the light-as-air album version, but there you go) but Yoo Doo Right and the two improvised new pieces are incredibly forgettable. Disc two is a whole other matter, though. Recorded in '72, complete with Damo on samarai vocals, Colchester Finale is one of the most astonishing 40 minutes of recorded sound I have ever heard. The quality's a bit pants but the distortion and hum all add to that ramshackle ambience, and by the time it's turned into Hallelulwah you'll be as happy as a sandboy. After it finally ends, there's the eight minutes of Kata Kong, which should be enough time to go to the bog and make some tea before a punked up version of Spoon (from EgeBamyasi) which is immensely scary and gives you a headache, but in a good way. Worth it for the second disc, basically. If it was all like that it'd be five stars no doubt.